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Prevention Prescription: Antioxidants and Oxygen

August 11, 2016

Prevention Prescription: Antioxidants and Oxygen

For even the healthiest, most vigilant green beauty devotees, there are just some things in life you can't avoid. Like air.  If the environment is polluted, it takes a toll on our skin and bodies in various ways. For example, some common chemicals block pores and lead to acne, while other materials, like detergents and alcohols, can cause our tissues to break down. Physical factors like heat and cold can lead to dehydration and skin irritation. And while we need sun to produce Vitamin D, sun exposure is responsible for 90% of skin damage and rapidly increases signs of aging. All of these environmental factors lead to oxidative stress, weakening the delicate lipid barrier that keeps skin moisturized and balanced. Over time, our skin becomes dry, more wrinkles appear, and we begin the frantic search for the next miracle-in-a-bottle to restore our youthful appearance. 

At IO, we are practiced in the art of prevention. While there's no way to entirely avoid environmental aggressors, there are ways to optimize the environment of your own skin, giving it a fighting chance against free radical attacks. 

Arm with Antioxidants 

Our top layer of skin - known as our lipid barrier - is our first line of defense. It's naturally anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and it protects the delicate environment of our skin, while acting as a shield from the external environment. Certain chemical and physical factors can strip this layer, causing our skin to be vulnerable to bacterial infections, inflammation, acne, sun damage and more.  So how do we keep this layer healthy and strong? Antioxidants. Often found in powerhouse essential oils like Comfrey Root, Tamanu and Helichrysum, oils create a bio-identical layer while also nourishing and balancing the skin. We happen to love In Fiore Soleil Fleur as a pre-sun treatment, or Arcona Booster Defense Serum for a daily dose of prevention.   

Upgrade your Oxygen 

Coming soon to the IO menu of services, pure oxygen facials are another way to prevent and protect skin from environmental damage. Far superior to air we breathe, The Oxygen Infusion Facial delivers 95 % medical-grade oxygen in combination with a professional grade infusion serum that further increases the uptake of oxygen to skin cells with vitamin peptides, multi-minerals, and antibacterial plant extracts. The oxygen that is sprayed onto the skin helps create an antibacterial environment, increase microcirculation, and can speed up wound healing. By removing impurities and pollutants left on the skin from the outside environment, oxygen has healing qualities that acts as a detox for the skin in a safe and gentle way while rejuvenating your complexion.

A few benefits of the Oxygen Facial:

  • Enhance delivery of nutrients to cells
  • Boosts renewal of skin cells
  • Optimizes cellular detoxification
  • Speeds healing
  • Kills acne causing bacteria
  • Reduces redness, irritation, and inflammation

Our Oxygen Infusion Facial, featuring Luzern products, will be available at IO Marin beginning August 15.