Lash extensions – what do I need to know?
Lash extensions are becoming more and more popular, and it seems that no self-respecting star ventures out without a full set of voluminous lashes. But are they for you – and what do you need to know before you go ahead and book the appointment?
How do you find a reputable clinic/lash professional?
This is so important because you’re working so close to your eyes – you don’t want to trust the job to an amateur. Always make sure that the person you choose to carry out lash extensions (or lifts, tints and any other lash work) has the correct certification to do the treatment. Ask about training, and what brands they use – it’s important to use good quality professional products too. If they have before and after pictures, recommendations and reviews, check those out before you book.
What are the most common types of lash extensions?
There are three common lash extensions: synthetic, silk and mink. They also come in different sizes; from 6mm to 17mm. The lashes you choose are applied one at a time and stuck to your natural lashes with a semi-permanent glue that’s designed to be gentle on your
eye. You will need to have a patch test before a first treatment; and reputable clinic or spa will insist on this because even though they are formulated to be suitable for this delicate area, there’s always a chance of an allergic reaction.
Everyone’s natural lashes are different, and the type of lash extension you choose and the effect it can achieve depends a lot the condition of your own natural lashes. If your own lashes are quite short, very long extensions won’t work but you could still have a half set and see how that looks – remember that it’s always easier to add more lashes than it is to remove them.
How long do they take to apply?
If you’re having a full set, be prepared to book out up to two hours. After the initial treatment, you can have them ‘touched-up’ regularly – most estheticians suggest having them topped up around every three or four weeks.
Will they fall out over time?
Yes, all extensions will eventually fall off with the natural lashes that they are attached to. A touch up every three to four weeks will keep them looking good, though. Avoid picking at them or ‘playing’ with them too, as that can weaken the glue.
Another thing to be aware of is that it’s important to attach each extension lash to one natural lash – inexperienced estheticians can occasionally apply one synthetic lash to multiple natural lashes, which can cause the natural lash to fall out faster or a ‘clumping’ effect. Make sure your professional is fully qualified and that should avoid the problem.
Can you wear mascara?
One of the main reasons that people love their lash extensions is that they remove the need for mascara, but if you absolutely must add some, keep it to the tips and don’t be too heavy with it. Using mascara at the base of the extensions can make them look clumpy.
Do extensions damage your natural lashes?
Not if they are applied correctly, by a trained professional. As long as you don’t rub your eyes or pull at the extensions your lashes will be fine.
So, do they sound like something you might want to try? I know I love being able to roll out of bed, and not having to worry about applying mascara to have that 'awake' look, lol.
Men’s Skin VS Women’s Skin
Men’s skin is naturally thicker than women’s and produces more sebum, making it oilier. Don’t be tempted to steal your partner’s skin care products as they won’t be as effective for you as something that’s specially formulated for the guys. Most men also stress facial skin out with shaving on a regular basis which can cause sensitization and irritation and needs male-oriented skin care.
Skin As Men Age
If you’re noticing lines and wrinkles as you head past 40 and towards 50, you’re not alone. They’re caused by a reduction production of collagen by your body as you age, and as this is the protein that gives skin its elasticity and strength, things start to look older.
It’s perfectly normal to lose collagen as you age; once you get to about 30, you’ll lose around 1% of your collagen every year. Unfortunately, it’s unavoidable - and the older you get, the worse the wrinkles and lines get. So how do you stop them in their tracks, or at least make it look like you have?
Maintain a Skin Care Routine
If you haven’t already done it, invest in some good quality professional skin care products and start using them every day. You’ll need a cleanser (or facial wash) along with moisturizer and exfoliator at minimum, and you can add in eye serum or cream if you notice signs of aging around your eyes too.
After cleansing your skin, the second step is to hydrate it. The latest wonder ingredients for anti-aging products are retinoids, a range of ingredients that are derived from vitamin A and shown to visibly decrease some of the main signs of getting older on your skin; crow’s feet, wrinkles and lines. They work by boosting collagen production but are also powerful antioxidants, so they also protect your skin from damage by any free radicals. Moisturizers and serums containing retinoids can also help repair existing skin damage and if you have any dark spots or suffer with rosacea or acne there are treatments and targeted products that even help with that.
If you want to take things a bit further, the next step is an esthetician and something a bit more professional.
Microdermabrasion could be for you if you have small amounts of fine lines and just want your skin to look brighter and tighter. The esthetician uses a vacuum suction device with a mild chemical crystal mixture to gently remove the top layer of your skin cells. It doesn’t hurt, there’s no downtime needed, and it can give you a more youthful glow. You will need more than one treatment to see the full effects though.
A chemical peel is where a mixture of chemicals is applied to your skin to remove the top, dead layer of skin cells. This helps to soften lines and wrinkles and even out the look of your skin – and it’s not as scary as it sounds.
There are strong peels or ‘deep’ peels that have impressive effects on damaged skin but DO require downtime so aren’t most people’s first choice. These deeper chemical peels work by stimulating the collagen production in your skin and can be really effective at reducing wrinkles, evening out pigmentation and texture and reducing the signs of sun damage.
Most people start with a light peel which is more of a skin brightener and may soften lines but isn’t going to help with deeper wrinkles.
Deep peels are permanent but lighter versions will need more than one treatment plus ‘top ups’ to make sure the effects last.
You wouldn’t wear the same clothes to go outside in the winter as you do in the summer, so why would you use the same skincare products and keep to the same routines when the weather gets colder? Your skin is sensitive to changes in the temperature, weather and humidity, and deserves a little TLC if you want it to look it's best in the colder months.
Going from warm, heated offices and homes out into cold winds and wet weather is harsh on your skin. Skin needs to maintain a constant supply of moisture, and when the humidity drops outside and is stripped out of centrally heated indoor environments, it can leave thirsty skin screaming for hydration. The winds that often accompany wet, cold winter weather can also lead to wind burn, where the skin on your lips and hands becomes red and dries out.
It doesn’t help that to warm up, we’ll spend longer in hot baths and steamy showers on cold days. Who hasn’t spent just a few minutes longer under a hot shower to avoid the cooler bathroom air? This might feel like a luxury but it’s actually stripping your skin of even more of the natural oils it needs to help look and feel good. No wonder your skin often needs intensive care after a harsh winter. Many of us find ourselves with dry and irritated skin that’s cracked, chapped and flaky. In some cases you could even end up with itchy rashes or eczema.
What Skincare Product Do You Most Need to Use in Winter?
The first step in protecting the health of your skin is to look for a really good quality hydrating moisturizer. The best moisturizer you can afford should form the bedrock of any winter skincare routine. If you feel that despite using a moisturizer regularly, your skin is feeling tight, irritated or flakey, upgrade your moisturizer to one that’s suitable for dry skin, even if you don’t usually suffer from dryness. Locking the hydration in and the inclement weather out will help keep the skin on your face much healthier.
In the winter it can pay to switch to rich oil-based creams, even if you prefer using lighter water based lotions during summer. The water in the lighter lotions can evaporate off of your skin, so the effects aren’t as long lasting as a more heavy duty oil-based cream. You’ll get used to the way it feels and in the long run it should leave your skin feeling much more comfortable.
Ingredient-wise, look for a product which contains vitamin E, as it’s helpful for keeping moisture in. Anything that has a built in humectant is also great for winter skin as these ingredients work to attract moisture to your skin.
Other Winter Skincare Saviors
We all know that one key to good skin, hair and nails is to eat a healthy and well-balanced diet, which makes us feel great as well as look good. In reality, no matter how many lifestyle magazines we read, many of us don’t eat anywhere close to the amount of fresh fruit, vegetables and good, healthy, skin soothing fats that we should do.
The typical Western diet falls down on providing the recommended daily intake of some of the important nutrients needed to keep skin looking healthy skin and prevent premature ageing, but what can you do if you think your skin might be vitamin-deprived?
Many people turn to topical vitamins - that is vitamins applied to the skin in product form. A good quality product can certainly have a great effect on skin radiance and health. Most skin creams and serums that include vitamins have proven anti-aging benefits and can solve a multitude of problems, improving skin texture and tone and fading under-eye circles. If you include a good quality product as part of a facial treatment with targeted massage and nourishing oils, it will definitely benefit your skin as the oils sink into your skin and the massaging action helps to boost the effect of the products.
Taking supplements is another popular way of getting vitamins into your system, and the latest skincare micro-trend is using targeted skincare products that work from the inside out. Many people have added a skin supplement to their daily routine and the US market has seen sales of face supplements grow more than fivefold over the past two years.*
It’s easy to see why. The natural thing to do if you think your diet is a little low in essential vitamins and minerals is to try and boost it with a healthy sounding supplement (and a product that tackles the problems externally, too). There are some fabulously high tech sounding skincare supplements on the market so teaming them with a good quality topical skincare product gives you that double whammy of looking after your skin from both angles.
All in the delivery
If you’re choosing a topical vitamin product, you also need to take into account the way it’s delivered. Vitamins in creams and serums are lovely and will make your skin feel fantastic, but how deeply does the good stuff penetrate your skin? You can take it one step further with transdermal vitamin patches which promise to infuse your skin with any number of vitamins.
Anything from Vitamin C to CoQ10 patches are available for when your body feels in need of a vitamin boost, and the fact that it’s being taken in through your skin means that the nutrients aren’t affected by stomach acid in the way that they can be if taken as a food supplement. Do they work?
Apparently they do, and they release the vitamins slowly, all day long rather than in one big hit like a food supplement.
If you’re visiting a spa or salon, you’ll also have the option to try facials that involve different ways of ‘delivering’ vitamins and other active ingredients to the deeper layers of the skin.
There are some myths about skincare that you could swear were passed down from your Mom’s mom and probably her mom before her. You just accept them as reality. Some have sprung up over time and have been driven home by beauty magazines. There’s no reason to believe a beauty ‘truth’ just because everyone else does, though. Here are a few I’ve picked out that deserve special attention.
Beauty Myth #1 - Drinking water helps prevent dry skin
Nope. Of course, drinking water does benefit your skin in the same way that it benefits the rest of your body, but if you have dry skin it’s going to take more than an expensive mineral water habit to moisturize your skin.
The main causes of dry skin are heat, hot and chilly air, and the number of oil producing glands you have (and how much oil they produce). If your skin feels dry, moisturize and protect it with the correct products and exfoliate regularly so that they can penetrate better.
Beauty Myth #2 – you must spend more on cleanser and moisturizer
This isn’t necessarily the case. If you must skimp on your skincare products, economize on your cleanser, and buy a basic moisturizer, but don’t ignore other specifically tailored skincare products with effective, proven medical-grade active ingredients.
Look for serums and other products containing retinol, antioxidants, and pigment-treating ingredients, as these are clinically proven to get you results.
Beauty Myth #3 - Don’t use moisturizer on oily skin
By denting oily skin hydration from a good moisturizer, you’re making the problem worse. Washing your face, and cleansing your skin strips it of natural oils. You need to add that moisture back in so that skin doesn’t overcompensate and start producing even more oil. Even if you are using prescription medicated products for acne, you should still moisturize every day. They can be harsh and can cause your skin to peel, so look for a light, oil-free moisturizer and use it every night. This helps avoid irritation and it won’t make your acne worse, I promise.
Beauty Myth #4 – wrinkles can be ‘erased’
Oh, if only that were true, women would be lining up around the block to buy it. Although a good anti-aging product can help hide and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, they will still be there. If your wrinkles worry you unduly, the best products to look for are those containing a topical retinoid. Studies have found retinoids to be fairly effective at reducing fine lines and wrinkles, photo-aging and sun damage.
Beauty Myth #5 – if you work indoors, there’s no need for sun screen
You might not think so, but even if you’re indoors, you’re still being exposed to sunlight. Maybe you forgot about that quick trip to the store where you had to walk from the parking lot? Or did you not notice the sunlight coming in through the window next to you?
Even on a cloudy day, up to 80% of UV rays can penetrate and damage your skin. Just get into the habit of using moisturizer with a decent SPF – SPF30 or above should work – and it won’t matter if you must go out in the sunshine, you’ll be covered.
Beauty Myth #6 – with sunscreen, the higher the SPF the better
Although there’s some truth to this one, it’s not entirely the case. Research has shown that an SPF 15 blocks around 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks around 97%, and an SPF 50 blocks up to 98%. Nothing will block 100% of UV rays at the moment.
Experts recommend SPF 50 for outdoor activities and SPF 30 for every day.
Beauty Myth #7 – I don’t need topical vitamin C, I get enough in my diet
If only it worked that way, we’d all be eating oranges and sweet potatoes every day! The truth is that the skin on our face, neck, chest, and hands is exposed to a lot of pollutants on a daily basis. If you use a topical vitamin C product, you can protect your skin from some of this damage. It also helps to brighten and exfoliate your skin. Applying a vitamin C enriched product topically gives you a much stronger dose than a vitamin pill or your diet can.
Beauty Myth #8 – waxing, shaving, or dermaplaning, makes hair grow back thicker
Thankfully this one isn’t true either. Waxing can thin out hair growth over time because constantly pulling hairs out of the roots weakens them. If you shave, it causes your hair to grow back with a tapered end, making it feel softer. Shaving or dermaplaning is no different to cutting the hair on your head. It’s also a myth that waxing your upper lip causes lip lines; these are more likely to be down to smoking, pursing your lips, sipping from straws, chewing and sun damage.
LED skin treatments are becoming more and more popular in spas and skin clinics, even at home, but what do you know about how they work and what they are most effective for? In simple terms, an LED is a light source that emits (gives out) light. LED light therapy uses light sources to direct light of different wavelengths onto the skin from a few inches away, using single light units or formations of panels. This light has a beneficial effect on the skin and can help improve some conditions. It’s also an effective anti-aging treatment.
LED light therapy was originally developed to fast-track wound healing and scars following surgery, but its effects on healthy skin were soon noticed and a new beauty treatment was born.
These days, LED facials are evolving all the time along with the technology behind them, and you’ll see different types of LED facial on most esthetician’s treatment lists. Some of these advanced skincare treatments use blue light, and some only use red light. The idea behind LED skin treatments is that using different color light therapy stimulates different reactions in your skin and penetrates to different depths in your epidermis. So, for example, blue light is often recommended for acne treatment, as it helps kill the bacteria that causes it, while red light is known to be effective for healing and boosting collagen production, so is the top choice for anti-aging treatments.
Do LED Light Facials Really Work?
It sounds simple, but can a burst of targeted light therapy really make that much difference to your skin? Well, the experts seem to think so. Although the treatments only last a few minutes, there’s evidence to show that they really are effective. There have been studies looking at how well LED light therapies work for both acne and anti-aging and the great news is that both showed significant improvement. A study published in 2016 stated that: “low level light therapy (LLLT) with light-emitting diodes (LEDs) is emerging from the mists of black magic as a solid medico-scientific modality, with a substantial build-up of corroborative bodies of evidence for its efficacy and elucidation of the modes of action.
Reports are appearing from many different specialties; however, of particular interest to plastic surgeons treating the aging face is the proven action of LED-LLLT on skin cells in both the epidermis and dermis and enhanced blood flow. Thus, LED-LLLT is a safe and effective stand-alone therapy for patients who are prepared to wait until the final effect is perceived.”
How Does LED Light Therapy Actually Work? The cells in your skin convert the energy produced by red LED light into a substance called ATP (adenosine triphosphate) – the fuel your cells need to do their job. Cells in the dermis layer of your skin then use ATP to produce more collagen and elastin, which plumps up the skin, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Blue LED light works slightly differently – it kills Propionibacterium acnes, the bacteria that lives below the surface of the skin and causes acne breakouts.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
It’s likely that you’ll need at least four treatments before you see results, but the benefits are cumulative, and once you’re happy with the effects, you can scale your treatments right down to maintain them. Ask your esthetician for more information if you want to see the effects for yourself.
Pregnancy is an exciting and exhilarating time for most women…but it can also be exhausting, and you can see changes in your skin and body that you might not be particularly happy about. With all of these changes, it’s hardly surprising that many women feel hormonal, stressed out and emotional. This is where some good quality spa and at-home pampering should make all the difference.
There are lots of dos and don’ts while pregnant, spa and skincare treatments are no exception. Depending on what stage you’re at in the pregnancy, we’ve put together a few lovely things that you might want to treat yourself to when the mom-to-be blues strike…
Spa and Facial Massage:
When you’re achy and hormonal, a massage can really hit the spot. Make sure to tell your massage therapist that you’re expecting and how far along you are when you book though, so that he or she can adapt the techniques and any oils used to suit you. Your massage therapist will know to avoid certain areas during a massage, for example massaging some points on the wrists and ankles in pregnancy can cause cramping. They’ll also position you properly so that you don’t lie on your back after a certain point as this can make your blood pressure drop and leave you feeling a bit dizzy or faint. Don’t be afraid to ask for extra pillows or suggest lying on your side if that’s how you feel most comfortable. All in all, massage is a great pregnancy treatment, so go for it.
Beauty and The Bump Skin Care:
Some women find that their skin is more sensitive than usual during pregnancy, but skin care and spa treatments can still be a real treat. If you’re not sure, don’t be afraid to ask for a patch test, pre-treatment. Perk yourself up with a nourishing facial – some women boast of their pregnancy glow but others, especially if they’ve been dealing with morning sickness or tiredness, feel a bit flat and a facial is a relaxing, boosting treatment. Tell your therapist so that she can avoid any facial treatments that include retinoids – they can harm your baby and are best avoided. Many spas and skin clinics offer facial treatments that are specifically designed for pregnancy so opt for one of those if you want to spoil yourself. Gentle is always best in pregnancy although if you want to keep up a specific skincare routine you should still be able to carry on with some treatments, like microdermabrasion, which is perfectly safe in pregnancy. Leave chemical peels and Botox/fillers for post-pregnancy if you’re a fan. At home – avoid retinol-based treatments and anything containing salicylic acid and opt for skincare ranges that are designed for pregnancy if possible. Glycolic acid, which is found in a lot of anti-aging products (and is helpful for evening out skin tone) is a safe alternative for pregnant women in the skin clinic or at home. Remember that your skin can be extra sensitive. Find a good body nourishing oil to massage your bump with (your beauty therapist may be able to recommend one for you) and treat yourself every day to minimise stretch marks as baby grows…
Baby Safe Beauty Treatments:
If you’re a fan of luxuriant lashes you’ll be pleased to hear that you might not need them extended while you’re pregnant; most women have the best lashes of their lives while they are pregnant because when you’re expecting, your hair stays in a permanent growth cycle. Although, if you do fancy lash extensions, they are perfectly safe in pregnancy.
If it’s getting difficult to see your feet, a pedicure might be the perfect antidote for swollen ankles and aching feet. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a manicure or pedicure while you’re pregnant, in fact many mom-to-be spa and beauty packages include them as standard. Some women like to avoid chemical beauty treatments completely during pregnancy, including nail polish. There’s no evidence that occasional use of nail products will cause any harm but if you prefer a ‘naked’ mani-pedi it’s something most spas and beauty clinics will be able to accommodate. You can also ask your nail technician to avoid products that contain formaldehyde and toluene.
As the temperatures start to rise, our thoughts turn to vacations, and the idea of a long cold swim. As any professional or recreational swimmer will tell you, swimming is great for your body, but can wreak havoc on your skin. So, if you intend to get in the pool this summer season, you’ll need to take some skincare precautions first.
A beach holiday can cause your skin some serious trauma if you don’t prep first. Even being a regular visitor to the hotel pool can dry out your skin– you know that weird chemical smell you get on your skin after a dip in a swimming pool? Imagine what it’s doing to your skin if it smells that bad….
It’s not just the salt, chlorine and other chemicals that can mess with your skin’s comfort zone. Sitting around in the sunshine getting a tan, (please don’t– the shade is so much better for you), won’t help your skin’s condition. Not using enough sun screen with a high enough SPF, forgetting to reapply sunscreen after a swim and letting skin get too dry in the heat can all cause skin huge amounts of stress.
If your skin is dry and itchy, it’s probably due to chemicals in the pool. They have to be there to kill bugs, but in some countries, they can be a little over-zealous and the result is itchy, dry skin that doesn’t look great uncovered for your Instagram pool shots. Even ozone pools can irritate some people’s skin, so just be aware before you take a dip. Sea water can be harsh on your skin too; although in some places the mineral content is beneficial and can soothe skin conditions, salt water can be an irritant.
Keep yourself hydrated– if your skin is thirsty it’s more prone to chlorine and other damage. Chlorine breaks down your skin’s natural defenses to other irritants too, so make sure that you drink plenty of water to help skin resist chlorine’s effects. Staying hydrated also prevents sun stroke and general dehydration which can creep up on you quickly in a hot climate. Always carry a bottle of water with you and sip from it regularly– your skin will thank you and you don’t always realize how much extra water you’ll need.
Always shower after you’ve been in the water– don’t just get straight onto the sun loungers. This washes off any salt, chlorine or other nasties that might have been in the water, and gives you a better base on which to apply your moisturizing sun screen.
It’s more effective to use a normal sun screen and reapply it after you’ve been swimming than rely on waterproof. If you wash the chlorine off in the shower after your swim, you’ll be taking some of the waterproof sun screen with you and you never really know how much will be left. Opt for a decent SPF (50 if the sun is strong) and keep slapping it on.
Wash your swim wear thoroughly after you’ve been in the water– this prevents rashes and irritation under your costume or bikini.
When you’re indoors again, apply a good moisturizing body lotion all over to replenish the moisture you’ve lost through sun, sea and chlorine.
Did you know it takes about 4 weeks for your face to move through the full life cycle of skin cells exfoliating and rejuvenating? So effectively every 4 weeks you practically have a new face:)
However in those 30 days you probably choke your cells with creams, make up, chemicals, oils and dirt from your hands, environmental pollution and more.
All of these toxic layers build up and suffocate your pores and cells that are trying to rejuvenate. This all makes your body work harder to try and come back to a healthy status as we are adding more pressure to its natural role. This is why those ladies that invest in a facial minimum of once a month always have a certain glow over those that don’t. They seem to look fresher, younger and healthier.
Well the reason why is the aesthetician they are visiting has all the skills and tools to support your skin, and help it heal from breakouts, sun damage, heat and humidity, AND dry and flakiness from cold wintery air.
A visit approximately every 4 weeks will ensure your skin stays hydrated, toned and bright looking.
Regardless of whether you go once a month, or once a season – there are some things you can do at home to prolong the benefits of your facial, support your skin and make sure that you’re getting the best return on your skin investment.
Cleanse daily with a PH balance product that your aesthetician recommends as they will select one that suits your skin type and works in conjunction with the type of facial you have received.
Be gentle on your face and don’t be too vigorous – your aesthetician has already given you a deep clean, there is no need for you to rough your face up. They have given you an amazing glow so lets just support it rather than strip it away.
Understand that if you have had a chemical treatment on your face, then the skin can be more sensitive to sunlight, so check with your practitioner as to what products to use and what to avoid as you transition through this period. For example some sunscreens can irritate your skin post chemical treatments.
Finally, sometimes we are lead to believe (with phrases such as “if its too good to be true, then it probably is”) that the pampering bliss you get from a fantastic facial isn’t something you should do all the time.
It’s a treat and we were always told to limit our treats, no?
Well hold on to your hats ladies – this treat is one that you can indulge in every month and not only feel fabulous about, but invest in it knowing that you are taking the right steps into ensuring your gorgeous face remains glowing and thankful for you taking the time to look after it.
Remember to love the skin you’re in. Treat it well and you will look and feel amazing for years to come.
Galvanic treatments use gentle, safe electrical currents to intensify the effects of professional skincare products and give your skin a thorough cleanse. Don’t be put off by the fact they use electrical currents; galvanic facials are safe and effective and booking a set of treatments can work wonders for your skin.
What is a galvanic skincare treatment?
A galvanic facial is a type of professional skincare treatment only carried out by a trained esthetician. There are different types of treatments but they are all designed to remove the build-up of dirt and impurities using negatively charged ions which help to capture toxins and then use a positive charge to draw them out. The currents give the skincare products used during the facial a charge that helps them to penetrate your skin right down to the deeper layers.
Who are galvanic facials suitable for?
They are suitable for all types of skin. A galvanic facial gives more mature clean a deep cleanse and helps to improve skin texture. The currents help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Younger skin can benefit from the illuminating effects and a deeper
penetration of skincare products, which have a protective effect keeping skin looking radiant for longer.
You’ll have a consultation before your treatment where you’ll be asked questions about your medical history. There are some conditions you must be sure to tell your therapist about, including; diabetes, circulatory issues, or having metal plates/pins in your body. None of these mean you can’t have a galvanic treatment, but it might have to be adapted to suit you.
If you’re pregnant, please also tell your esthetician in advance and if you’re in doubt ask your healthcare provider’s advice. If you’ve had fillers or Botox, it’s also advisable to wait at least 24 hours before booking in for a galvanic facial.
What happens in a galvanic treatment?
A galvanic facial usually lasts about an hour. There are usually two steps involved, using both positive and negative currents.
The first part of the treatment is a deep cleanse called Desincrustation, where a special negatively-charged pre-treatment is applied to clean, dry skin. This is great for rebalancing oily skin especially but your esthetician will choose the best products to suit your skin type.
The second part of the treatment, sometimes called Iontophoresis involves having the pre-treatment gel removed with a damp washcloth, and a second gel applied onto your skin. The ingredients in the gel are pushed deeply into your skin using the device which safely conducts the positive and negative electrical currents.
Galvanic facials are very effective
The good news is that you’ll start so see effect soon after your first galvanic treatment. Clinical trials on home galvanic facials showed that just one session made a difference to the look and feel of the participants’ skin, so a regular session from an esthetician will amplify those effects.
Beauty has always been my passion, and as a licensed esthetician, I know that true beauty comes from the inside. I use products that are organic and natural, because I believe that what we put on the outside affects us on the inside. I also choose products that are cruelty free and I have vegan options as well... because, animals deserve our love and respect.