Every day we inhale and exhale oxygen, giving our internal support system a breath of fresh air. Without oxygen, we'd perish. But, while beneficial for the inside of our body, is oxygen the new topical miracle worker it’s being touted to be?
According to many popular skin care brands, it is. Oxygen is making its debut in everything from serums, eye creams, facial masks, and yes, even lip balms. But is it the new "miracle” ingredient many companies are swearing by?
Probably not. H2O2, better known as hydrogen peroxide, is a substance that releases oxygen, which is a chemical element utilized medicinally to regenerate damaged tissue. While proven beneficial for wound healing, H2O2, when applied to the skin, has been shown to generate free radicals. Yes, those are the nasty molecules that induce premature aging, destroy healthy skin cells, and break down skin-plumping collagen.
So why is this chemical in your new skin cream?
According to numerous beauty companies, oxygen has anti-inflammatory, glowing, and renewing benefits for the skin. Sadly, they've based their claims on research designed around wound healing. When severe wounds are present on the body, tissue regeneration requires an increase in topical oxygen because it eases the pain and swelling of the wound. However, research regarding oxygen therapy is still limited and unproven. In addition, injuries typically aren't comprised of antioxidants and vitamins as your face cream would be.
Why bring up antioxidants? Many skincare products, such as serums and creams, contain valuable antioxidants designed to help protect the skin from oxidative stressors such as oxygen and pollution. But if H2O2, an oxygen-releasing substance, is in a product how does that benefit your skin?
While the hype sounds tantalizing, medical journals, scientific research, and years of medical proof aren't backing that message. Research shows that applying oxygen to the skin could have an adverse effect, thus making you look years older – not younger!
That’s because oxygen causes free radical damage, a process designed to kill healthy skin cells. It also depletes the body of natural electrons, and breaks down collagen (the substance capable of plumping skin), thereby promoting premature aging. Antioxidants are the cream of the crop when it comes to skin because they counteract the negative effects of free radicals.
So why are companies mixing free radicals with antioxidants? To make more money. Because the terms "oxygen-releasing" and "bubbly" sound appealing, many companies are capitalizing on erroneous science rather than standing by their promise of providing you with the best products for your skin. And clearly, that's unacceptable.
Keep in mind that your skin is the most fragile and protective organ on your body. Treat it like it's your best friend. Work hard to keep impurities out and all good things in with gentle products proven to heal, protect, and nurture your skin. I promise you, if you love your skin just as it loves you, it will look and feel better than it ever has before. And you don't need to apply oxygen to do that.
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References: http://www.paulaschoice.com/cosmetic-ingredient-dictionary/definition/hydrogen-peroxide; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3454471/; http://www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/misc_topics/radicals.html
Cheers to healthy and happy skin!
K.D. Gates \ celsaderm.com
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