Decisions, decisions, decisions. Whether you’re walking down the beauty aisle or considering a step towards more drastic results, the world of skincare faces us with endless amounts of choice. Two methods that often come head to head are radiofrequency and microcurrent treatments. What actually are they? How do they work? And which is better for me? If you find yourself asking these questions, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a breakdown of the difference between the two.
First thing’s first. While both methods promise noticeably smoother, brighter looking skin, the way they actually work is completely different. Microcurrent activates the muscles beneath the skin so they strengthen and tone, thus increasing cellular metabolism. Radiofrequency, on the other hand, has no impact on the muscles. Instead it catalyses a kinetic heat to stimulate the process of collagen production, which already happens naturally within our skin. By generating new collagen fibres and hyaluronic acid – our skin’s natural plumping and hydrating agent – it heightens our skin’s elasticity, meaning tighter and smoother-looking skin.
No pain, no gain?
Good news – both are pain-free processes. Many don’t feel the effects of microcurrent treatments at all, while others report a tingling sensation as their circulation increases. Radiofrequency varies depending on the intensity of the treatment. Some feel like a warm, relaxing massage due to the small electric currents. If you’re opting for a higher grade, in-clinic treatment, you might experience slight discomfort – but rest assured this doesn’t last for long.
Microcurrent treatments give a great boost to your complexion in the run up to a holiday or big event, but just as other muscle groups need to be activated regularly to work at their best, the same goes for our facial muscles. To maintain results, you’ll need to make routine visits to the clinic. Radiofrequency also works to immediate effect, with the lifting and plumping of the skin beginning straight after the treatment, and the changes increasing as you progress through a course of treatments.
Which is better for anti-ageing?
Both treatments will give you a glow that’s bound to make you feel like a more confident, youthful version of yourself – but when it comes down to tackling the specific signs of ageing, radiofrequency scores higher. Microcurrent treatments are more commonly used as a precautionary measure, whereas radiofrequency is proven to reverse the signs of ageing. If you’re looking to noticeably reduce wrinkles and pigmentation, this is the treatment for you.
Do I need to choose between the two?
In short, no – there’s no reason you can’t use both treatments in conjunction with each other. But is it necessary? Probably not. Going all-out on multiple treatments can quickly get costly and time-consuming, when firmer, tighter and more radiant skin is easily achievable by only going down one route. Another great thing about radiofrequency is that it’s tailored to your goals and skin type, so if you’re looking for the ultimate TLC, simply opt for a more intense course of treatments. Your aesthetician will select specific hand pieces that deliver the radiofrequency to every layer of the skin for maximum effect.
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