When it comes to skincare products, I’m very picky. The face is the first thing others see, and it deserves only the best. And, in my opinion, that’s not oxygen. Whenever I see the word on the label, I make sure to stay away from it. With the help of Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask (I could have chosen any other products with oxygen but this has an interesting formula imo), I’ll explain why:
What Bliss Says
A super quick fix for dull, tired and sallow, ‘I’m sick of my skin’ skin. Engineered to mimic the effects of our spa’s famous Triple Oxygen Treatment Facial in seconds. This fabulous complexion formula uses every ‘tech’ in the book to give you fresher, younger-looking skin.
Full Ingredient List
water (aqua), methyl perfluoroisobutyl ether, sorbitol, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium laureth sulfate, chondrus crispus (carrageenan), cyclopentasiloxane, glycerin, fragrance (parfum), cyclohexasiloxane, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, xanthan gum, coco-glucoside, sodium PCA, tocopherol, oryza sativa (rice) bran extract, sodium chloride, polyquaternium-37, propylene glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate, vitis vinifera (grape) seed extract, camellia sinensis leaf extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, gynostemma pentaphyllum extract, panthenol, polyhydroxystearic acid, hydrolyzed soy protein, benzoic acid, PPG-1 trideceth-6, citric acid, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol manganese chloride, ethylhexyl isononanoate, mica, isononyl isononanoate, sodium cocamidopropyl PG-dimonium chloride phosphate, limonene, benzyl alcohol, linalool, citral, titanium dioxide (CI 77891), yellow 5 (CI 19140), red 40 (CI 16035).
Oxygen is a gas so how can you put it in a bottle? I have no idea, but Bliss claims to have put stable oxygen molecules in this mask, which are then delivered into the skin thanks to the FluidO2™ technology. No, they haven’t made oxygen liquid. Instead, Fluid02 is “a special ‘liquid ventilation’ system” that uses methyl perfluorobutyl ether, a mild solvent, to release oxygen molecules in the presence of water.
While oxygen has many benefits when breathed in (hey, we couldn’t live without it after all), I couldn’t find any studies stating that, when topically applied, it can penetrate skin or do anything beneficial while resting on its surface. According to many experts, including dermatologist Ellen Murmur, when used this way, oxygen is completely useless.
Even worse, some experts are also worried that too much oxygen could generate oxygen radicals that damage skin. If the oxygen molecules are really stable, that should be less of a concern, though. The antioxidants used in this formula should also mitigate the potential damage. But the answer remains. Why, with all the beneficial ingredients on the market, would you want to use one that’s ineffectual at best and harmful at worst?
Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is a stable form of vitamin C that’s able to penetrate the skin. Vitamin C has many benefits. It is a powerful antioxidant that can stimulate the production of collagen, helping to keep premature aging at bay, and brighten skin. However, this is a rinse off product, so the benefits you’ll get from Vitamin C are minimal.
Tocopherol, Grape Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
Tocopherol, a form of Vitamin E, Grape Seed Extract, and Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green Tea), are all powerful antioxidants that can fight free radicals and help prevent premature aging. Vitamin E is particularly beneficial. When used with Vitamin C, in fact, the two boost each other effectiveness, and help protect skin from the sun rays too. But, again, there’s no much they can do here, as they will just be rinsed away.
Final Considerations On The Formula
Two of the main ingredients in Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask are cocamidopropyl betaine and sodium laureth sulfate (not to be confused with its harsh cousin Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), two surfactants that clean skin by allowing water to mix with oil and dirt so that they can easily be rinsed off. I suppose this contributes to the fresh appearance the mask is supposed to give your skin.
Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask comes in a sleek, white tube, that contains 3.4oz of product. Although I don’t recommend it, if you’re still curious to try it, you can buy it at Amazon, where it costs a whooping $54.00!
The Bottom Line
To me, Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask seems more a cleanser with oxygen and antioxidants thrown it (and an outrageously expensive one at that!) than a mask. The surfactants will clean skin, leaving it fresh and soft, but oxygen is useless in topical skincare products, and antioxidants don’t do much either when rinsed off. Save your money and invest it into a properly formulated exfoliant or serum with antioxidants instead.
Have you tried Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask? If so, how did it work for you?