Galvanic treatments have been around for years, used in high-end spas and salons as a more cost-effective alternative to facelifts and other surgical procedures. Although popular for years in certain circles, there are still many out there who are confused about what galvanic treatments are, what they do and how they work.
A galvanic treatment in a salon setting refers to the use of mild positive and negative electrical currents to help rejuvenate the skin, redistribute energy and restore the body's natural electrical pathways.
Commonly called "non-surgical face lifts" galvanic treatments are used for deep cleansing, to help topical creams and ointments penetrate deeper into the skin and to fight the signs of ageing by specifically targeting wrinkles, fine lines and impurities. Galvanic treatments also have been shown to lessen the appearance of cellulite.
The specialised galvanic currents got their name from Luigi Galvani, an Italian man who was the first to experiment with them back in the late-1700s. Galvanic beauty treatments have been around for about 50 years, starting first in Europe and more recently becoming popular in the United States.
What to Expect
The basics of galvanic spa therapy include step one (called desincrustation) of applying a pre-treatment gel with a negative charge to deep clean the pores. Then, the pre-treatment gel is removed and step two (iontophoresis) is the application of a positively-charged nourishing gel and the use of a "galvanic messenger" that sends a mixture of positive and negative ions into the skin. The galvanic messenger is usually a small, handheld device with a chrome base that conducts the current directly to the skin. The technician passes the device over the skin using light pressure. Treatments can last anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour and are painless.
Galvanic treatments vary in price depending on where you go and how long the sessions are, but expect to pay anywhere from £32 for 10 to 15 minutes to £325 for a longer session at a high-end salon (as of September 2009).
Galvanic currents also are used in lie detectors to measure changes in skin resistance, flight simulators to affect and control balance, and in the measuring of biofeedback (intense thoughts and suppressed emotions).
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