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Prime your Hollywood look with an oxygen facial

In the high-definition era, every makeup artist is touting good skin as a prerequisite for any look. The right shade of red lips or the amount of shimmer on your eyelids won’t matter if your skin appears dry or rough.

In Hollywood, the Intraceuticals Oxygen System is touted as one of the celebs’ red-carpet and photo-op secrets, used by Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Eva Longoria to get their star glow.

Kym Dianovich of Intraceuticals, in town recently to train local specialists in delivering the company’s oxygen facials, says celebrities will typically get a treatment a day before an awards ceremony or photo session to give their skin a fresh, dewy look.

The stars have no monopoly on looking good. The Intraceuticals proprietary Topical Hyperbaric Oxygen System, available at Honolulu Med Spa and SpaHalekulani, delivers therapeutic-grade oxygen and an active serum to the skin’s deep layers for instant hydration. The result is diminished lines and wrinkles and improved skin tone, prized as well by brides-to-be just before their wedding day.

Specialists first perform an analysis to determine which serum infusion best suits an individual, whether it’s the Rejuvenation Serum containing vitamins A, C and E, aloe vera, antioxidant green tea and hyaluronic acid to help stimulate collagen production in aging skin; or the Opulence Infusion that delivers a high dose of vitamin C and skin-lightening botanicals for brightening one’s countenance.

Intraceuticals Carrier Technology, which uses a noninvasive pen-like wand to deliver oxygen and serum into the skin, was developed through research in Australia, where some of the world’s most aggressive types of skin cancer occur. The instruments were first used as a delivery system for topical chemotherapy.

The spas also offer Intraceuticals treatment support hydration gels, binding creams and more for follow-up use at home.

Meanwhile, models from Japan have been finding their way to Miu’s Beauty Institute in the Waikiki Trade Center, where Izumi Montenero offers her signature Detox Facial.

She said the models often schedule a facial the day before photo sessions taking place in the Islands.

A former E.R. nurse turned esthetician, Montenero says she couldn’t find anyone offering the kind of facial she was looking for when she moved here eight years ago, so she created her own technique based on her knowledge of the human body.

Her 80-minute Detox Facial starts with a gentle steam, followed by massage with her own blend of rose essential oil and hyaluronic acid, plus other ingredients suited to an individual’s skin needs, whether oxygen or vitamin C.

The massage releases muscle tension while draining waste deposits that build up under the skin. Ridding the tissues of these toxins reduces puffiness and breakouts, while stimulating the skin, increasing blood flow so skin looks radiant, plump and luminous.

Honolulu Med Spa, 528-0888
Spa Halekulani, 923-2311
Miu’s Beauty Institute, 551-5416

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