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If you have been wondering how you could give your regular facial a bit of an upgrade, you may want to think of giving your skincare a breath of fresh air. To be more specific, the ingredient to consider is 98% pure oxygen, paired with hyaluronic acid – in a treatment widely hailed by celebs like Madonna, Jessica Biel, and Kim K. Futurethis Consultancy, the sole distributor of QMS Medicosmetics in South Africa, recently treated me to what is known as an oxygen facial.

This treatment has gained attention from its ability to reinfuse collagen deeply into the skin.

What is the oxygen facial?

This treatment involves a 7-step collagen-infusing process, so it’s safe to say it’s quite extensive. The purpose of this treatment is to get rid of the dead, upper layer of the skin in order to stimulate the regeneration of skin cells and circulation at a deep level. After arriving at the clinic, I was introduced to the owner, Renate Klass, and my therapist for the morning, Jaslyn Ackerman. After getting dressed in a soft robe and climbing on the bed, Jaslyn inquired as to my primary skin concerns and explained the course of the oxygen facial.

What to expect during the treatment

First, Jaslyn deep-cleansed my skin to remove any traces of makeup and debris, and to prepare it for optimal penetration of the active ingredients to follow. Step 2 was a fruit acid and enzyme peeling fluid that she applied to my face, neck, and décolleté. This is done, she explained, to properly exfoliate the skin, refine the skin texture, and address issues with tone and color.

Hereafter came the fun part – though if you are claustrophobic, it may not be a good idea. Using a soft brush, Jaslyn painted an algae mask over my entire face, leaving only the front of my nose open so I could breathe while it dries. It is a thick, cold, rubber-like substance, which, after drying, gives an indication of the condition of the skin, while also cooling the skin down after exfoliation. After looking at the removed mask, Jaslyn informed me that my skin was dehydrated and congested. Luckily, this treatment was designed to address exactly those issues. Step 3 complete.

An important element of the oxygen facial is balancing the skin’s pH levels, which, if unstable, results in compromised skin. To do this, Jaslyn ensued with Step 4, which was the freshening tonic. This also ensures the best penetration of active ingredients.

In Step 5, you get to the actual oxygen. Here, Jaslyn used the QMS Oxygen Energy Applicator pistol to spray 98% pure oxygen over my face and neck. As previously mentioned, oxygen is then followed by a high concentration of high-density molecular hyaluronic acid, which provides intensive moisture. Exactly what my dehydrated skin needed.

The second-to-last step is the Activator Mask (yes, another mask) which contains protective marine collagen and more hyaluronic acid. This is like an additional moisture boost to seal up the ingredients which need to penetrate the dermis, and to plump and tone up the skin.

Finally, Jaslyn applied SPF and eye treatment to my skin to protect against sun damage afterward. Because the treatment goes quite deeply into the skin’s layers, she told me I could expect some breakouts in the following days. Sure enough, a day later my skin rebelled a bit, but it cleared up soon afterward.

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Does it live up to its promise?

I was satisfied with the results of the treatment. Except for the first day, my skin felt softer and more energized. It also felt as though my own skincare and makeup sat better on my skin in the days following my oxygen facial, and less prone to oiliness come the afternoon. It was also gentle enough that my skin, which is prone to redness, did not inflame afterward. No downtime is required either – so it’s good for a lunchtime treat. A week later, things were still soft and fresh.

Would I recommend this treatment?

Absolutely, especially if you have an important event coming up – the results are worth it.

Johane du Toit

Johane du Toit

Johané du Toit is the Health Writer at Longevity Magazine. With an Honours degree in journalism from the North-West University at Potchefstroom, she has a keen interest in medical and scientific innovations and aspires to provide the public with the latest reliable news in the fields of medicine, fitness, wellness, and science. Johane is happiest outdoors, preferably near a large body of water or in the mountains, and loves waterskiing, cooking, travelling and reading.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.