EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation)
Maintaining a toned physique requires dedication. While there’s no substitution for your exercise and nutrition plan, the latest beauty technologies can enhance results and help that hard work last.
While previously used for rehabilitation, Electronic Muscle Stimulation (EMS) has become an increasingly popular technology in the cosmetics and fitness world thanks to its ability to slim, tone and tighten trouble spots such as your thighs, abdomen or arms.
Relatively affordable and noninvasive, the latest at-home EMS devices have also been proven to enhance fat loss and reduce cellulite when used as a supplement to a regular workout and nutrition regime.
Why we chose it
- Cost-effective at-home therapy for body slimming and tightening
- Non-invasive and relatively pain-free
- Stimulates target muscle groups, contours the body, reduce cellulite, quickens fat loss, and improves muscle strength over time
- Promotes lymphatic drainage, collagen production and better circulation
- Firms facial contours and lifts sagging skin
- Reduces puffiness, aids rehabilitation, eases muscle tension
If you’re hoping to lift and tighten your face, micro current is the preferred approach. This technology is best for toning the muscles of the face for a tighter jawline, reduced eye bags and improved elasticity.
An excellent complement to micro current, EMS focuses on stimulating your muscle fibres, making it the best choice for those who would like to strengthen, contour and slim the body.
How does EMS work?
EMS uses electrical impulses that stimulate the nerves and engage muscle fibres. The device mimics the brain: in order to activate a muscle, the brain sends ‘shocks’ to the neurons in the muscle group. These currents cause the muscles to expand and contract, just like they might during usual exercise.
The ‘workout’ tightens, tones and strengthens your muscles while increasing production of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate), the main chemical energy source for cellular and muscular functions -– essential for skin renewal, repair and firmness. Over time, consistent use of EMS can provide a more lean, contoured shape and reduced appearance of cellulite.
As added benefits, EMS boosts blood circulation, lymphatic drainage, and cellular metabolism and aids fat loss as a result. When applied to facial muscles, EMS lifts, firms and contours muscles, which are attached to your skin. This provides a visible lift, reduces sagging and enhances elasticity.
During EMS workouts, you typically wear a futuristic vest or shorts with attached electrodes then perform a series of exercises while the technology sends electrical impulses to different muscles. This is said to build muscle faster, which increases metabolism and more efficiently burns fat.
A few more questions
Who is EMS best for?
If you’re looking for a slimming and muscle toning remedy to enhance your workout routine, EMS is a top technology.
What about for face?
You can also use EMS on your face. The technology is effective for facial muscle stimulation, which in turns lifts your skin and improves tightens. However, we’d recommend micro current for delicate areas like your eyes.
Any added benefits?
Regular EMS sessions will strengthen your muscle, tone your physique, lift your face and improve cellular metabolism. In the long run, EMS can aid weight loss, but it is not a substitute for exercise.
Does it require any downtime?
No. Mild skin irritation could potentially occur if you’re particularly sensitive or the settings are too high. However, there should be no downtime if you’re using the device correctly.
Does it hurt?
EMS shouldn’t hurt. You will feel a tingling sensation and some muscle contraction. Most device provide controls so you can increase or decrease the electrical intensity.
Do results last?
Paired with a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise, results will last with consistent use.
How long should I do it?
Most at-home EMS devices can be used several times a week, if not daily. Each session usually takes about 5 to 10 mins depending on the area. Smaller areas, like the jawline would take around 5 minutes, while larger areas like inner thighs or abdomen might take 10 minutes.
What are other common uses of EMS?
The technology is often used during workouts to strengthen and tone muscles. In this case, you’ll likely wear a bodysuit or muscle pads equipped with electrodes to stimulate muscle fibres.
Any other tip?
Both EMS slimming and facial devices are best used in conjunction with creams, to massage and hydrate the skin as you wake up the muscles.
Radio Frequency & Sonic
We’d all love to drink from the fountain of youth and bask in our 20s forever, but no one is immune from the aging process. But that doesn’t mean you’re out of options. One of the most effective options on the market? Radio frequency (RF) technology.
Efficient and noninvasive, RF is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment that smooths wrinkles, boosts collagen (aka the building blocks of strong, healthy skin) and is particularly effective when it comes to extra-delicate skin, such as the area around the eyes. Easy to use at home, RF requires zip-zero downtime while providing long-lasting results.
Why we chose RF
- One of the most effective non-invasive anti-aging treatments
- Requires no downtime or surgery
- Stimulates collagen production
- Provides immediate and long-term results
- Reduces wrinkles
- Softens fine lines–especially around the eyes, nose to mouth
- Increases dermal volume
- Promotes fat cell reduction
- Visibly lifts skin
How RF technology works
The term “radio frequency”(also known as radio waves) might bring to mind microwaves or transistor radios, but it’s not as complicated as it sounds. Essentially, RF is at the lowest end of the electromagnetic energy spectrum,
meaning it will have relatively low penetration depth that’s safe for human bodies.
RF heats skin tissue until it reaches an optimal temperature of 38-44 degrees Celsius (100-110 Fahrenheit). This enables radio waves to penetrate the deeper skin layers where it can stimulate the production of collagen and elastin fibres.
With any home tool, you can control the temperature, exposure time and treatment zones. With the optimal temperature, devices are able to penetrate tissue anywhere from 1mm to 4mm deep, depending on the polar range (more
on that in a moment).
For fully visible benefits, RF must be used on a regular basis. The collagen renewal process really kicks in after a few weeks, and it’s then that you should start to see dramatic improvements in terms of skin texture, elasticity, tone and structure.
What are the benefits?
Skin tightening, collagen rejuvenation, cellulite and fat reduction. It also works especially well for volume loss.
Who’s it for?
RF is suitable for all ages and complexions.
Where do you use it?
RF can be applied on the face, as well as upper and lower abs, inner and outer thighs and upper arms.
And how often?
Three to four times a week, depending on the program outlined by your device of choice.
Does it work?
Yes! Studies have shown results can last for up to two years.
Are there any side effects?
RF does not have many side effects, though occasionally, women have reported mild redness or swelling in the treated area.
Any safety precautions?
Be careful with the temperature setting. If it’s too hot, you could experience blistering and bruising. It is not suitable for people with rosacea, broken blood vessels or capillaries.
As with most aesthetic treatments, we don't recommend it for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What about post-treatment instructions?
It’s best to avoid sunlight, tanning, hot baths or showers, waxing, threading – or anything that can heat or aggravate recently treated skin, which has already been exposed to high heat and needs time to recover.
LED: A Gentle light therapy
Trendy beauty ‘miracles’ don’t always deliver on their promises to erase wrinkles, zap zits or turn back time. Luckily, there are tried-and-tested solutions that answer the call for healthy, youthful skin.
One of the most all-around effective options available is LED light therapy. Proven to erase fine lines, stimulate collagen, treat acne and improve skin tone and clarity, this non-surgical aesthetic treatment is an essential ingredient in every skincare regime.
Furthering its appeal, LED is gentle, non-invasive, painless and works for everyone no matter your age or skin tone. It also works seamlessly when combined with other treatments, such as RF and making it one of the most versatile beauty solutions in the world.
Here’s why we’ve chosen LED
- The best complementary beauty technology thanks to its many healing benefits
- Works for all ages, skin types and tones – especially sensitive skin
- Highly effective for skin brightening, sun damage, scar reduction and acne
- Easily incorporated into daily or weekly self-care routine
- No contraindications of any kind
- Gentle, non-invasive and requires no downtime
- Enhances collagen production and smooths wrinkles
- Promotes circulation and scar healing
- Reduces inflammation, redness and acne
- Treats rosacea, eczema and psoriasis
3 Different Wavelengths, 3 Different Beauty Solutions
Here’s how it works
LED devices – which vary from lamps to masks to hand-held tools – dispense diodes that pulse in pre-programmed patterns of red, blue, yellow. Each color signifies distinct wavelengths of light, which penetrate the epidermis at different depths.
Red light penetrates deep within the skin with wavelength at 630 nanometers, to be precise – to stimulate collagen, enhance cell repair, and calm redness. At 415 nanometers, blue light kills blemish-causing bacteria while easing inflammation and preventing future breakouts (making it ideal for acne-prone skin); and amber, at 580 nanometers, is used for inflammatory conditions and redness. Infrared blends different levels of energy depending on one’s goals, working on everything from smoothing fine lines to improving texture and tone.
Which color is right for you?
Acne, eczema, psoriasis
Reduces oil production, prevents breakouts, treats eczema and psoriasis
Redness, inflammation, sun damage, veins, collagen loss, scarring
Reduces skin redness, promotes collagen production, reduces scars. Also effective on spider veins and blood vessels
Skin repair, hydration, sunken skin, sun damage, rosacea
Increases natural hydration, reduces redness and inflammation, boosts collagen and plumps skin, shrinks appearance of pores and fine lines, regulates oil production, improves circulation, accelerates skin repair, treats rosacea
How wavelengths penetrate skin
When the light interacts with skin, it encourages cells to produce more of a chemical called adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, which in turns fuels healthy cell grow. The process sets in motion a series of metabolic events, from speeding up circulation and cell reproduction to tissue repair. With higher ATP, fibroblast cells – active stem cells in charge of producing the skin’s connective tissue – are better at producing collagen and elastin. As a result, skin looks and feels smoother, plumper, brighter and younger.
But it’s important to keep in mind that not all LED light devices use all five colored lights. Red, blue and infrared are the most common amongst at-home cosmetic devices. Some device may offer combination of different color lights in one single treatment.
How it works
Who is it for?
Pretty much anyone who wants better-looking skin! LED has no age limitations (acne-prone teenagers can benefit from it too), as it’s the least invasive high-tech beauty treatment out there.
How often should I use LED therapy?
Two to five times a week is the norm, though it depends on your device. Usually, you’ll start to see results in three to four months. At that point, you can reduce to less frequent maintenance sessions.
How long is each session?
It totally depends on the surface area of your device. The smaller the surface area, the longer the session. To be safe, it’s best to refer to the instructions on your home device.
Does it require any downtime?
Nope! LED light therapy is extremely gentle, meaning you could administer LED during your lunch break, then dive back in. The whole process feels soothing and calming on the skin.
Does it hurt?
Not at all. You’ll simply feel a slightly warm sensation.
Where do you use it?
LED can be applied on the face, to minimize wrinkles and treat acne and blemishes.
Does it work?
Yes! Backed by rigorous scientific studies, LED light therapy delivers visible benefits to the skin when used regularly.
How long before I see results?
It’s all about the long game here. It will take about a month of regular treatments to see full results.
Will I get tan?
No chance. LED therapy does not use UV light and will not change the color of your skin.
Any side effects?
LED therapy is one of the only non-invasive beauty treatment without any side effects.
Is it safe to use while pregnant?
While there is no known side effects, we recommend to be cautious with treatment choice during pregnancy and breastfeeding period where a woman's body goes through hormonal changes. Consult your GP (general practitioner) or a relevant medical specialist if you have any concern.
Try LED therapy at home
With an array of convenient, at-home devices available on the market, you don’t have to visit a salon to try LED therapy. Using the same cutting-edge technology you’d find at a spa or clinic, high-performance at-home LED products vary from hand-held devices to visors, goggles and all-over face masks.
When choosing a LED therapy device, consider your lifestyle and skincare needs. For example, LED masks and table stands are best for the time-poor. Since these devices have larger surface areas, diodes can penetrate skin faster and each session requires less time.
A palm-sized handheld device or a ‘pen’ tool will likely have a smaller surface area and, as a result, will require more time. That said, these portable tools are ideal for travel and targeted areas. They’re especially effective on eczema and psoriasis which, for some women, may occur on delicate areas like the eyes and upper lip.
One of the best at-home options on the market is LED Phototherapy Face Mask Device. Using low-level color light therapy in three wavelengths, the all-over mask stimulates cellular repair and addresses a slew of skin troubles, including acne, fine lines, tone, texture and elasticity.