While the professional medical community didn’t lend much weight to early electrical devices that claimed to tone facial muscles and shock the youth back into us, new and more effective electrical devices are getting attention.
A recent release from the American Academy of Dermatology discussed advances from radiofrequency to bioelectricity-stimulating elements in cosmeceuticals. While not a substitute for invasive treatments like facelifts, the newer generation of radiofrequency treatments uses fractionated technology (of the sort found in fractional laser resurfacing) for an improved skin lift due to increased collagen and elastin genesis. On the horizon in electric stimulation for skin, is electroporation, which uses short pulses of high-voltage electricity to improve skin penetration of molecules. That basically translates into a potentially deeper, high-tech delivery system for skin nutrients and other important compounds, which could all lead to healthier, better-looking skin.
Last but certainly not least, the AAD covered the use of ingredients in cosmeceuticals that stimulate one’s own bioelectricity. Over time, as a result of studying the way wounds heal, dermatologists have learned that a low level of electricity within skins jumpstarts the healing process and that aging skin has a reduced amount of this bioelectricity, which slows healing and collagen and elastin formation. What topical ingredient can do all that? Speculation points to metals with opposite charges, a la Duracell, but more research is required on the subject.
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