Most people are familiar with the underlying emphasis of a spa-based facial. It involves gently exfoliating the skin, opening the pores using steam, and the application of oils designed to either wake you up or calm you down.
There are many different types of facial treatments, with one of the most popular options in 2022 being a HydraFacial. No, it isn’t named after a mythological Greek monster, but rather, the term hydra relates to the rehydrating aspects of this facial.
So, before you book one, what is it that you need to know about this treatment?
What Is a HydraFacial?
A HydraFacial involves the exfoliation of the skin, the opening of the pores, and the application of moisturizers, alongside the extraction of blackheads and other imperfections which you may be finding difficult to remove.
The process itself is very relaxing, and when you have it performed at a place like dermani Medspa, you can expect the process to take between 40 minutes to an hour. It can help to treat or lessen the appearance of a variety of skin disorders, such as acne, dryness, and persistent wrinkles.
What It Can Treat
As mentioned earlier, a HydraFacial is ideal for those who have issues, such as acne, dryness, or persistent wrinkles. However, it can also help to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, dark spots, dull or dry skin, or skin that is congested. It can also help to reduce the appearance of fine lines or even deeper wrinkles, but your skin care provider will be able to decide which areas of your skin require the most work and will base the treatment around this.
What the Process Involves
The process involves 6 key stages. The first is the detox, which is designed to drain the lymphatic areas around your face and improve circulation. Then, there is the cleanse and exfoliating, which removes dead skin cells and impurities. A brightening agent, like glycolic or salicylic acid, is applied to the skin to break down debris. Next, your team will perform extractions that will remove blackheads or other impurities from the skin, which will then need extra moisturizing. A combination of hyaluronic acid and antioxidants will be used to do this and then there will be a short LED light therapy which will stimulate the collagen. After this, your skin will be glowing.
After you have had a HydraFacial, you should refrain from washing your face for around 6 hours. You should also avoid taking a shower or engaging in exercise. You may need to adjust your skincare routine to temporarily remove glycolic acid or other ingredients that could exfoliate your skin for 2 days. You should also refrain from engaging in chemical peels or microdermabrasion for 2 weeks. On top of this, you will need to stay out of the sun for at least a week, whilst also wearing strong sunscreen.
You can have HydraFacial’s performed about once a month or once every 4 weeks. The frequency that you have this treatment performed is up to you, but your skin care provider will be able to advise you on the best options to help your skin.