It was the first time I had ever gotten filler. I started an anti-inflammatory diet a year prior as part of my relentless search for more energy. The diet helped, but along with more energy came unintentional weight loss, and it mostly showed on my face. I have a resting heart rate of around 100 bpm, and a naturally over-active metabolism, so weight-gain and maintenance has always been a struggle for me. I don’t feel confident when I look too thin, especially in my face and cheek hollows.
In addition to facial volume loss, I laugh a lot. Normally, I love looking for the humor in things, but it can really take a toll on my nasolabial folds (I understand why Victoria Beckham limits her smiles). The sunkenness and folding I ordinarily have was exacerbated by the weight loss, so I booked an appointment with a cosmetic dermatologist to try facial filler for the first time.
I had a date to a big basketball game on the same night, but I was told that the fillers would be no obstacle to that. The appointment was unfortunately well-before the days that I knew about cannulas and various anti-bruising and bleeding techniques; the doctor injecting me chose to micro-dose the filler, pricking dozens of sites all over the area above my mouth. I was thrilled with the results, but horrified by how red my face was.
This is post-microneedling; I'm wearing the foundation on the left side of my face.
I told the doctor that her front desk advised me of no down-time, and that there was no way I could go on a date in the next couple of hours looking like I did. “Don’t worry," she said. "I have a special makeup just for this. It’s called Oxygenetix.” I didn’t believe that makeup could conceal my redness and I was suspicious of it clogging my newly-injected pores. Shock and awe washed over me when she applied the medicinal-sounding foundation; it covered my redness completely and the formula was incredibly moisturizing. I kept checking my skin throughout the day and night, and the foundation was still pristine. Much to my surprise, my skin didn’t break out and the foundation stayed flawless all night long.
I was reintroduced to the product recently when I went to get a micro-needling facial with PRP, and the doctor advised that I apply Oxygenetix to conceal the 3 days of redness that follow. While researching, I found out that the line also has a foundation with salicylic acid specifically for acne control during breakouts, so I started recommending it to friends with problem skin.
The original formula was created by a doctor for medical use on burn patients, which makes it safe enough for someone that’s had an ablative treatment like Fraxel laser or newly punctured skin like with micro-needling. Instead of hiding at home for days after the treatment looking like I was wearing a mask made of Sambal, I went about my days in public as usual.
I like that the foundation is made in California, and it doesn’t have any added oils, preservatives, or fragrances – plus, the formula is seriously amazing. It’s really pigmented, so a little goes a very long way which makes the price more palatable given that it will last longer than an average bottle of foundation. Sometimes, I use it as my everyday makeup because it’s one of the best formulas I’ve ever tried. This is definitely my go-to for to for sensitive skin days, bad breakouts, post procedures, or when I just want to get endless compliments on my skin.
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