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I’ll warn you here: This is a long one! There’s a lot of information to share about these products!
In recent months, I’ve been having trouble with my facial skin. I’ve had more bumps and redness from my rosacea and I’ve battled flaky skin, dryness but yet also an oil slick on my T-zone by mid-day.
Finding a solution for all of this has forced me to research the products I’m using to target the root cause of my issues. This is something that I admit I didn’t think much about previously, not beyond surface knowledge I needed determine what does/does not irritate my skin. While I know there are many factors that go into changes in my skin – including, likely, medications I’ve been taking under the care of a fertility specialist – I’ve discovered skin care products to exfoliate, soothe and brighten my skin.
As I started to really take care of my face, I knew that I had to start thinking about my cosmetics. When Oxygenetix reached out to me and asked if I wanted to try their “second skin foundation” and report back to my readers, I responded back quickly that yes, yes I would. I was intrigued by the idea that this foundation is breathable, and according to the brand, works well with skin problems I experience. Historically, Oxygenetix has marketed its products to those who have experienced some type of cosmetic procedure like microneedling or resurfacing; it’s ability to let oxygen into the skin makes it ideal for healing and concealing redness, according to the brand.
I received Oxygenetix Oxygenating Moisturizer, and Oxygenating Foundation in the shade Opal, to review.
Let me start off with a few words about the moisturizer.
Oxygenetix Oxygenating Moisturizer is also billed by the brand as a breathable, second-skin formula. According to Oxygenetix, most moisturizers sit on the surface of the skin, which can block the flow of oxygen; Oxygenating Moisturizer instead provides immediate hydration while concealing signs of procedures and protecting skin from sun and environmental damage. The product’s hyaluronan and PCA retain moisture.
The Oxygenating Moisturizer is said to give a youthful fullness to your skin.
“It delivers fast-absorbing, long-lasting hydration while reducing the signs of aging. Aloe soothes skin irritations, reduces redness and supplies comforting moisture while Vitamin E and grape seed and green tea extracts protect skin against premature aging by warding off free radicals.Sodium hyaluronate and PCA lubricate the skin, plump up fine lines and wrinkles, and ensure your skin retains moisture all day while Ceravitae Complex oxygenates and disinfects,” according to the website.
Ceravitae Complex is patented by the brand, and part of it’s secret sauce.
FEATURES & BENEFITS, according to the website:
- Ceravitae Complex oxygenates and promotes growth of collagen, new skin cells and connective tissue in aging or compromised skin
- Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive and post-procedure skin
- Increases oxygen uptake to help reduce healing time
- Same breathable mesh network as Oxygenetix foundations
- Minimizes scarring and softens skin
- Aloe vera barbadensis calms, protects, soothes and cools skin
- HLA and PCA attract moisture and prevent moisture loss
- Non-comedogenic (will not clog pores)
- No added water; oil-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free
My skin, after moisturizer:
Apologies for the blurriness, it’s hard to see my skin but to be honest there isn’t much to see. You can see enough to compare what my skin looks like with the foundation, though!
This moisturizer is very nice. My skin feels supple after I apply it, and I’ve also reached for it after I’ve done a peel or exfoliation and need some moisture. I wouldn’t say my skin is better because of this moisturizer, but it
The bottle is a pump, and one full pump is two applications for me – too much product! So I only pump halfway, to get a large pea-size of moisturizer to rub onto my face.
Ingredients list: Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetyl Esters, Decyl Oleate, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Stearic Acid, Socium PCA, Vitus Vinifera (Grape Seed) Extract, Triethanolamine, Glycerin, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Lecithin, Salix Alba (Willow) Extract, Cetanol, PEG-100 Stearate, Potassium Sorbate, O-Cymen-5-OI, Green Tea Extract.
The Oxygenating Moisturizer IS a good canvas, as the brand says, for its foundation.
According to the website, “The patented Ceravitae™ Complex, and aloe and triple silica gel technology form the unique, breathable matrix that powers Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation. Ceravitae supports new skin cell production and the healing process following aesthetic procedures or skin problems. The oxygenating, natural components of the gel base, Vitamin E, grape seed extract and Salix alba extract work in harmony to create a light, breathable, protective skin.”
Oxygenetix has been developing its foundation with plastic surgeons, dermatologists and scientists for more than a decade. The website claims that wearing this foundation is better than wearing nothing at all, which feels lofty! And has not been evaluated by the FDA. While I’m skeptical of such a claim, I wear foundation most days, and was excited about this one.
The brand says this foundation can be used can be applied immediately following C02 laser resurfacing, microneedling, chemical peels, injectables, IPL, laser hair removal and other procedures to conceal any redness, scarring or bruising. It allows skin to breathe with full coverage. It also includes the Ceravitae Complex.
So if it’s this good with medical procedures, it makes sense that it would be good for skin issues such as liver and age spots, rashes, cracked or dry skin, acne scars and rosacea.
FEATURES & BENEFITS, according to the website:
- Conceals and camouflages skin imperfections while boosting healing
- Ceravitae Complex supports skin cells, and aids collagen formation and connective tissue growth
- Perfect coverage for rosacea, redness, acne, psoriasis, eczema, vitiligo and other blemishes
- Vitamin E promotes healing of the skin
- Aloe Vera barbadensis calms and soothes skin while supporting healing
- A breathable mesh network gently bonds to skin and promotes oxygen uptake
- Doesn’t smudge due to sweat or humidity
- Water and transfer resistant (swim up to 90 minutes)
- SPF 25 UVA/UVB protection
- Stays on all day – no need to reapply
- Non-irritating and non-comedogenic
Ingredient list: Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Isododecane, Titanium Dioxide, Methicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isododecane, Cetyl Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG/PPG-20/15 Dimethicone, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, PEG-8, Dioctyldodecyl Dodecanedioate, Iron Oxide, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Glycerin, o-Cymen-5-ol, Silica, Cyclomethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Sea Salt, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer.
This also comes out as a pump, but I do require three or four pumps to do my face with full coverage.
Here’s half my face with the foundation:
Here is the finished foundation:
While Oxygenating Foundation was a great coverage for my skin, you can still see some red poking through, including on my forehead and cheek, where I happened to have a slight red bump and area (as you can see in the blurry first photo!).
The first time I wore it, I worried that this would indicate poor wear. But that’s not the case. In fact, this foundation didn’t breakdown the same way my other foundations do, around my chin and nose and forehead. It really took to my skin, and I can see why it’s referred to as “second skin foundation”
Despite the lack of breakdown, I still got oily on my T-zone. To tackle this, I’ve tried the foundation in combination with other products, like a mattifying primer, or Skin Prep from Mehron. Both did the trick for me.
Here’s how my makeup looked at the end of the day, the first time I tried it, before I took it off. More than 12 hours! On this particular day, I only wore some blush, highlighter, brow gel and lipstick (which clearly wore off!):
My skin is a bit oily, and there is minor wear, but this foundation still looks good.
The only thing I didn’t like about it is that it’s not the right color match for my fair skin tone. Oxygenetix displayed its foundation and moisturizer at The Makeup Show NYC this year, and I was able to sample Opal before it arrived here; but I should have chosen Pearl. Opal was just a touch too yellow for me. Here are the colors:
Oxygenetix has typically been sold through plastic surgeon and dermatologist offices, but the brand is expanding to market to the general consumer. They also makes an Acne Control Foundation, as well.
The price on this foundation varies, depending on where you go to buy it. You get .5 oz for your money (15ml). It’s listed on Lovely Skin ($49.50), DermStore ($66) and EDC Skincare ($66) websites. The moisturizer comes in a couple different sizes; I trialed the 50ml size, which retails for $85 on EDC Skincare’s site. There are also 30ml ($70 on EDC) and 75ml ($119, EDC) options. I didn’t want to link to a specific e-tailer; there are many that sell this, and the discounts and deals on those sites vary.
Also, the Oxygenetix website here will help you find a local cosmetic or physician’s office to purchase from if you would rather see it in person. I discovered I have a physician location less than a half hour from me, a couple towns over.
After weeks of wearing this foundation and moisturizer, I feel confident in my final verdict on it.
- It’s gentle on my skin
- It covers my skin – and rosacea – in a nearly full coverage manner
- It lasts all day. ALL. DAY.
- I can use other products with it to help tackle mid-day and late afternoon oil slicks on my T-zone.
- My color match was off, but not obnoxious.
- It’s pricey, especially buying them together.
- Moisturizer has a plastic scent, or like chemicals. It’s weird. But it doesn’t linger at all.
- Foundation just kinda smells like…foundation.
Would I purchase this? If I have the money on hand, yes. I haven’t just been wear testing it, I’ve been genuinely reaching for it above my typical tried-and-trued foundations. I chose to wear it when I participated in #BodyNotes in Times Square for hours in the hot sun last week. I wear it on days in the office where I need my makeup to look good all day.
If I can purchase it a little cheaper than what seems to be a $66 price tag, through the websites that offer discounts, or sales, yes. I would buy this. I actually would like to go to the office near me that has it, to purchase it in person, in the color I think would match me – Pearl.
The moisturizer is recommended paired with the foundation. I can see my bottle of foundation running out quicker than my moisturizer, which has more than double the amount of product in it than the foundation. Given discounts/coupons on websites – I would purchase this again as well.
This has been one loooooooong review. But I hope you understand why. I needed to explain these products as part of my review, and I hope you found that valuable.
What are your thoughts on Oxygenetix? Is this something you’d be interested in trying?
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