26th July 2017

What are Radio-frequency facials?

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For a long time I have been a fan of bespoke facials combining hands on with technology. I have always strived to provide the most effective treatments for my clients in a way that works with my ethos of being kind to the body. This also includes some cutting edge technology, which may sound surprising. One of these methods is Radio frequency, I have worked with a number of different machines from different manufacturers over the years and each has their plus and minus points and some more effective than others. My favourite is the Venus viva machine, I find it the most simple, comfortable and without doubt the best customer results and experience. Jennifer Aniston credits radio frequency with keeping her skin “lifted” I find they can also soften fine lines while firming the facial contours – both immediately and over time.

As a facialist who knows a thing or two about the topic of Radio frequency facials Harpers Bazar asked me some questions to help get to the bottom of what they are all about. Read the article below and also on their SkinSchool blog  


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.”

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!”


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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.”


For radio frequency facials I offer in treatments have a look at my treatment menu, 




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