When I worked as a journalist and wrote a weekly health and beauty page, I used to love visiting spas to test them out. In fact, I first started writing a Woman’s page when I was 16.
I still avidly follow updates about what’s new in the beauty industry and enjoy being pampered and trying out new treatments.
We have booked a P & O cruise this summer and I was looking forward to visiting their spa for a superb OXYjet treatment which I had tried on a previous trip as it is not available in the Cambridge area where I live.
However, it is not to be. I am disappointed to learn that OXYjet is no longer available on their cruise ships, though it is now provided by the new all woman spa in London, the exclusive Grace Belgravia, and founders include the Queen’s doctor, Timothy Evans, as well as the world renowned Sanctuary Spa in London.
Thanks to PR buddy Sharon Scott (formerly with Champneys), she contacted the UK OXYjet distributors and arranged for me to have a facial at their headquarters in Lincolnshire, close to where my uncle used to once run a farm.
OXYjet is a laboratory tested and scientifically proven treatment for intensive anti-ageing skin rejuvenation and can also be used to aid cellulite problems and reduce age pigmentation. This system uses the most natural source, oxygen, to push nourishing and hydrating serums into the skin.
It is a non-invasive treatment that works by using 98% pure medical oxygen under a safe pressure, to ‘shoot’ special cosmetic formulations including a collagen stimulating serum, free radical correctors, vitamins A, C and E and a form of hyaluronic acid into the deepest layers into the skin.
Originally, the OXYjet machine was used in medicine for the sole purpose of regenerating the skin of burns patients, and those with atrophied skin such as eczema and other inflammatory conditions. Further research and independent testing at the renowned Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, followed by continued studies into further specialisation of applied cosmetic formulations, resulted in the machine being developed for use in the beauty and aesthetics industry. It works by using the oxygen as the medium with which to carry the formulations through the biomatrix of the skin down to the basal layer where cell regeneration begins.
OXYjet, which is used worldwide, was launched in the UK in 2000 by Graham Smith, a former Air Force logistics officer, who was stationed in Germany when the Berlin Wall came down and heard from a colleauge about a wonder machine that had been invented which could take fine lines and wrinkles out of your face and your body by using pure medical oxygen.
“I thought it was nonsense,” said Graham. But he gave in to his curiosity and tracked down the factory where it was produced in Breidhardt, a chocolate box village, where he discovered that the company had been struggling to bring their product to market.
After discussing this with his daughter Maria, a nurse who specialised in cancer patients and skincare, they decided to take the plunge and become its UK distributors. It was a huge gamble as neither of them had a business background, but they now have over 200 salons on their books, although only 80 of them are active.
I must admit after my facial by the fabulously named Alison Honeybun, my skin was not only glowing, but my facial contours were firmer, and the treatment has been highly recommended in leading glossy magazines.
If the Queen’s physician endorses OXYjet, then you can’t get higher praise than that. Let’s hope P & O sees sense and adds OXYjet back on its list of spa treatments, and hopefully, a spa will be tempted in the Cambridge area too.