Here’s everything you need to know before booking a hydro dermabrasion, aka a hydrafacial – what it is, how it’s done, what it can do, how much it costs, and more.
Glowing, radiant skin without a single pimple or blemish is something we all dream of! No amount of makeup can really help if our skin isn’t healthy and smooth, so many people have integrated an occasional professional facial into their routine.
But which facial is the best?
There are so many options it can be very hard to choose. Okay, if you’re dealing with a severe skin condition, you’ll go to a dermatologist and get a therapy plan and a recommendation. But if you just want to maintain facial hygiene and boost the glow of your skin, you probably get confused by list of skin care services that Peach Rose Waxing Spa offers. Hydrodermabrasion facials are coming to Peach Rose Waxing Spa soon!
Well, today we’re talking about everyone’s favorite facial – hydro dermabrasion. Here’s all you need to know.
What is a Hydro Dermbrasion Facial?
Hydrodermabrasion is a gentle yet effective facial treatment that provides a thorough exfoliation, a deep cleanse, and an intense, hydrating plump, resulting in instant anti-aging effects, better skin texture, and a radiant appearance.
It’s actually a spin-off on microdermabrasion (which is, in turn, a spin-off on the original dermabrasion), so it utilizes the principle of simultaneous exfoliation and suction of dead skin from the surface of the epidermis. But hydrodermabrasion features an additional step – an infusion of solutions that provide a deeper cleanse of the pores.
What can a hydro-facial Do?
Hydrodermabrasion delivers several effects in 1:
Exfoliates the stratum corneum – the layer of dead skin cells is removed, revealing better skin underneath
Cleanses the pores – the contents of all pores is sucked out
Disinfects the skin – a disinfecting solution is infused into the cleansed pores, preventing breakouts
Provides deep hydration – a mix of hydrating and nourishing ingredients is injected deep into the pores
Basically, it evens out your skin tone and texture, leaving the skin smoother and healthier. The powerful infusions make the skin plumper, which diminishes fine lines and wrinkles for an anti-aging effect.
Who is the hydro-facial suitable for?
Hydradermabrasion is suitable for everyone.
It’s suitable for all skin types, from sensitive to oily, and all skin tones (there’s no risk of hyperpigmentation).
It can help you tackle particular skin imperfections, like acne, clogged pores, and signs of aging, but it can also just perfect your complexion if you’re not facing any specific issues.
How exactly does the hydrafacial work?
The hydro dermabrasion facial is one of the more elaborate non-invasive skin treatments. It combines several methods, and it’s most often done in 4 steps.
The hydrodermabrasion machine features a hand piece that’s connected to a tube, which is connected to several tanks. The hand piece is multipurpose:
Its tip does mechanical exfoliation when it’s moved across the skin
It has a vacuum effect which immediately sucks away all dead skin cells and the contents of pores
The tip is also used as a high-pressure sprayer which ejects solutions and infuses them deep into the pores
The whole treatment is done with the same hand piece, but the modes of the machine are switched to perform different functions.
What does the hydrafacial process look like?
Let’s go through each step of the hydrodermabrasion facial:
Step 1: Pre-Cleansing
First, your skin is cleaned with a gentle tonic before the actual treatment starts, to remove all makeup or skincare residues.
Step 2: Exfoliation
Then, it’s time to activate the hand piece. The hand piece features a tip which is just sharp enough to scrape off the dead skin cells of the epidermis. It will not go deeper than that, so it won’t cause any damage. What it will do is send signals to the body to start producing more collagen and elastin, which will contribute to improving the skin structure from within.
Step 3: Infusion of the Solution
Next, the hand piece is used to apply a mix of serums, acids, and water which will loosen up the pores and dissolve their contents. The handpiece ejects the solution and sucks it back in at the same time, into different channels. That way, the contaminated liquids aren’t retained on the skin for long.
Step 4: Suction:
The suction may be accompanied by a high-pressure stream of solution.
The mode of the hand piece is adjusted to intense suction, which will extract the contents of the now loosened pores. All the accumulated sebum, dirt, bacteria and product residues are sucked right out and the pores are instantly unclogged.
Hydrodermabrasion prevents post-facial breakouts, which can sometimes happen with extractions. It disinfects the unclogged pores, which prevents bacteria from developing inside.
Step 5: Hydrating Formula
The final step is the application of a hydrating formula which is injected into the skin, again with the hand piece. This step provides nourishment and anti-inflammatory effects.
The formula is usually custom-mixed to best suit the needs of your skin, but it almost always contains a low molecular weight hyaluronic acid, the go-to ingredient for intense skin moisturization which plumps up the skin.
What happens with this type of application is the serums are enabled to penetrate the pores much deeper than with basic topical application. As a result, the volume of the skin is maximized, diminishing fine lines.
Step 6: Optional Add-Ons
The hydrafacial can be paired with LED light therapy or a high frequency treatment to further enhance results. This is optional.
How long does the treatment take?
Surprisingly, it doesn't take that long for completely new skin - up to 1 hour. If you’re not getting any add-ons, it may not take that long.
Does it hurt?
Actually, most clients claim it’s quite pleasant and feels like a facial massage. You'll lay in a robe on a bed with a heated blanket (optional). Most clients fall asleep.
Are the results immediate?
Yes, your skin will look great right after the treatment. Apart from the gorgeous glow, you will also notice little to no puffiness. The motions of the hand piece across the skin will do lymphatic drainage.
You will also notice some additional effects a few days later: your pores may look much smaller – they will shrink since they’re empty – and the collagen production will kick in, maximizing the glow of your skin.
How often should I repeat the treatment?
The hydrodermabrasion facial can be done periodically to maintain the results. If your skin is on the oilier side, you can get it once a month to cleanse the skin and prevent acne breakouts. Your skincare specialist will put together a routine and schedule that meets your skin's and lifestyle's needs.
Are there any side effects?
Your skin will probably be red for a few hours after the procedure – this just means the blood flow into the area was increased.
If your skin is on the thinner side or you take blood-thinning meds or supplements, there might be some minor bruising as a result of the suction.
Your face might feel dry in the days after the procedure – make sure you moisturize generously.
There can also be some flaking a few days later – this is not uncommon and it just means your skin is doing some additional exfoliation.
If you’re prone to cold sores, the treatment could cause a flare-up. Talk to your GP and have them prescribe an antiviral if it’s possible.
One important thing to bear in mind is that your skin will be more sensitive to sunlight, so you need to wear SPF after the procedure to prevent sun damage.
How does Hydro Dermabrasion compare to Microdermabrasion, and Dermabrasion?
Dermabrasion is the most aggressive treatment only used for severe skin conditions that can’t be improved otherwise. It’s only done by dermatologists or plastic surgeons and it entails 1-2 weeks of downtime.
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment which provides exfoliation of the epidermis, but doesn’t include so much hydration. It’s somewhere in the middle – not as aggressive as dermabrasion, but slightly more intense than hydradermabrasion. It can treat minor scarring and hyperpigmentation, and give great anti-aging benefits. It’s done in spas and salons and entails no downtime.
Hydrodermabrasion is the most gentle. It introduces deep hydration into the mix and it can give amazing skin brightening effects, but it can’t really tackle deeper wrinkles and more severe imperfections.
Hydrodermabrasion, aka Hydrafacial, main takeaways
Hydrodermabrasion, or the hydrafacial, is a gentle skin resurfacing treatment that combines exfoliation, deep cleansing, and intense hydration to make the skin brighter, smoother, more energized, and looking rejuvenated. It can improve the texture and firmness of the skin and give it an attractive glow, but it can’t really tackle more severe cases of hyperpigmentation or scarring – in those cases, microdermabrasion or the original dermabrasion is a better choice.