Last weekend I headed over to the Images Med Spa in Hinsdale, so I could get an Ultrasonic Facial. However, after the initial consultation with Amiee, my esthetician, she told me about the many benefits of Hydra Facials and said that I would get a more noticeable improvement in my skin tone, texture, and firmness compared to the Ultrasonic Facial that I had originally signed up for. The Hydra Facial has many benefits for most skin types but is especially great for aging skin and teenage acne.
The Benefits of HydraFacials
Skin dryness is common this time of year due to the severe cold outside and static heat systems in our homes. Couple that with aging skin, or mask-wearing, and it’s a recipe for disaster. Dryness also causes your skin to produce more sebum and therefore can cause breakouts. It’s not just oily skin that can cause the skin to react with acne.
A HydraFacial is a non-abrasive, non-laser, and gentle anti-aging skin treatment. The 4-Step process cleanses, exfoliates, extracts, and hydrates skin, to look glowing and vibrant.
Here are the benefits for getting HydraFacials:
- More even skin tone
- Fewer fine lines and wrinkles
- Less congested pores
- Brightens skin
- Plumps skin
- Clears up complexion
- Reduces enlarged pores
- Hydrates skin
The 4-Step HydraFacial Process
Inside of an hour, while lying comfortably on the treatment table, my Hydrafacial began with a soft steam to my face, warming up my pores so that Amiee could begin the 4-Step Hydrafacial process.
Cleansing away the dead skin cells and excess sebum with a facial massage, was a great way to get relaxed and ready for the rest of the treatment.
Exfoliating with Salicylic and Glycolic acids, helped to break up any stubborn dirt and deep clean out my pores.
Now was the time when the Hydra-peel tip was used to vacuum out blackheads, more dirt, oil, and impurities. This was similar to microdermabrasion if you’ve ever had one of those before. (I talk about the differences below) Amiee concentrated on my nose, cheeks, and chin to extract the impurities.
After pulling out all of the “bad”, it was time to put in lots of “good”. Plenty of anti-aging serums including niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, peptides, lactic acids, and willow bark went in to nourish, hydrate, and plump my skin.
The Red Carpet Treatment for Events
Because there is no downtime after this treatment, it has been said that this is great to do before any “red carpet” type event like a wedding, prom, gala, or whenever you need to look your absolute best. The benefits of this treatment lasts about 5-7 days. But, the more frequent you get them, the longer your results will last in between treatments.
It is recommended to get a HydraFacial every 4-6 weeks so that your skin will improve and look even better over time.
- Increased firmness
- Diminished Brown Spots
- Diminished Pore Sizes
- Evens skin tone and texture
- Keeps pores clear and unclogged
How is the Hydrafacial Different than Microdermabrasion?
Both treatments are performed similarly using a vacuum-type tool. But the Hydrafacial uses a spiral suction tip, which causes minimal irritation. The HydraFacial also infuses several serums for anti-aging or to treat acne. HydraFacials are more advanced, gentler, and effective than microdermabrasion.
If you can put it on your calendar to treat yourself every other month with a HydraFacial, your skin will thank you. Your skin will look good immediately post-treatment, but you will definitely see noticeable improvements over time with your skin’s health and appearance.
In between treatments, I would recommend using an at-home exfoliating treatment 2-3 times per week with my favorite Overnight Resurfacing Peel and a vitamin C serum to provide anti-oxidant protection.