What about Oxygen in Skin Care Products?
As you know, oxygen creams and inhalations of oxygen is still been offered by many beauticians. In order to inform you why we do not utilize oxygen in its products, we give a brief introduction to the subject.
Marketing people try to take advantage of the customer’s wrong feeling that oxygen always has a positive effect. However, skin and the entire organism are supplied with an appropriate quantity of oxygen via the lungs and the blood circulation system so any additional supply with oxygen creams and oxygen inhalations does not make any sense at all. Inhalation of oxygen is a matter of medical treatment and emergency when the oxygen supply of the tissue and body cells is not sufficient due to pathological factors in the blood circulation.
Although it is highly questionable whether oxygen creams supply the skin with significant quantities of oxygen, the pretended oxygen increase of 100% in advertisements is definitely not recommendable, moreover, it has an adverse affect on a normal, healthy skin. Consulting a physiology book shows immediately that not the highest possible quantity of oxygen is best for the organism and the skin, but rather the right and adequate concentration of oxygen, which is guaranteed by the normal blood circulation. It is important to realize that too much oxygen is poisonous for the cell enzymes resulting in harm to the cell and its function. Clearly, this should not be the objective of cosmetic treatment. As far as we know there has not been any harm by oxygen creams, however. So we conclude that oxygen creams do not in fact contain considerable quantities of oxygen. Fluoric hydrocarbons as a solvent are necessary to channel oxygen into the skin, but the metabolism of fluoric hydrocarbons in the human body has not yet been explored and negative effects for the organism seem to be possible. This is the reason why fluoric hydrocarbons have been banned in medicine!
So any positive effect of oxygen in cosmetics is more than questionable whereas the risks are significant.