A HydraFacial is a facial treatment using a patented device to deliver exfoliation, cleansing, extraction, and hydration to the face. This system uses a vortex swirling action to deliver hydration and to remove dead skin, dirt, debris, and impurities while cleaning and soothing your skin.
A HydraFacial includes 4 facial treatments rolled into one session: cleansing and exfoliating, a gentle chemical peel, vacuum suction extraction, and a hydrating serum. These steps are delivered using a patented HydraFacial device (which looks like a large rolling cart with hoses and a wand with detachable heads). Unlike traditional facial treatments that can have different effects depending on your skin type and aesthetician, the HydraFacial provides consistent results and can be used on all skin types.
The cleansing, exfoliation, chemical peel, collagen building, and facial muscle relaxing provided by a HydraFacial helps treat many of the beauty issues individuals experience today, including large pores, wrinkles, breakouts, and thinning skin.
HydraFacial treatments are often used in conjunction with LED light therapy. Blue light can help with acne while red light can help reduce the visibility of wrinkles.
A HydraFacial treatment takes on average 30 minutes. If this is your first HydraFacial appointment, here’s what to expect:
1 – CLEANSING & EXFOLIATION
The first step during your HydraFacial is cleansing and exfoliation. Using a vortex cleansing and hydra peel tip, your aesthetician will use the HydraFacial wand to gently cleanse and exfoliate the skin. This removes dead skin cells and sebum while gently opening your pores. Some people describe it as having a revolving electric toothbrush gently pressed to your skin.
2 – Chemical Peel
Next, your aesthetician will change the tip of the wand to deliver a gentle chemical peel. Unlike other chemical peels that are often irritating or painful and leave your skin red for hours or days, HydraFacials use a non-irritating mix of salicylic and glycolic acids for a gentle yet effective peel. The purpose of this step is to loosen deep pore debris.
3 – EXTRACTION
The third step in a HydraFacial is extraction. This is where the device will use strong, painless vortex vacuum suction to remove blackheads and impurities from your pores. These impurities collect in a cup to be discarded.
4 – HYDRATING SERUM
Lastly, your aesthetician will use the HydraFacial wand to apply a soothing proprietary antioxidative and hydrating serum with peptides and other beneficial nutrients. This helps to detoxify, rejuvenate, and hydrate the skin.
After your treatment is complete, your aesthetician may also augment the service with additional procedures such as light therapy or fills. HydraFacials are gentle enough that you may complete other treatments during your visit.
HydraFacials are a gentle yet effective alternative to harsher facial treatments. Here are some of the reasons people love this spa treatment:
- Works on all skin types. Whether you have sensitive skin or acne, or dry or oily skin, the HydraFacial will work for you.
- Consistent outcomes. Since much of the treatment is controlled by HydraFacial technology, you can achieve a consistently high-quality treatment every time.
- No downtime. Another reason people love the HydraFacial is that there is no downtime. You can even apply makeup that same day if you’d like to—though most people enjoy the glow from the treatment too much to cover it up.
- Immediate results. Because the treatment is noninvasive, you can see positive results right away. We even recommend it before weddings or events for a luminous, healthy glow.
The vast majority of patients tolerate HydraFacial treatment extremely well with few, if any, side effects. After a HydraFacial, which typically takes just 30 minutes or less, some redness may occur. This is often the only side effect of a HydraFacial and is typically mild and resolves quickly on its own. If desired, patients can apply makeup after HydraFacial treatment to conceal any redness. In very rare cases, patients may experience an allergic reaction to the serum or other products used during HydraFacial. However, our knowledgeable aesthetic team will take great care to discuss any known allergies, sensitivities, and other potential risk factors before selecting the specific products to include in your treatment.
HydraFacials can be performed on most skin types, including very sensitive complexions. But, those with active rashes, sunburns, or rosacea should abstain from HydraFacials, which can cause further damage or flare ups. “Also, some of the ingredients used during the HydraFacial, such as salicylic acid, haven't been tested or proven safe during pregnancy,” adds Frieling.