Microcurrent facials are also called natural facelifts. This procedure is painless and safe and is beneficial for getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles. A microcurrent facial is also helpful for defining your facial features, tightening your pores, increasing circulation, and firming the skin. Many people, including celebrities like Oprah, Madonna, and Diane von Furstenburg swear by this beauty treatment for healthier and younger skin.

You may be surprised to know that microcurrent technology is nothing new. People were using it to treat damaged muscles and tissues as early as the 1800s. A doctor with Bell’s palsy noticed that his patients’ faces were more youthful and rejuvenated after receiving microcurrent therapy and this is how the first aesthetic microcurrent treatments came about.

During a microcurrent facial, low-voltage electrical currents are emitted to mirror the natural electrical currents of the body. The procedure reaches the cellular levels which is why this type of facial is beneficial for stimulating the production of elastin and collagen. Microcurrent facials are only slightly intense which makes it safe yet effective for toning the face and giving your skin a “workout.” This causes your skin cells to break down and return in a stronger state, much like the way your muscles get stronger when you lift weights. Studies indicate that one microcurrent facial can boost collagen production by about 14% and increase your blood circulation by 38%.

Who Benefits From Microcurrent Facials?

This type of facial is best for individuals who want to improve the overall appearance of their skin. Microcurrent facials help reverse and halt the effects of aging and tighten the pores to prevent impurities and blemishes. The facial is safe for all skin types and colors.

However, it’s best for people with heart conditions and women who are pregnant to avoid microcurrent facials. It’s also best to discuss any skin sensitivities or allergies with your aesthetician or physician before you get a microcurrent facial.

What Are the Steps for the Facial?

The aesthetician will use two small prongs that deliver electrical energy to your skin cells. He/she will then move the hand-held prongs to different areas of your face and you’ll likely feel a tingle, but for the most part, the procedure is relaxing. You’ll also experience all the other pampering benefits of a facial such as facial massage, exfoliating, deep cleansing, and moisturizing. The process takes between 60 and 90 minutes and costs between $200 and $600.

Are There Any Side Effects?

You don’t have any downtime after your microcurrent facial which means you can return to work or continue running your errands after your treatment. If this treatment is part of your classic or medical facial, you may see some redness but you can usually hide it with a little foundation or concealer.

Benefits of a Microcurrent Facial

You’ll see an improvement in your skin just a few minutes after your microcurrent facial. After the first facial, you’ll notice that your skin is glowing and firmer. You’ll also see that your skin is especially hydrated and your pores are tightened. Microcurrent facials also bring more definition to your jawline and cheekbones and make your eyes appear more alert. However, these results only last for up to two weeks. This is why you should purchase a series of microcurrent facials so you can make the benefits of this facial last longer. Some aestheticians recommend that you get up to 15 treatments within a 6-week period and follow up with maintenance every three months.

Who Should Administer Microcurrent Facials?

You should only get a microcurrent facial by a licensed aesthetician or board-certified dermatologist. These professionals should specialize in microcurrent therapy. Be sure that your aesthetician is licensed in the state where he/she administers services. It may also be helpful to look at some before and after pictures of previous patients or clients so you can get an idea of how your skin will look after the facial.

It’s important to keep in mind that there are at-home microcurrent devices you can use to give you some of the benefits of a microcurrent facial. However, these devices are not professional or medical grade. However, you can purchase a microcurrent tool to use in between spa appointments, especially if you want to keep your pores tightened or treat puffiness under the eyes.