At Home Radio Frequency Facials Explained

• 01 December 2023

Recognized by Kate Bosworth and Charlize Theron as the secret to their tightened and lifted skin, radio frequency devices are no longer exclusive to A-list clinics. Now, you can bring the power of radio frequency treatments into your own at home beauty routine. RF (radio frequency) facials are clinically proven to soften fine lines and wrinkles, while tightening sagging skin. At this point you may be asking, ‘but what is a radio frequency treatment?’ Here we’ll explain how radio frequency works, what results you can expect, along with an up-to-date look at world-leading devices.


What is radio frequency skin tightening technology?

Radio frequency is all about stimulating your skin’s natural collagen and elastin production. During the skin tightening treatment, radio frequency waves pass through the skin from one pole to another. When the skin resists these waves, it heaps up, stimulating collagen. As there is an optimal collagen-producing temperature and because everyone’s skin resistance can vary, maintaining this temperature can be a challenge. This is where some at home RF devices stand out against the rest.

There are 3 radio frequency methods available: monopolar, bipolar and multipolar. Each method is distinguished by the number of poles it uses. Monopolar uses a single electrode tip, which delivers energy to the space between the electrode and the grounding plate. Whereas the bipolar method passes waves between 2 electrodes and multipolar using 3. According to a recent clinical study, bipolar was more effective at increasing skin tightness, hydration levels, density and barrier function in women aged between 20 to 69 years, regardless of therapy duration when compared to monopolar.


radio frequency skin tightening


Is there any discomfort or downtime involved?

You do feel a comfortable warming sensation (almost like a hot stone face massage), and you may experience some mild redness after your treatment. Both are completely normal. While there isn’t any downtime, it’s recommended to complete your RF facials during your night-time routine to benefit from additional collagen renewal as you sleep.

Expert Advice: Do not use radio frequency devices if you have had a professional chemical peel, facial abrasion, ablative laser treatments, botox, fillers or plastic surgery within the past 3 months. 


What are the benefits of radio frequency at home?

The main benefits of radio frequency skin tightening facials are to reduce the visible signs of aging. After the first treatment, skin becomes plumper, firmer and smoother. And with consistent use, you’ll notice a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, along with more lifted and tighter skin. For anyone experiencing loss of firmness and dullness in their skin, it's the ideal long-term solution to restore your glow.


The best radio frequency skin tightening machine for home use

4.9 / 5 ★ TriPollar STOP VX Gold 2 Radio Frequency Device

tripollar stop vx gold 2

TriPollar is inspired by unlocking the natural healing powers of the skin and known for its clinically proven, safe beauty technologies. Instead of surgical steel, this device uses 24-carat gold electrodes to enhance conductivity and efficacy of TriPollar’s RF technology. Sold with a complimentary TriPollar Preparation Gel (50ml) and TriPollar Gold Preparation Gel (50ml).

Key Feature: Turbo-RF prioritises speed and effectiveness above all else. When in contact with the skin, this technology quickly heats up to the optimal collagen-boosting temperature.

Treatment Time Per Area: 3 to 4 minutes
Per Week: 2 to 3 times

See Results After: 6 to 8 weeks

Customer Review: “Can’t get enough of this! Only been using STOP Vx GOLD 2 for a few weeks and my rapidly aging skin is thanking me for it.” – Debrah V.

vinona baines Beauty Editor
Previously a professional makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics and copyeditor for melanin skincare brand 456 Skin, Vinona has over 12 years of hands-on experience within the beauty industry. Whether as a makeup artist or beauty editor, she enjoys connecting with real people to educate, inspire and learn from. You can find her sipping on an iced latte watching her favorite K-dramas, while wearing her anti-aging CurrentBody Skin LED Mask.
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