Have you ever wondered how celebs get that red-carpet glow?
Sure, some of it might be natural but many have been jumping on the oxygenating facial trend to give their skin that extra lift.
I have pretty average skin and wanted to give this facial a try to see if it really does make a difference. I went to Glow Medi Spa in Toronto to try their TIFF Oxy Trio Treatment ($145/60 minutes). I met with Dr. Diane Wong who has treated many brides and celebrities before big events. She notes, “Our clients are always pleased with the notable boost in radiance of their skin after this type of treatment; the next morning, the glow factor can be quite striking.”
So after a thorough cleansing, toning and the application of a papaya-exfoliating mask, my skin was ready for the star treatment. The oxygenating facial portion included these three steps:
Step 1: Activation
My skincare specialist applied a dime-sized amount of fumaric acid and niacin to get the blood flow and natural circulation in my skin going. The chemical reaction is given some time to penetrate into the skin. Expect a slight tingle at most.
Step 2: Detoxification
A yeast derivative of a type of fungi is then massaged into the skin for two minutes. This step is supposed to rid skin cells of any toxins and free radicals. The key ingredients used here include a pumpkin seed oil, wild cherry bark extract and hydrolyzed Candida saitoana extract.
Step 3: Oxygen Delivery
I was truly expecting to see a giant oxygen tank ready to pump oxygen into my skin. I tried a similar type of facial in the past and my skin was left glowing for about a day. Dr. Wong’s version can last anywhere from one to four weeks and uses a combination of acids and a stabilized form of hydrogen peroxide in this final step to draw natural oxygen to the surface of the skin with this chemical reaction. The oxygen is what gives skin that glow.
Once the oxygenating section was completed, my face and neck were treated to a relaxing massage and moisturizers.
Possible Side Effects
Reactions can range from no redness to major redness. Everyone’s skin reacts differently, so if you are thinking of having this treatment done for a special event, it’s pretty important that you do it several weeks before if it’s your first time. Once you gauge your skin’s reaction to the oxygenating facial, you can book again closer to the date so you can give any redness time to fade.
I had a little bit of redness but nothing major. If anything, my face was a little more greasy than usual from all the serums and moisturizers. After about a day or so, I noticed that my skin did a look a bit brighter and healthier and had a nice glow to it. It’s been about two weeks since my treatment and I think it’s beginning to fade and return to its usual dullness.
Skincare and Make-up Routine
I gave my heavy make-up routine a rest and switched out my foundation for a lighter tinted moisturizer with SPF and some translucent powder to set my face. I also became more diligent about my skincare routine, taking the time to properly wash my face, apply toner to rebalance my skin’s PH levels, slathering on some serum and then a good moisturizer on top.
For a few days following the treatment, my skin did feel a bit drier and flakier which could be the result of my facial or the cooler weather. So it was important to keep moisturizing.
If I had a big important event looming, I would definitely try this treatment again. It did make a difference in the look of my skin and I liked how the results lasted more than one day.
Lisa Ng is the Editor-in-Chief of The Hip + Urban Girl’s Guide, a lifestyle website that blogs daily about food, travel, fashion and events. When she’s not chasing after the best taco or donut somewhere around the world, you can find her in Toronto sharing her finds online.