In our quest for clear, healthy and smooth skin, we try every beauty product and treatment recommended. Right from forming a suitable skincare routine to going for monthly facials and chemical peels, we do it all to ensure our skin looks flawless and glowing. The world of beauty treatments is forever evolving, each year several new treatments emerge which are better and give superior results than the existing ones. One such skin treatment that has recently become the talk of the town is the HydraFacial. This simple, three-step procedure is similar to a regular facial as it includes deep cleansing, exfoliating and hydrating, but with better results.
Whether you are a bride-to-be looking for a treatment to get glowing and dewy skin or someone who wants to get rid of dull skin, we know you are curious to know more about HydraFacials. You may also have a lot of questions regarding its benefits, whether it's suitable for yourself and the cost. Fret not, we come bearing answers. The best way to understand a skin treatment is by learning about it from an expert. That’s why we got in touch with celebrity dermatologist Dr. Chytra Anand of Kosmoderma clinic to know more about HydraFacials in detail.
- What is a HydraFacial?
- Benefits of HydraFacials
- How is hydrafacial different from microdermabrasion and chemical peels?
- FAQs about hydrafacial
What is a HydraFacial?
HydraFacial is a patented, non-invasive skin procedure that is also sometimes referred to as “hydradermabrasion” because it involves microdermabrasion-like methods of exfoliation paired with hydrating serums. There are numerous types of HydraFacials available at spas and dermatology clinics. The two popular ones include doing the treatment with a Jet Peel infuser and a 5-step facial using peels and hyaluronic acid.
There is a jet of water in a hydra jet facial that flushes out the grime from the surface of the skin, and it also deep cleanses the pores. At the same time, the suction helps clean blackheads and congested pores. In some HydraFacials, there is an additional step of infusion of a skin solution containing hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, etc., to help nourish the skin while it is being cleansed and exfoliated.
HydraFacials have gained a lot of popularity, especially among Indians, as our skin tends to be more sensitive to abrasion than other skin types. This is a safer, milder procedure with far better results than most treatments available right now. Other procedures come with a downtime of at least a few hours or days, that’s not the case with HydraFacials, and this is why it is one of the most preferred skin treatments.
Benefits of HydraFacials
There are many benefits of HydraFacials, it improves your overall skin texture while correcting uneven skin tone and dullness. The deep cleansing, exfoliation and hydration involved in this procedure improves the overall look and feel of your skin. Take a look at all the benefits of HydraFacials below.
1. Refreshed, smooth and softer skin
One of the reasons why this facial treatment is so popular is because it offers instant results. Enlarged pores and fine lines become less visible right after the first time and skin feels firm and supple. The deep cleansing ensures pores are unclogged and the gunk inside is removed effectively. Your blackheads disappear as if you never had them! You can expect bright and glowing skin after the treatment. Skin concerns like wrinkles, brown spots, uneven skin tone, rough texture, enlarged pores and excessively oily skin can be corrected with the help of HydraFacials. It also infuses essential vitamins, antioxidants and moisture into the skin to strengthen your skin’s natural barrier.
2. Suitable for sensitive skin
Sensitive skin can easily react to a lot of ingredients in skincare products, therefore one has to be really careful. When it comes to skin treatments, most of them are pretty harsh for this skin type. A lot of skin treatments often make the skin red and inflamed, those with sensitive skin often have to deal with dilated blood vessels post procedures. However, HydraFacials use vacuum-powered extraction instead of squeezing, this ensures no scarring and is completely safe for individuals with sensitive skin. Having said that, HydraFacials cannot be done on those who have active rashes, sunburns or rosacea.
3. Does not have downtime
As mentioned before, HydraFacials cause zero irritation on the skin, this means there is no downtime. If you have an important event to attend the next day, you can get the procedure done just the previous day and your skin will look healthy and glowing! This is one of the reasons why the treatment has become so popular worldwide. In just about 30 minutes, HydraFacial can completely transform your skin and make it radiant. You can return to your normal activities including wearing makeup right after the treatment without any worries. If you want camera-ready healthy, clear and glowing skin, HydraFacials are the answer.
4. Customisable treatments
Yes, you read that right! One of the best benefits of a HydraFacial is that this treatment is customisable and can be tweaked to care for the specific needs of your skin. It's a great treatment for all types of skin concerns, types and ages. Whether you are a teenager suffering from oily skin and acne or have mature skin, battling problems like fine lines and pigmentation, everything can be tackled with this treatment. HydraFacials are performed with serums that contain nourishing ingredients like glycerine, vitamin C, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and more. Based on your skin concerns, the professional will choose a combination of ingredients to give you the best results.
5. Painless procedure
The wand used for HydraFacials has a smooth, plastic tip that keeps depositing serum or liquid into the skin without any pulling or scraping. There is no abrasion, needling or pinching involved in this procedure, this is why the patient won’t feel any pain or discomfort on their skin. In fact, it can be enjoyable and relaxing like regular facials. There might be a slight tingling sensation because of the serums used in this treatment such as glycolic acid and salicylic acid. Overall, it is a pleasant, feel good experience that can be done regularly to maintain healthy and glowing skin.
How is hydrafacial different from microdermabrasion and chemical peels?
This is for surface exfoliation of the skin and it is slightly more aggressive than a hydra-facial. There is a vacuum with crystals of aluminium oxide that act as an abrasive exfoliating agent. The skin is pulled up and stretched due to suction, and the microcrystals abrade the skin's surface. This is suitable for thick, oily skin. With normal to thin skin, it can be too aggressive, leading to minor skin abrasions and sensitivity in the long run. Hydrafacial is suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin, there is no pulling or stretching involved, therefore no redness or inflammation post-procedure.
The peels use an acidic solution that breaks the skin surface protein (keratin) and softens the skin cells. When the peel is neutralised or washed off, the top dead skin layers are wiped off gently, leaving the skin smoother, softer and de-tanned. Depending on the skin needs, various acids and strengths of acids are chosen. However, peels take a few days to reveal healthy and glowing skin, after the surface layer has peeled off completely. During this time, one cannot apply makeup or other skincare ingredients. Downtime lasts for 3 days, which is not the case with hydrafacials. There is no downtime and you can apply makeup and other products right after the treatment.
FAQs about hydrafacial
Q. Is hydrafacial suitable for all skin types?
A. Yes, hydrafacial is one of the most gentle yet effective skin treatments in today’s time. With no downtime and reactions post-treatment it is preferred by many. It is suitable for all age groups, skin types and skin problems.
Q. How many sittings before I see results?
A. Individuals can notice the difference in their skin right after the first session. For longer-lasting results, at least 4 sessions with 2 weeks in between is recommended, followed by monthly maintenance.