What are HydraFacials? | Pros, Cons and more

We’ve all heard of facials and how they can rejuvenate the skin and help clean out your pores, but HydraFacials are a relatively new phenomenon. So what is this new miracle cleanse, and how effective is it, really, at cleansing difficult skin? The HydraFacial is a patented three-step treatment that attempts to exfoliate and cleanse […]

We’ve all heard of facials and how they can rejuvenate the skin and help clean out your pores, but HydraFacials are a relatively new phenomenon. So what is this new miracle cleanse, and how effective is it, really, at cleansing difficult skin?

The HydraFacial is a patented three-step treatment that attempts to exfoliate and cleanse the skin through the application of hydrating serums and suction. While the treatment itself is somewhat new, the principle behind it has been at work in other, more familiar treatments.

Microdermabrasion and Hydradermabrasion

You may know of microdermabrasion, which is a treatment that involves the application of grit and other abrasive applicators to remove dead skin particles from the surface of the skin and pores. This process effectively sands away excess skin, stimulating growth within the epidermis and leading to an overall healthier glow.

Microdermabrasion was already a minimally invasive procedure. There are two prominent kinds of microdermabrasion treatment: an abrasive surface to shave away the outer layer of the skin, and the other which sprays aluminum oxide and sodium-based compounds on the to accomplish the same, are both safe for most types of skin.

However, the risk of an adverse reaction to the chemicals utilized remains. A HydraFacial is a “Hydradermabrasion” technique that sticks to just the outer layers of your skin, like other patented facials, while still boasting the effectiveness of diamond tip microdermabrasion techniques.

Before we get into the benefits and risks of the HydraFacial process, let’s take a look at what this process is and what each step attempts to accomplish

The Three-Step Process

Step 1: HydraPeel and minor resurfacing

Your skin faces all the hazards your environment subjects it to, such as sun damage, dust that obstructs the pores, and other pollutants that react with and damage the skin. Because of this damage, the skin’s surface gets covered in a layer of dead cells over time, which have less collagen to hold them together, and less of an ability to reflect light. This allows for the appearance of cracks, lines, and wrinkles and the surface of the skin itself appearing dull and dry. This, coupled with the natural production of sebum, leads to the skin’s appearance becoming saturated overtime

The first step in the HydraFacial process attempts to remove some of the most loosely bound particles of dirt and dead skin that cover the epidermis. Your skin care professional applies a vortex cleansing wand lightly to your skin, excavating these particles and stimulating skin hydration. Vortex cleansing attempts to accomplish the abrasive surface in a microdermabrasion treatment without being as physically harsh towards the skin. This alleviates the risk of damaging the delicate layers of the stratum corneum that are unearthed in the process.

Once the vortex-wand has been applied evenly across the surface of your skin, you’re prepared for the next part of the treatment. Your esthetician will now apply a superficial chemical peel to loosen deeper debris from your pores further. The application of vortex fusion technology makes it so the chemical peel can have maximum direct contact with your skin cells, increasing its effectiveness.

Some people might be opposed to the use of chemicals on their skin, and peels are notorious for their downtime. The peel utilized in HydraFacial treatment is a very light formulation consisting of salicylic acid and glycolic acid, which are both beta hydroxy acids (one of the weakest groups of acids utilized for peels). Furthermore, the peel formulation itself is flexible and is tailored to your needs.

With the peeling process complete within a few minutes, you’ll be ready for the second step in the HydraFacial process, vortex extraction.

Step 2: Vortex Extraction

This step makes use of the same wand from the first step, with a vacuum attachment to allow for greater suction. A conventional facial would have your skincare professional applying exfoliants to your skin or physically excavating dirt particles, so vacuum extraction is relatively painless and accomplishes the same purpose.

Like the previous step, the extraction process builds upon previous elements to deliver maximum efficiency. The initial vortex cleansing makes it so that dirt particles don’t obstruct the chemical peel, and the peel subsequently loosens deeper particles, allowing vortex extraction to dislodge and remove these particles easily. This leaves behind a freshly uncovered layer of skin that looks much more vibrant than what you’d started with.

Step 3: Serum Application

This final step is the crux of the HydraFacial treatment and a big part of what makes it uniquely beneficial. Once your skin has been cleansed of the particles, your skincare professional will use the vortex fusion tool to apply a mix of antioxidants, serum boosters, and other beneficial compounds to the freshly unearthed skin. These will help relax and protect the fragile skin from any fresh pollutants it may face while also giving it that signature HydraFacial glow and helping to remove light signs of photoaging and other kinds of superficial damage.

The serum formulation and application process is entirely customized to suit your aesthetic goals. These will vary greatly depending on skin type and type of damage. Still, they can range from reducing the appearance of acne scars and skin texture concerns to antiaging and addressing just about any other kind of damage that sticks to the surface of your skin (including slight pigmentation issues). Whatever the case, you can rest assured that you’re undergoing a treatment that considers your individual needs.

The Benefits of a HydraFacial

As the result of extensive research and development, the HydraFacial process boasts many benefits:

1. It takes “minimally invasive” a step further

As we said earlier in this article, microdermabrasion is also touted as a minimally invasive procedure. The HydraFacial, however, takes comfort considerations a step further. Where regular microdermabrasion relies on the manual, physical excavation of dead cells, effectively carving away at your excess skin, a HydraFacial utilizes a sophisticated tool that maximizes suction while minimizing the pain associated with digging impurities out of your pores.

The final step in the process helps soothe your newly uncovered skin, minimizing the redness or swelling that the earlier stages may have caused. That means it allows you to head straight back into your routine right after the procedure, which brings us to our next point.

2. Instant Results

The minds behind HydraFacial claim that the process is three steps and thirty minutes long, and they’re not kidding. Within an hour of starting the procedure, most people will be looking fresher and younger, and they’ll have healthier skin to boot.

Most of the best skincare treatments are notorious for having long waiting periods between procedure and result. Even completely manual, simple procedures like dermaplaning will have you wait a day before looking in the mirror. Not so with the HydraFacial. With a HydraFacial, you’ll be looking better by the time you exit the clinic. Which means…

3. There’s virtually no downtime.

While some patients may experience slight redness or swelling, most of the time, it’ll be nothing that a little makeup can’t cover-up. But should you be using makeup immediately after a HydraFacial?

Absolutely! Within an hour or two of having your procedure completed, you can go back to using whatever makeup you’re used to.

4. It’s tailored to your needs

The best part about HydraFacial treatment is that it allows you to target the skincare problems you’re most concerned about specifically. Not only does personalized treatment mean you get to tackle your most pertinent issues, but it also means you get to compare the results right after.

While your treatment will help rejuvenate your skin in many ways, your serum will deal with the issue you discuss with your skincare professional beforehand. This targeted approach lets you deal with multiple issues one by one throughout multiple trips to the clinic instead of other more general procedures that are more difficult to judge through their results.

5. It can be repeated until you get the results you need.

HydraFacials are noninvasive, and they don’t involve the use of harsh chemicals that damage the skin. That means you can repeat them until you get your desired results. You can speak to your esthetician after your first few treatments to formulate a long-term plan that helps deal with your issues in a way that yields the best results. Remember, as a completely safe procedure, HydraFacials can be easily used combined with other, more intensive techniques to achieve results they couldn’t otherwise achieve.

6. It’s good for anyone and everyone

Unlike almost every other treatment that can promise the same kinds of results, HydraFacials are safe for all skin types. People with some prior skin conditions can even undergo them. They sport the least likelihood of a reaction or breakout (which is understandable since the procedure is supposed to decrease the chances of a breakout).

The Disadvantages

No skincare treatment is without its failings, and HydraFacials are no different. A few drawbacks include:

1. They have a short shelf life

While your HydraFacial will have you looking better immediately, those effects are easily undone, especially in the case of isolated procedures. That glow you see on your face right after your HydraFacial will usually go away completely by the end of one or two weeks. Repeated treatment can help you achieve more permanent results, but these come with a cost.

2. They’re expensive (at least if you want to maintain your results)

A HydraFacial can run you anywhere from $150 to $300, and that’s discounting for the cost of serum formulation and LED therapy (which can themselves be over $100 combined). That’s quite the hole in your pocket, especially if you’re planning on having it done repeatedly. The benefits are all there, and there’s practically no risk at all, but you’re going to be paying a premium.

3. They can only address minor issues

We’ve said that the HydraFacial is noninvasive. While this is generally a good thing, it also means that the treatment isn’t effective for more serious skin issues, like deep acne scars or serious photoaging signs (wrinkles, lines, pigment damage). This means that they’re not a viable option for people with these issues.

When utilized effectively, HydraFacials can help alleviate and lighten the appearance of acne, uneven skin tone, uneven skin texture, cracks and lines, dry skin, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, eczema, and sun damage. They’re a great treatment for people who are new to beauty procedures or the otherwise faint-hearted since there’s no discomfort or pain involved, and you don’t have to spend time going through a purging period.

If you’re interested in the positive effects they have to offer, contact us for the best HydraFacials in the Dallas/Rockwall area. Our team features some of the most experienced HydraFacial practitioners, and we’re confident that we can help you achieve results you won’t find elsewhere.