|Galvanic Spa System makes you look younger|
Friday, 22 October 2010 15:30
A handheld device, now available in South Africa, apparently enables users to perform quick, non-surgical face lifts and baldness treatments at home.
Called the Galvanic Spa System II by US-based Nu Skin Enterprise and dubbed a “Wrinkle Iron”, it is a home spa handheld gadget resembling an electric razor, which manufacturers claim has the ability to diminish wrinkles and fine lines in one short session of about ten minutes long. Not only that, but the system reportedly also gets rid of under eye bags, boosts and improves skin tone and texture, and even reduces body cellulite and stimulates healthy hair growth on the scalp –a feature which will undoubtedly make it appealing to some men out there.
The kit consists of the galvanic instrument (that’s the part that looks like the electric razor), which emits a low-level adjustable electric current; a DVD of enthusiastic American women and a man all undergoing various treatments to demonstrate to users how to correctly use the device; a brochure; four detachable conductors which are designed to be used on the face, scalp and body; a small nozzle to be used on other ‘spot treatment’ areas such as the wrinkles around the mouth, eyes and lips; a bottle of misting spray; one container of ‘tru face line corrector’ cream to be used with the spot treatment nozzle; and enough pre-treatment and treatment ageLOC gels for a month’s worth of treatments.
I thought that all those claims about the so-called miracles the system is capable of were just too enormous for such a small device, but a few users I spoke to at a beauty salon in Johannesburg all raved about it and echoed the same sentiment: “It works!” A firm believer in the saying, if it sounds too good to be true it usually is, I had to be convinced: I simply had to see it for myself. So I volunteered my mother, who is getting ready to attend her high school reunion, to undergo the treatment on her face, neck, décolletage and hands.
In order to reveal the full effect of the system, only one half of my mom’s face was done at first. After about ten minutes, I was called in to see the results. It was truly remarkable. They did not tell me which half of her face had been treated, but it was extremely obvious. The treated half of her face definitely appeared lifted and smoother than the other, making her untreated half look decidedly droopier. It almost looked as if she’d had a stroke! Satisfied that another sceptic had been converted, my mom’s treatment was continued and completed. Afterwards, her face looked refreshed and her “turkey neck” (her description, not mine) appeared human and much smoother again.
Two treatments later, my mom is extremely pleased with the results. We were told that the results would have been even more significant if she’d have the time to receive just two more treatments (for another week).
Unfortunately there are some drawbacks to the system: The results are not permanent. In order to maintain the full effect of the treatment, users will have to repeat it twice a week. If they do not, the wrinkles, creases, sagging and bags will return in full force. At R3 150.00, the system is also not exactly cheap – but that is due to it being imported from Utah in the USA. A few of the women at the salon who had shelled out the money for the system admitted to getting a bit slack on the maintenance, relegating their systems to white elephant status.
According to Santie van der Nest, a user and supplier, it is not unlike investing in home gym equipment. “It is up to you how much you get out of it. But considering that a month’s treatment will only cost you R370 when you buy the replacement gels, it is entirely worth it and much cheaper than facials and Botox, for example. It is also very easy to use and takes only a few minutes per treatment. And it can even be done while you’re watching television.”
Says Susan de Beer from Kempton Park: “It is not only less expensive than facials; it is also far more effective.”
Electrotherapy, the technology behind the Galvanic Spa system, is not new at all. In 1855, a French neurologist, Guillaume Duchenne, announced that he found alternating current to be superior to direct current for electrotherapy. Today, electrical energy is used to treat various illnesses and conditions. In the Galvanic Spa, the treatment is also based on the basic laws of electricity, where the two forces (positive and negative) pull together like a magnet and push the treatment gels deeper into the layers of the skin. So when you rub the galvanic massager over your skin, your dermis’s ability to absorb the skin nourishing treatment is increased by the current of positive and negative ions going through your skin. The process, I’m assured, is also entirely painless.
Santie says: “I’m glad I invested in the system. I actually think that every person deserves to have one, not just out of vanity or chasing the fountain of youth, but because the skin is the largest organ in the body, and taking care of it increases general well-being. Ironing out your wrinkles is just a bonus!”
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