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What Are the Benefits of a Galvanic Facial?

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A business writer/editor since 1994, Kellie R. Stone writes for websites including Time Finders Magazine, Spiritual Life and Living and Chic Critique. She is certified in decorating for wellness through the International School of Interior Design and in spiritual life coaching from the Hope of Humanity Foundation.
What Are the Benefits of a Galvanic Facial?
After 50 years of professional galvanic treatments in spas, handheld units are now available for home use. Photo Credit Thinkstock/Stockbyte/Getty Images


Reducing the appearance of wrinkles and tightening your facial skin is possible with today's technologically advanced devices and products. One beneficial treatment to consider having is a galvanic facial. The handheld device, about the size of an electric razor, pushes a low voltage DC current into the skin via a conductive treatment gel that is applied beforehand. Treatments are painless and usually take about 10 minutes. The theory behind the galvanic method is that the skin has “electrical channels that can be modified” and enhanced, says clinical and research dermatologist Zoe D. Draelos, MD.

Increased Oxygen and Circulation

One of the primary benefits of a galvanic facial is the improved oxygenation and circulation in the treated area, according to licensed aesthetician and galvanic treatment practitioner Jeffrie Ann Hall. “The galvanic charge increases the efficacy of the products used during the treatment and brings an elevated level of nourishment to the skin.”


Galvanic facials deeply cleanse skin of impurities that can cause a dull and lifeless appearance. This process happens when negatively charged ions draw and encapsulate toxins, preparing them to be removed. Phase two of the treatment pulls the encapsulated impurities from the skin by attracting them with a positive charge.

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Deeper Penetration of Skin-Care Products

Because of the galvanic current and positively charged product, anti-aging ingredients in the treatment gels deeply penetrate your skin and work harder at attacking and neutralizing free radicals. “The deep tissue is where good products work their best. Having a product sit on top of your skin doesn't even come close to being effective,” says Hall.

Reduces Wrinkles

Regular in-home or spa galvanic treatments restore and rejuvenate mature skin and help reduce present wrinkles by tightening and clarifying skin. Galvanic treatments benefit younger skin as well by promoting cellular health, helping it to stave off free-radical damage and premature aging.

Fast Results

Researchers from a leading skin care company concluded that the majority of clinical trial participants who used an at-home galvanic unit and corresponding treatment gels could see and feel a difference in their skin after just one facial. They also reported that ongoing use of the device and products produced even better results.

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