Live in a City? Why You Need Oxygen (Yes, O2) in Your Skincare Products

Hallie Gould

Lately, there have been tons of product launches with oxygen as the star ingredient. While it seems intuitive (oxygen is good for our bodies, so it makes sense that it’d be helpful on our skin), it’s also a bit confusing.

Why, in a world surrounded by oxygen, does our skin need more of it? Shouldn’t I be able to go outside and instantly be zapped with the necessary amount of oxygen every time the wind blows? Well, not so much. Skincare companies incorporate oxygen into their products because it works to boost circulation and improve our skin—especially in places that are filled with pollution. 

Bliss lead tech Jeni Pekar explains: “Oxygen is what our blood lives and feeds off of to regenerate. It creates circulation to bring blood flow to the surface of the skin to help stimulate, restore, and replenish the skin’s overall health.”

Bliss lead tech Nandi Wagner agrees: “Our skin is bombarded with free radicals and pollution in the air that can lead to clogged pores, diminished tone, and a breakdown of collagen daily. Incorporating oxygen into your skin regimen helps to fight the negative effects of pollution. Not only does oxygen increase circulation, but it also inhibits bacteria, brightens, and promotes healing in the skin.”

“Bliss’s Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask ($60) is my go-to when my skin needs a quick boost,” Wagner continues. “The mask gives the skin a healthy dose of oxygen and is chock-full of antioxidants to prevent free radical damage and boost the skin's natural SPF, I like to call it ‘sleep in a bottle,’ and I highly recommend it for my busy guests who need to improve the clarity, brightness, and tone of their skin.”

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