No matter how advanced the beauty industry gets, fine lines and wrinkles remain a huge topic of concern. As there are many gels, creams, and serums in today’s market you’d think someone would finally defeat ageing. Unfortunately gravity still wins the war so before you result to insane methods like bird poop facials or expensive plastic surgery try one of the many types of electrical facials.
What exactly are electrical facials?
Electrotherapy is the professional term for electrical facials. It involves using electrical current to treat skin issues. The first record of electrotherapy practice dates back to the 19th century when it was discovered that electricity can make frog legs twitch. Further research was conducted throughout the years and later resulted in the creation of electrotherapy machinery.
Galvanic treatments are the most common of all electrical facials. This method can help unclog pores, treat cellulite and force skincare formulas further into the skin. During a Galvanic facial you will first go through a process called Desincrustation in which a negative polarity is used to clean the face. Desincrustation helps breakdown oil, treat acne, and clear follicles so your skincare formula can get as deep as possible during the next step. Anaphoresis involves using a negative pole to place products high in alkaline deep into the pores. The last phase Cataphoresis uses a positive pole to force acidic products into the skin. Some of the effects of Galvanic current include:
- Increased circulation
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Deep product penetration
- Improves skin absorption
- Brightens the skin
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
Called NMES or a Faradic treatment, this type of electrical facials stimulates the muscles. An alternating current is sent through the skin which actually causes the muscles to contract. This treatment can also be done on the body to target other muscles in need of simulation. Sinusoidal current is very similar to faradic but is much gentler. Sinusoidal may be better for those who are sensative or need treatment in a more delicate area. Faradic/Sinusoidal treatment benefits include:
- Improved muscle tone
- Increased blood flow
- Stimulation of hair growth
- Improved metabolism
High-Frequency Electrical Facials
This modality activates the skin through high impact oscillation. There are two options concerning high frequency electrical facials:
- The direct method involves placing a glass tool directly on the skin. This method is commonly used to heal acne or disinfect the skin.
- The indirect method works when your client holds the tool and the esthetician massages the face while an electric current is released from her fingertips.
Benefits of a High Frequency Treatment include:
- Improved blood flow
- Higher collagen and elastin production
- Skin toning
- Heals skin lesions
- Clears acne
- Provides oxygen for the skin
Micro-current Electrical Facials
A micro-current treatment works by copying the way the body creates electrical impulses. The current is very low but help to firm muscles. This method has also been used to help those suffering from stroke or paralysis.
Benefits of micro-current include:
- Increased muscle tone
- Improved collagen and elastin production
- Soothes skin
- Heals skin more rapidly
- Increases blood and lymph flow
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Vacuum Suction Treatments
This mechanical treatment uses external suction to lift the facial tissues via small moving cups. It is similar to massage, however suction is applied instead of pressure. When this type of electrical facials is performed correctly, it is very relaxing. However, the main use of this treatment is to stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory systems, thus aiding the flow of waste products and tissue fluids from the area to the nearest lymph nodes.
The vacuum machine often serves a dual purpose: to vacuum and to spray the skin. Glass devices used to suction the skin come in different shapes depending on their use. The vacuum is attached to a hose, which is connected to a machine that contains a small vacuum motor inside.
The vacuum serves two main functions. The first is to suction dirt and impurities off the skin. The second is to help reduce the appearance of creases, such as laugh lines, improving the overall appearance of the skin. Suctioning helps to stimulate the skin by increasing blood circulation at the treatment site.
Some benefits of Vacuum Suction Treatment include;
- Improves dry skin as the sebaceous glandes are stimulated
- Removes dead skin cells to improve the skin’s condition
- Lymphatic circulation is increased while reducing areas of fluid retention
- Fatty deposits can be removed
Looking to be an accredited spa professional with skills in electrical facials?
The Bali International Spa Academy (BISA) will offer the ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Facial Electrical Treatments course starting in early 2019. The classes will teach you how to use all of these state-of-the-art devices, specifically the faradic, galvanic, high frequency, micro current and vacuum suction machines. Treatments with such assorted equipment types are now available in many top day and medical spas globally. Thus possessing an ITEC diploma in these advanced treatments, will open up career opportunities worldwide.
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