You may have heard about the oxygen-facial trend by now with stars like Madonna, Michelle Williams, and Emma Stone referring to them as the secret to preserving their skin’s youthful complexion.
Most dermatologists can agree that the oxygen facial is worthy of its reputation. The true secret behind its impressive results is its ability to drive oxygen into the skin, promoting circulation, which revs up your cell’s regenerative engine.
Receiving oxygen facials from time to time can help the complexion, but the best long-term benefits are best achieved through consistent, daily treatment. There is a way to get these benefits daily through the use of a little-known ingredient created during WWII.
Perfluorodecalin is a fluorocarbon and derivative of decalin, and used in cosmetics and beauty products to dissolve and deliver oxygen to the skin in formulas. Perfluorodecalin’s ability to dissolve oxygen helps to revitalize skin and reduce wrinkles, increasing the partial pressure of oxygen (pO2), according to research. Some studies have shown that formulas that include Perflurodecalin improve the skin’s barrier function resulting in increased moisturizing efficacy.
This liquid-breathing material takes on a similar role to red blood cells by enhancing the delivery of oxygen to cells. When applied topically, they deeply penetrate the skin barrier to deliver oxygen to cells, fortifying cell membranes and significantly promoting healthier skin.
Perfluorocarbons don’t just offer oxygen to the skin; they also ensure there’s a balanced-ratio through something called passive diffusion. In other words, they’re able to promote a state of equilibrium in the skin by moving oxygen from areas of greater concentration to areas of the skin that are lacking it.
Applying these oxygen-enhancing ingredients topically has also been proven to offer significant healing and repairing benefits to scarred and aging skin. Whether it’s with an oxygen facial or high-grade skincare products, it’s an easy way to experience unparalleled anti-aging, wound-healing, and moisture-enhancing benefits. So, it’s no surprise that they’ve grown beyond medical applications and into skincare.
Did you know that your skin loses its ability to retain and utilize oxygen by 25% by age 30? By the time you reach 50, that loss doubles to 50%. In areas with high pollution, those numbers can be even higher.
Oxygen is nature’s ignition for cellular metabolism and is needed for optimal cellular turnover to preserve youthful looking skin. As we age, our skin’s ability to capture oxygen from blood circulation diminishes. Capillaries begin to deteriorate, limiting circulation of oxygen-loaded hemoglobin and vital skin nutrients. Moreover, sluggish circulation interferes with the evacuation of toxins leading to skin aging symptoms including wrinkles, age spots and loss of tone and moisture.
Our skin’s thirst for oxygen is vital in the production of collagen. Essentially, oxygen promotes metabolic processes within the dermis and viable cells to produce a higher state of activity. Oxygen enhances collagen formation in fibroblasts resulting in the strengthening of the connective tissue matrix to firm the skin.
By increasing the flow of oxygen to skin cells, perfluorocarbon helps the skin breathe optimally and self-regulate after being exposed to UV and polluted environments.
One study on aging skin confirmed that one of the inevitable consequences of getting older is that the skin cells receive a reduced supply of nutrients and oxygen. Fortunately, perfluorocarbons have the ability to increase the skin’s lacking supply of oxygen. This means that they can reverse some of the damage of aging and encourage a restored, rejuvenated complexion.
Several studies have proven that applying oxygen to wounds can significantly improve healing and even reduce the risks of infection. Since perfluorocarbons have the unique ability to carry more than 49% of their volume in pure oxygen, they’re incredibly effective at healing.
More importantly, Science Daily revealed that perfluorocarbons are also able to activate the cells in the immune system that stimulate the healing process. No wonder they’re so commonly found as an active ingredient in wound-healing treatments. Doctors apply these treatments onto major wounds to speed up the skin’s natural healing process, while many cosmetic surgeons also employ the benefits of these oxygen-carriers to post-op scars.
In short, perfluorocarbons carry oxygen to cells, allowing the skin to breathe and regulate itself for a healthy, radiant complexion. This also helps the skin retain significantly more moisture and keep the skin looking healthy and hydrated. What’s more, these oxygen-carriers have been proven to enhance the skin’s natural healing process of even the deepest of wounds and diminish the appearance of acne scars.
CHARLÍS Breath of Life Oxygen Face Serum utilizes perfluorodecalin to breathe new life into your skin, giving your face a younger, healthier, and more vibrant complexion. Combined with our Daily Facial Cleanser, this oxygen serum is the perfect tool for supporting cellular respiration, smoothing wrinkles and fine lines, and encouraging microcirculation for brighter, healthier skin!
Here are some of the other ingredients we use to help you look and feel your best:
ORGANIC CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT: Calendula Extract prevents aging in two different ways: It promotes skin tightness, which reduces day-to-day damage, and it also increases hydration within the skin, which is one of the main ways to prevent signs of aging.
UBIQUINONE: Ubiquinone is also (and perhaps more popularly) known as coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10. Applied to skin, it can have antioxidant benefits due to its energizing effect on factors in skin that tend to slow down with age and cumulative sun exposure.
ORGANIC CITRUS PARADISI PEEL OIL: Extracted from the peel of the grapefruit, this oil contains naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that help promote smoother, younger looking skin by increasing the rate of cell renewal. It also contains astringent and tightening properties, and due to potent antibacterial and antimicrobial effects, it’s the perfect ingredient to treat and protect acne-prone skin.
ORYZA SATIVA BRAN EXTRACT: Oryza sativa (rice) bran extract helps to soften skin. It is a rich source of over 100 antioxidant compounds, including vitamin E, ferulic acid, and oryzanol. The bran also contains moisturizing polysaccharides, omega-3 fatty acids, and micronutrients like calcium, selenium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc.