By Dan Fryda

Here's something to think about:

  • At age 30, the loss of oxygen levels in the skin drops by 25%
  • At age 50, the loss of oxygen levels in the skin drops by up to 50%

In highly polluted environments the oxygen loss to the skin can be even higher.

Oxygen. Nature’s ignition for cellular metabolism is needed for optimum cellular turnover to preserve a youthful skin. But as we age, our skin’s ability to capture oxygen from blood circulation diminishes.  Capillaries begin to deteriorate limiting circulation of oxygen-loaded hemoglobin and vital skin nutrients. Moreover, sluggish circulation interferes with the evacuation of toxins leading to skin aging symptoms including wrinkles, age spots and loss of tone and moisture.

Our skin’s thirst for oxygen is vital in the production of collagen. Essentially, oxygen promotes metabolic processes within the dermis and viable cells to produce a higher state of activity. Oxygen enhances collagen formation in fibroblasts among many other actions resulting in the strengthening of the connective tissue matrix and firm, more youthful looking skin.

Spa Technologies has been working for two decades in formulating advanced skin care that blends liquid oxygen with natural anti-aging peptides, antioxidants, enzymes and more.  Thanks to a scientific breakthrough in liquid oxygen transport called Perfluorodecalin and perfluorohexane also known as PFC’s.

PFC’s are molecules approved by the FDA in the US for use in cosmetic products able to store gases such as oxygen and carbon dioxide. In other words, this molecule acts as a replica of hemoglobin for cellular breathing responsible for flooding oxygen into the connective tissue while extracting (or washing away) carbon dioxide. As such this unique substance may be described as a cosmeceutical, in that its function can be classified as being between a cosmetic and a pharmaceutical.

PFC’s are both hydrophobic and lipophobic so they don’t dissolve in either water or oil.  Since PFCs are inert, they do not create damaging free radicals.  You can best see this demonstrated in Spa Tech’s signature Oxygen Renewal Complex—a tri-phased anti-aging serum.  The product is divided into three layers: an orange-colored oil-soluble layer of a complex of antioxidants derived from algae bio-technologies floating on top, a hydro-soluble middle layer (yellow) with seaweed actives, peptides and hyaluronic acid in the middle, and a clear layer on the bottom with pure liquid oxygen.  All colors reflect the colors of the actual ingredients used.