The Oxygen Bar
It has been made hip by countless celebrities and is sold in well known stores such as Harvey Nicols and Selfridges!
It isn't as silly as it sounds. Did we ever think we'd end up paying for bottled water?
Who could have imagined that millions of us would ever pay for water rather than drinking it free from the tap!
We need oxygen to breath and it's free in the atmosphere so why pay £2 for a 10 minute shot?
Well oxygen therapy has been researched extensively and the benefits are scientifically proven.
A recent study reported that feeding the brain with extra oxygen can improve mental performance.
Brain power can be increased by up to 20 per cent when people take extra supplies of oxygen, according to researchers at the Human Cognitive
Neuroscience Unit of the University of Northumbria.
Volunteers remembered up to 20 per cent more words from a list after they were given a short blast of oxygen through a facemask.
A dose of oxygen also improved performance when playing the computer game Tetris when the game was at its hardest level.
Experts believe that the more oxygen in the body and brain the better your system will function.
Some of the benefits are it: boosts energy, enables recovery more quickly after exertion, gets rid of headaches and hangovers, relieves stress, increases concentration and enables you to feel more relaxed and revitalised.
Oxygen bars have been around for years in Asia and America. Cheers and Natural Born Killers star Woody Harrelson who's also a hemp impresario and Hollywood's man with a social conscience, opened an oxygen bar in LA where hip customers sniff medical grade oxygen to relieve stress and get rid of their hangovers.
These facials are the new black, mainly due to their instant effects - they promise to plump and hydrate skin, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. A big hit on the set of Sex and the City apparently (well, smoother plumped up skin is a great base for makeup). Brides love them as the perfect pep up before walking down the aisle. They have even been credited as the secret of Madonna's younger-looking skin.
It works through a machine that strips out impurities from the air and pumps out pure oxygen; infusing hydrating anti-ageing serums deep into the dermal layer of the skin where they will be most effective.
But do oxygen facials really merit all this attention?
Yes the treatment works
What's the procedure?
Rejuvenation Infusion - suitable for all skin types, firms and tightens skin and improves skin tone Opulence Infusion ideal for treating skin problems such as uneven skin tone and pigmentation
An oxygen facial is basically a high-pressure blast of oxygen that feeds the skin and the result is a clearer, plumper smoother face and a younger looking you. An immediate change in appearance is common. In fact, it’s been described as the equivalent of two weeks in the Swiss Alps in an hour and a half.
What it does
Oxygen levels in the skin diminish considerably with age, smoking and exposure to air pollution. Some claim the oxygen levels reaching your facial tissues via natural blood micro-circulation can drop by as much as 70% by the
time you’re just 30. In other words, the less oxygen in your skin - or to be precise, in the epidermis, the top layer of skin the more visible fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of ageing.
An oxygen facial works by
super-charging oxygen levels in the skin, resulting in better circulation and skin cell regeneration which, between them, leave the skin glowing. It’s good for making you look younger, reducing greyness, rosacea, healing bruising, and
general wear and tear. A purifier, oxygen also kills surface bacteria which helps to keep skin clear.
Atoxelene Infusion - an add-on to the basic Rejuvenation or Opulence infusions, marketed as a non-invasive alternative to Botox to soothe fine lines and wrinkles, particularly around the mouth, eyes and on the forehead
Results for each treatment are immediate, explains Faye and should last for one to two weeks. As the effects are cumulative, she recommends a course of six treatments, taken once a week; the price for the course includes products to use at home as well. For price details see below.
So, the sixty million dollar question. Does it work?
First my face is cleansed, then the machine is switched on and the oxygen is pumped onto my skin through a thin
hose which Faye guides around my skin. The spray is pleasantly cooling, and the effect is relaxing, though some people can't stop giggling when it comes into contact with their lips - it tickles!
The whole process takes about 45 minutes and your given a mirror to check the results straight after. Do your lines look fainter? we think you will see a difference.
But don't expect every wrinkle on your face to magically smooth away after one treatment - because it ain't going to happen!
*So if you are ready to move away from having your face gently pampered for an hour, and want to undergo a more intensive programme of skin therapy, this could be the one for you. Or maybe you just want to age like Madonna ...*
Prices and contact details
An individual facial costs £40 (£60 with Atoxelene infusion); a course of six costs £220 (with Atoxelene infusion £340
Oxygen aids recovery
Athletes take oxygen before competing, and so do rock stars such as Mick Jagger. Michael Jackson also purportedly favours napping in his personal oxygen chamber.
Britain's airheads can inhale extra oxygen from machines installed at night-clubs, bars, gyms and high street stores such as Selfridges and Harvey Nichols which also has an oxygen bar.
The specially designed machines used in The Therapy Rooms are simple to use. You pay for your time and oxygen is pumped out via a jetmask, which covers the nose and mouth. We will whilst this is happening be doing a relaxing head/facial massage.
A minimum of five minutes is needed to start to feel benefits.
Many tens of thousands of people are already enjoying the benefits of an extra oxygen boost.
One person who owns a similar system said
'Of course with anything that is new or a bit odd or crazy people are going to pass it off as a fad which only celebrities can afford.
'But the same could be said about buying bottled water. If you had asked the same question of people 20 to 30 years ago about would they pay 70p for a bottle of water when it is free out of the tap? They would have said no but now bottled water is brought by millions of people.
'It's essentially a lifestyle choice just as it is with drinking bottled water which you perceive to be purer and healthier.
'There is a hell of a lot of animosity from people to start with but they are eager to try it and once they do they invariably like it and feel the
How extra oxygen works?
Oxygen is at saturation level in the red blood cells even when breathing normal air. Extra oxygen is absorbed into the blood by increasing it partial
pressure, driving more oxygen into the tissues
The Therapy Rooms oxygen system plugs into a normal wall socket and uses minimal electricity.
It works by drawing in air which contains 21 per cent oxygen, 78 per cent nitrogen and one per cent other gases, filtering out the impurities through
molecular sieve beds and pumping out up to 95 per cent pure filtered oxygen.
The user breathes an entirely safe mixture of 95 per cent pure oxygen and the surrounding air, which contains 21 per cent oxygen. This means they get between 50 to 100 per cent more oxygen than they would get from the normal sea level air.
A fragrance can be added to enhance the pleasure of breathing a scented, oxygen enriched air mixture.
The aromatherapy scent cartridges include: energy, eucalyptus, passion, relax, lemon and orange.
The system uses an oxygen generator to produce the oxygen because of the advantages it has over cylinders, which have been used in oxygen bars.