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An Explanation of the Oxygen Based Products

The hydrogen peroxide based products are very simple products. Only the technology to make them is difficult. The following definitions will be helpful in understanding the products, and how they work.

Oxygen (O
2): a colorless, odorless, tasteless, gaseous chemical element that occurs in the atmosphere, forming 1/5 of its volume. It combines with nearly all other elements; is the most common element in the earth's crust; and is essential to life processes.

Hydrogen Peroxide (H
2O2): a colorless, syrupy liquid, often used in dilute, unstable solutions as a bleaching or disinfecting agent, and in high concentrations as a rocket fuel. Hydrogen peroxide will bleach hair, NOT the skin.

Water (H
2O): chemically a compound of hydrogen and oxygen. It contains one less oxygen molecule than hydrogen peroxide.

Catalase: a red crystalline enzyme that consists of a protein complex with hematin groups and catalyzes the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen. It is found in the skin.

Beta-carotene: The precursor to vitamin A. Beta-carotene is converted by the body to vitamin A. When incorporated in a suitable cosmetic emulsion, beta-carotene prevents and reduces both peroxidation and skin roughness induced by UV. It also improves the levels of hydration.

Vitamin E: any of several fat-soluble vitamins that are chemically tocopherols, are essential in nutrition of various vertebrates in which their absence is associated with infertility, degenerative changes in muscle, or vascular abnormalities, are found esp. in leaves and in seed germ oils, and used chiefly in animal feeds and as antioxidants; esp : Alpha Tocopherol.

When hydrogen peroxide contacts the skin, it ALWAYS breaks down into water and oxygen due to the presence of the enzyme, Catalase. Instead of the oxygen being released on the surface of the skin and escaping to the atmosphere, as with aqueous hydrogen peroxide, the oxygen penetrates the skin. This is due to the oil phase of the emulsion, which creates a barrier to the oxygen. The skin becomes the path of least resistance. When hydrogen peroxide changes from a liquid to a gas (which is instantaneously), it increases in volume 22.4 times. This increase in volume is what causes the pressure and why it penetrates the skin. We use plastic wrap during the salon treatment to maximize the pressure and to keep the emulsion, moist.

The oxygen is a gas only during this instantaneous reaction. When it penetrates the skin, it is dissolved in the extracellular water and in the capillary plasma. Molecular oxygen (gas) can only exist in the lungs. When oxygen penetrates the skin, it acts as a vehicle and takes the beta-carotene and water with it and if it contains other ingredients, it will also carry those along with it. The beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A by the body.

The presence of the oxygen in the plasma of the blood can be measured using medical monitoring equipment. You can visibly see the water under the skin.

There are no blood vessels in the outer layers of the skin. Capillaries are responsible for supplying the skin cells with nutrients. Circulation in the capillaries is at best, not very good. As we age, the capillaries become less permeable and let little or no oxygen and nutrients pass to the extracellular fluid, which surrounds the cells. The lymph drainage system is responsible for removing the wastes of the cells. To have healthy skin, the skin must be properly balanced with oxygen, water, nutrients, good capillary circulation and good lymph drainage. The ability of skin to repair itself after injury lies in the ability to grow new vessels from the capillaries.

We cannot get enough oxygen to the cells by inhalation. There is also the problem of dehydration to the skin. When the skin is not balanced and healthy, the skin glands do not function properly. The results are the skin problems estheticians must face each day.

Normally, the skin renews itself about every twenty-eight days. To properly reproduce, the cells must have the necessary elements. The oxygen based products can assist in locally supplying these elements.

The original idea of a massage was to stimulate the blood circulation and thereby increasing the supply of nutrients. But the massage cannot supply the nutrients for a healthy skin. The oxygen based products can....

Why Hydrogen Peroxide?

Hydrogen peroxide has been around for over one hundred years. Almost every home has a bottle of 3% aqueous hydrogen peroxide in the medicine cabinet. It has been used to disinfect cuts and scraps; bleach hair; launch rockets into space; to preserve milk; and many other uses, including being used as a treatment for medical disorders. There are over 4,000 published papers on the use of "oxygen therapy'' and most of this therapy is based on the use of hydrogen peroxide. It is even found naturally in the body, in small amounts.

Hydrogen peroxide treatments are used in many countries. It is taken orally and some doctors even inject it as a treatment for many disorders. This practice is frowned upon in the United States, but accepted in other countries.

As stated in the previous pages, hydrogen peroxide liberates oxygen and water when it contacts the skin. The problem has always been the ability to harness this chemical reaction, as hydrogen peroxide is not very stable in the aqueous form. Oxygen kills anaerobic bacteria, which are generally the harmful bacteria. Tamed iodine kills bacteria, by poisoning them. Other disinfectants act the same way. Hexachlorophene kills bacteria, but due to harmful side effects, it was taken off the market. Most antiseptics and disinfectants work on the principle of 'poisoning' the bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide kills the bacteria by high pressures of oxygen; anaerobic bacteria cannot live in an oxygen rich environment.

Propionibacterium Acnes is a bacteria responsible for many of the acne problems. Many acne treatments on the market use benzoyl peroxide. Peroxides releases oxygen in chemical reactions. Benzoyl peroxide was used, for this purpose, to liberate oxygen. At the time, it was more stable than hydrogen peroxide and could be formulated in several forms, for application to the skin.

The discovery of a stabilized form of hydrogen peroxide, now sheds a different light on this subject. The following is very basic chemistry, and should make all this clear.

Hydrogen Peroxide (H
2O2), has a molecular weigh of 34.02. It is 94.06% oxygen and 5.94% hydrogen. It breaks down to oxygen and water.

Benzoyl Peroxide (C
14H1004), has a molecular weigh of 242.22. It is 69.42% carbon, 4.16% hydrogen and 26.42% oxygen.

Based on the percentages of oxygen available in each of the above, there is no question about which peroxide can liberate more oxygen. This has been known for a long time. The problem was, hydrogen peroxide was not available in a form suitable for use as a skin application.
Hydrogen peroxide has low toxicity and its decomposition products, water and oxygen, are harmless. These advantages have led to an increased use of hydrogen peroxide. A growing environmental awareness in the past few decades has also contributed to making hydrogen peroxide a very important industrial product.

AURA Research's stabilized emulsion of hydrogen peroxide, is now the product of choice, as it is a suitable form of hydrogen peroxide for skin application. It has also been successfully combined with other ingredients that are beneficial to the skin. New combinations are currently under study and will be available in the future.

Salicylic acid, one of the three FDA approved treatments for acne has been combined with the hydrogen peroxide emulsion. This combination gives you an advantage over persons not using the oxygen emulsion for their clients with acne. Salicylic acid is used in many over the counter, acne treatments. It is also an exfoliant. A small amount of salicylic acid is in all our oxygen products.

Now, let's get back to basic skin care. The emulsion supplies the skin cells with water and oxygen, both of which are necessary for normal cellular functions. Most every article and advertisement concerning skin, concerns dehydrated skin. Why is skin dehydrated? Because as we age the epidermis thins out and the function of the dermis becomes sluggish. Therefore, water is not retained as efficiently as in younger skin. It is dehydrated due to a lack of water so "moisturizers" are used to prevent water loss.

The oxygen emulsion products supply water to the skin cells. They also supply oxygen, which is needed for normal cellular metabolism. Combined with other ingredients, it is now possible to supply the skin cells with what they need to function normally.

AURA Research's oxygen emulsion products are made in a FDA registered laboratory, using only pharmaceutical grade ingredients. Each batch is checked, sampled and a batch number is on every container. Extensive testing and quality control procedures insure that you are getting the highest quality product, possible.

We listen to our clients. A few expressed concerns about mineral oil. While I and many other formulators still believe mineral oil to be an excellent cosmetic ingredient, we have removed it from our oxygen emulsion products.

Many asked for an effective sunscreen. We now have a product with an SPF/15. This product was individually tested according to the FDA guidelines for making a sunscreen claim.

Our oxygen emulsion products have received nationwide exposure. Articles on AURA Research's oxygen emulsion products have appeared in:

CARAS (Puerto Rico)
Let's Live
New York Times Magazine
The Advanced Dermatologics News

We back our products with a money back guarantee. We know they work and if you give them a FAIR test, you will see that they work. Please feel free to contact the company, if you want to return any products.



Excerpts From Published Papers on Beta-Carotene and Other Vitamins

"[Beta]-Carotene, precursor of vitamin A, appears to protect against skin damage and dehydration caused by UV irradiation. Italian investigators used a topical cosmetic emulsion containing [Beta]-carotene.[1] In animals, they evaluated the products ability; to diminish peroxidation induced by UV irradiation. Then, in 30 women aged 30 to 45, they did a double-blind study of the product's effect on level of stratum corneum rehydration and its protective action against induced skin roughness (by negative replicas of skin areas). They found that, when incorporated in a suitable cosmetic emulsion, [Beta]-carotene prevented or reduced both peroxidation and skin roughness induced by UV. Moreover, it improved the level of hydration."[2]

"There has been no report of toxic symptoms resulting from excessive intake of carotene. Therefore [beta] carotene could be given to pregnant and lactating women to increase their body stores and the vitamin A content of milk since [beta] carotene is safer than retinyl palmitate and has no risk of teratogenicity."[2]

"Beta-carotene appears to be as effective as retinyl palmitate in treating vitamin A deficiency in children... Because is mostly derived from fruits and vegetables, rather than from animal products as retinyl esters are, it may provide a cheaper source of treatment."[3]

"Beta-carotene protects against photooxidative dermatitis in prophyric humans and mice by quenching of photoactivated species. Other actions of beta-carotene in vivo are explained on the basis of its ability to scavenge free radicals in vitro."[4]

"Tocopherols and tocotrienols (vitamin E) and ascorbic acid(vitamin C) as well as the carotenoids react with free radicals, notably peroxyl radicals, and with singlet molecular oxygen, this being the basis of their function as antioxidants."[5]


"The ability of beta-carotene to serve as precursor to retinoic acid was examined in vitro with cytosol prepared from rat tissue... Thus, beta-carotene metabolism may be an important source of retinoic acid in retinoid target tissues, particularly in species such as humans that are capable of accumulating high concentrations of tissue carotenoids. Retinal, considered an initial retinoid product of beta-carotene metabolism, was not detected as a product of beta-carotene metabolism in vitro. A ratio of retinol and retinoic acid different from that observed during beta-carotene metabolism in vitro was observed with incubations of retinal under identical conditions. These data indicated that beta-carotene metabolism is not merely a simple process of producing retinal and releasing it into solution to be metabolized independently."[6]



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"Because the most potent of the carotenoids tested (i.e. beta carotene, alpha carotene, canthaxanthin) all have the potential for conversion to retinoids (though this has never been demonstrated in mammals for canthaxanthin), it is suggested that these compounds have two components to their action; one related to their antioxidant properties, the other to their pro-vitamin A activities."[7]

1. Internat Soc Cos Chem, Barcelona (Sept 1988)

2. Vitamins and the skin. (vitamins in cosmetics), Idson, Bernard, Cosmetics and Toiletries, Dec 1993 v108 n12 p79 (11)

3. A randomized controlled trial to test equivalence between retinyl palmitate and beta-carotene for vitamin A deficiency. Carlier C; Coste J; Etchepare M; Periquet B; Amedee-Manesme O. BMJ Oct 30, 1993 v307 n6912 p1106 (5)

4. Protection by beta-carotene and related compounds against oxygen-mediated cytotoxicity and gentoxicity: implications for carcinogenesis and anticarcinogenesis.Rosseau EJ; Davidson AJ; Dunn B. Bioenergetics Research Laboratory, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada.

5. Antioxidant functions of vitamins. vitamin E and C, beta-carotene, and other carotenoids. Sies H; Stahl W; Sundquist AR. Ann NY Acad Sci 669: 7-20(1992)

6. Biogenesis of retinoic acid from beta-carotene. Differences between the metabolism of beta-carotene and retinal. Napoli JL; Race KR. J Biol Chem 263: 17372-7(1988)

7. Diverse carotenoids protect against chemically induced neoplastic transformation. Bertram JS; Pung A; Churley M; Kappock TJ 4d; Wilkens, LR; Cooney RV.
Carcinogenesis 12: 671-8 (1991)

Instructions for Salon Use

FACIAL - Normal and Aging Skin

Since the oxygen emulsion contains hydrogen peroxide, it is a very effective antiseptic. You can use it as a disinfectant for your hands, prior to giving a facial.

Begin by thoroughly cleaning the face and neck with the Cleanser. If you are using another cleanser, make sure you completely remove it. Since the oxygen products actually penetrate the skin, you must make sure the skin is clean. Put some Cleanser on your fingertips and rub your fingertips together in small circles to help liquefy the Cleanser. Gently massage the face, using a small circular motion, add a few drops of warm water to the Cleanser.


YOU MUST ADD WATER TO THE CLEANSER in order for it to work properly. Making a waterless Cleanser allows us to keep it free of preservatives. It is very hydrophilic, and acts in three phases. First, it is very oily. As you add the warm water, it gets "milky" and then gets a "silky" feel to it. Remove it with warm water and cotton pads, or other warm, moist, soft material.

Apply a small amount of the Scrub and gently massage the face and neck in small circular motions, adding a few drops of warm water at a time. Adding the water is important and will make the Scrub easier to use. Avoid stretching the skin. The length of the massage will depend on the condition of the skin, but should not exceed 2 or 3 minutes. Completely remove the Scrub with warm water and cotton pads or other soft material.

Apply a thin film of arO
2 Face to the face and neck, avoiding the eyelashes and eyebrows. This will act as an antiseptic and will soften the sebum. It will make the extractions much easier for you and more comfortable for your client. If the client has dry, thin skin, leave it on for 3 to 5 minutes. If the client has thick skin, acne, or comedones, you can leave it on 8 to 10 minutes. You can cover it with kitchen plastic wrap, which will keep it from drying out. You can divide the plastic wrap into three parts; one for the forehead; one for the middle of the face; and one for the chin and neck area. Remove one section of the plastic wrap at a time. Fold it in half, so that when you are finished with that section, you can reapply it, and go on to the next section. Remove any excess arO2 Face, otherwise the skin may be too slippery to do your extractions. When you have finished with all three sections, you can discard the plastic wrap. The removal of the arO2 Face is done with warm water and cotton pads or other warm, moist soft material.

Massage the face with Facial Oil. It is a very light oil and normally, most of it will be absorbed. If some oil is left on the skin, just leave it there, and proceed with the Mask.

Apply a thin film of arO
2 Mask, with a brush to the face and neck area. Cover with plastic wrap as you did before. Leave the Mask on for 10 to 15 minutes. If you wish, you can leave it on longer without any problems. Remove the Mask with warm water and a sponge, cotton pads or other warm, moist soft material.
On the face and neck, apply a thin film of the arO
2 product suiting the skin type being treated.


Instructions For Salon Use

Acne Skin

The basic steps for this treatment are very similar to a regular facial. The treatment will have to be individualized for each client, depending on the condition and sensitivity of the skin and the extent of the acne. Use the same products, but adjust the different steps to suit the individual case.

Cleanse the face as for a normal facial.

Depending on the condition of the skin, and if you are using an AHA product you may skip the Scrub.

Apply a film of the arO
2 Face to the face and neck and cover it with plastic wrap as mentioned in the regular facial. You can leave the arO2 Face on for 8 to 10 minutes. If you will be doing extractions, this will aid in making them easier and more comfortable for your client. Reapply the plastic wrap on one section before going to the next section and reapply some arO2 Face especially if you have done many extractions. When finished, remove the arO2 Face with warm water and cotton pads or other soft material.

Apply the arO
2 Mask with a brush to the face and neck. Cover with plastic wrap. Leave the Mask for 15 to 20 minutes. You can leave the Mask on longer without any problems. Remove it with warm water and cotton pads or other soft material.

You may want to spot treat the face with some the arO
2 3%. Put a small dab on the trouble spots and leave it for about 5 minutes. Remove it and depending on the condition of the skin, finish the facial with either the arO2 1% or arO2 2%.


Skin With A Tendency toward Acne

Clients who have a tendency towards acne, but are not broken out, should use arO2 1%.
If they use
arO2 2% or arO2 3%, they may break out.

Since the oxygen products are so effective against the acne bacteria, they will kill the bacteria faster than the lymph drainage system of the body can remove it. The lymph drainage system is responsible for removing white blood cells and toxins, when they occur in the body. But, if the bacteria are killed faster than the lymph drainage system can remove them, the body has no other choice but to try to eliminate them through the skin.

If clients with this tendency, break out using the
arO2 1%, they should immediately reduce the frequency of use, to once a day. This will slow the process, giving the lymph drainage system time to remove the toxins.

The philosophy of "if a little is good, a lot is better," is not true. While everyone wants quick results, it may not be the best approach if it causes the skin to break out. This condition is more the exception than the rule, but it is important to be aware of it.

When treating clients with acne, which is already broken out, the stronger forms can be used. In the beginning of the treatment, you may see an increase in eruptions as the body eliminates the increased amount of toxins. After a few days, the eruptions should begin to diminish.

All such clients should be closely monitored to insure the proper treatment is being used in each individual case. Depending on the results, you can adjust the treatments accordingly.

Facial's Combining arO2 with AHA's

Many estheticians use the arO2 Face 2% or the arO2 Mask when using Glycolic Acid. Whether you use it before of after the Glycolic Acid is totally dependent upon the strength and acidity (pH) of the AHA that you are working with.

AHA concentrations between 20% to 40% that have a pH between 2.0 to 3.0:

  1. The arO2 Face 2% is applied first.

  2. Apply the Face Cream and cover with plastic wrap.

  3. Wait 3 – 5 minutes.

  4. Thoroughly remove the Face Cream with warm water and a soft cloth or cottonwool.

  1. The AHA is then applied to the clean skin.

  2. The skin must be clean and free from any traces of arO2 Face 2% Cream.

  3. Apply the AHA meticulously following the instructions provided by the manufacturer.

  1. Then proceed with your extractions.

  2. Be aware of the increased sensitivity of the skin that results from using a strong AHA.

AHA concentrations between 20% to 40% that have a pH above 3.0:

  1. The AHA is applied first.

  2. Apply the AHA meticulously following the instructions provided by the manufacturer.

  1. The arO2 Face 2% is then applied.

  2. The skin must be clean and free from any traces of the AHA

  3. Apply the Face Cream and cover with plastic wrap.

  4. Wait 3 – 5 minutes.

  1. Then proceed with your extractions.

  2. Follow the procedure for performing extractions using arO2 Face cream that is discussed in the "Instructions for Salon Use" section of the arO2 Professional Guide.

Acne and Mature Skin

This exfoliating and oxygenating procedure has been used in salons across the world for many years. Aestheticians have been achieving excellent results using this method on acne clients by simply having them come in once or twice a week for a 15 to 30 minute treatment.


Pre and Post Facial Plastic Surgery

The arO2 products and treatments have proven to be very beneficial in the preparation of the skin prior to facial plastic surgery and in the healing of the skin during the post surgery period. The products accelerates fading of the bruising by enhancing the lymphatic drainage process.


Product Information and Home Use

All of the arO2 oxygen based products have the same foundation of ingredients: Deionized water, hydrogen peroxide, beta-carotene, tocopherol acetate, ascorbyl palmitate salicylic acid, tetrasodium EDTA and the ingredients to make the emulsion. AURA Research has formulated a full line of oxygen therapy products using varied base amounts of hydrogen peroxide and successfully combining beneficial ingredients, such as, AHA's, hyaluronic acid, yeast extract, lactic acid, salicylic acid, sunscreens, urea (and others in the future)

EVERY AURA Research product contains a COMPLETE Listing Of Its Ingredients.

Most of our oxygen based products are FRAGRANCE FREE.
The new Day and Night Cream contain a natural orange extract as a fragrance.

2 1% (specific product as per skin type)
This is the product most of your clients will use. It can be used on everybody. For very sensitive skin, if necessary, you can start out using it once a day and as the skin starts to adjust, increase it to twice a day.

Start by removing any makeup and cleansing the skin in the evenings with the Cleanser. After removing the Cleanser, you then apply a thin film of the
arO2 1% to the face and neck. Allow 2 to 3 minutes for it to penetrate. If there is much of the cream left on the face, you have used too much. The little amount that remains can be gently massaged into the skin.
In the morning, after rinsing your face and neck with warm water, apply a thin film arO
2 as you did in the evening. After it has penetrated, you can apply makeup.


2 2%
Directions for use are the same as for the
arO2 1%. This product contains 2% oxygen and is normally used on thicker skin; oily skin and problem skin. It can be used on most skin, except very sensitive skin.

2 3%
Used for spot treating acne, hyperpigmentation and other skin problems. It is normally only applied to the problem area and not the whole face. Place a small dab on each problem spot and let penetrate for 5 to 10 minutes. It can either be removed or gently massaged into the skin. This will depend on how sensitive the skin is. In the cases of severe acne, it is best just to remove it, as even a gently massage may cause discomfort.

The Cleanser does not contain any water and is a blend of different oils. Since it does not contain water, it does not have any preservatives in it. It is excellent for removing makeup and especially for sensitive skin. You MUST add water to it, when using it. The Cleanser is very hydrophilic and will adsorb a lot of water. It will start out as an oil, then change to a milky lotion. You must remove it with warm water and cotton pads or other soft material.

Put a little of the Cleanser on your fingertips and rub your fingertips together. The warmth of your fingers, will start to liquefy the Cleanser. Gently massage the face and neck using small circular motions, ADDING A FEW DROPS OF WARM WATER, AT A TIME.
After the Cleanser has gotten very "milky," remove it with warm water and cotton pads or other soft material.
The Cleanser is very effective, when used properly and is excellent for dry skin or you can use it on a warm moist cotton ball to remove eye makeup.

If you properly use the Cleanser in the evening, you can just rinse your face in the morning with warm water, and then apply the appropriate arO
2 product your esthetician recommended.

The Scrub is a mild abrasive and helps to remove dead cells. Use once or twice a week. After cleansing, apply a small of the Scrub to your fingertips and gently massage your face and neck with a small circular motion. Add a few drops of warm water, at a time. This will make the Scrub easier to apply. Avoid stretching the skin. Massage for about 2 minutes. Remove the Scrub with warm water and cotton pads or other soft material.

2 Mask
Dried milk is mixed with deionized water, and used as a base for this oxygen emulsion. The Mask also contains beta-carotene, tocopherol acetate and ascorbyl palmitate. The milk gives the Mask a "sticky" feeling. The plastic wrap is used to keep it from drying out. The Mask should stay moist during use.
Use once or twice a week, after cleansing. Apply a thin film of the Mask to your face and neck. If you have very dry skin, you can gently massage in a few drops of the Facial Oil, before applying the Mask. Cover the Mask with any brand of kitchen plastic wrap. You can divide the plastic wrap into two or three sections. This should make it easier to apply. Leave in place for 20 minutes. Remove the plastic wrap and use warm water and a soft sponge, cotton pads or other soft material, to remove the Mask. You can then apply the arO
2 product suitable for the skin type you are treating.
2 Body/1%
A 1% oxygen for use on the whole body after a shower or bath. After drying, apply a thin film to the body. It is normally not necessary to massage it in, as it is usually completely absorbed.

arO2 Body/4%
A 4% oxygen for use on cellulite. Apply a thin film morning and evening to the problem area. Massaging is not necessary, but if you do massage, wear plastic gloves. Cover the area with plastic wrap, if possible. Leave on for at least 20 minutes. Remove with warm water and cotton pads or other soft material.

Use this product only as directed by your skin care professional. It is NOT to be used on the face. There are many types and causes of cellulite, and this product should be used together with salon treatments. Proper diet, exercise and other factors are essential. There is no one answer to the problem of cellulite.

Facial Oil
A blend of Avocado and sesame oil with vitamins A and E. For dry skin and for use when giving a facial massage, before using the Mask. Apply a few drops and gently massage into the skin.

arO2 Eye Cream
Unique product, specially formulated for use in the eye area. It is a 1% oxygen emulsion with hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a large molecule and can hold 400 times its own weight in water. Apply a fine film to eye area. Avoid direct contact with the eyes.

arO2 Sun/15
A 1% oxygen emulsion containing both UVA and UVB sunscreens. The SPF/15 rating was established by an independent testing laboratory, according to FDA guidelines. The product should be applied to all exposed skin prior to going out in the sun and be reapplied every two hours. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. The sun is a major cause of wrinkling. Photodamaged skin is one of the major skin problems seen in later years.

arO2 Vita C Forte - Vitamin C Serum(10%), 1 oz. Dropper Bottle

A highly concentrated serum of Vitamin C(10%) and 2.5% hyaluronic acid. Both Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid appear to be two of the prime components in the anti-aging battle.

Dimethyl isosorbide is used as a vehicle for quick penetration. Saccharide Isomerate is used to help stabilize and aid in reducing any irritation. Allantoin is also added to help reduce irritation. Hyaluronic acid is used for its' moisturizing capabilities.

Erythorbic acid is used to stabilize the serum. Vita C Forte is currently the only vitamin C serum on the market using this stabilization method.
The ULTRA/15 and Ultra Night Cream are formulated for dry, mature skin.

2 ULTRA 15
A 1% oxygen emulsion containing both UVA and UVB sunscreens. The SPF rating was established by an independent testing laboratory, according to FDA guidelines. Additional ingredients include, hyaluronic acid and ceramides. The product should be applied to all exposed skin prior to going out in the sun and reapplied every two to three hours.

arO2 Ultra Night Cream
This is an extra rich product containing a number of vital ingredients for the skin. It is a 1% oxygen emulsion with beta-carotene, tocopherol acetate, ascorbyl palmitate, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, yeast extract and AHA(Lactic Acid).

The Day and Night Cream contain a natural orange extract.

arO2 Day Cream/15
The new Day Cream is a 1% oxygen emulsion with beta-carotene, tocopherol acetate, ascorbyl palmitate, both a UVA and UVB sunscreen, with an SPF of 15. The test results are actually 18, but we are making an SPF claim of 15. For maximum sun protection it should be reapplied every two to three hours.

Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. The sun is a major cause of wrinkling. Photodamaged skin is one of the major skin problems seen in later years.

arO2 Night Cream
The new Night Cream is an extra rich cream for use at night. It is a 1% oxygen emulsion with beta-carotene, tocopherol acetate, ascorbyl palmitate, ceramides and hyaluronic acid.

Chamomile Cleanser
This new product is in response to many requests for an easy to use cleanser. It is for normal skin and is easily removed. It can be used in the salon or at home.

Oil Free Acne Wash

This cleanser contains 2% Salicylic Acid. It has been formulated especially for the use on acne skin. Salicylic acid is one of the few ingredients approved by the FDA as an acne treatment.

arO2 2% with 2% Kojic Acid & Licorice Root
This product has been especially formulated for use on hyperpigmentation. The oxygen emulsion, kojic acid and licorice root, aid in the treatment of hyperpigmentation. This is a very active product. It is for use on the area of hyperpigmentation.
Note. Some people are sensitive to kojic acid.

arO2 2% Oily Skin
A 2% oxygen emulsion with 1% Salicylic Acid for Oily and Acne Skin. Salicylic
Acid is one of the few FDA approved ingredients for Acne. The product also
contains antioxidants and yeast extract; Ascorbic Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid,
Vitamin E Acetate, Vitamin E Tocopherol, Beta Carotene, Beta Glucan.

arO2 Ultra K
A unique combination of 1% oxygen emulsion, 5% vitamin K, antioxidants, amino acids, ceramides and other ingredients of known benefit to the skin. Vitamin K has proven to aid in reducing the bruising associated with cosmetic surgery; the bruising and increased fragility that occurs in sun-exposed skin; couperose skin; and various other similar skin problems. It is also helpful in reducing dark circles under the eyes and acts like a skin lightening agent.

The products are suitable for all skin types.
As with any cosmetic product, avoid direct contact with the eyes.
Avoid the eyebrows and eyelashes when using the oxygen based products.


arO2 Botanicals

Green Tea Extract, Ginseng, Gingko Biloba, Jojoba Oil, Jojoba Beads, Bearberry, Eucalyptus, St. John's Wart, Evening Primrose, Lemon Grass Extract, Licorice Root, Safflower Oil, Sweet Oil, Sage Leave Extract, Horse Chestnut Extract, Peppermint Oil, Seaweed Extract, Thyme Extract and Bladderwrack extract are some of the botanicals that we combined with our line of oxygen products to create new and exciting products.

A unique combination of the latest technology and centuries old ingredients. The oxygen emulsion with organically grown botanicals. For centuries, plants and minerals have been used for their therapeutic qualities. Now you can have the best from both worlds.
Natural Essences and Extracts, Vitamins and other ingredients to sooth and pamper the skin.
Aura Research is the only company able to offer such unique combinations of ingredients.

O2 Botanicals
Bearberry Hand Cream - 2 oz. Tube
Antiseptic, anti-bacterial Oxygen hand cream with Bearberry Extract and Kojic Dipalmitate to help lighten brown spots.

Directions. After cleansing apply a fine film to your hands. Wait about two minutes, gently massage your hands. Aids in the lightening of brown spots on the backs of hands. Use daily for moisturizing.

O2 Botanicals
Eucalyptus Foot Cream - 4 oz Tube
An antiseptic, anti-bacterial Oxygen Foot & Leg cream with Eucalyptus Extract, Peppermint Oil, Menthol and Vitamin A Acetate.

Directions. Apply a fine film to feet anytime, after cleansing. Wait about two minutes and gently massage your feet and legs, concentrating especially on problem areas.

O2 Botanicals
Green Tea Body Cream - 6 oz Tube
A 2% antiseptic, anti-bacterial Oxygen Body Cream with Green Tea Extract, Horse Chestnut Extract, Sage, Bladderwrack Extract, Spirulina Extract, Linoleic Acid and Vitamin E Acetate.

Directions. Apply a fine film to body after shower or bath. Wait about two minutes and gently massage in to the skin.



Other Exciting New Products

Beta-Alpha Complex Exfoliating Cleanser – 8 oz. bottle
An ultra lathering formula with Beta and Alpha Hydroxyacids and jojoba beads for gentle cleansing and exfoliation. For all skin types.

Directions. Apply a small amount to dampened face and neck. Massage gently into lather. Rinse thoroughly with water and pat dry.

arO2 Ultra A Forte – Retinol Cream 1 oz. pump bottle.
A truly unique Retinol Cream in an Aloe Vera base with hyaluronic acid, Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Vitamin E Acetate, Dimethicone, Vitamin A Palmitate, Panthenol, Salicylic Acid, Hydrocortisone, and Retinoic Acid.

Directions. Apply sparingly to the face, neck and eye area. Follow with appropriate ar
O2 Moisturizer and Sunscreen. Follow the instructions of your skin care professional.

2 Hydrating Toner – 8 oz. Bottle
An alcohol free toner containing Witch Hazel, Peach and Chamomile Extracts.

arO2 Sun Block 15 – 2.5 oz. Tube
Moisturizes as it offers sun protection using titanium dioxide, which provides both UVA and UVB protection. Contains the antioxidants, vitamins A, E & C. Lightly tint to blend with most skin types.

Caution! External use only. Avoid contact with eyes. If irritation occurs, consult your skin care professional.



Aura Enzyme Peel (Papaya)
(Normal, Oily/Problem/Acneic/Mature Skin Types)

Description. A special Enzymatic-Keratolytic-Micro-Exfoliation treatment with natural papaya extracts which removes the excess corneum layers and dead tissues on the skin. It pre-softens clogged pores and helps to normalize impure skin conditions. After the treatment the skin is soft, smooth and supple and the pores are refined and tightened.



1. Thick, Acneic and Oily Skin – For a light peeling, mix about two tablespoons of PAPAYAENZYME PEEL with one tablespoon of cold water. For a stronger peel, mix with one tablespoon of PAPAYA CONTROLLING LOTION. Leave on skin 5 – 7 minutes. Remove with warm water.

  1. Thin, Dry-Mature Skin – For a light abrasive peeling, mix about two tablespoons PAPAYA

ENZYME PEEL with one tablespoon of cold water or with one tablespoon of PAPAYA CONTROLLING LOTION for a stronger peel. Leave on skin for 3 – 4 minutes. Remove with warm water.

  1. Revitalizing Peeling – for all skin types EXCEPT SENSITIVE.

An excellent alternative to strong glycolic and/or AHA peelings that can be too aggressive/invasive. Mix two tablespoons of PAPAYA ENZYME PEEL with 1 tablespoon of PAPAYA CONTROLLING LOTION. Apply with a Mask Brush and leave on for 15 – 20 minutes. (The degree of peeling will be determined by the time length of application).


Please make sure that your client understands that when doing the "revitalizing peel", it is very strong and the skin will continue to peel for 2 – 4 days. The client should avoid the sun during this time.



Plan your treatment so that there is a 2 – 3 day span after the application. After the third (3
rd) day you may cleanse, tone, massage and apply a serum as well as the Oxygen Mask. By allowing the time lapse in between the peel and the treatment, you allow the skin to rebalance from the Enzymatic Peel. Always make sure to REMOVE THE PEEL THOROUGHLY. Use warm water and sanitized sponges and gently remove the PEEL. Follow with cleanser and toner until the PEEL is completely removed from the skin.

If you feel that client has a history of sensitivity or is congested, mix a small amount of the SOOTHING MASK with the peel. This will buffer the action of the PEEL and minimize sensitization.

Ingredients. China Clay, Celite Diatomite, Papaya Powder, Bromelain, Papain, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid.


Aura Controlling Lotion
For use with Papaya Enzyme Peel

Description. A natural Herbal and deep-cleaning product, especially formulated for blemished and impure skin. Can also be used as a "botanical activator" with the Papaya Enzyme Peel. Its deep penetrating action aids in healing and relieves congestion in the pores. It can also be used as a toner in the second cleansing.

Papaya Controlling Lotion can be used alone, or mixed with the Papaya Enzyme Peeling.

Deionized Water, Aloe Vera Gel, Butylene Glycol, Papaya Extract, Sage Extract, Thyme Extract, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Pineapple Extract, T.E.A., Citric Acid, Methyl Paraben, Ascorbic Acid, Diazolidinyl Urea.

Aura Soothing Mask

Description. A botanical powder which imparts a very soothing and calming effect on the skin. The Mask is recommended for all types of skin, especially when the skin has become sensitized, i.e. waxing, manual extractions, sunburn, etc. Excellent for clients who are smokers.

Mix with one (1) tablespoon cold water or in the case of extreme sunburn with milk.
For a special soothing treatment, mix the Mask with a few drops of arO
2 Facial Oil. Apply to the area to be treated and leave on for 15 minutes. Remove with esthetic sponges and warm water.

The Soothing Mask is an immediate "first aid" for any irritations of the skin from any source.

  1. Sunburn (mix the mask with milk)

  2. Extractions

  3. Irritation from peels

  4. Erythema

  5. Redness from Galvanic

  6. After Electrolysis

  7. After permanent eye, brow or lip application.

Ingredients. China Clay, Celite Hyflo Super Gel, Ginseng Powder, Aloe Vera Powder, Seaweed (Algae) Powder.


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Dry to Normal Skin Ages 20-35:

For Day Use:

  1. arO2 Cleansing Cream or Beta-Alpha Complex Exfoliating Cleanser

  2. arO2 Vita C Forte

  3. arO2 Day Cream/15

  4. arO2 Eye Cream

For Night Use:

  1. arO2 Cleansing Cream or Beta-Alpha Complex Exfoliating Cleanser

  2. arO2 Beta-Alpha Complex-Combination Skin

  3. arO2 Night Cream

  4. arO2 Eye Cream

Acne prone skin:


Non-inflammatory Acne

  1. arO2 Beta-Alpha Complex Exfoliating Cleanser or Oil Free Acne Wash

  2. arO2 Beta-Alpha Complex-Combination Skin

  3. arO2 Day Cream/15 for day use

  4. arO2 Kojic 2% for night use

  5. arO2 3% for spot treating Day and Night

For very Oily Skin, use the arO2 Oily Skin for day use.

Inflammatory Acne

  1. arO2 Oil Free Acne Wash or Beta-Alpha Complex Exfoliating Cleanser Day and Night

  2. arO2 Beta-Alpha Complex-Oily Skin Day and Night

  3. arO2 Oily Skin Day and Night

  4. arO2 3% localized spot treatment Day and Night

After 2 months re-evaluate skin and use Ultra A Forte instead of the arO2 3% all over face.



Dry Skin

For Day Use:

  1. arO2 Chamomile Cleanser or Cleansing Cream

  2. arO2 Vita C Forte for day use

  3. arO2 2% Kojic Acid on spot areas

  4. arO2 Ultra/15 all over face

For Night Use:

  1. arO2 Chamomile Cleanser or Cleansing Cream

  2. arO2 Ultra A Forte Retinol Cream

  3. arO2 ULTRA Night Cream

  4. arO2 3% use three or four times a week locally spotted treatment of brown spots instead of ArO2 2% Kojic Acid

  5. arO2 2% Kojic Acid on the other nights

Oily Skin

For Day Use:

  1. arO2 Beta-Alpha Complex Exfoliating Cleanser

  2. arO2 Beta-Alpha Complex-Oily Skin

  3. arO2 Day Cream/15

For Night Use:

  1. arO2 Beta-Alpha Complex Exfoliating Cleanser

  2. arO2 Ultra A Forte Retinol Cream

  3. arO2 2% Kojic Acid

Use arO2 3% for spot treating

Dry Mature Skin / Sun Damage:

For Day Use:

  1. arO2 Cleansing Cream or Chamomile Cleanser

  2. arO2 Vita C Forte

  3. arO2 Eye Cream

  4. arO2 ULTRA/ 15

For Night Use:

  1. arO2 Cleansing Cream & Scrub or Chamomile Cleanser

  2. arO2 Ultra A Forte Retinol Cream

  3. arO2 Eye Cream

  4. arO2 ULTRA Night Cream

Dark Eye Circles:

  1. arO2 Eye Cream

Oxygen helps diminish dark circles because of increased circulation.


Benefits of Hydrogen Peroxide Emulsions

The traditional hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy treatment involves intermittent inhalation of pure oxygen under a pressure greater than one atmosphere. The oxygen environment we live in is considered to be one atmosphere. Oxygen pressure greater than one atmosphere is considered to be hyperbaric. HBO acts both mechanically due to its pressure component (hyperbaric oxygen chamber), and physiologically, due to its oxygen component (inhalation of 100% oxygen).

Aura Research's oxygen emulsion is an oil-in-water emulsion of hydrogen peroxide.

The hydrogen peroxide emulsion is a mechanical mechanism.

Some of the benefits are:

  • supplies oxygen and water to skin cells. Oxygen can be measured before and after. The after readings show dramatic increase in pO2 (partial pressure of oxygen).

  • hydrogen peroxide is classified as Category 1, safe and effective as topical antiseptic agent and is used on open wounds where it generates oxygen immediately upon contact. It is used in toothpaste, mouthwashes and other oral products.

  • hydrogen peroxide does not initiate nor promote tumors.

  • dilute solutions of hydrogen peroxide are not irritating.

  • oxygen acts as a vehicle and carries other ingredients with it.

  • compatible ingredients used that have known benefits to the skin: beta-carotene, alpha tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, beta glucan, lactic acid, lactic/glycolic acid liposome, hyaluronic acid, UVA & UVB sunscreens, urea, salicylic acid, ceramides, etc., are used in some of the formulas.

  • dermal irritation studies available.

  • SPF-15 rating according to testing as specified in Federal Register, by independent laboratory.

  • acts as a local hyperbaric oxygen treatment.

  • effective against acne. (in-vitro testing)

  • hyperbaric oxygen is known to aid in wound healing.

  • currently available in the US, only through skin care professionals.

  • minimum two year shelf life.

Abstract of study "Hydrogen Peroxide Emulsions" was presented to the "Dermal Clinical Evaluation Society" at a poster session on June 15. Study was conducted by Dr. Harry Elden, Ph.D., consultant, Elden Associates, Inc., Miami, FL and Ted Kalli, Vice President of AURA Research, Ltd., Marmora, NJ.



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