The beauty sphere never ceases to delight with pleasant care novelties, which have not only highly effective formulas, but also bring a lot of pleasure from use.
This year, everyone is crazy about the so-called oxygen masks: when applied, it instantly turns your face into a kind of air cloud, and you yourself think that moisture gets literally to every cell of your skin. However, to what extent does the brightness of an oxygen mask match its usefulness? Is there another marketing trick behind all this?
How it works
The first oxygen masks came to us from Korea: first, cream-based products were at the peak of popularity, and then they were gradually replaced by clay and fabric ones. Oxygen itself is necessary to maintain the moisture balance of the skin. If it is disturbed, the skin immediately hints at this to you - increased dryness, irritation and a faded tone.
The main components of the oxygen mask - fluorocarbon and aquaftem - combine with oxygen, break it down into molecules, and in this state easily carry it to the deepest layers of the skin. This process is accompanied by a characteristic bursting, foaming and evenly spreading feeling of freshness - perhaps one of the most pleasant points of the procedure.
The owners of oily skin immediately became imbued with love for her, since the effect of the first oxygen masks was precisely to cleanse the pores and even out the complexion. Today, their formulas have significantly advanced: there are separate types of oxygen masks for moisturizing, nourishing, radiant and smoothing the skin of the face.
As a rule, you have to choose between a cloth mask and a cream mask (see also: "8 ways to enhance the effect of a cloth mask"). Here cosmetologists advise to trust the taste: with regard to oxygen masks, texture does not play a significant role, and this is its definite plus.
The question of efficiency
Feelings are sensations, but the results still come first. And here it is very important to understand the features of two types of oxygen masks - for home use and those offered in beauty salons.
Oxygen masks, which can be safely enjoyed lying on the bed, boast a full range of functions that are attributed to them: cleansing, normalizing water balance, evening complexion. However, if you compare it with a full-fledged procedure in a beauty salon, the difference becomes more obvious.
Purchased oxygen masks can help maintain healthy skin, but are unlikely to achieve significant improvements. Another thing is their professional counterparts, which are called by the general word "oxygen lifting" (see also: "The secret of eternal youth: operating and non-surgical lifts").
This procedure has a functional effect on wrinkles, folds, redness and acne, that is, it does not just mask skin defects for a short time, but fights them from the inside. Antioxidants, fortified complexes that make up the mask are going into battle. It is applied using a special device - an airbrush - on previously cleansed skin. This device helps oxygen to reach the very depths of the dermis. The result is fresher, firmer and healthier skin. For the durability of the result, the procedure is advised to be repeated weekly for a month. After that, you can safely part with the beautician for six months.
Who should try
The oxygen mask promises to work a real miracle with your skin - moisturize, cleanse pores, improve blood microcirculation and get rid of oily sheen. In reality, the result from its application always varies and depends on individual characteristics. If you have oily or oily skin, then you should definitely buy a couple of oxygen masks for a relaxing Saturday night or carve out the time and energy for a trip to the beauty salon.
In all other situations, an oxygen mask can be easily replaced with tonics, fluids and moisturizers with a light texture. True, it is very difficult to deny yourself such a pleasant and refreshing beauty ritual like an oxygen mask. Is it really necessary?
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