Skin loses that wonderfully tight, dense tone as you age. This leads to sagging, wrinkles and a dull-looking complexion. Aging skin is the result of internal and external factors. The the main external culprits are: the sun, smoking, exposure to pollutants, stress and a nutritionally deprived diet. Internally, often due to genetic components, everything slows down. Poor circulation means skin cells become deprived of vital nutrients. Cells also lose energy due to the slow down of mitochondria, which provides energy needed to repair and replace all components of the skin. Stem cells and fibroblasts (the master cells that trigger skin repair) quiet down so much they seem to go to sleep. The result is a loss of vital collagen, elastin fibers glycosaminoglycans which give skin its strength and support.
To keep facial skin firm you need to boost the energy component of fibroblasts. You can give your face back its youthful qualities or maintain them by getting regular spa treatments directed towards naturally increasing collagen and elastin.
Microcurrent therapy is a type of treatment that was was originally used in a medical setting as a treatment for Bell’s Palsy (which causes paralysis of facial muscles). After microcurrent treatments, patients’ faces seemed “lifted” and it was reported by physicians that they appeared younger. Microcurrent is used today a part of a facial treatment to tone underlying facial muscles, defining your features thus giving your face a firmer look. It also sends a message to stem cells and fibroblasts to lay down new collagen and elastin. It increases circulation which means better nutrition to the skin and when paired with compatible corrective serums, microcurrent offers excellent penetration of performance ingredients like peptides and Vitamin C. You’ll also find you’ll achieve wonderful results when using microcurrent around the eyes. Microcurrent not only firms but aids in lymphatic drainage to help reduce puffiness and brighten the eye area.
A microcurrent facial is great for maintenance or as a quick fix for a special occasion, but optimal results may require a series of treatments. Six to twelve, 45 minute treatments can be done separately or in conjunction with your regular monthly facials.
Home care is especially important. Back up you skin microcurrent treatments with corrective serums that contain high potency Vitamin C, peptides or stem cell stimulators.
Microcurrent machines have transformed over the years. Older machines worked by sending a message to nerves in the skin to contract the muscles of the skin. Matter of fact, you used to be able to visible see the muscle contract when doing the treatment. Today we realize that contracting the whole muscle might be counterproductive. This is because cutaneous muscles (muscles of the skin) are attached to bone on one end but to skin on the other. so, every time you contract the muscle you pull on the skin. Effectively creating a mechanical dent in the skin. This is similar to how frown lines are created between your brows. So now that we know this the newer professional machines are created to contract the fibers that make up the muscles but without contracting the whole muscle. The new pertidime get you results (kind of like doing situps) without the drawbacks.
Like exercise you need to keep up your microcurrent treatments to maintain results. You should start with a series of treatments done frequently at first then stretching out the time in-between. I recommend a series of ten treatments. Three the first week, three the second week, two the third week and two the fourth week. Ideal maintenance would include monthly treatments from then on.
Microcurrent mimics the body’s own bioelectrical currents and increases the cellular processes that slow down as we age. You don’t really feel the current. At most there will be a slight tingling sensation. A microcurrent treatment has these benefits:
- It increases activity in fibroblast cells, which are found in connective tissue and are responsible for producing collage and elastin.
- It re-educates muscles, shortening or lengthening them, depending on the technique and desired effect. The esthetician can shorten muscles for a “lifted” look, or relax muscles to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and expression lines.
- It increases blood and lymph circulation, assisting the body’s own waste removal system.
- It increases synthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which gives energy to the cells.
- It increases protein synthesis, gluconeogenesis and cell membrane transport.
- It enhances the penetration of the active ingredients of serum.
The first time I had a microcurrent treatment the esthetician did one-half of my face, then had me sit up and look in a hand mirror. It definitely looked lifted compared to the other side. The key to achieving that lifted look is to keep it up. However you can try just a few treatments for a temporary lift if you want to look your best for a wedding or other big event. Even one microcurrent treatment will give you better penetration of high performance ingredients administered during your facial. So you might want to consider this as part of your next facial.