What Is a Galvanic Machine?

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What Is a Galvanic Machine?
The galvanic spa is used to revitalise skin. (skincare image by Tomasz Wojnarowicz from Fotolia.com)

The galvanic machine is a tool used to enhance and refine facial and body skin as well as revitalise hair growth. The galvanic machine was originally used in spas, but companies now have made at-home machines that are simple to use. Through a galvanic current, the machine is used to apply treatment gels and enhance circulation.

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History

The galvanic current is named after Luigi Galvani, who spent his life studying electric currents. In 1791, he used these electric currents to twitch the legs of a frog. The results of his experiment led scientists to discover further insight into the uses of the galvanic current. Galvanic treatments have been used for more than 50 years primarily in Europe and now are gaining popularity in the United States.

Benefits of the Galvanic Spa Machine

The promoted benefit of the galvanic machine is its ability to reduce wrinkles. Promotions indicate that those using the machine noticed tighter and smoother skin after 10 minutes of treatment. Promotions also indicate the machine can reduce cellulite and revitalise scalp and hair by unclogging pores and reviving follicles, thus allowing hair growth.

Function

The galvanic machine is used to drive treatment gel deep into the skin through electric currents. A positive and negative charge is used to bind the gel to impurities in the skin and draw them back out to the surface. This galvanic current stimulates blood and oxygen to the surface of the skin. The treatment gel includes ingredients to promote healthy skin such as arginine, an amino acid that helps skin revive after stress.

Using Negative and Positive Charges

During pre-treat cycles, the galvanic machine is negatively charged. The gel is also negatively charged which is applied to the body. When you treat these areas of the skin with the negatively charged galvanic machine, the charges repel each other which drives the gel into the skin. Once in the skin, the gel binds to impurities. Next the galvanic machine is turned to a positive charge and thus is attracted to the negatively charge impurities in the skin and draws them out to the surface.

At-Home Treatments

At-home galvanic spa machines are now sold for benefits of convenience and value. A patented at-home machine first went into use in 2001. The machine fits in the palm of your hand and can be used on the face, body and scalp. The machine has removable heads, otherwise known as conductors, that can be used for different areas. The body conductor has a larger head for wider coverage while the scalp conductor is shaped like a wide-toothed comb to make it easy to pull through your hair.

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