Update: January 20, 2022
Happy New Year! Checking in to see how your holidays were AND to see what you need to keep microcurrenting at home.
- Do you need a refresher? Let’s zoom! Just email me and we’ll set up a time.
- Are you marking improvements? Sometimes we feel like we’re spinning our wheels if we’re not tracking where we were, where we want to go.
- Do you need a new base serum? Osmosis Stem Factor is THE Gold Standard for growth factors and skin repair. And, Dr. Ben has other serums you can use for different results.
- Catalyst is one of my very faves! I mix it with Replenish during the week. And then also use it in my serum mix for microcurrent 1-2 x per month.
- Dr. Ben’s Retinaldehyde serums are fabulous for microcurrent! Retinaldehyde is a Vitamin A derivative and is much more gentle on the skin then Retin A, Tretinoin etc.
- There are several levels of VA serums with Osmosis: Calm, Correct, Clarify and Renew
- Oil is not a good base serum and does not work as a conductor (you know I LOVE skin oils; save them for after your microcurrent session).
- Peptides and gel-based masks can also make great treatments. ColorUp has a peptide serum that leaves my skin like velvet (Firm). Sorella’s Peach & Honey mask is extremely brightening and hydrating. And Osmosis has a professional mask that I am happy to get for you: Hydralift.
- Do you need a new conductive gel? Smart Water works great! And, if your skin feels dryer, you may want a gel to help conduct the current. Neurotris has re-stocked their conductive gel. And other companies have gels as well. If you’re interested, let’s talk!
- Are you drinking enough water? Not only will microcurrent hydrate your tissues —> it also works better when you’re hydrated. So, I make sure to load up on water 2 hours prior to treating my skin.
- It’s OK to take breaks! I often compare treating the skin to working out: we are working with tissue and we’re going for more resiliency. And, as we say in CrossFit: muscle is made in recovery. So while you *can* do microcurrent every day, every week etc, it’s also quite good to take breaks. And if you need help revving up again, I’m here for you!
Update: September 14, 2021
What do you microcurrent with?
I get asked this question a LOT and I have several protocols up my sleeve:
- KISS: Keep it simple, sista! I wash with my fave Sorella Cleanser (Apricot Mango Cleansing Milk), pat dry and apply Osmosis Stem Factor to my chest, neck, face AND hands. Then, I soak my silver-infused gloves in Smart Water and keep a little more of the Smart Water in a cup for re-dipping the gloves. I do NOT use the glove inserts so that my hands get a treat, too. And I proceed to tone and lift by scooping, cinching and holding from my chest up. I also used the gloves to tone my arms and legs, especially that bit just above the knees.
- You can also make this treatment EXTREMELY active!
- Mix Rescue, Catalyst, and Calm or Correct with Infuse or Boost. Apply to chest, neck and face. Then, sweep Smart Water across your skin as you use your Neurotris wands. (Or, your silver-infused gloves soaked in Smart Water).
- You don’t need all three … You can use 1 or 2 of these. Just always include a squirt or two of Infuse or Boost.
- Try ColorUp’s Full Spectrum CBD infused Firm with a squirt or two of Infuse.
- Sorella’s Peach & Honey Mask is also a great choice!
- Stay tuned for some new fall-themed treats as well!
Update: September 12, 2021
How Microcurrent Works
Microcurrent therapy sends low-level electrical currents into your skin that are nearly identical to the body’s own natural electrical frequencies. Running a current over your body adds more electrons to your system, helping you make energy more quickly and stimulating tissue and cellular repair. The technology works at the cellular level, increasing adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, the energy currency in your cells and the body’s most basic fuel. It also boosts your body’s absorption of amino acids — the building blocks of protein — and forms proteins in the cells that produce collagen in the skin.
“Microcurrent rapidly restores cell energy,” says Anne Kelly, MD, medical director at the Holland Biomedical Clinic and Minnesota Hyperbaric Treatment Center. “It’s like recharging the car’s battery and putting fuel in the tank.”
You may have heard of or even tried something called a TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) machine, which uses mild electrical shocks to treat pain. Microcurrent therapy works in a similar way, but the electrical currents are extremely weak, so you typically won’t feel a thing. While the goal of TENS is short-term relief of chronic pain, microcurrent is aimed at longer-term relief and healing, and offers a host of other benefits (more on those below).
Microcurrent therapy is used to treat many things, including wounds, sports injuries, and skin sagging — it really is a great tool to have in your arsenal.
- Reduces back, neck, and joint pain
- Heals tendons
- Increases oxygenated blood flow to tissues
- Grows new nerves
- Reverses or stops macular degeneration
- Lessens headaches
- Improves fibromyalgia symptoms
- Tones the skin and stimulates collagen production
Microcurrent therapy has been used for decades to treat people with Bell’s Palsy — the sudden paralysis of muscles that causes one side of your face to droop. The technology’s toning effect caught the attention of the cosmetic field for its ability to lift the muscles in the face and tighten sagging skin, creating a more youthful appearance. Now it’s being hailed as a “natural facelift” and non-toxic botox alternative, with Jennifer Aniston crediting it for her smooth complexion, calling it a “little workout for your face.”
Here are the Top 5 Benefits of Neurotris Mcirocurrent for Your Skin
- Increased Blood Flow: The low level electrical pulses that are provided by microcurrent will stimulate blood and lymphatic flow in the skin. This moves the fluid more effectively to keep skin nourished, healthy & bright. Circulation is everything and dang if it doesn’t get sloggy with the trips around the sun!
- Hydration: The microcurrent technology will send electric pulses into the skin that will trigger ATP production that helps to improve cellular function, thus improving oxygen levels, and hydration levels. And, as your esthetician is always telling you: hydrated skin is more resilient. When your skin has optimum hydration it is less reactive, less prone to irritation, redness & sensitivity and looks more firm and smooth.
- Volume: With stimulated oxygen and hydration levels, the skin has greater volume, this is compounded when the low level electrical pulses stimulate muscle contraction which leads to toned facial muscular structure
- Firmness: The improved hydration levels and improved oxygen levels have cells operating at their highest levels. Then the improvement in the tone of the facial muscles, combined with high quality skin care will help to improve the firmness of the skin. And who doesn’t want firmer skin? This is what brings your face, neck and other areas that *lift* we all crave. Don’t let gravity win without a fight! 🙂
- Luminosity: When the life of the skin cell is extended through hydration and oxygenation, the live skin cells on the surface will more easily reflect light, causing the skin to appear luminous and glowing! You might not have considered this word but this is what you’re thinking of when you see youthful skin that radiates health.