The Oxygenics SkinCare gets better reviews than any other shower head for its ability to deliver a strong stream in areas with low water pressure. Not everyone likes the water flow, however; it feels hard and prickly to some, soft and misty to others. SkinCare shower heads range from 1.5 to 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm), so this product may or may not save water. Also, not all versions have adjustable flow.
Keeps the pressure up. Fine Homebuilding magazine praises the Oxygenics SkinCare as a water saver, but not all versions of this shower head are low-flow. The version with the most reviews at Amazon.com is actually a standard 2.5-gpm version. Owners like it a lot, however, saying it makes it possible to enjoy a good, strong shower even with low water pressure. Most owners describe the water flow as a strong stream, but others disagree, saying it's merely a "sharp mist" that feels tepid and can't rinse soap off effectively. Also, reviews note, the high-pressure spray can be a bit loud.
Installs easily. Most find the Oxygenics SkinCare easy to install, but they have a few caveats: Because the high-pressure spray shoots far out, they say the shower head needs to hang below the level of the shower enclosure to avoid wetting down walls or the rest of the bathroom. Once installed, however, owners find it easy to use. Some versions of this shower head have only one spray setting, but others have a simple "comfort control" lever for adjusting the water flow. The reviews we saw indicate that this lever is easy to use.
Sturdily built. Although the Oxygenics SkinCare is made of chrome-plated plastic rather than solid metal, users have no complaints about its durability. We saw no reports of leakage or damage to the finish. Moreover, the shower head comes with a limited performance warranty. Oxygenics claims the SkinCare is "guaranteed not to clog -- EVER," thanks to a Teflon-like coating that blocks corrosion and mineral buildup. This claim appears to be overstated, however, as one reviewer at Amazon.com says the hard water in his wells actually did cause the shower head to become "somewhat clogged."
A 2.5-gpm version of the Oxygenics SkinCare receives more than 230 reviews at Amazon.com, with an overall score of 4.4 stars out of 5. Users praise its strong stream and say it's great for homes with low water pressure, but some complain that it's loud and feels either misty or prickly.
Review: Oxygenics 60120 SkinCare Showerhead, Chrome, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2013
2. Fine Homebuilding
Interior designer Nena Donovan Levine recommends five easy-to-install shower heads. She names the Oxygenics SkinCare as a good pick for those who want to save water, but there's no indication that she has actually tested it or any of her other picks.
Review: Five Quick Showerhead Replacements, Nena Donovan Levine, April 3, 2009
Eco-expert Anca Novacovici recommends several low-flow shower heads, though there's no indication that she has actually tested any of them. She likes the Oxygenics SkinCare for its ability to adapt to variable water pressure as well as the optional "comfort control" lever that adjusts the spray.
Review: Best Shower Head for Water Conservation & Best Low Flow Showerhead, Anca Novacovici, Not dated