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{Product Review} Oxygenetix Foundation

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If I had to describe this treatment foundation in a few words, they would be: Best Foundation I’ve ever used.
I’ve highlighted treatment above, as Oxygenetix is not just another base for your make up.

“Oxygenetix is a breakthrough foundation used to cover, help heal and minimize – even eliminate – procedural scars”

I started using this foundation when my skin was particularly bad, I had just started new medication and I couldn’t get the hormonal breakouts under my jaw line to calm down. As much as other foundations were covering up the embarrassing situation on my face, they were aggravating the problem. I was at my wits end. I then started reading rave reviews on twitter and was desperate to try it. I met Justine Cambell, the sales and marketing manager of oxygenetix and she kindly gave me a bottle to try. To say my skin has never been better is un understatement. My breakouts slowly started to improve and my skin overall had an amazing glow to it. I slept with the foundation on more time that I should have and didn’t wake up with that feeling of a dirty face and clogged pores. In fact I read on the website “if left on it works its magic all night long while you sleep” (*please note that I in no way advocate sleeping with make-up on at all, it is vitally important to wash and treat your skin every night.) I started off building this foundation quite heavily, but after 2 weeks less was more. (I didn’t take a before and after photo, but I am definitely repurchasing this foundation so will put one up then!)

Minimising downtime and scarring following surgery was the principle of importance when Barry Knapp formulated and developed Oxygenextix Breathable Foundation. Oxygenetix is applied right after a very aggressive procedure and not only helps the healing process, but makes you less self conscious when you walk out the treatment room, as your skin looks normal.

Lets get down to why this foundation is so incredible:
- stimulates cell growth
- safe on all skin types
- immediately soothes and cools upon application, making it perfect to use post peel
- spf 25 (physical block)
- water resistant – great for the beach in summer and will stay on for upto 90 minutes of swimming
- transfer resistant
- non irritating
- the only foundation that the longer you leave on your skin, the more benefits your skin has
- in essence, it is a breathable second skin
- non comedogenic
- fragrance free
- made using organically certified ingredients

Oxygenetix Breathable Foundation has 14 different shades for all skin types. 7 Blue based shades and 7 yellow based shades.

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Key Ingredients

Aloe Barbadenis Base: its antibacterial properties protect compromised skin while gently removing dead surface cells.
Ceravite Complex is a patent pending ingredient that promotes oxyen uptake assisting in the proliferation (growth and uptake of cells by multiplication) of collagen and connective tissue growth. Basically, Ceravite delivers high amounts of oxygen to the cells to help make the vital productive cells work harder.

Size: 15ml
RSP: R750
Application: Apply as you would a normal foundation. This foundation is also buildable if you are looking for a better coverage.

The Dangers of Over Exfoliation

Being winter and having really dry dull skin, I think we are all exfoliating like crazy to try and get that smooth glow again.

[Exfoliation is the removal of the oldest dead skin cells on the epidermis and helps to maintain a glowing healthy skin, but like most things done in excess over-exfoliation is bad for your skin. Sonette Donker from Dermalogica South Africa explains why:

“Over-exfoliation is the drawback and downside to having such great ingredients at our disposal. We know this has led to more environmentally sensitized skin and possibly aging. We may tell our clients to exfoliate 2-3 times a week, but they don’t listen to us because they like the way their skin feels after exfoliation. As a consumer we love how our skin looks after exfoliation – “I don’t care if my therapist says only 2x a week, I want to do it every day, even if you tell me not to!”

But what happens if we are looking under a magnifying lamp? Have you looked at your skin in a magnifying lamp? We sacrifice the integrity of the epidermis which leads to sensitized skin. The cosmetic chemists have been aware of the problem, so the latest research has been concentrating on looking for exfoliating ingredients to use that will exfoliate, but can be used every day without compromising the integrity of the skin.

Signs of over exfoliation;
•Noticeable dehydration and patchy areas.
•Tautness, itchiness.
•Irritation and breakouts.
•Transparent looking skin.
•Redness, couperose, signs of early rosacea.

Dangers of Excessive Exfoliation (less wrinkles today could mean more wrinkles tomorrow)

Removal of the outermost layer of the skin stimulates the cells in the lower layers to grow and divide, causing the skin to thicken and thus diminishing visible signs of aging. The more you exfoliate the more cell divisions will occur in the lower skin layers. There is one problem though. Normal human cells cannot divide indefinitely. Fibroblasts (a key type of cell in the skin) would divide about 50 times and then enter a so-called stage of senescence.

This ‘theory’ of cell division is called the Hayflick Limit (named after its discoverer Dr. Leonard Hayflick). His studies show that in this stage the cell is sluggish, inefficient and unresponsive to various signals from the body and unable to divide. Skin with many senescent cells is usually fragile, blotchy and easily wrinkled. Exfoliation remains a valuable tool but if you over-use it, your skin may hit the Hayflick Limit.

Today’s good news is that the Hayflick Limit does not appear to be carved in stone. Research indicates that very simple measures available today may help to extend it by as much as 50%.”

A bit technical – but you get it right?!

I myself love to exfoliate daily, and Dermalogica has 2 daily exfoliators. Daily Microfoliant and Daily Resurfacer – I am currently testing the Daily Resurfacer and I must say I am loving the way my skin is looking – I will post my review next week.