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Oxygen has been used during facials for decades, but as our evidence-based knowledge has evolved, so too have our modalities, and our methods have come a long way since the original oxygen-tank facials. Today we’re going to explore the benefits of oxygen for skin health, in particular, how it can be used for the benefit of two common skin conditions – acne and rosacea.

We know that oxygen itself has a wonderful steralising effect – oxygen molecules can disrupt the cell membranes of many types of bacteria, resulting in their destruction. This is why oxygen treatments are so popularly used in the treatment of acne and problematic skin. When it comes to rosacea, oxygen is also used to combat the Demodex mite, which is thought to potentially be a trigger or cause of rosacea. Another benefit of utilising oxygen on rosacea sufferers is that it can act as somewhat of a substitute for other steps or ingredients in professional treatments that the skin may be too sensitive for, such as facial massage in order to boost circulation. As we know, increasing oxygenation also improves nutrient supply to the skin, offers a lovely brightening effect, and reduces the appearance of diffused redness and telangiectasia.

However, there’s one small problem. Generally, topical oxygen has a major drawback – it’s classified as a free radical, or Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS). This group of unstable molecules need to scavenge electrons from surrounding molecules in order to stabalise themselves, causing destruction to lipids, proteins and DNA in order to do so. Circadia, a global skincare brand developed by Dr. Peter T. Pugliese, has come up with a way to combat this problem and use oxygen safely on the skin during professional beauty treatments, still reaping all of its most beloved benefits.

Dr. Pugliese is a pioneer in the coupling of science and beauty, utilising his decades of knowledge and experience as a practicing physician to bring the science of skin to estheticians, starting with the publishing of his ground-breaking textbook ‘Advanced Professional Skin Care’ in 1990. He also conducted the first clinical study on Copper peptide, topical Vitamin E and Beta Glucan in order to further advance our industry, and prior to the launch of Circadia in 2001, spent 30 years developing and manufacturing products for major brands in the industry.

Circadia’s solution to the topical oxygen/free radical problem utilises an advanced formula in order to reduce the risk of oxidative stress, without the use of pressurised gas tanks or hydrogen peroxide. Circadia’s Oxygen Rx Facial System uses solid state oxygen in the form of magnesium peroxide to allow us to create oxygen on the skin. This also allows the user to measure how much oxygen is penetrating into the skin. Another benefit of Circadia’s professional oxygen treatment is that the user is also able to control the amount of time that the skin is exposed to oxygen, and then neutralise the oxygen molecules, allowing for a safe delivery and a safe application.

There are several other key differences in Circadia’s Oxygen Rx Facial System that set it apart from the rest. Your professional kit will include deionized water gel sachets and magnesium peroxide powder sachets, which you will whip together in a lovely meringue consistency and massage on skin for two minutes. It also features an enzyme activator spray, which acts as a catalyst and and splits the oxygen and water on the skin, and also helps to saponify pore blockages. The last step is to use a spatula to remove the oxygen treatment from the skin, simultaneously scraping away surface buildup, and then spritzing the skin with your pack’s fourth inclusion – a citric spray which restores the skin to a natural pH of 4.5-5.5.

For more information of Circadia on to learn more about the Oxygen Rx Facial System, visit www.circadia.com.au