In simplest terms, galvanic current is a low-level, continuous current that flows in one direction known as direct current (DC), just like the electricity from a battery. Galvanic treatments employ this low-level, medium amperage direct current to achieve multiple skin benefits such as stimulating cells, moving tissue fluid, softening up blackheads and driving ingredients deep into the epidermis.
A galvanic facial involves the use of mild electric currents consisting of positive and negative ions to refresh, stimulate and rejuvenate the skin. It uses a process by the scientific name of iontophoresis to transport electrically charged particles (ions) into the skin through gels that are positively or negatively charged. The charged ingredients are carried into the deeper layers of the skin and concentrated there.
There are two major uses of direct current in skin therapy, iontophoresis and desincrustation. A specialized pre-treatment gel with a negative charge is applied to clean, dry skin. This step is called desincrustation and helps to cleanse the pores. After the pre-treatment gel is removed with a damp washcloth, a second gel with a positive charge is applied to the skin and left on during the use of the instrument. The use of the second gel is called iontophoresis, or the nutrition step, for the skin. The esthetician uses a galvanic messenger with a chrome base that conducts the galvanic current directly onto the skin. The current is a mixture of positive and negative ions that help rebalance and redistribute energy throughout the skin.
The galvanic facial can be considered a “non-surgical facelift,” and results include smoothed out wrinkles, tightened muscles and increased blood circulation, which nourishes the skin cells. Galvanic facials can be very beneficial for individuals with very oily and/or acneic skin, but are recommended for most skin types, including sensitive skin.
Additional benefits of galvanic facials include:
- They de-root dullness by increasing oxygen content in the skin.
- Restore skin’s elasticity by inducing a low DC voltage in the skin. This creates the formation of fresh skin cells, which replace the old, wrinkled and tired cells.
- Eases the skin muscles and tissues, which result in increased oxygen and blood transportation to restore the pH level of the skin.
- Triggers the production of collagen, increases blood circulation in the face and restores the moisture content of the skin.
- Can help to reduce fine lines over a period of time.
- Focuses on destroying harmful skin toxins, which are largely responsible for aging.
Disclaimer: As always, this information is provided to you for educational and/or informational purposes only, and should not be construed as an endorsement of any particular product, treatment, or procedure. This information is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment by a doctor or other qualified health care professional. For medical concerns, including decisions about any procedure or treatment, users should always consult their doctor or other qualified health care professional. All facial services are individualized. Our video is just a general demonstration, but may not be followed exactly on a particular patron.