Aging Skin? Acne? Consider an Ultrasonic Facial
Written by: Kimberly Langford
Copyright ©Kimberly Langford 2014. No part of this article's content shall be reproduced, copied, modified or adapted, without the prior written consent of the author.
During an ultrasonic facial, high level sound wave technology is used to penetrate deep below the surface of the skin promoting cellular renewal and repair, toning muscles, increasing blood circulation, encouraging lymphatic drainage, combating puffiness and swelling and improving skin care product penetration. Ultrasound may be used on most parts of the body, including the face, neck, arms, breasts, stomach, waist, hips, buttocks, and legs and can now be used in the comfort of your own home.
What is an Ultrasonic Facial?
The application of ultrasonic frequency is commonly used by salon professionals to increase cellular turnover, plump up and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, tighten sagging skin, relieve puffy eyes, reduce the appearance of cellulite, improve acne, tighten enlarged pores, fade dark eye circles, freckles and old age spots and even repair scar damage. The process is safe, painless and gentle and is can even be used by sensitive skin types such as those with Rosacea.
The sound waves produced by the ultrasound facial machine resonates well above our hearing level and move too quickly for our nerve endings to register. The intensive rejuvenating cyclic sound waves penetrate below the skin reaching the dermis and will not cause the user any discomfort or unusual side effects. Some ultrasonic devices and machines offer the convenience of different treatment modes. Generally, the lower the ultrasonic frequency rate setting, the deeper the sound waves will penetrate below the skin. Thus, the 1MHz mode is designed for general body treatment where tissues and muscles are thicker. The 3MHz mode is designed for general facial treatment where tissues and muscles are much thinner. The 5Mhz mode is appropriate for treatment around the most delicate area - the eyes.
||Facial Area (Cheeks, Forehead, Chin)
||Delicate Eye Area
In order to optimize the penetration of the cyclical sound waves produced by the ultrasonic facial massager, a conductive gel must be used. Besides encouraging improved conductivity, the gel also penetrates deep into the skin. As such, many estheticians use quality optimized gels that contain skin-firming ingredients such as Jellen® Organic Conductive Facial Machine Gel.
When ultrasound enters the body it reacts in various ways. It is absorbed by muscle, tendons and bone. Harder surfaces like bone will absorb and reflect ultrasound energy. All of these play a role in the eventual total temperature rise in the surrounding tissue. This in turn dramatically increases needed oxygen to the cells and aids in the removal of waste products. This antibacterial cleansing action also helps prevent the onset of acne and blemishes and the skin is left feeling instantly energized, rosy, firm, refreshed and noticeably softer - even after just one application!
Once only found in salons, spas, medical offices, ultrasonic facial technology is now within the reach of the home consumer in the form of portable, handheld devices. When used according to their recommended treatment guidelines, these high-tech tools are equally effective in addressing a range of skin care concerns from acne to wrinkles and may be used to replace or supplement spa visits, or in conjunction with post-procedure regimens to enhance and prolong results.
What Type of Conductive Gel Should I Use During Ultrasonic Treatment?
It is critical that a water soluble gel be used during treatment because it has been found to be the best conductor of ultrasonic sound waves. Plain water, oil or any oil-based creams or lotions do not contain conductive ionic properties and are not compatible during ultrasonic skin care treatment. Damage may occur to your ultrasonic treatment head if applied to the skin without using the correct conductive medium, or any conductive medium at all.
I have tested many different types of conductive gels designed for use during the consmetic ultrasonic facial and found that they were either too stringy or clumpy, dried up much too quickly and became sticky, or caused undesirable drag and friction on the skin. To address these multiple issues, we created Jellen® Organic Conductive Facial Machine Gel. This ultimate conductive facial gel solution, designed for facial ultasound and electrical current treatment not only provides excellent sound wave conductivity and glide, but also provides an immediate lifting and firming effect following each application. The gel is organic, water-soluble, 100% paraban-free and contains beneficial ingredients that improve overall skin tone, rehydrate, restore elasticity, and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
What Are The Benefits Of Ultrasonic Facial Treatment?
Ultrasonic facials offer a safe and gentle alternative to dramatic plastic surgery procedures, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, Collagen and Botox injections and other invasive skin rejuvenation treatments.
Results can vary by individual and skin type, are gradual, and will not just occur over night. Although Ultrasonic treatment has been shown to produce an immediate and temporary firming effect, continued daily application will provide more cumulative long-term, lasting results.
- Stimulates Blood Circulation
- Aids in Lymphatic Drainage
- Gently Exfoliates Away Dead Skin Cells
- Increases Cell Metabolism
- Cleanses Away Toxins
- Enhances Skin Care Product Performance
- Tightens and Tones Neck, Body and Facial Skin
- Diminishes Wrinkles and Fine Lines
- Reduces The Appearance of Congested, Puffy Eyes
- Refines Large Pores
- Improves Upon Skin Texture and Tone
- Clarifies Acne and Blemishes
- Lightens Dark Under Eye Circles
- Reduces The Appearance of Cellulite and Fat Deposits
- Fades Scars, Freckles, Age Spots and Redness
Are Ultrasonic Facials Safe?
The ultrasonic facial is considered a safe, easy and gentle skin rejuvenation treatment however the following precautions should be taken:
- Do not use internally and avoid using near center of the throat to avoid thyroid stimulation
- Do not use on open sores, wounds or infected areas
- Never use internally (i.e. in mouth, nose, etc.)
- Do not use if pregnant, have a pacemaker, heart disease history or other medical condition
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