I recently went to the BIG CITY for a class in breathwork. What a mind blower that was! It was ritualistic, ceremonial, and the woman leading was skilled in shamanic work and yoga…you name it, she’s accredited in it. I was impressed by how during two hours of delibrate breathing, I could cleanse, detox and reset my entire system. I was on a high for days after. Who knew that by simply breathing intentionally and in a focused way you could bring yourself so much healing and peace? I never knew! I still employ the breathing technique she taught us, it helps to ground me and calm me when I feel any kind of overwhelm. What does this have to do with anything? Well it got me thinking how important oxygen is to all life. We need oxygen to breathe obviously, but we also need oxygenation to our skin tissues for optimal skin health.
Oxygenation has to do with breathing and blood flow. On the skin, as for other tissues in the body, oxygen is essential to the health and maintenance of the cells. Young skin gets a lot of oxygen from the environment because it works efficiently enough to process what’s on offer. With age, skin loses it’s ability to keep and use oxygen for normal metabolic processes. Repair and regeneration of collagen and elastin tissue that provide the skin’s structural integrity are two of these processes.
What an oxygenating facial treatment does is enhance the available oxygen to the skin, boosting circulation, stimulating cell turnover, and leaving the complexion hydrated, plumped up and rejuvenated. In oxygen-rich environments bacteria, viruses, and fungal infections do not thrive. Do not confuse oxygenation with oxidation, oxidation is related to tissue decay. The metabolic break down of oxygen (essential, needed) results in 1 to 2% of those cells going radical. As in free radical! So anti-oxidants are designed to link up with and stabilize the free radical. So oxygenation is our friend. And makes us feel younger, healthier and as a result, happier.