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Notes on Microcurrent Devices

The skincare community has a clever history of borrowing from other industries for unintended beauty benefits. The technology behind LED masks, for example, was created by NASA to help astronauts with repair and healing. Microcurrent devices are no different: the technology originated in the 1980s to treat people with conditions like Bell’s Palsy. 

The non-invasive beauty treatment as we know it today uses low levels of electrical current to stimulate facial muscle responses, essentially creating a more sculpted and contoured complexion. Microcurrent devices stimulate the production of the molecule adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which can be thought of as the life force of our cells. Stimulating the production of ATP helps to recharge the skin, boosts cells metabolism, and promotes moisture retention and skin rejuvenation. As well as toning and lifting the face muscles, microcurrent devices also stimulate collagen production and provide lymphatic drainage, both of which result in a smoother and firmer appearance. 

Much like at-home versions of LED light therapy, at-home microcurrent devices take the same idea as what you’ll find in a studio but apply them in a more consumer-friendly manner. This means you can get the benefits from the comfort of your own home, which is a great way to maintain skin health in between appointments. 

Microcurrent devices either use nano currents or microcurrents, with both exercising the skin but in slightly different ways. Nano currents deliver smaller electrical wavelengths that penetrate deeper layers of the skin working to lift and firm. Microcurrents target the upper layers of skin and facial muscles. They can be used together or separately but both offer the skin a great host of benefits.

Completely painless and delivering instant results, microcurrent devices are suitable for most skin types (although please consult with a professional before use if you have epilepsy, heart issues, diabetes or if you’re pregnant). The immediate results include de-puffing and reducing fluid retention, however like any at-home device I recommend using them a few times a week for a firmer, youthful-looking and healthy complexion and to really unlock the benefits of the device. 

How to use microcurrent devices

First, cleanse the skin thoroughly and pat dry. Ensure you are not applying any serums, oils or creams before using your device, as these can physically block the electrical currents. Most devices will come with or stipulate the use of a specially formulated conductive gel so refer to your device’s instructions. Place the device to your face applying a firm but gentle pressure working from the centre of your face in a slow upwards and outwards motion, always lifting the device off the face when you reach its edge. You can also hold the device to specific areas of concern. Repeat this movement over the entire face, neck and decolletage. 

Depending on the device, most will have their own treatment plans, usage techniques and how-tos, I recommend doing some research and watching a few videos prior to performing your treatment.