HydraFacials have a mega-following of skin-health patients due to its ability to cleanse, exfoliate and infuse with intensive serums. Allure magazine reports, “a HydraFacial is performed every 15 seconds.” That’s a lot of facials! Essentially, over 2 million treatments are performed in a single year.
What makes this facial so popular? Hydrafacials can moisturize the skin at the same time it is resurfacing the skin. The treatment is refreshing, soothing, non-irritating and very effective. A HydraFacial uses a handpiece that holds spiralized treatment tips with vortex technology to act as a mini vacuum on your skin.
Dr. Ariel Ostad, a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist, talks about the HydraFacial by saying, “the HydraFacial is the only hydra-dermabrasion procedure that uses patented technology to cleanse, extract, and hydrate.” The HydraFacial machine is proprietary so to offer a HydraFacial; a spa needs to be registered and licensed.
The 60-minute HydraFacial can be divided into three key sections.
The first section is cleansing and peeling. The HydraFacial uncovers a new layer of skin, and it does it with gentle exfoliation and resurfacing that can be relaxing. In a HydraFacial, the hand-tool and a serum’s jobs are to remove dead skin cells. The GlySal™ portion of the HydraFacial adds a mixture of glycolic and salicylic acids that act as a skin peeler without the post-peel scaling.
Step two of your amazing HydraFacial is to extract and hydrate. The HydraFacial removes dirt, oil, and dead skin cells from your pores with painless suction. At the same time, it nourishes with moisturizers that bring hydration to your thirsty skin. “The patented, automated vortex suction painlessly cleans out pores with exclusive serums that nourish and protect with peptides, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid,” says aestheticians.
The third step is to fuse and protect. A HydraFacial soaks your skin’s surface with more antioxidants, and peptides to maximize your skin’s glow. Proprietary skin solutions are applied to address specific skin concerns. There is also a recommended at-home treatment that maintains your glowing results.
HydraFacials are not Microdermabrasion or Chemical Facial Peels
HydraFacial is different from microdermabrasion and chemical facial peels. Microdermabrasion treatments use manual extractions and are painful. A HydraFacial uses a vacuum-like tip to clean deep into pores. It is so much less painful.
Chemical peels use acids and are effective on lighter skin tones. HydraFacials can be used on all skin shades and types. Patients claim that the HydraFacials are not painful, and the most uncomfortable part of the treatment is the exfoliation. Patients have described the feeling of the exfoliation step to a “cat licking my face.” An interesting analogy! What it means is the exfoliation portion of the facial feels a bit like fine sandpaper being rubbed on your skin, but it is not unbearable.
Remember that the HydraFacial is an “active” facial, and a HydraFacial device is a machine with various attachments that “that whirr and suck and spin.” One prominent beauty editor describes the HydraFacial machine as noisy, but you know it is working!
Can HydraFacials be done on sensitive skin?
Hydrafacials are highly customizable and can be used on most skin types including those with sensitivities. Your aesthetician can use the exfoliator at different intensities and leave solutions and acids on your face at various times, depending on your skin’s sensitivity. Your aesthetician will caution you that if you have active rashes, rosacea or sunburns, you should not have a HydraFacial. It is a treatment that can cause further damage or flare-ups.
The HydraFacial gives you smooth results, and the hydration lasts up to seven days or longer. One treatment per month is recommended for improving the appearance of fine lines, brown spots, wrinkles, oily, and congested skin. A nice element of a HydraFacial, the results re consistent. You can get a HydraFacial for one month and the next month it will give you the same results.
Don’t worry about the extraction portion of the facial. If you have ever had your pores cleaned out, you know the procedure leaves your face red, painful, and with the possibility of eruptions. Not so with the HydraFacial. It’s not painful, combines vortex pressure with clog purging solution, and at the end of the procedure, you can see what was extracted (why you would want to, is a good question.)
There is no down-time with the HydraFacial. According to aestheticians who use this device, “We can quickly improve texture and tone, and even help conditions like acne, without any residual irritation or peeling.”
The relatively painless, “it-works” HydraFacial is one of the most asked for procedures in medspas. Talk to Samara at Samara MedspaCT for an endorsement of the HydraFacial. If you need a facial for a special event, nothing will give you a more glowing result than a HydraFacial.