I try: Skintopia’s highly anticipated new OxyGlow treatment

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: my skin and winter just aren’t good friends. Not even frenemies. The drops in temperature play havoc with my sensitivity and kick off a little rosacea here and there, and dryness becomes a major issue once I start to de-frost under the heat pump. With all this in mind I was beyond excited to try Skintopia’s highly anticipated new OxyGlow treatment yesterday, under the care and attention of award-winning Skin Therapist, Laura Duggan.
The sign of a true professional and then some was when Laura recognised my skin once the cleansing process began, after performing a peel on me almost two years ago! You know when a therapist remembers the skin not the person that they are paying attention to the most important part of the equation, and I knew I was most definitely in the safest – and most soothing – hands possible.
New to Skintopia, Laura’s official role is “Advanced Skin Specialist & Trainer”, and I couldn’t think of a better person for the job. Laura has touched skin all over the world, from her native Ireland to Australia, where she worked for Dermalogica in Sydney as a Brand Coach supporting retail locations such as David Jones with in-store eventing and coaching. She has been based in New Zealand for three years and is highly regarded for her expertise and knowledge, and I love the fact that she is invested in taking a holistic approach to beauty and has studied breath work at The Art of Living Foundation.

But back to my OxyGlow treatment, which is designed to deliver results for all skins but is particularly well suited to compromised, sensitive skin like mine. A 60 minute treatment that focuses on hydrating, repairing, rejuvenating, healing, calming, reducing inflammation, increasing circulation, detoxing and stimulating healthy cell function, it is also super soothing to the skin and the mind. The tech behind the treatment is the intraceuticals oxygen machine, followed by LED light using light colours based on a client’s main skin concerns. My skin needed a combination of green and red light, for reducing inflammation and boosting collagen production, and I loved the oxygen machine that felt like my skin was being ‘air brushed’ with hyaluronic acid (see an example, above). The treatment delivers an incredible hydration boost immediately and afterwards, which also continues over the following days. Laura took a hydration reading of my skin before and after the treatment, which revealed my hydration levels had actually doubled by the time I left Skintopia – how amazing is that? OxyGlow is perfect for skins with an impaired barrier or those needing intense repair, making it ideal for right now and especially after trips down south. I’m off to Queenstown in a few weeks and will be sure to stop by and see Laura when I get back, and when long haul travel resumes (fingers crossed!) this will be perfect for post-flight dehydration, too. Laura told me it’s also perfect for brides and those preparing for a big event, with a course of weekly treatments ensuring your skin is at its best exactly when you need it to be.
The new OxyGlow treatment has an RRP $230 for a one hour treatment at Skintopia Commercial Bay, Auckland and Old Bank, Wellington, and this month Skintopia are advertising that if you book any treatment with Laura you will take home your skincare recommendation in Dermalogica minis to start your home care journey. In addition, you will also receive your second treatment with Laura for half price (some t’s and c’s do apply).
So what are you waiting for? I cannot recommend this 60 minute marvel enough. Book yours here.
Photo by Dom Aguiar on Unsplash


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