New, at-home oxygen beauty masks promise to boost circulation and cell turnover so you'll look extra radiant.
There's probably some truth to the premise, but you might want to wait before rushing to buy the product. The type of oxygen in these masks may do your skin good—it's different from the damaging, "unstable" type that's formed by UV light and pollution. This "friendly" oxygen is thought to help rev up the activity of mitochondria in your cells, says Whitney Bowe, M.D., an associate clinical professor at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
That stimulates the skin to produce collagen, get rid of old cells, and make new ones—a process that can help hold back signs of aging. But there's no evidence yet on whether oxygen in mask form can penetrate skin enough to make a difference. And any improvement could be due to other get-you-glam ingredients in the products.
"The oxygen may help with a glow, at least temporarily, in the same way exfoliation and massage do," Bowe says. "But it's not likely to replace anti-agers like retinol." If you're looking for real changes, best to stick with a more proven product.
The Verdict: SKIP IT.
This article originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.
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