Microcurrent Facial Toning – What is it & How Does it Work?

As “baby boomers” age, more advancements are being made in anti-aging products to meet their needs. Electronic facial machines, which are designed to tighten and tone sagging facial muscles, are no exception.

The latest facial toning machines use “microcurrent” technology and are one of the hottest things in the anti-aging industry right now. There’s a good reason that these machines are so popular. Using microcurrent impulses, they give almost instant, visible results to tighten, tone, and firm aging skin. In fact, the results from microcurrent facial toning are so dramatic that they are often referred to as “non surgical face lifts”.

Just how does microcurrent facial toning work? To understand that, we first need to understand what causes our facial skin to wrinkle and sag. As we age, our muscles become accustomed to certain expressions and tend to “stick” in these positions. A great example of this is the furrow between the eyebrows that many people get. At the same time, other muscles in our face are hardly ever used, and they begin to atrophy, which leads to sagging. An example of this can often be seen around our jaw lines, chins and necks where we tend to develop sagging or loss of definition as we get older.

Microcurrent facial toning machines sends safe, painless impulses to the muscles in your face that help overly-tightened muscles to relax and helps under worked muscles to regain strength. In essence, microcurrent facial toning “re-educates” the facial muscles and restores them back almost to their original shape.

When this happens the visible results are quite dramatic and the face is lifted, firmed and toned back to a much more youthful appearance. At the same time, the microcurrents improve circulation to your face which stimulates production of collagen, improves tone and texture, and improves or eliminates fine lines.

Besides the fact that it really works, one of the things that makes microcurrent facial toning so popular is that most people see visible results after just a single treatment. This gives “instant gratification” which is seen so rarely as a result of other anti-aging products or techniques. In fact, the results are so noticeable that if you only treat half your face one time you can see a visible difference between the half you treated and the half you didn’t.

Microcurrent facial toning is cumulative as well, which means that the more treatments you have, the more improvement you will see in your face. The treatments are rather expensive, at an average cost of $110/treatment. Most people get at least 7-12 treatments to get their desired results.

Although microcurrent facial toning is the current “buzzword” in anti-aging, the technology is not new. It has over 50 years of historical data and clinical trials that back up its anti-aging benefits. That’s great piece of mind that shows not only will it work, but also that it is safe and does not have long term side effects.

Microcurrent facial toning is a great alternative to getting a face lift since it is non-invasive, does not require any recovery time, gives instant results, and does not have the same potential for harmful complications as surgery does.

Is Kinerase Effective For Treating Aging Facial Skin?

It seems that we are being bombarded with advertising for products that aim to improve the appearance of facial skin aging. While many of these products are unproven, there is a growing list of skin of topical agents have been shown to improve the texture and appearance of aging, sun damaged skin. Aging, such as skin care treatments Topical retinoids (marketed as Retin-A), alpha-hydroxy acids, vitamin C and coenzyme Q have shown some efficacy as therapy of skin aging. Another cream skin care that has received attention in recent years is Kinerase cream. Kinerase cream is marked as an alternative to prescription retinoids like Retin-A strength for people who can not tolerate Retin-A due to skin irritation and redness. Kinerase is an effective alternative to prescription retinoids like Retin-A?

What is Kinerase and how it might be beneficial to the aging facial skin? The active ingredient in Kinerase is Kinetine, a substance derived from plants that are thought to help slow the natural aging of the plant. Kinetine has also been shown to have antioxidant effects and properties of DNA repair may explain its anti-aging effect on skin cells.

Although the DNA repair and antioxidant properties Kinetine suggested it might be effective in improving the appearance of facial skin aging, studies are needed to demonstrate quantifiable benefits. A study at the University of California at Irvine compared the effects of different concentrations of Kinerase on human skin. Showed that subjects who received Kinerase experienced significant improvements in skin roughness, pigmentation, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Although this study along with anecdotal evidence of the benefits of Kinerase support its potential as a treatment for aging skin care, no double-blind, placebo-controlled study was published in order to conclusively demonstrate its effectiveness aging facial skin. Studies comparing Kinerase prescription strength retinoids are still currently unavailable.

The Difference Between Facial Toners, Cleansers, Moisturizers, and Exfoliants in Anti Aging Creams

There are all different types of anti aging creams, and different creams perform different functions. Here is a breakdown of the 4 most common types and functions of anti aging creams or their ingredients.

Cleansers:

Cleansers in anti-aging creams do just what it sounds like they do – cleanse or clean. They clean off the dirt and make-up and oils and bacteria and anything else that shouldn’t be there off of your face.

Many cleansers out on the market today are simply too harsh on the skin. You don’t need a heavy cleanser on your face like you would on your hands after painting a room in your house. Smooth, supple skin requires gentle treatment. Things like micro-beads and exfoliation, for example, may be good for a now-and-then treatment (like giving your car an oil change) but they’re typically too harsh for most people’s everyday use. Another product that can be harsh on your face are “peels”.

Toners:

There are different kinds of toners in anti aging creams. In general, toners remove any traces of dirt, make-up, oils, bacteria etc. remaining on your face after you’ve used a cleanser (or an anti aging cream with a cleanser in it). Beyond that, toners can serve a variety of other purposes.

Some toners restore the protective acid mantle of your skin that can be removed by harsher cleansers. Some toners balance the pH of your skin.

Moisturizers:

Some anti aging creams contain moisturizers. And some moisturizers are standalone anti aging skin care products. Either way, they serve the same purpose – moisturizing dry skin, and replenishing the oils that can be washed off the skin as a natural consequence of using cleansers and toners. Moisturizing your skin regularly keeps it soft and supple and less likely to develop wrinkles or spots.

Exfoliants:

Exfoliants in anti aging creams remove the outer layer of dead skin cells. Unlike cleansers, toners, and moisturizers which can (and should) be used every day – and in many cases twice a day: once in the morning and once at night – exfoliating is good to do about once every two weeks, and certainly no more than once a week. Dead skin cells are damaged cells and should be removed. But living skin cells still have a job to do and shouldn’t be scrubbed so harshly.