Hair & Beauty

What’s All The Buzz About Micro-current Facials?

By Bree Nowland
27th Jan 2016

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We’re suckers for a good beauty trend. From hair colours of the moment to the ‘it’ nail shape to revolutionary hybrid cosmetics—if it’s shiny, buzzworthy and new, we’re excited and we’re trying it. Immediately. So, when we heard that A-Listers were regularly having high-tech facials that electrically shocked their face all in the name of beauty, to say we were intrigued would be an understatement (and a little scared, if we’re being honest here... eek!). 

The facial we’re referring to is called a micro-current facial, and surprisingly, it’s not new technology! It was originally used in Chinese medicine and has been embraced by the beauty industry for over 30 years. Those ‘in the know’ have been avid fans of the micro-current facial for years and years, we’re talking everyone from J.Lo, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Aniston to even Oprah… So, why haven’t WE heard about it until now?! Well, micro-current devices have been the (glow-inducing, collagen boosting) secret of aestheticians—tucked away in exclusive day spas, where facials tend to cost more than a whole new body part. That is, until now, as NuFACE have developed a range of clinically proven, micro-current devices that can be used at home or on the go. Consider this must-have device every beauty aficionado’s answer to the Apple Watch. The best bit? Well, there are two, the devices have just become available in Australia and the benefits of a micro-current facial can be reaped by anyone

Explain this micro-current technology thing to me… 

Micro-current facials have been touted everything from a 5-minute face lift to Pilates for your forehead. Without getting too science-y on you, micro-current treatments involve stimulating your facial muscles with positive and negative currents, mimicking your body’s own natural currents. The devices essentially electrically shock your facial muscles (“What the what?!” was our initial response also), but the sensation is far less scary as it sounds.

Electrically shocking my face—it sounds like it hurts

We hear you. But we promise you, it’s entirely painless. The age old saying of “if it hurts, it works” is not applicable here. The micro-currents emitted are so tiny that it feels like you’re holding the back of an electric toothbrush to your face and nothing more. The CEO and founder of NuFACE, Tera Valdez-Peterson, laughs this off, and assures us that by using a NuFACE device at home, you’ll barely feel a thing. Micro-current therapy has been proven as one of the most effective anti-aging procedures that remains completely non-invasive.

What results can I expect?

Micro-current therapy can provide instantaneous results, almost like ‘waking up’ your facial muscles, for a couple of hours after your treatment, you’ll appear wide awake, refreshed and rejuvenated (post-festive season hangover remedy, anyone?!) Over time, micro-currents stimulate collagen and elastin in the skin while toning and lifting the facial muscles that create the underlying structure of the face. That means that micro-current therapy will reduce (and prevent) wrinkles while lifting, tightening and smoothing the face AND also boosting circulation (rosy cheeks for all!).

How is this different to more invasive facials or cosmetic procedures—like laser treatments or a microdermabrasion?

You might have heard of treatments like Thermage, peels or laser facials… There are side effects and downtime associated with more “hard core” facial treatments, such as peeling, flaking or swelling of the skin, but once this is over, you see results. With micro-current therapy, there is no down time, pain or discomfort. But while you might see instantaneous results for a moment after the treatment (that’s because your muscles have been ‘woken up’)—to see real permanent results, you need to commit to being diligent with the treatment—much like working out at the gym! 

What’s it like giving yourself a micro-current facial at home?

If you prefer to leave it to the professionals, there are salons, clinics, day spas and aestheticians all over the country that offer amazing facials that incorporate micro-current technology. But if you’re a #girlboss on the go, chances are, time for facials is limited. The NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device is a futuristic little personal-trainer for your face, or otherwise like your own aesthetician on-demand. First, you’ll apply a gel-like primer to your face and then you’ll glide the device over your facial contours for five minutes, much like giving yourself an ultrasound. You’ll be guided by beeps—so you’ll know when to move onto the next area of your face. You can give yourself this mini facial anytime, anywhere, before bed or upon rising. The NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device is available exclusively at MECCA Cosmetica Trove at MECCA Online

Next thing to try? Caviar facial.

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