Is Microcurrent better than Gua Sha?

Is Microcurrent better than Gua Sha?

Everyone desires to have a bright, glowing face that looks youthful. Recently, Gua Sha has created quite a buzz on the internet, as it is able to give a natural facelift. This ancient Chinese technique has been dubbed as natural Botox. 

Microcurrent facials became popular around the 1970s and similarly, are known for their instant effects in giving a natural face lift. Often, it is called '5-minute face lift' because of its instantaneous results. 

What is Gua Sha and Microcurrent?

Gua Sha is an ancient massage technique from China that involves scraping the face with a flat crescent shaped crystal. These crystals are usually made of Jade or Rose Quartz. Gua Sha massage can be done by a professional and at home. Gua Sha facial massage has taken over the internet, and nowadays almost everybody uses a Gua Sha in their beauty regime. 

The Gua Sha stone scrapes the face lightly, along the facial muscles and meridians. There will be slight redness on the face, which is normal and indicates improved blood circulation. After the massage, one should feel lighter and less tense. 

On the other hand, a microcurrent facial involves zapping your face with mild electric currents. It may sound unusual, but it has been proven to be effective for wrinkles and fine lines.

The microcurrent process uses low-voltage current to wake up your face muscles and get them moving. It is a face workout that encourages ATP and collagen production in the face. As a result, your face will look more sculpted and youthful. 

A session of microcurrent facial starts with applying conductive gel on the face. The aesthetician will then zap mild currents via two-pronged sticks. A professional session lasts for 60 to 90 minutes. The machines at the spa are generally more powerful than at-home devices. Do ensure you apply conductive gel when getting a microcurrent facial at home. 

What does it do for your skin?

Gua Sha massage has beauty benefits such as glowing skin, reduced puffiness, less wrinkles and fine lines and healthier skin. Additionally, Gua Sha has health benefits such as improved blood circulation, promotes healing and reduces inflammation. 

Microfacial works by improving blood circulation and working out the facial muscles. As a result, cellular activity improves, and your face skin tightens over time. Notably, microcurrent facials reduce the appearance of lines on the forehead. 

Even if you are young and are far from signs of aging, you can use microcurrent facials as a form of prevention. 

Is microcurrent safe? Yes, it is safe for most people. However, you should not try microcurrent facials in case of –

  • Heart ailments (pacemakers).
  • Botox.
  • Metal implants in your face.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Acne. The electric currents may trigger inflammation and worsen the acne. 

Microcurrent Pros and Cons

And these are some pros of microcurrent facial –

  • Microcurrent facials can be done at home easily, all you need is your own microcurrent device.
  • It reduces wrinkles and fine lines. In particular, you will see a difference in forehead lines.
  • It is painless. The tingling sensation that the mild currents leave behind also has a relaxing effect. 
  • Suitable for all ages.

And this is why you might not want to get microcurrent facial

  • The home treatment may not be as effective as the spa one. Your desired results may take more time to show.
  • You may have to visit frequently for sessions, which can be pricey in the long run. The results from a professional session are instant, but for these results to last, you need to get facials done regularly.
  • Depending on the region you live in, the treatment might cost more.

Gua Sha vs. Microcurrent

Now, if you compare the promised results of both Microcurrent and Gua Sha, they are similar. However, the process of the facials are different. Gua Sha does not involve any fancy electrical devices. Instead, Gua Sha relies on naturally-derived crystals like Jade and Rose Quartz that have a soothing effect.