When all else fails, there is one treatment which is guaranteed to produce amazing results whether you have normal, dry or oily, acne-prone skin, and it’s called galvanic facial.
This treatment uses positive and negative currents in combination with different cosmetic products to help those products penetrate into deeper layers of the skin. Sounds scary, we know, but the treatment is completely safe and incredibly effective.
It will infuse the skin with nutrients it requires to make it supple and younger-looking again. However, even though there are some tools for doing a galvanic treatment at home, we recommend that you let a professional do it in order to get the best results.
There are two types of galvanic treatments and what they are and what they do will be explained in detail in the further text. But first there are several steps that need to be performed in preparation for either of those treatments and here’s what they are:
Step 1: Cleansing
Just as the final step of any facial is applying moisturizer and sun protection, the first step is always cleansing. Whatever is done afterward, during the treatment, will not be as effective unless the barrier of dirt and grime is first removed.
The face should be massaged with a cleanser for a minute or two before the product is removed with warm water. Check out our another post where we are discuss about best facial steamer!
Step 2: Toning
Toning the skin of the face is always a nice addition to cleansing. It will further clean it from any leftover dirt or makeup that might be left behind after cleansing and it will remove the excess sebum from the especially oily skin.
Step 3: Exfoliation
Exfoliating the skin is a very important step of any facial as it will remove the topmost layer of dead skin from the face. Removing that layer will enable the ‘good’ skin underneath to receive all the necessary nutrients from the treatment.
Step 4: Galvanic Treatment
As was previously mentioned, there are two types of galvanic treatment, one is called galvanic desincrustation and the other iontophoresis.Here is where the treatment starts to differ depending on which one of these is used.
- Desincrustation – This treatment is only used on extremely oily skin. Before starting the treatment, the dermatologist will first cover the skin with a solution of sodium chloride (in laymen’s terms, kitchen salt) and only after that will they apply electricity by means of metal tweezers or wand with moist cotton wrapped around it. The reaction produced by the combination of the alkaline solution and electricity will open up the pores, deep-clean them and remove all the excess sebum. Because of this, it is often used to effectively treat acne.
2. Iontophoresis – The unique technique of applying this treatment enables it to be used on all skin types. Iontophoresis is done in two phases. First, a cream with the appropriate water-soluble ingredients is applied to the face. Next, a metal roller is used to conduct negative current which will open up the pores, increase blood circulation, stimulate the nerve endings and push the product into the deep layers of the skin. Then the machine is switched to conduct a positive current which is used to close the pores, soothe the nerve endings and harden the skin making it appear firm and flawless. This treatment is sometimes called the non-surgical facelift because of the amazing tightening effect it has on the skin.
Step 5: Moisturizing
As always, the facial ends with a generous application of moisturizer and sunscreen to hydrate and protect the skin. Even though this is an amazing treatment which can be done on almost anyone, some precaution is still necessary.
Because we’re dealing with electricity it’s important to know that people with too much dental work, heart conditions, and built-in pacemakers, are not eligible for this treatment because having any type of metal in or on the body may be dangerous.
This is why all jewelry too must be taken off before the treatment. If you remember this and follow the instructions the dermatologist gives you, everything will be just fine and the results will be so stunning you won’t be able to resist having another one of these facials as soon as possible.