Spa chatter vs. medical experts, who do you trust?
Whether its Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman or Madonna who has recommended hyperbaric oxygen facials on her Web site and in an interview with Harper's Bazaar this relatively new spa modality is capturing the imagination of Spa Girls around the globe.
However as chic as the oxygen facial may be, academic experts are skeptical. Dr. Christopher B. Zachary, a professor and Chairman of Dermatology at the University of California, School of Medicine, bluntly labelled it "snake oil."
Described as a luxurious marriage of state-of-the-art oxygen technology and restorative relaxation, intraceuticals rejuvenation oxygen infusions are intended to infuse moisture, vitamins and anti-oxidants into the skin through topical hyperbaric oxygen leaving the skin hydrated, pump and luminous for up to seven days.
Hyperbaric — meaning high-pressure— oxygen inhalation chambers have been used by doctors since the 1930's to push pure oxygen into the blood stream of oxygen-deprived deep-sea divers. Spas and dermatologists promoting O2 facials describe them as a way to force oxygen and moisturizers temporarily into the skin diminishing all those fine lines and wrinkles.
Needless to say there are many rewards for taking care of your skin and skin specialist are always researching new ways to help us look younger, hooray for that! However as consumers we must be prudent to sort through the spin, do our research and know what is worth our hard earned money, not to mention our personal safety!
I am generally game to try something at least once, but at (up to) $500.00 a pop for a hyperbaric oxygen facial I sure want to check out both sides of this debate first.
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