Microcurrent Facials Stimulate the Skin
There’s nothing like the prospect trying a new beauty treatment to pique my interest, so when I was offered a chance to sample a microcurrent facial at Medalase Aesthetic Centers I wasted no time in setting up an appointment. The beauty world is all a buzz over this skin-tightening, rejuvenating treatment and I, of course, was eager to find out what all the fuss is about.
Microcurrent facials are a popular anti-aging treatment that improve skin texture, lift sagging skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and most importantly, rejuvenate the skin by boosting adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP molecules fuel cellular energy throughout the body. ATP declines with age, but stimulating the skin with a carefully calibrated electrical current can increase ATP levels. This, in turn, triggers the production of natural skin-enhancing amino acids that promote cellular repair and ultimately, younger looking skin. Clearly, the benefits of microcurrent facial stimulation are more than skin deep.
As aesthetician Shelly Craft explained, the low level electrical current mirrors the body’s own natural current. For facial stimulation, there are three basic settings; a typical session will begin with the lowest setting and progress to the stronger currents that reach deeper into the dermis and gently stimulate the underlying muscle.
Craft began the treatment by thoroughly cleansing my skin. Next, she began applying the electrical current, by slowing gliding a wand across my face and neck. The electrical current was barely detectable, except near my mouth, where it caused my teeth to tingle a bit, and I had a slight metallic taste in my mouth at times. For the most part, it was a pleasant and relaxing experience. At the end of the facial I noticed that my skin was brighter and gave off a youthful glow. Craft pointed out that although you can see results after just one treatment; it takes multiple sessions to see a cumulative improvement in skin texture and resilience. The number of sessions required depends on one’s age and skin condition.
Clinical studies have shown that microcurrent facial stimulation increases the production of collagen and elastin, and promotes circulation and lymphatic drainage. The results can include lifted jowls, a firmer neck, reduced fine lines and wrinkles, and better overall skin tone and texture. Microcurrent facials can also calm the inflammation of acne and rosacea as well as diminish eye bags and dark under eye circles. This non-surgical face-lift is an excellent option for those of us who’d rather not go under the knife.
Microcurrent facials are great for those seeking a non-ablative, non-invasive treatment to maintain youthful facial contours and prevent wrinkles. It’s the perfect complement to neurotoxins such as Botox because it tones facial muscles to promote the desirable youthful facial fullness that Botox cannot address. Microcurrent treatments are also used for body sculpting; apparently, flabby arms, cellulite and other problematic sagging areas can be all be lifted and firmed with this method — but that, dear reader, is a topic for another day.
A native Washingtonian, Beauty Blogger Lia Phipps is an interior designer with an irrepressible, life-long fascination with health and beauty. When she is not selecting fabrics and paint colors for clients, she occupies herself with trying new products and dispensing beauty advice to friends, acquaintances and anyone who is willing to listen to “Tips from Phipps”.