If Jennifer Aniston credits radio frequency facials with keeping her skin "lifted", then you know they must be good, as she looks fabulous at 50. Radio frequency facials have been proven to soften fine lines while firming the facial contours – both immediately and over time. Skincare expert Abigail James explains that if microdermabrasion is "the skin smoother" of the facial world, you can consider radio frequency "the contour refiner".
With so many home-use beauty devices available it can seem like a mine field when it comes to choosing one. Here we explain how radio frequency works and the tools you can use at home to achieve skin like Jen.How does radio frequency work?
Radio frequency is all about stimulating your own collagen production. During a treatment the device is used to heat the skin to between 38-40 degrees with radio frequency, which feels like a hot stone face massage – you do feel heat in the skin but it's comfortable. Radio frequency devices gently stimulate dermal activity and kick-start the natural production of collagen to improve your skin's contours and overall condition. Both the TriPollar Stop and Silk'n Facetite use radio frequency to boost collagen production.Is there any other discomfort or downtime involved?
It takes approximately 20 minutes to treat a whole face with a radio frequency device and the only discomfort is some feeling of heat in the skin (which not everyone gets). There is no downtime – you could easily do your treatment at home before a night out and go out that evening looking amazing.What are the benefits and how long do they last?
You get an immediate tightening of the collagen fibres, so it's great to do before an event, but it also gives a long-lasting lift and increased volume. Radio frequency also continues to promote collagen production over the four-six week period you complete your treatments in.Who are radio frequency facials best suited to?
For anyone experiencing loss of firmness and dullness in their skin, it's the ideal solution. As well as collagen production, it also boosts oxygen levels in the skin, so it's great for general radiance. It's not recommended for skin with broken capillaries or rosacea.What do radio frequency body treatments involve?
Radio frequency can be great for treating cellulite, along with firming and contouring the body. For body treatments a larger head is used on devices, along with higher temperatures so you get something called Lipolysis, where fat begins to melt. The TriPollar POSE is designed for radio frequency body treatments.Popular radio frequency devices
This radio frequency anti-ageing device rebuilds collagen fibres to tighten and lift the skin underneath for a fresh, contoured appearance. It’s non-invasive, painless and simple to use even right before an event to get a more sculpted look. The NEWA is based on clinically-proven technology used medically worldwide and it’s backed up by trials where 100% of users found their wrinkles looked improved. Just pop on some activator gel and use the device 5 times per week for a month to see the most intense results. Then just top up your treatments as needed to maintain the contoured look.
21Skin has a new name and a new radio frequency skin tightening device for stimulating elastin and collagen production in your face. During the 20-minute facial programme, smooth wrinkles and tone your jowls through small radio frequency pulses that go deep into the lower skin layers. Just apply some of the DermaDeep serum to your treatment area and follow the programme twice a week for 6-8 weeks to see full results. The Orlaya Skin uses uni-polar RF instead of bi-polar RF to go deeper than other devices for a substantial lifting effect even from the first use. Plus, it’s more powerful than most devices on this list, so you need fewer treatments each week.
The YA-MAN Bloom is one of the fastest-selling beauty devices in China and we totally understand why. This smart wand fights fine lines, wrinkles, laugh lines, sagging jowls, hyperpigmentation and more in an easy-to-use tool. Beyond radio frequency, the Bloom has LED (light emitting diode) light therapy treatments too to help minimise fine lines and wrinkles. It also benefits from an EMS programme which uses small electrical pulses to lift and firm skin. Then, as you know, RF will come in to plump with collagen. This multi-functional device dramatically transforms your skin in 6 minutes per day, 5 times a week. We recommend the triple-action mode which combines all of these therapies for powerful anti-ageing.
Using Bi-Polar Energy, LED Light Energy and Infrared Heat Energy, the Silk’n FaceTite reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines while tightening the skin for a strong lifting effect. The three technologies at work rejuvenate elastin and help to make more collagen that firms the facial contours and strengthens the deep layers of the skin; restoring youthfulness. As the device improves skin elasticity, you’ll notice more longer-term effects in addition to the instant lift. Use as directed each week on your crow’s feet, laugh lines, brow furrows, sagging jowls, chin contour and more to rejuvenate and tone.
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