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Are microcurrent facials better than Botox and fillers?

If you fancy a little lifting and firming in your lunch break, this celebrity favourite has definite skin perk potential

Dubbed a ‘non-surgical face lift’, microcurrent facial treatments work by sending low-grade doses of electricity into the skin via metal probes, to lift and firm the face in as little as five minutes.

Painless and non-invasive, the current runs between the positive and negatively charged conductors to manipulate muscles and physically move them into place, lengthening and shortening them as they glide.
With such speedy results, it’s not surprising that interest in these facials is at an all-time high.

Microcurrent technology has been around for years 

The technology has been used for years in the medical field to heal the skin and muscles – it was originally used to treat patients with Bell's Palsy. In beauty terms, the most well-known microcurrent treatment you are likely to have heard of is CACI (or Computer Aided Cosmetology Instrument), which has been around for nearly 30 years. In a world where beauty trends come and go, CACI has stood the test of time and evolved to offer bespoke options to treat skin. Whether it’s wrinkles, hydration, blemishes, jowls or dullness, the system can be adapted to the skin’s needs.

Microcurrents improve your skin over time

They can stimulate lymphatic drainage and increase collagen production, as well as improving the skin’s radiance and overall tone. The pulses of electricity penetrate into the skin to stimulate the circulation and send vital nutrients and oxygen to regenerate the cells. Regular treatments will improve elasticity and skin will become smoother, eyebrows will be lifted, cheekbones and jawline will be more defined and the face will look more sculpted. Best of all, the results are visible instantly which is why it is such a popular treatment with celebrities. Microcurrent is also a great treatment to use in conjunction with other in-clinic treatments such as peels, LED, radio frequency and massage.

Microcurrent facials are like a workout for your face

Unlike neurotoxins such as botulinum toxin (Botox), microcurrents won’t stop your muscles from moving but will improve their quality and tone: it’s bit like taking your face to the gym. For younger patients, this type of facial could well be enough to keep skin smooth and firm.

Microcurrent facials are painless and affordable 

You’ll feel a slight tingly sensation and potentially a metallic taste. This is because the current has an impact on the enzymes in saliva and is nothing to worry about. Any metallic taste is due to the current coming from the microcurrent probes and flowing to where our taste receptors are in the mouth – microcurrent may stimulate the nerves that govern taste. They are also affordable compared to some non surgical treatments. Ideally you should undertake a course – anything from two sessions a week to one session every six weeks – depending on the results you are looking for.

Microcurrent facials are safe for most people but there are a few exceptions

It’s safe to start having microcurrent facials in your 20's and continue throughout your adult life. However, there are a few people who should give them a miss: if you have epilepsy, diabetes or heart issues (such as having a pacemaker fitted), they are not for you. They’re also not recommended during the first trimester of pregnancy.

At-home devices are becoming more popular 

If you’d rather perform a microcurrent treatment in the comfort of your own home, you’ll be glad to know that the last few years has seen a rise in launches of at-home facial devices. The power will obviously be less than an in-clinic device, so using it every other day will be fine until you achieve results, then you can carry on with two treatments per week. Devices we like include Magnitone Liftoff Microcurrent Facial Toning and Lifting, £75, Foreo Bear Facial Toning Device, £237, and Nuface Trinity Facial Trainer, £229.

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