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Advancements in Facial and Skincare Technology

As technology advances in all aspects of our lives, it’s no surprise that it has also rapidly improved in the facial and skincare industry! Not only are companies benefiting from technology to offer customers long-lasting and skin changing treatments, as seen in the laser industry. Customers are also benefiting from AI technology that allows them to try products and colours in the comfort of their homes.

The facial industry has greatly benefited from Facial and Skincare Technology advancements. Now products combined with technology penetrate the skin deeper and problem trouble areas. Facial technology has been credited for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, diminishing dark spots and treating acne scars. A few Facial and Skincare technology products that can be credited include:

  • Microcurrent
  • Faradic
  • High Frequency
  • Vacuum Suction
  • Galvanic 

All of the mentioned treatments, we will discuss further in this blog and explain how they work. So without further ado, let’s get started on Facial and Skincare Technology!

Facials that incorporate Facial and Skincare Technology

Microcurrent

Better known as a non-surgical facelift.

Before the beauty industry discovered the wonders of microcurrent, it was a medical practice. Microcurrent was used to help treat facial paralysis, wound healing, stroke and pain management. As far as facial technology goes, it is now also used to offer non-surgical facial lifts.

Microcurrent facials use low voltage electricity to imitate the body’s natural electrical impulses. The treatment encourages more production of adenosine triphosphate. A natural compound responsible for muscle contraction, nerve impulses and many other processes in the body cells.

The brain sends impulses through the spinal column and soft tissues to regenerate cells. As people age, this process becomes slower. Microcurrent facials help prevent or correct client insecurities such as sagging muscles, fine line/wrinkles and so on. It can give the skin a more youthful appearance, tighten and reduce the size of pores, improve the skin’s colour and texture, tone areas that are flabby or sunken and the list of benefits continues.

While the treatment includes the use of electricity, it is pain-free.

Faradic

The faradic facial treatment tones muscles through passive exercise. The faradic machine contracts the client’s facial muscles whilst they just lay on the bed. The machine can be considerably intense as it concentrates on one area of the body. The pain is similar to that felt after an intense workout, so it’s manageable. 

The treatment starts with conduction pads strapped to the face or body. A low faradic current is delivered through the pads to the skin and muscles to stimulate muscle contraction. The contractions happen in regular intervals as determined by the beauty therapist. Depending on the treatment use of the faradic treatment, the pulse is adjusted accordingly. One of the main benefits of faradic muscle stimulation facial and skincare technology is cell regeneration. The benefits are evident through the contours of the muscles and the appearance of muscle through the skin. The muscles contract causing more blood flow which also improves lymphatic flow, this can help metabolism, weight loss and cellulite. 

High Frequency 

(Direct and Indirect)

High frequency is a facial and skincare technology treatment that treats a lot of different skin concerns. These include acne, enlarged pores, fine lines/wrinkles and puffy or dark eyes. High frequency dates back to the 1800s, used to treat bacterial infections like strep throat. Nowadays, you will find it in luxury spas and professional beauty salons. The high-frequency machine produces frequencies between 100,000 to 250,000 hertz. The moving current makes the machine itself quite noisy, especially to a nervous client. It is the job of the beauty therapist to put the client’s mind at ease.

The high-frequency machine is applied both directly and indirectly. When used indirectly, the client holds an intensified saturator electrode in their hand. The therapist conducting the treatment will massage their face with their hands, encouraging the flow of current. The procedure creates heat in the fingertips allowing for a deeper and warmer massage.

There are many benefits the client gets from having an indirect high frequency, such as better circulation and improved metabolism. The client’s skin will also retain moisture better and have relaxed facial muscles. Indirect high frequency focuses on the inside of the body whereas, direct high frequency helps more with aesthetics. Direct high frequency uses glass electrodes that make contact with the client’s skin. The contact is what disperses the current through the client. The electrode moves the concentration of the current around the client’s face or body. The benefits from direct high frequency such as improving skin texture, moisture balance within the skin, increases metabolism and aids healing after extractions are done. Similar to indirect high frequency, direct high frequency can also calm sensory nerve endings.

Vacuum Suction

(Lymphatic Drainage)

Vacuum suction is a very effective and gentle skincare treatment that helps and improves lymphatic drainage. This can be performed on the face and body. After a course of a few treatments, the appearance of the skin can be noticeably better. People who have medical conditions like lymphedema, fibromyalgia, insomnia and so on. 

The lymphatic system in the body is responsible for removing waste and toxins from the muscle tissues. The lymphatic system is reliant on movement to get fluids to the lymph vessels. Lymphatic massage can reduce swelling in the body and improve circulation. The treatment is performed with a compressor but there is no actual electrical current flowing through the body. The machine uses pump action to create a vacuum in the cup (or ventouse) which is attached to the machine through the tubing.  The majority of vacuum suction machines have three features: the on/off switch, an intensity control dial to adjust the pressure of the vacuum and a pulsation switch to change the vacuum. With the cup gliding across the skin or using the pulsation method, this helps lymph fluid flow to the nodes to be properly filtered and effectively improve the condition of the skin. A therapist might test the vacuum on the client’s jawline to ensure that the client is suitable for a vacuum treatment. 

This treatment has numerous benefits for different skin issues; For normal and combination skin vacuum suction is good for general cleansing. For dry or more mature skin, the suction increases cellular function, circulation and the process of lymphatic vessels getting rid of waste and toxins in the body. Suction also unblocks pores/follicles, removes sebum and blockages that can be caused by incorrect cleansing techniques.

Galvanic

(Desincrustation and Iontophoresis) 

The galvanic current is a direct low voltage current that can be used on the face and the body. The machine has a rectifier that controls alternating the current into a direct one, a capacitor, which smoothes out any irregularities in the current and a transformer that decreases the voltage from the main supply of electricity. The client has to hold a covered electrode in their hand, to form a circuit so that the galvanic current travels from the machine to the rollers the therapist is using to massage the face. The therapist will ensure that whatever cream or gel is used is not only suited to the skin type of the client so that it can penetrate the skin. 

Two ways are a galvanic current can be used:

  1. Desincrustation – This involves the skin being cleansed deeply and is also used to prepare the skin for iontophoresis. 
  2. Iontophoresis – specialised gel or serums are applied to the face using a roller. Thus helps to rebalance and hydrate skin for numerous skin types.  It can also be used for cellulite treatments on the other parts of the body to stimulate lymphatic drainage. 

Both treatments can be done separately or together as the galvanic desincrustation needs to be done before galvanic iontophoresis to prepare the skin. Both treatments have many benefits.  Galvanic desincrustation can relax pores which makes getting extractions easier, cleanse the skin deeply, stimulate nerve endings in the face, increase circulation around the face and help exfoliate dead skin cells of the face. Galvanic iontophoresis can improve skin texture, firm muscle tissues and soothes nerve endings. 

Facial & Skincare Courses That Incorporate Electrotherapy

At The London School of Beauty & Make-Up, we offer the VTCT Level 2 & 3 Combined Facials and Skin Care Course. The perfect course for those who are looking to practice as a fully-trained facialist. Taking students from beginners to intermediate level in just 7 weeks! 

You can take your clients skin to the next level by incorporating electrotherapy into your facial and skin care treatments! To find out more about how our facials course can kickstart your facialist career, get in touch today!

Give us a call on 020 3026 7453 or email, contact@beauty-school.co.uk.

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