Around the age of 35 the aging process really begins and the productivity of our cells starts to change. At this age, the production of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) in the cells begins to slow down and the result is a reduction in our cell's ability to create collagen and elastin. These two superpower proteins are what gives our skin elasticity and an overall toning effect (Healthline, 2019). When our cells can no longer generate collagen and elastin at the rate they used to, we experience aging skin conditions like sagging and loss of facial toning.
Microcurrent Facials Keep the Skin Firm!
Fortunately, the cosmetic field has continued to advance with powerful professional modalities like microcurrent. Where the treatment of sagging skin used to rely on invasive facial procedures, we now have natural facial contouring options like microcurrent to combat this pesky sign of aging.
Microcurrent facials do, in fact, help with sagging skin! The muscles of the face are unique among groups of muscles because facial muscles mostly connect bones to skin. These muscles pull the skin to produce an endless number of facial expressions. When we lift or "tighten" the muscle we are helping to tighten the sagging skin. A microcurrent facial works to increase protein synthesis by stimulating and strengthening the existing collagen and elastin fibers in the dermal layers of your skin. The result is a restructuring in the matrix of the skin, which leaves your skin firm and plump.
Microcurrent is a low level voltage of pulsating electric current that recharges your cellular activity in a way that mimics your body’s own, natural bio-electric currents. This stimulates reactions in the body that repair and heal at the cellular level such as ATP. Stimulating our facial muscles with the microcurrent applicator probes has multiple benefits to all skin types, from evening of skin tone, definition and natural contouring of the facial muscles, to the tightening of sagging skin.
What is the best treatment for sagging skin?
While radio frequency and microneedling are both modalities that help to tighten the skin, these services are not cleared for use in aesthetics practice nationwide. Some states are not allowed to use them. On the other hand, microcurrent has no limitations in the United States and is the only modality that tightens the muscles which also helps to tighten the skin. Combining modalities may be an effective way to treat sagging skin. If you want protocols for combining modalities with MyoLift Microcurrent treatments, we've got you! Click here for printables & keep them on hand for your next client who wants to combine modalities. There are three combination protocol print-outs included: microcurrent + microdermabrasion, microcurrent + LED light therapy, microcurrent + microneedling.
Avoid Sagging Skin
To prevent sagging skin and protect the overall health of your skin, it’s important to follow basic guidelines. Using sunscreen daily (preferably SPF 30) is the best way to protect your skin from aging at a rapid pace. It doesn’t matter if it’s 30 degrees, overcast, rainy or the most gorgeous day out there, Your skin will still be effected by UV rays. Even those lovely fluorescent bulbs in stores and at work can damage our skin, so make sure to wear a moisturizer with SPF 30 or if you can’t find one you like, layer SPF 30 on after your moisturizer.
Intentional nutrition and water intake also both make a powerful difference in preventative care for your overall skin health. Foods containing high levels of Vitamin C, Zinc, and antioxidants can reverse some signs of aging as they can protect and support elastin and collagen (SheFinds, 2018). So it’s never a bad idea to load up on citrus fruits, rich vegetables, nuts and whole grains. Furthermore, UW Health reminds us that, "skin is made up of cells. And skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best. If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling" (UW Health, 2016). When the weather gets warmer our bodies dehydrate quicker as they lose water and other fluids. If we don't replace the fluids we use, we become dehydrated (Mayoclinic, 2018). This is especially concerning as the average US individual already, with 75% of Americans being chronically dehydrated (Chicago Sun Times, 2018).
Microcurrent facials aren’t just good for treating sagging skin on the face, they’re also a perfect preventative treatment to use for avoiding sagging skin in the first place. Skin begins to sag because our muscles become weak or aren’t used enough. If you choose to integrate microcurrent facial toning treatments into your skincare routine to activate the muscles it will work to prevent sagging by ensuring the muscles stay stimulated. It's important to keep in mind that microcurrent results are cumulative. For the best facial lifting and toning results, it is recommended that you schedule at least one treatment a month to maintain and increase the facial contouring results. Just as you would go to a gym to exercise, microcurrent is doing the same thing for the muscles of the face. Each treatment builds upon the last so results may not always be instant but will create a natural, radiant glow of the skin.