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Water Works: What Is a Hydrafacial Treatment?

Since the start of 2020, we’ve been spending more time than ever at home. And research has shown that, with so much spare time on our hands, many of us have worked to improve our skincare routines. One survey revealed that 40 percent of U.S. women used more products now than they did pre-lockdown.

As things start to reopen, though, you may be looking to broaden your horizons even more. Namely, you want to get some professional skincare treatments, and one option that has come up is the Hydrafacial.

What is a Hydrafacial? How does the treatment go? What are the Hydrafacial benefits that could sway you to schedule your appointment right now?

Here’s everything you need to know.

What Is a Hydrafacial?

You already know what a facial is — it’s a treatment designed to pamper and, often, improve the appearance of the skin at the same time. That’s quite a broad picture of this type of treatment, though. And you want to know what a Hydrafacial is, specifically.

The Hydrafacial is a patented device that improves your skin with a quartet of treatments, all of which are delivered from a single implement. Its swirling action sloughs away dead skin cells and dirt, soothes your skin, and hydrates the skin, all in one.

What Happens During a Hydrafacial Treatment?

That sounds great, but you still want to know exactly what will happen to your skin during your Hydrafacial. Most treatments last about a half-hour, and they typically follow these steps.

1. Deep Cleansing and Exfoliation

The Hydrafacial wand creates a swirling vortex that dives deep to remove dirt and debris from your pores. At the same time, the tool gently exfoliates your skin. This step has a slew of benefits: exfoliation helps your skin absorb serums and other products, and it boosts the production of anti-aging collagen, too.

2. Skin Peel

Next up, the Hydrafacial wand slathers your skin in a blend of salicylic and glycolic acids. This gentle peel gets even deeper into your pores than the Hydrafacial tool, so it breaks up deep-set dirt and pulls it out of your skin.

3. Extractions

In a normal facial, your esthetician might manually extract dirt and imperfections from your skin, gently pressing blackheads and whiteheads to improve your complexion. During a Hydrafacial, though, the wand suction your skin to remove these impurities painlessly.

4. Serum Application

Remember how we said that your exfoliated skin will soak up a serum? The last step in your Hydrafacial will prove it.

The Hydrafacial wand finishes the job by dispensing a hydrating serum onto the skin to nourish, detoxify and brighten the skin. It will leave you glowing post-facial — precisely how you want to look after a skincare treatment.

Will a Hydrafacial Work For My Skin?

Hydrafacials aren’t just for removing blackheads or hydrating the skin. As it turns out, they can improve the following skin conditions:

  • Age spots
  • Acne
  • Clogged or enlarged pores
  • Dry skin
  • Fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Oily skin
  • Sun damage
  • Uneven tone

If your particular skincare condition isn’t on the list, don’t give up yet. Ask your esthetician if a Hydrafacial would work for your skin.

What are the Hydrafacial Benefits?

You can probably guess what some of the benefits of having a Hydrafacial are. But we’ve only scratched the surface as to why this treatment is so popular and so effective for so many.

1. It’s Suitable for All Skin Types

Do you have sensitive skin? Acne-prone skin? Skin that’s dry and flaky in the wintertime?

The Hydrafacial can work with these conditions and more. It’s gentle and effective enough that it will work for any skin type.

2. It’s Consistent

The Hydrafacial wand is an innovative piece of technology, as you learned above during our rundown of the treatment’s steps. However, it’s also noteworthy in that it ensures a consistent treatment every time. No matter who’s administering your Hydrafacial, if they use the wand, you will get a high-quality facial.

3. It’s Gentle Enough to Require Zero Downtime

Some exfoliating skincare treatments are so harsh on the skin that they require you to say home for hours or days afterward. That’s not the case with the Hydrafacial — you can have one on your lunch break and return to work if you want to. Some clients will even put makeup on afterward and get back into the world, but the Hydrafacial brightens the skin so much that you may not need it.

On that note, a Hydrafacial is gentle, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see any improvement in your skin. Thanks to the exfoliation and serum application, specifically, you’ll walk out of your appointment glowing.

4. It Pairs Well With Other Treatments

Let’s say you visit your esthetician for a top-up on your facial fillers. You can further improve your visage by tacking a Hydrafacial onto your appointment.

Because the Hydrafacial is so gentle, it is easy to pair it with other skincare treatments. Along with fillers, it goes well with laser sessions, too.

Should I Get a Hydrafacial?

If you’re a skincare aficionado, there’s a good chance that the above sounds great to you. And, if that’s the case, you’re probably wondering, “Okay, but should get a Hydrafacial?”

In the end, only you can decide if this skincare treatment is right for you. However, there’s a very high chance that it will work with your skin type — and leave you with that radiant glow that makes you feel your best.

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