Skin Care Equipment

Written by Sarah Provost
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Many types of skin care equipment are available online, for use in clinics, spas, and the home. The most common kinds of skin care equipment for home use are steamers and rotary brush systems. Equipment for professional use includes galvanic units, high-frequency units, ultrasonic units, ultraviolet lights and microdermabrasion equipment.

Skin Care Equipment for Home Use

Steamers are the most commonly used items for home skin care. By delivering a focused bath of warm or cool mist, steamers rehydrate the skin and open pores for cleansing and for improved penetration of creams and lotions. Steaming also softens the top layer of dead skin cells, which can then be removed with a rotary brush system, which provides gentle mechanical exfoliation.

With galvanic skin care equipment, a gentle electrical current heightens the skin's capacity to absorb water-soluble products, and massages the skin for improved circulation. Ultrasonic machines provide up to one million cycles per second to stimulate circulation, firm the skin and relax facial muscles, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines. High-frequency waves have similar effects, but also have an anti-bacterial action, which makes this treatment especially useful for acne sufferers.

Microdermabrasion equipment is not for home use. It utilizes tiny crystals of aluminum oxide or sodium bicarbonate to bombard the skin, pulverizing dead cells, which are then suctioned away. Since this technique can effectively remove layers of the epidermis, it can reduce fine lines, minimize scarring and pitting, and reduce surface discolorations.

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