With more and more facialists combining cutting edge technology with a hands-on approach when treating the skin, the demand for treatments such as radiofrequency facials is ever increasing. Jennifer Aniston credits them with keeping her skin “lifted”, but radiofrequency facials can also soften fine lines while firming the facial contours – both immediately and over time.
Abigail James, skincare expert and author of Love Your Skin, explains that if microdermabrasion is “the skin smoother” of the facial world, you can consider radiofrequency “the contour refiner”. Very on trend.
So, can you put down your contouring kit? Here James explains to Bazaar the benefits of a radiofrequency facial.
How does a radiofrequency facial work?
“Radiofrequency is all about stimulating your own collagen production. During a treatment a machine is used to heat the skin to between 38-40 degrees with radiofrequency, which feels like a hot stone face massage – you do feel heat in the skin but it’s comfortable.”
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Is there any other discomfort or downtime involved?
“It takes approximately 30 minutes to treat a whole face and the only discomfort is some feeling of heat in the skin (which not everyone gets). There is no downtime – you could easily have a treatment at lunchtime 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. It also continues to promote collagen production over the four-six weeks following a treatment.”
Can radiofrequency help reduce lines and wrinkles?
“It’s great for softening fine lines – especially the nose to mouth lines – as well as lifting the cheeks and tightening the jawline, so it’s great for age prevention.”
Who are radiofrequency facials best suited to?
“Anyone experiencing loss of firmness and dullness in their skin. 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 radiofrequency body treatments involve?
“I don’t personally do them, but they can be a great treatment for cellulite, firming and contouring the body. In a treatment a larger head is used on the radiofrequency machine and higher temperatures so you get something called lypolosys, where fat begins to melt.”