There’s no shame in continually looking for ways to help keep looking your best. That’s why so many of us pay attention to various beauty gurus and keep looking for the next big thing. Whatever is current just doesn’t help everyone or it later turns out to be useless to pretty much everyone. Some of us end up a little skeptical of new treatments as a result. It is a healthy attitude given how often new ideas come around. One should always take a closer look at potential treatments though. This will let you figure out if you’re going to get anything from it. With that in mind, we’re going to be taking a closer look at a micro-current facial. These are gaining a bit more press lately and it merits taking a closer look at the potential benefits and how it supposedly works to see if it is worth adding to our personal skincare knowledge. On the surface, the idea doesn’t seem to make all that much sense. After all, why would you want to give your face minor shocks of electricity?
Micro-current facials work by placing two minor electrodes close together on the skin. A small gap is left between the two so there is a small bit of skin left between the two. The technician then passes a small amount of electricity between the two electrodes to give your face the tiniest jolt of electricity. It isn’t particularly painful and is actually incredibly easy to entirely miss for many people. There are a lot of ideas on how the micro-current facial is supposed to work depending on who you ask. The most popular claim is that the small amounts of electricity being passed between the electrodes actually help to tone the muscles in the face in such a way that they hold firm and keep the skin held in place better. Other people claim that the electricity helps to trigger certain responses within the skin that promote the production of collagen and elastin within the skin to produce the same results. There are still other people who credit it with helping the skin to release toxins that are leading the skin to be duller and overall unhealthy. Do any of these sounds familiar? This is where we all need to start being a little skeptical.
Two of the main claims on how micro-current facials work are rather nebulous a lot of the time. As a result, they’re worrying when it comes to their being used as the central ways to hold up a treatment. Dermatologists have a good idea of ways to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in the skin. Increased blood flow, good diet, and particularly kinds of products can all do this for you. Electricity really has nothing to do with it at all. The people who claim micro-current work to help release toxins or similarly vague claims by somehow managing to mimic the body’s bio-electric current are also not being terribly accurate. When you mess with that current, you run the risk of harming your muscles instead of helping them. That’s why actual medical therapies that use principles similar to a micro-current racial are so carefully calibrated to avoid problems. That leaves us with the idea that you’re somehow exercising your facial muscles. This seems almost plausible until you talk to a dermatologist or other medical professional. The muscles in your face don’t tone like the muscles in the rest of your body. As a result, there’s no way the claim makes sense within the realms of actual medical knowledge.
When you dig a little deeper into some of the ideas behind micro-current facials, you run into a couple of interesting notes. Some people tie the bio-electric current idea into the flow of energy throughout the body. Additionally, the use of the idea of “toxins” in a relatively nebulous way ends up ringing a few bells too. Both of these are based on pseudo-scientific ideas about human health that don’t actually connect to reality in any meaningful way. Most dermatologists are willing to admit there may be some effect to such a facial, but they cannot say that is positive or particularly notable even with multiple treatments. This gray area where there is no clear knowledge and where reputable sources are skeptical of a treatment is generally a clear sign that we’re likely dealing with yet another interesting, but ultimately ineffective treatment. You may see benefits, yes, but remember that we’ve all used fad treatments before that we thought worked until we realized they didn’t. The placebo effect can be quite powerful. This is especially true if we want it to work.
We cannot genuinely recommend that anyone try a micro-current facial. There is no evidence that suggests that it might be harmful in any way, but there is also no real evidence to suggest that it will be helpful in any way either. Feel free to try the facial and see what it does for you. Just don’t get too attached to the treatment as its lack of any apparent long term effectiveness likely means you’ll have been better off trying a more conventional treatment.