Hydrafacial Treatment Facts
Microdermabrasion treatments have been around for some time. But now it’s younger, gentler relative, hydrafacial treatments are taking spas and skincare establishments by storm too.
So, what is hydrafacial? It’s an esthetic skincare treatment specifically used to smooth and exfoliate the skin. It’s as effective as microdermabrasion, but hydrafacial does not use crystals to exfoliate the skin. This gentler approach not only vacuums out your pores, pushes inactive ingredients that hydrate and moisturize but also plumps out your skin and more. You will hear estheticians that carry out the procedure talking about ‘vortex technology.’ How does this technology work? This is the technique the machine’s spiral heads use to do all of these things at once.
What Happens in a Hydrafacial Treatment?
The treatment follows six signature steps.
First, there’s a detox-style lymphatic drainage treatment to boost circulation to your face and neck.
Then, the esthetician will use specialized hydrafacial equipment. The hydrafacial kit resurfaces your skin, removing dead skin cells with the ‘vortex fusion tip,’ which strips the outermost layer of skin. This process is all good; it’s just dirt and dead skin cells. In microdermabrasion, the skin needs to be cleaned manually before the exfoliation treatment. Hydrafacial carries both out at the same with one applicator head. It uses a lactic acid and glucosamine serum to cleanse and then exfoliate the debris.
The next step is applying a gentle chemical peel to loosen any remaining debris in your pores. This part of the treatment is beneficial if you have oily or acne-prone skin and general skin health.
Step four is extraction. Microdermabrasion does not include this feature. The powerful suction of hydrafacial equipment extracts any remaining debris from pores and removes impurities from your skin.
Once your pores have been adequately cleaned, it’s time for the nutrients and other hydrating ingredients delivered to your skin. Adding nutrients can be done via a serum chosen for you by your esthetician. Applying and working these deeply into your skin means that one treatment can give you immediate, visible results.
The session will complete treatment with red LED light therapy to boost skin rejuvenation. Using a red LED light treatment reduces redness and helps to stimulate collagen production. If you’re having acne treatment, you may have a blue LED session in your treatment. This treatment helps kill the bacteria that cause acne.
Does Hydrafacial Work?
According to a 2008 study, yes! Twenty women aged between 34 and 56 years participated in the study. Some participants use hydrafacial treatments with an antioxidant serum, while others manually apply antioxidant serum for six treatments.
The study found that hydrafacial improves skin quality compared to the serum alone. And participants experience an increase in their antioxidant level.
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