Does Vibration Tighten Skin? 3 Truths About Vibration Therapy
Everyone wants their skin to look healthy and beautiful. It’s not an unreasonable thing to want. Your skin is the first thing people see when they look at you, and if you’re self-conscious about the way your skin looks, it’s going to translate into the way you carry yourself.
“Vibration therapy can be a great way to achieve a firmer complexion with no need for invasive procedures.”
Shani Darden, Esthetician
Every company has their own miracle device. Many of them overpromise and underdeliver. You need to understand how your skin works and what types of devices truly have the potential to be effective. Vibration therapy can be a massively helpful tool for improving the way your skin looks and feels, but it’s important to have realistic expectations about what at-home devices can do.
Truth #1: Your Skin Is Going To Lose Elasticity
Part of the natural aging process is a loss of elasticity in your skin. There are things you can do to slow down the process, but very few things you can do to reverse the process. Being mindful of your choices can help you prevent premature loss of elasticity.
Your skin is 64% water. If you don’t have enough of your skin’s biggest need, your skin can’t function properly. Dehydrated skin looks dull. Fine lines and wrinkles may be exacerbated in appearance. The quality of your skin will diminish. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water every day. If you don’t, you’re preventing your skin’s natural ability to replenish itself.
What you eat can have an effect on your skin. Processed foods, dairy, and refined carbs can cause inflammation and acne. Your skin needs vitamins, minerals, and nutritious whole foods just as much as the rest of your body. If you’re not eating properly, you’re not giving your body the things it needs to create and maintain the collagen that keeps your skin firm.
Drinking, smoking, and other unhealthy habits can negatively impact your skin. Before you indulge, consider whether or not it’s worth sacrificing the health of your body and skin.
Sun exposure is extremely damaging to the skin. The sun’s ultraviolet rays penetrate the surface of your skin. Even if you don’t have a visible sunburn, your skin is still being damaged every moment you spend unprotected in the sun.
Sun damage can’t be fully reversed. Some of its effects may heal with time, but you can’t completely turn back. You should always be wearing broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen, even when it isn’t a particularly sunny day. It doesn’t matter if you’ll only be outside for a little bit. A little bit is all it takes.
The Natural Aging Process
Collagen production slows with age. It’s a natural part of life. Even if you’ve always taken excellent care of your skin, it won’t stay the same forever. You can’t do anything to stop the aging process, but you can make excellent skin care a lifelong commitment. When your skin is adequately protected and nourished, you may be able to slow the progression of the natural aging process.
Truth #2: Invasive Procedures Are Expensive
For some people, invasive cosmetic procedures can be completely worth it. They’re willing to go through the process to make a radical transformation that improves the way they look and feel. It’s an investment in themselves.
However, an expensive procedure isn’t a feasible option for many people. The cost, the pain, the recovery period, and even the intimidating nature of some procedures are enough to persuade most people to seek an alternative.
Less invasive procedures, like radiofrequency assisted microneedling, may be able to produce modest skin tightening effects. Microneedling pokes hundreds of holes into your skin, and radiofrequency waves are emitted into these tiny holes. They reach deeper layers of the skin and stimulate collagen production. It often takes several treatments to produce meaningful results. The effects are temporary, and many patients return for maintenance treatments after a year or two.
Truth #3: Vibration Therapy Can Be an Effective Alternative
Rather than tightening your skin, you can focus on making it appear healthy and firm. Skincare devices, like vibration therapy devices, can cause the skin to appear noticeably firmer without scalpels or downtime.
Vibration therapy uses sound waves to reach the deeper layers of your skin. It’s a painless process, and many people find the sensation soothing. The vibrations help to relax the muscles in your face while promoting circulation. It’s a lot like a skincare massage.
These vibrations can target skin concerns directly at the source rather than concealing them at the surface level. You can use vibration therapy directly on key areas, like your crow’s feet or your nasolabial lines.
Improved circulation increases the amount of oxygen that reaches your skin, creating a healthy glow. Oxygen flushes your cheeks, bringing with it a little bit of your natural blush and radiance.
Over time, vibration therapy can help skin appear firmer and more contoured. You’ll look like the best possible version of yourself. The best part - tou can perform vibration therapy on yourself at home every day.
How Can I Use Vibration Therapy at Home?
Many complicated skincare tools need to be used with caution and by skincare professionals only. Microneedling devices and radiofrequency devices need to be used with the utmost care. Vibration therapy is nearly foolproof. You don’t even need to be sitting in front of a mirror. You can do your vibration therapy treatments while you’re watching the morning news or checking your email.
My Facial Sculpting Wand™ comes with two attachments. There’s a flat disc head for treating large areas of the face and a precision ball head for treating delicate areas like crow’s feet.
The wand has three intensity settings. Start with the lowest intensity if you’ve never used vibration therapy before. You should be able to feel it working beneath the surface of your skin.
Start by applying the Hydra Prep Gel to your face. It makes the surface of your skin smooth and slick so that the vibration wand can glide across the surface of the skin. Glide (don’t drag) the wand upwards and outwards. Glide the wand up towards your hairline, out towards your temples, or to your ears. Focus on the direction where you’d like to see results.
Spend between two to five minutes on each targeted area, keeping sessions to a maximum of 10 minutes. You can target your whole face with short passes or spend longer on areas where you want to see the most improvement.
When Will I Notice the Results of Vibration Therapy?
You’ll notice some of the results of vibration therapy immediately. The increased circulation will plump up the skin and relax the muscles. The glow from improved circulation will be noticeable the moment you complete a vibration therapy session. When the muscles are relaxed, fine lines and wrinkles may be less noticeable. Improved circulation can also lead to a visible decrease in puffiness, which is what makes the face appear more toned and taut.
Since vibration therapy is like a massage for your face, the same rules for other types of massage will apply. They work best with regular treatment to help you maintain your results. You can use your Facial Sculpting Wand every morning. If you miss a morning or two, don’t panic. Consistency is key, but you’ll continue to experience results as long as you’re using it regularly.
The Wrap-Up on Vibration Therapy
Any tool that promises to tighten your skin should be treated with skepticism. Skin can only be tightened through invasive procedures, although some are less invasive than others. Even then, the results aren’t permanent. You’ll need to keep up with your treatments to maintain your results.
At-home devices like my Facial Sculpting Wand want are an easier way to improve the way your skin looks and feels. Vibration therapy is an effective and gentle option for improving the tone of your skin and promoting the appearance of firmness. Like other at-home devices, it doesn’t truly tighten your skin, although your skin may appear a bit more taut after a vibration therapy session.
Use your vibration therapy wand in conjunction with a proper skin care regimen to nourish your skin. Vibration therapy can help to improve facial tone, but you’ll still need the help of targeted treatments and moisturizers to address the health and appearance of your skin.
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