Often referred to as the “lunchtime lift” or the “non-surgical” facelift, microcurrent facials are a must have skincare treatment for everyone (that means you!).
What is a Microcurrent Facial?
A microcurrent facial is a facial using a device that mimics our own body’s electrical system to promote the repair process in our skin.
As we age, the biological movement of electricity through our cells slows down, causing a decrease of collagen synthesis which is necessary to maintain skin elasticity.
Microcurrent facials are not only designed to promote the production of collagen but also to condition the muscles in our face that atrophy with age. It’s like a face workout!
But it’s not only that. There are some real health benefits you can enjoy as well. Let’s talk about all the ways microcurrent technology can benefit you.
Benefits of Microcurrent Facials
There are health benefits as well as aesthetic benefits for getting microcurrent facials. Let’s start with the aeshtetics.
- Promotes a 12% increase in collagen production which plumps up the skin and helps smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
- Triggers a 500% increase in cellular energy to muscle cells which helps to tone your face muscles to lift the saggy skin around your mouth and jowl area. As an example: By age 45 our upper cheek muscles stretch as much as half an inch pulling the skin down and causing those little pouches on the outside corners of your lips. This helps that.
- Results in about a 48% increase in 20 days in natural elastin production to tighten your skin.
- Supports scar repair by breaking up scar tissue and collagen remodeling.
Microcurrent facials have immediate results that peak on the third day and last about 3 weeks. They also work cumulatively so you will see a difference over the long term if you continue treatments.
The theory behind microcurrent goes well beyond just collagen production and muscle toning – there are also health benefits.
According to eastern medicine practices, there is a set of reflex points found on your ears, hands, feet, and face. Like reflexology and acupuncture, microcurrent therapy acts on reflex points, specifically on the face.
Microcurrent therapy can:
- Promote lymphatic drainage eliminating toxins from your body to help keep you from getting sick.
- Promote cell metabolism and tissue repair.
- Reduce inflammation to help the healing process.
- Support the healing of bone, skin ulcerations, and muscle tissue.
I get microcurrent therapy for the aesthetic benefits. 🙂
How it Goes Down
John Petri at Beautiful Image Arizona is my guy for microcurrent facials. I’ve been several places but he uses the Beautiful Image™ unit, which I believe is the best on the market, and he really knows his stuff.
First, your aesthetician will first use a toner to remove all lotions and dirt particles from your skin.
Next, he will liberally apply a conductive cream to protect your skin from the electronic probes.
NOTE: Microcurrent facials shouldn’t hurt, but if there isn’t enough conductive cream, you better believe you’ll feel a zap! So make sure you speak up, because part of the benefit of microcurrent facials is relaxation, and pain will make it counterproductive.
If your aesthetician adds more conductive cream, but it still hurts, then he just has it turned too high so ask him to lower the intensity. You will not get extra benefits if it’s turned higher.
Your body will tell you what is the right level of electricity. It should be at the highest level it can be without you feeling it. It should feel like a massage with metal probes and that’s it.
Since there is an electric current going through your body, you may taste metal but that’s normal so don’t freak out.
A thorough treatment takes anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes. If you book an appointment to a place and they tell you it will take 30 minutes, then it’s not a thorough treatment so call somewhere else.
Cost of Microcurrent Facial
The cost of a microcurrent facial differs depending on the unit your aesthetician uses, the city where you live, and the length of the service.
Some day spas grab a home unit, such as the NuFace® Mini-Facial Toning Device home unit, and rub your face for a half an hour and charge $85 which doesn’t make sense since you can buy the whole unit for $199 and just do it yourself that way.
The thorough treatment I’m talking about involves a more professional machine like the Beautiful Image™ Unit unit, or at the very least the Bio-Ultimate® Unit, and takes 60-90 minutes. These cost from $125-$150, but are worth the investment.
Make sure to tell your aesthetician if you have dermal fillers so he (or she) is careful not to concentrate on those areas, possibly dissolving some of the product.
P.S. If you’re short on time then the NuFace® Mini Facial Toning Device may be the way to go. You can use it at night while your watching TV or relaxing in bed. 🙂