The Best Oxygenating Skin Care—and How it Works

Rachel Krause

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If we were going to convince ourselves that anything in the skin care world might be a gimmick, oxygenating skin care would be high on our lists, because how can anything that bubbles, foams, and tingles on the surface of the skin be anything more than a novelty? Here’s how: delivering oxygen directly into the skin increases cell metabolism, which means that it helps skin to shed dead cells faster and replace them with newer, healthier ones. When your skin lacks oxygen due to clogged pores and environmental debris, it results in dullness, breakouts, and even premature aging.

Oxygenating skin care also has some history. Its first use was in medical treatments: pressurized oxygen is still used in hospitals to hasten the healing process of burns, courtesy of that same circulation-boosting quality that encourages skin to repair itself faster.

If you’re still not entirely convinced, we urge you to give one of these glorious oxygenating masks a try. Yes, they bubble, they foam, and they tingle—and not only will you be a convert after your first use, but they’re perfect for summer, too, thanks to their cooling components. Give ’em a chance.

Oxygenating-Peter Thomas RothPeter Thomas Roth Brightening Bubbling Mask works just as the name suggests—it bubbles, in a big way. Chockfull of vitamins, antioxidants, and brightening boosters, this mask works deep within the pores to infuse the skin with clarity and a healthy glow.

Oxygenating-ExuvianceYou’ll notice the difference immediately with Exuviance Bionic Oxygen Facial, which promises—and delivers—smooth, supple skin that looks totally rejuvenated in a single use. This is our go-to for early mornings following late nights, or even lazy weekend afternoons when we’re in dire need of a fast, effective pick-me-up.

Oxygenating-BlissLike a breath of fresh air for your skin, Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Foaming Mask combats the damage from environmental aggressors that affect our skin on an all-too-regular basis. Refreshing, revitalizing, and energizing, this vitamin-packed mask is the antidote for dull, tired skin.

Oxygenating-SephoraSeriously effective, gentle on sensitive skin, and reasonably priced, SEPHORA COLLECTION Bubble Mask Detoxifying & Oxygenating is the perfect gateway for those feeling trepidation about putting something that bubbles and foams onto their skin. White tea extract works as a powerful antioxidant, while vitamin E hydrates and soothes.

Oxygenating-Dr BrandtDr. Brandt Oxygen Facial Flash Recovery Mask works like a splash of cold water and a week’s worth of rest and relaxation: it purifies the skin, ridding pores of any dulling buildup, and makes it look downright luminous. You may be stressed, but your skin certainly won’t be.

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