A few weeks ago, I broke the Internet. Well, not really… What I actually did was cause an Amazon seller to sell out of their stock of a high-frequency skincare device when I recommended my favorite one on my Instagram story. Whether or not you were part of that, you may be wondering what the fuss is all about! In this post, I’ll share what a high frequency device is, how they work, and where to get one (in case you missed it on my story).

The science behind high frequency machines goes way back – all the way to Nikola Tesla in the 1800s. Electricity activates a gas (usually Neon or Argon) in a glass tube, which you conduct into your skin. The gas then causes increased circulation and warmth in your skin, and its contact with outside air produces enriched oxygen which fights the bacteria that creates acne, effectively treating current acne and preventing new acne from forming.

The science behind high frequency machines goes way back – all the way to Nikola Tesla in the 1800s.

In addition to treating and preventing acne, high frequency devices are also fantastic at fighting signs of aging by creating more collagen and elastin, which help increase skin firmness, tightness, and elasticity. It also helps with cell renewal and improves the efficacy of the skincare products you use by increasing absorption of those serums, creams, etc. There are several other skin issues that can be helped by a high-frequency device, too. Many have claimed it helps with under eye circles, hair loss, cellulite, and pore size. Since increasing circulation in your skin can have a positive impact in many ways, it comes as no surprise that high-frequency in skincare has such a long list of benefits.

There are a wide variety of high-frequency devices on the market, but you can find my favorite here on Amazon. It is definitely important to make an intelligent and informed decision when it comes to medical-grade devices and your well-being, so I made sure to do research before I purchased mine, with the help of my aesthetician, so if you choose a different one, I recommend you do the same!

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While it may sound intimidating to use an electric current on your face (and you can definitely hear it), if you have it on the right setting, you should not be able to feel much. My recommendation is to start with your device on low, and increase the frequency as you can tolerate it. Of course, you should be only using this on clean skin, and you should clean your device (when it is unplugged) frequently. There are different “heads” to use based upon what type of result you’re seeking, and they have different recommendations as to length and frequency of treatment, so please be sure to read the manual that comes with the device carefully. It’s also a good idea to consult a dermatologist or aesthetician before beginning any sort of skin treatment on your own.

Whatever the skin solution you’re seeking, there’s a good chance that you can solve it with a high-frequency device, as they truly are miracle products with a myriad of benefits. I’d love to hear how you incorporate them into your “skincare as self care” routine, and what results you notice once you do.

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