Oxygen-infusing facials were all the rage several years ago, with many Hollywood A-listers swearing by their effectiveness in plumping, hydrating, and brightening the skin. Madonna, for instance, is still a known devotee who keeps an oxygen facial machine in each of her six homes aside from the one she takes on her travels. Katy Perry, Victoria Beckham, and Justin Timberlake are also known to have the treatment regularly, which they believe helps combat
As technology improves, new non-invasive machines that deliver better results and allow more comfortable administration have been developed. The
Dr. Aivee Aguilar-Teo
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The discreet bzzzt-bzzzt-bzzzt sound of the bt-micro device awakens you. This wand with a flat metal head is used like a scraping tool for around five minutes, applied with upward motions on the face, which uses ultrasonic and microcurrent ionization to exfoliate and clean the skin to prepare it for product penetration. “The ultrasound creates temporary pathways and the microcurrent encourages the penetration of topical products down these pathways,” says Aguilar-Teo.
One of the treatment rooms at the Aivee clinic.
The OxyGeneo process follows, where a serum gel with hyaluronic acid and retinoids for rejuvenation, anti-aging, and brightening is brushed all over the face and buffed through the dermis using a wand with a rotating, rough head, giving a mild and warm tingle. “This process infuses the serum’s active ingredients into the skin and triggers natural skin oxygenation,” adds Aguilar-Teo. So instead of having pressurized oxygen steam blowing directly on your face like older machines, OxyGeneo produces CO2 bubbles that gently burst on the skin surface, “creating a physiological response, sending oxygen-rich blood to the area, which increases blood flow and skin metabolism.”
After 10 minutes, the aesthetician changes the wand’s tip to a roller massager, which she uses all over the face to make sure every last drop of the gel is infused. This is the final and most relaxing step, before she hands over a mirror to reveal the results of just one session—noticeably plumper, glowing, and smoother skin. It may take around three more sessions, however, to see improvement in your acne and dark spots. But if the recommended treatment frequency for the