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Is This Facial the New Microdermabrasion?

By Klaudia Tirico / December 8, 2014

Over the past few years, oxygen facials have proven to be super beneficial for skin. The procedure, which requires a blast of pure oxygen (using what resembles an airbrush makeup wand) infused with skin-perfecting nutrients and antioxidants, has been used to treat burns and wounds, repair skin at a cellular level, and make a dull complexion glow. But the first generation oxygen facials have nothing on Pollogen’s OxyGeneo facial, a new treatment that fuses an oxygen facial with microdermabrasion. 
I tested out the OxyGeneo facial firsthand at The Wellpath in NYC. Unlike traditional facials, this one is performed by a doctor rather than an esthetician. So don’t expect to change into a fancy robe and get treated to an invigorating massage with aromatherapy. The Oxygeneo is a straight-to-the-point procedure that takes about 30 minutes, making it ideal for anyone with a busy schedule. 
Similar to other microdermabrasion machines, the OxyGeneo system features a handheld wand with an exfoliating tip made of sodium bicarbonate, citric acid and magnesium called a “Capsugen.” But this wand doesn’t have that vacuum-like suction that micro is known for. Instead, the tip kind of feels like someone is buffing your face with an extra-gentle pumice stone. The doctor first applies a layer of treatment gel, either NeoRevive for rejuvenation and anti-aging or NeoBright for brightening and texture improvement, on clean skin. When the Capsugen comes in contact with the gel, carbon dioxide bubbles start to form, causing oxygen-packed blood to move to the skin’s surface for a plump and radiant complexion. This gives off a tingling sensation all over your face. 
After 20 minutes of buffing, the doctor removes any excess gel and you’re good to go. They say that the treatment is painless, but I found it to be a little more uncomfortable than other microdermabrasion treatments I've tried. This could have been due to the fact that my face was irritated by the freezing cold winds during my commute to The Wellpath. With that said, I expected my face to be as red as a tomato, but it wasn’t. It looked fantastic — super glowy and smooth! 
To try your own OxyGeneo facial, click here for participating clinics. If you’re in NYC, make your Oxygeneo appointment at The Wellpath on Madison Avenue.