Oxygen is most commonly known as the stuff that we need to breathe. However, a lot of people are unfamiliar with the actual make-up of our atmosphere and fail to realize that oxygen is only 21% of the atmosphere, with nitrogen taking up 78% and smaller gases like argon, methane, and carbon dioxide filling in the last bits. But, oxygen is an extremely important part of the atmosphere for the functioning of our bodies, plant life, animal life and more. Oxygen is used in the scientific process of respiration, which is different for each species of fauna and flora, but for humans it is used typically to move oxygen from the outside air to the inner cells while transporting carbon dioxide out. When the oxygen is moved to the cells, it reacts with glucose to give the cells water, carbon dioxide, and energy molecules. Because of this, oxygen is commonly known as the molecule that gives life. Oxygen has many other benefits because of its function in the body, like the following below.
- Creates energy
- Digests food
- Metabolizes fats and carbohydrates
- Keeps the heart pumping
- Allows the symptom to function properly
- Strengthen the immune system
Because of this, oxygen is used in medical procedures as well as cosmetic procedures to help increase these great natural functions of the body and bring more clarity and life to the body. Here are a few different uses of oxygen.
Oxygen facial treatments are a unique way of using oxygen to refresh the skin. In an oxygen facial, your skin is first exfoliated. After, oxygen is introduced to the skin's pores through a type of machine that Intraceuticals pioneered in 2002. This machine has a similar look to a makeup airbrushing machine and a wand is moved across the skin to push oxygen and other skincare ingredients into the skin. These facials also include serums that are targeted for a certain type of treatment, like rejuvenating the skin, clarifying the skin, and other options. These facials are extremely popular with celebrities and are commonly used before big events. Madonna is a huge fan of these types of treatments and many have said that their skin after this type of treatment is more hydrated and tighter. Though this type of treatment is iffy as to whether oxygen makes that much of a difference for the skin, there are many people that love these treatments.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Another type of oxygen treatment is again extremely popular with celebrities, but is also used for many different medical conditions. Here are just a few different types of conditions in which hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used:
- Carbon Monoxide poisoning
- Arterial gas embolism
- Decompression sickness
- Radiation injuries
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy essentially involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room, in which the air pressure is increased to three times higher than normal air pressure. This means that you can gather more oxygen in your lungs, which helps fight bacteria, and promotes healing. Though many celebrities tend to use this therapy for diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and the general health of skin, there are many other benefits for this great type of therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is also used for athletes to help them heal quickly after an injury and has helped with PTSD for war veterans.
Oxygen bars are another type of non-medical usage for oxygen and first started in the United States in the late 1990s. Though these bars are pretty tricky—because oxygen is a medical gas, you have to have a prescription to have it administered to you, and a permit to dispense it—most states either allow them or require strict compliance with the law. But, users of these types of bars proclaim the benefits of oxygen to reduce hangovers, stress, and increase energy and alertness, though none of these effects have support from scientific studies.
Overall, though Oxygen facial treatments, hyperbaric oxygen treatments and oxygen bars are touted as having great cosmetic and medical effects, talk with your doctor before undergoing any type of procedure for safety.
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