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The Silk’n FaceTite is a home-use face and neck rejuvenation tool. It’s safe for all skin types and tones, for both men and women. It combines bi-polar Radio Frequency, with red and near infrared LED light therapy to rebuild collagen and elastin. With regular use it’s clinically proven to tighten and firm skin for faded lines and a healthy, younger appearance. Use the device with a conductivity gel. Most editions also come with a Silk’n Intense Hydration Hyaluronic Serum.
In this Silk’n FaceTite review:
The attractive white and hot-pink box clearly shows all the key information. The packaging is all recyclable cardboard, which is a top job. 👍
On the back of the box are has various translations and an illustrative diagram of the collagen remodelling process you get with the FaceTite.
Various bits and bobs inside the outer box are all secured together with a few carboard inserts. Once you unpack it all, you’re left with the silver storage case, slider gel box, hyaluronic acid serum and UK plug adaptor.
What’s in the box:
- Silk’n FaceTite device
- Mains cable & Euro plug
- UK adaptor
- Silver storage case
- Slider gel
- Hyaluronic serum
- User guide
- Warranty leaflet
Everything is professional, robust, neat and secure, and I love the silver storage case protects the device. It’s a super first impression. The FaceTite device itself is small and very light-weight. It looks very simple and not scary. But I’m intrigued to see what this teeny thing can do!
Before you start
Before you start, it’s very important to read the user manual. It’s clear and comprehensive, but not a very exciting read. It explains how it works, the treatment areas and plan, what to expect and how to use it.
Pay close attention to the warnings, risks and contraindications. Common reasons you can’t use the FaceTite are pregnancy, diabetes, a pacemaker, metal implants and light sensitivity. And there are other reasons you should check with your doctor too. Learn more about RF contraindications and red light therapy contradictions. But remember, it’s your responsibility to check the user manual thoroughly before you start.
Silk’n don’t advise a skin sensitivity test because adverse reactions are so rare. However, if you’re prone to skin sensitivity you should test patch the gel and serum before you start. Wait an hour or so and if your skin is good, off you go.
Other preparation tips
- Take a before selfie so you can track your progress
- Pick a time when you’re not rushed or interrupted
- Drink plenty of water before and after your sessions
- Find a comfortable spot with a handheld or freestanding mirror (I prefer sitting rather than standing at the bathroom mirror)
- You can do this whilst watching TV
- Open the user guide at the zones page
- Put on some music or TV if you like
- Have a stopwatch or timer handy on your phone
- Remove all jewellery
- Wash and dry your face and neck
- Tie your hair back so the gel doesn’t get in your hair
- Have a towel handy to wipe your hands
Once you’ve done the preparation steps above, you can start. Work in zones around your face (see below).
- Apply a thin layer of slider gel to one treatment zone
- Power on the FaceTite and select your level 1 to 5
- Place the treatment head against your skin and firmly swipe or circle around your skin, upward and outward in lifting motions
- Continue for 15 minutes, adding more slider gel when it dries out
- Once 15 minutes is up, move to the next section and repeat
- When complete, wipe off the slider gel, rinse your skin and apply your skincare, wipe down the device and store safely
Here are the suggested six treatment zones:
- Forehead, excluding the eye brows
- Left cheek, including the area next to and below the eye
- Right cheek, including the area next to and below the eye
- Upper lip, including the nasolabial fold
- Chin, including the jawline
Give your skin a rest in between treatments so don’t do the same zone two days in a row.
The first 5 minutes on each zone gets your skin up to temperature at 43°C. Any higher and it can cause discomfort or burn. Your inner skin layers safely heat up to around 50°C. The remaining 10 minutes keeps your skin at these optimum temperatures, and doses your skin in red and near-infrared light. The device has safety mechanisms to keep your skin safe too. More on that later.
Shape & design
The FaceTite device is small and light-weight, and runs on mains-power. The unfussy wand is white with a silver trim, and simple controls. It feels well-made and not flimsy. The shape fits snug in your hand, nestled in your palm. It’s pleasant to hold.
The controls are tucked out of the way on the underside of device. But you can still easily reach them with your fingers to change to heat levels. The controls are simple and intuitive, consistent with other Silk’n devices. Press the power button to cycle through the five RF heat levels.
The power cable is quite thin to match the light-weight device. It untangles easily and wraps up tight again to fit in the storage case.
The cable is long enough to sit in a chair next to a mains outlet and have enough length to move it around your face. It doesn’t tangle. You use also use an extension cable for more flexibility.
Slider gel & Hyaluronic Acid serum
A conductive gel is essential with the FaceTite. It lets the RF current pass into your skin. You get a 130ml tube of slider gel with the device. The consistency is thin so take care getting the right amount out of the tube.
Based on our trial, a tube lasts 6 weeks when treating 4 out of the 6 zones (around 20 zone treatments in total). So, you get through it quickly. But it is very good value compared to other brand consumables. It costs just around £10 for 130ml. Plus, it’s got hydrating Hyaluronic Acid in it. Check out the ingredients here.
There’s more about the gel in the following sections.
With my Silk’n FaceTite I also got a 30ml bottle of Hyaluronic Serum. It’s decent. A few pumps cover your face and neck and it’s hydrating. Apply it after a session or add to your regular skincare routine. It’s ok value compared to alternative premium serums (it costs £49.95).
You can also use the serum with the FaceTite device for an immediate plumping effect. Apply in sections, massaging with the FaceTite until it all absorbs. The heat from the RF opens your pores so more serum gets into your skin for deep hydration.
The FaceTite is proven safe and effective for home-use in clinical tests. It meets all European safety and manufacturing standards plus some more voluntary worldwide standards. It’s also FDA-cleared.
Safety mechanisms for the red and near-infrared light aren’t necessary because they’re safe for eyes and skin. But there are two for the RF current to prevent skin overheating. First, it monitors your skin temperature and controls the RF so your skin never goes above 43°C. And second, it turns off the RF if you stop moving the device.
What does it feel like?
Treatments are very simple and quick to master. So, they’re no follow-along video tutorials. And you can easily use it whilst watching TV because it requires little concentration. Use the six zones in the manual as a guide, but adapt them slightly if you want. A mirror is helpful, especially when working around the eyes. And a towel to wipe your hands and excess gel.
The gel is a bit faffy. It’s thin too so you only need apply a small amount per zone. But you’ll need several applications during the 15 minutes. It feels pleasant without any scent and it doesn’t sting your eyes. However, it has a very strange, sweet taste so avoid getting it in your mouth!
For your first session, start on level one move up the levels. You get better results on the higher levels. And it’s a pleasant, soothing warmth. I have no problem with level 5 on most areas except the sensitive under-eyes area. Level 3 or 4 is better there. The red light lets you know you’ve got good skin contact and it’s not too bright, even around the eyes.
It’s comfortable and easy to slide the head precisely around all contours. I like you can get right under your eyes and onto your nose too. It feels good to move in firm, slow, lifting, massaging swoops and circles particularly around your cheeks, cheekbones, mouth and jaw. But be a little gentler under your eyes, on your forehead and on your neck where there’s less padding.
It’s a soothing and pampering session that feels extra-relaxing before bed.
My skin is warm, smooth, soft, pink and plumped after use. It’s like it’s had an invigorating workout. This is from both the heat and the firm lifting massage action. The colour and warmth fade within a few hours, followed by the plumping. But it stays smoother and soft until the next session. It feels rather good.
Overall, it’s pleasant and easy, but it does require quite a time commitment.
Effort vs results
You treat each zone for 15 minutes and twice a week, for 10 weeks. So, this start-up schedule requires time and commitment.
How long you spend per session depends on how many areas you’ll treat. You can treat just a few or all the suggested zones. If you treat all six zones it takes 1.5 hours per session. Yikes.
The Silk’n FaceTite is a very high effort home device. It’s the highest effort for full face & neck during the start-up stage. You need spare time to dedicate to your sessions. However, unlike other device’s routines, it doesn’t demand too much concentration. It feels good and is easy to do whilst you watch TV, so the sessions don’t seem like a chore.
You don’t have to do all zones in one sitting either. You can cycle through each treatment zone twice, splitting them across days. Do two zones per day (30 mins total) 6 days in a week. It breaks-up the effort so it’s more manageable and forms a daily habit to keep you motivated.
During maintenance, it’s much easier. Just treat each zone once every 2 weeks.
What results will I get?
What it fixes: Reduces wrinkles & fine lines, smooths, tightens sagging skin, lifts facial contours, reduces pigmentation for bright, firm and supple skin.
Each session causes your collagen matrix to subtly contract. The heat also boosts your cells’ metabolism so they can work harder to remodel your collagen and elastin. So in between sessions, your energised skin cells build fresh new collagen and elastin. Therefore, results come in small increments over the 10-week course. And no doubt you’ll scrutinise your face throughout for signs of change. But because they’re small and gradual you may not notice any. So, take a before and after photo to compare your results.
You may feel softer and plumper skin after each session. This is very encouraging but is usually temporary and fades the next day. However, as the weeks progress, visible and longer-lasting results build and your skin starts to hold onto these effects. After a few weeks most feel their skin is much softer, smoother and healthier. But it’s after 5 weeks you should see noticeable results; however, it may take you longer.
Therefore, it’s at the end of the 10-week regimen you’ll see your best results. This is when many see tighter pores and fading lines and wrinkles. Sagging areas lift, cheeks plump, skin feels fresher, firmer, hydrated and bouncy. And it gets brighter too, with a healthy glow. Some report it reduces acne scarring too.
You may see all these results or just a few, and to varying degrees too. Your lifestyle, overall skin condition and laxity determine the breadth and depth of your end results. Then, switch to maintenance sessions, one every 2 weeks.
Negatives of the Silk’n FaceTite
There are a few negatives to consider with the Silk’n FaceTite.
The most important, as discussed above, is how time consuming it is. You don’t need to treat every zone, but this does give best results. And all zones need a dedicated 3 hours every week for 10 weeks. Phew. However, you can do multiple shorter session. And it doesn’t take much concentration so you can easily do it whilst relaxing in front of the TV.
Next, onto the slider gel. It’s a bit faffy and messy, and you need several applications per zone. I need 5 on cheeks and 4 on most other zones. But the main problem is towards the end of the 15 minutes, the gel clumps and feels tacky. Spraying it with a small amount of water helps the gel last a bit longer so you can use less. And use a damp towel to wipe it off both your face and the device at the end.
And just a few minor niggles to share. The device could benefit from a built-in 15-minute timer. As it is, you must set a separate timer on your phone for example. It’s not such a big deal – just don’t forget to set it! Also, your arms can ache a little especially whilst massaging your forehead. Just alternate hands to give them a rest.
And finally, if you live in the UK and Europe there’s no money back guarantee. Boo. But lucky you if you live in the US and Canada because you get a reassuring 60-day money back guarantee! Whoop!
Silk’n FaceTite Review Summary
The Silk’n FaceTite is a pleasant and affordable home device that builds healthier, firmer, brighter and fresh skin over the course. It’s the perfect partner for nights in front of the TV. But it’s the highest effort home device I’ve trialled. So, if you’re short on time, it’s not for you.
Here’s a summary of my test scores, and pros and cons for the Silk’n FaceTite, to help you decide:
Ease of use
Very easy to use, simple routine, requires (slightly faffy) gel. No pain or irritation. Pleasant sensation. You can use it as you watch TV.
Very high up-front effort over 10 weeks. Two time-intensive 1.5-hour sessions per week for full face & neck. However, maintenance is just two sessions per month.
Skin feels smoother and firmer after just a few sessions. Effects gradually build and become visible around 5 weeks, or 10 full face & neck sessions. Complete the full 10 weeks/20 full sessions for tightened, fuller & healthy skin.
- More affordable than most
- Durable, light-weight & mains-powered
- Very easy to use & simple routine
- Painless, soothing & pampering
- Easy to do as you watch TV
- More affordable than most & gel is also super value
- Compact, sturdy storage case
- Low effort maintenance schedule
- Clinically proven, CE certified & FDA-cleared
- 60-day money back guarantee from silkn.com & Silkn.ca
- Extremely time intensive for full face & neck sessions
- Very high up-front effort during start-up
- No timer built into the device
- Faffy & clumpy gel needing several applications
- No UK & Europe money back gaurantee
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