High frequency is a wonderful holistic treatment offering a lot of benefits for many skin care concerns ranging from acne to wrinkles. Considered a very safe and non-invasive approach to skin rejuvenation, high frequency technology became quickly recognized by medical professionals as the leading treatment for many skin conditions.
When performing a Direct high frequency facial, both the client and the therapist must have removed all jewelery and metal on themselves. A moisturizing massage cream or a treatment product is applied evenly all over the face and chin. The electrode is then turned on, and is moved in slow circular motions around your face covering the whole surface of the skin. For sparking, which is where a pen like electrode is used to quickly and painlessly zap any pimples, the therapist will turn on the electrode and tap the spot 4-6 times. A slight shock similar to one when you touch a car door or something metal is felt, But this treatment is absolutely safe.
Quality high frequency electrodes are typically made of tempered glass and filled with either ‘Argon’ gas, which produces a subtle violet colored glow, or ‘Neon’ gas which produces an orange glow. Orange Neon is used for treating aging skin, scalp and hair and Violet Argon for treating acne, scalp and hair.
Let’s see the benefits of high frequency for different skin concerns:
The orange electrodes are generally indicated in the treatment of aging skin because they are said to direct more warmth to the treatment area which promotes blood circulation, encourages cellular turnover and improves product penetration.
In treating aging skin, high frequency current firms and tones by causing an immediate circulation rush to the skin in addition to subtle tissue warming. This results in an increase in blood circulation and cell renewal as well as increased production levels of Collagen and Elastin which soften and smooth away wrinkles, reduce pore size and improve overall skin texture.
It also produces an enriched form of oxygen, which can provide the skin with a firm, youthful, vibrant glow. It can diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, tighten double chins and jowls and improve overall skin texture and tone by promoting increased collagen production.
An extremely small amount of ultra-violet light is emitted when the violet electrode makes contact with the skin. Such brief and low level UV exposure is considered very safe (non-skin damaging) and provides excellent anti-bacterial and healing benefits.
The application of high frequency current to the skin also promotes a natural cleansing and antibacterial action that helps treat existing acne and prevents the onset of new acne. Clients experiencing cystic acne will benefit greatly from the deep penetrating germicidal action of high frequency. The enriched oxygen molecules produced by high frequency machines are safe and have been proven to be effective in helping to heal and restore the skin’s health.
A Reduction in Enlarged Pores & Blackheads
With regular use, high frequency facials can be quite effective at reducing the size of enlarged pores, softening skin, controlling excess sebum production and eliminating the occurrence of blackheads. The gentle spray of oxygen molecules produced by the high frequency current diminish enlarged pores by penetrating deep down into the root of the affected area and cleaning out unwanted debris and toxins allowing the pore to quickly regain its natural size once again.
A Fading of Dark Eye Circles
High frequency creates a circulation rush in the area and helps the under eye product penetrate deeper into the skin tissue. The application of high frequency can be very effective at fading dark under eye circles resulting in a fresher, brighter, more youthful looking appearance.
An Improvement In The Appearance of Cellulite
With regular use, high frequency treatment can be very effective at reducing the appearance of cellulite. For years, the skin care industry has relied on this same high frequency, oxygen molecule producing technology to aid in lymphatic drainage, gently exfoliate the skin, increase blood, circulation, assist in the production of collagen and elastin and promote healthy cell metabolism. The result: smoother, firmer, more refined skin.
A Reduction in Eye Puffiness
The pulsating “oxygenation” action produced by high frequency current aids in lymphatic drainage and disperses excess fluid while increasing blood circulation. The result is a reduction in the appearance of congested, tired, puffy eyes. High frequency also helps the skin more efficiently absorb skin care products thereby extending their effectiveness.
Healthier Hair Growth
Through its rapid oscillation, high frequency current improves the process of nourishment, gently exfoliates the skin, promotes local blood circulation, stimulates local glandular activity, supplies heat to the area which is soothing to the nervous system and significantly improves the scalp’s receptiveness to and the overall effectiveness of post-treatment hair growth formulas. For many years, hairdressers have used high frequency current technology to revitalize scalp conditions which can aid in promoting healthier hair growth.
Are High Frequency Facials Considered Safe?
High frequency facials are considered as a safe and gentle therapeutic approach to skin rejuvenation. It helps with many skin concerns as mentioned above and promotes product penetration. However the following contraindications should be noted:
- Avoid using aggressive AHA or glycolic acid products with high frequency as they an over-dry the skin, especially during the winter months.
- Avoid treating areas of broken capillaries, spider veins and rosacea as high frequency may exacerbate these conditions.
- Do not use if you are pregnant, have a pacemaker or history of heart disease.
- Avoid wearing metal jewelry during high frequency treatment to avoid risk of shock.
- Never operate the high frequency system with a broken bulb.
- Do not use outdoors, near water or around combustible substances.