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The best at-home radiofrequency tools for firmer skin from your sofa

October 29th 2020 / 0 comment


Radiofrequency is loved for its collagen-producing, skin tightening powers. These are the at-home devices for salon-similar results

Known for its ability to tighten the skin and promote collagen and elastin production, radiofrequency targets areas including crow’s feet and the under eyes, under the chin as well as reducing puffiness. It’s a popular in-salon treatment but with much of this year a no-go zone when it came to going into clinic, at home radiofrequency tools have become an in-demand device.

Aesthetic doctor Sophie Shotter and facialist Joanne Evans both named at-home radiofrequency devices among the tools they rate and when two respected names claim something is a must-have, we felt it our duty to look into the best ones out there.

Is radiofrequency safe at home?

It can be daunting to use a pro-tool at home but it’s perfectly safe, explains Dr Sophie Shotter. “Radiofrequency is a safe and clinically effective technology to use at home. There are a few devices that have harnessed the power of RF in an FDA (an American standard ensuring the safety and efficacy of medical devices) cleared home-use device. Even though the FDA is an American body, I always find it useful to look for as it tells you that a device has been extensively researched for both safety and results. Always check that your device is also CE marked (meaning it is tested and safe by European standards).”

How do at-home radiofrequency tools work?

At-home tools work in the same way as in-clinic treatments, stimulating collagen production within the skin and with regular use will lift and tighten the skin. Joanne refers to this as ‘shrink-wrapping’ the skin because it heats the cells to tighten them.

If you’re used to radio-frequency in-salon you’ll find at home tools aren’t as hot as those treatments, though you will feel some warmth when using them. The method is the same as you'll have seen from the pros - simply glide the device over the contours of your face - watch Joanne demonstrate how to use the devices at 3:48 in the below video for a tutorial.

For an at-home tool to work, you need to use a conductive gel such as Newa's Lift Activator Gel, £35. The gel allows the device to move smoothly over the treatment area (no uncomfortable tugging) and acts as a conductive medium for the waves, allowing them to pass through the skin layers.

How often do you need to do radiofrequency at home?

Home-use devices won’t be as powerful as in-clinic devices and will require more frequent use to achieve results, Dr Sophie explains, “Most in-clinic RF machines involve a course of weekly sessions, but you may need to begin by using an at-home device daily over the first few weeks. Each device will have slightly different guidelines, so always follow the instructions for the device you choose.”

These are the radiofrequency devices to invest in now.

The expert-approved one: Newa Anti-Aging Skincare Device, £349


When we spoke to experts about their preferred skincare devices, this one came out top for both Sophie and Joanne. “I have known Endymed [the makers of Newa] for some time so when they put their professional knowledge in a homecare device it made my ears prick up. It has clinical trials and science-backed papers to prove the results," explains Joanne. "It targets three main areas of the face eyes, cheeks and jawline." It comes with an activated gel and you rotate it around the face in tiny circles and deep sweeps, with the device telling you when to move on to a new area. Joanne says to use this for four minutes on each area. It’s not cordless so not great for using as you go about your business, however.

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The Japanese one: Ya-Man RF Beaute Bloom, £220


From Japanese beauty brand Ya Man, known for at-home beauty tools, this easy to hold device says you only need to use it for six minutes per session to see results and is for use on the face and neck.

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The travel-friendly one: Sensica Sensilift Mini, £109


For use on the face, decolletage and hands this portable device has a built-in smart sensor that constantly monitors and adjusts to your skin’s temperature. It has two prongs that deliver waves into the skin and reviewers say they saw a difference with just three uses. Sensica also sells the non-mini version, simply called Sensilift, £279, for larger surface areas such as the neck and decolletage.

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The multitasker: Silk'n FaceTite, £95


It may look like a TV remote but this is much, much more. It smoothes and reshapes the face with radiofrequency, red LED light and infrared heat energy. The combination of the trip forces heat to all cell layers, seeking damaged tissue and repairing it, resulting in a reduction of wrinkles and fine lines and reduction of sun and age spots by rejuvenating collagen and elastin fibres

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With an increase in interest in at-home radiofrequency since lockdown, we suspect more home devices to launch soon. Stay tuned.

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