My main goal in life is to not have to wear foundation. In all honesty, I hate the stuff because no matter what anyone tells you there is no magic one that won’t cake or crease. So, since that is my main mission in life, I’m always scouring for the latest skincare treatment that will get me one step closer to that goal, enter SB Skin, a studio that specializes in microcurrent facials and body treatments. What’s microcurrent you asked? In layman’s terms, it is electrical currents that are sent throughout the body to heal soft tissue damage and speed up cell repair aka contouring sans makeup.

I was fortunate enough to receive my treatment from founder Shamara Bondaroff, which meant I got to lay back as I knew I would be getting the 5-star treatment. The facial starts off like most with cleansing and then quickly switches gears into high tech mode as Bondaroff started using long, silver prongs to massage and lift my face. These prongs are delivering mild electric currents into the face muscles, which is basically the equivalent of your face taking a spin class (totally painless).  This is followed by a LED mask containing blue and red lights. The blue light kills the bacteria and the red light stimulates collagen production (bye, wrinkles).

What is microcurrent?

Microcurrent technology employs a mild electrical current to stimulate facial skin & muscles, while also promoting healing and increasing collagen and elastin production. The high-frequency electrical signals reach deep into the facial muscles and surrounding tissues to promote circulation, collagen production, cellular repair and regeneration.

How does the device work?

Microcurrent facials are a form of muscular re-education for the face. Thirty-two different facial muscles are manipulated during a microcurrent facial. To achieve this muscular re-education, I place metal probes on the skin to physically move the muscles into the desired position. The treatment affords the muscles the necessary energy to keep tension in their new improved position.

What makes it special or unique from other devices?

Microcurrent technology has been used by alternative medicine practitioners and physicians for over a century to treat an array of injuries, wounds, soft tissue damage and bone fractures. Scientists have found that microcurrent treatments trigger the body’s production of amino acids and adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which accelerate cell repair and promote healthier cell production, making it a highly-healing, restorative and regenerative treatment.

How many treatments are recommended?

A series of three to five to begin – from these you’ll see dramatic results. Then upkeep treatments on a regular basis. Once a month, or every six weeks to maintain optimum results.

What results can be expected after 1? 3? 6?

You’ll see visible results from just one treatment – improved skin quality, more even tone, smoother texture and healthier glow. The face will be lifted and contoured, with lines and puffiness are diminished. You can see a 5-7 year reduction in facial aging after just one treatment! A series of microcurrent facials can take 15-20 years off your appearance – with those results being long lasting.

Post-treatment tips? Will you be able to wear makeup afterward?

Yes, of course! The treatment is effective but very gentle. You can go out right after your facial.

What is your number one skincare tip everyone should be doing?

It is so important to go to sleep with clean skin every night. If you are using dry shampoo more days than not, your hair could be the culprit. Try to keep it off your face while you sleep. And pillowcases! Dirt and oil from your hair will go right from your pillowcases to your face and cause breakouts. I change my pillowcases every 5-7 days.

Is there anything else consumers should know before coming in for their first microcurrent facial?

Many people ask me if they can get microcurrent facials if they already have Botox/fillers. Yes! If you already have botox or fillers, microcurrent perfectly complements these treatments. Fillers give a quick and effective “plumping” effect, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, they do nothing for muscle contour or natural collagen or elastin production- all of which are needed to maintain the face’s natural fullness and youthfulness. Over time, Botox actually causes atrophy to the facial muscles. Regular microcurrent treatments help keep those muscles alive. Microcurrent is also a great choice for anyone looking to wean themselves off of Botox and fillers.

Images via SB Skin and Joanna Vargas Skincare.

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