Being outside in the summer sun can really do a number on your face. As much as you love your tan, you don’t want a face that looks like leather. You want a dewy, radiant glow, rather than a dry, blotchy appearance.
The HydraFacial® is a fairly new facial treatment that’s become very popular in the last three years, with about two million procedures taking place each year. It combines a very mild microdermabrasion-type treatment with a serum infusion, using a patented device. Sherry Casey, MD, with Northshore Skincare in Covington, Louisiana, provides HydraFacials to many patients whose skin has become dry and dull.
About the HydraFacial
HydraFacials are appropriate for all ages and can improve many skin imperfections whether you’re in your early twenties and still prone to pimples or you’re a middle-aged or older adult with “wear and tear.” Following is a list of concerns that a HydraFacial can help:
- Clogged pores
- Large pores
- Oily buildup
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Hyperpigmentation/dark spots
- Uneven skin tone
- Sun damage
- Acne breakouts
The procedure is appropriate for all skin types, which is another plus, although it’s not for everyone. If you’re pregnant, have a rash, sunburn, or rosacea, you should forgo the treatment.
The popularity of this facial treatment no doubt stems from its efficient but very gentle way of rejuvenating your skin without invasive measures. It’s a patented procedure that accomplishes three tasks in one 30- to 60-minute session: cleansing/exfoliating, extracting, and hydrating.
HydraFacials are somewhat similar to microdermabrasion treatments, but differ in an important respect. The HydraFacial uses a patented tip with vortex technology that vacuums out the dirt, debris, and dead skin cells on the surface of your skin instead of using the sanding process involved in microdermabrasion. It’s considered to be less abrasive to your skin.
What to Expect
If you want a refreshed face but are worried about deep chemical peels or skin resurfacing treatments, a HydraFacial may be the answer you’re looking for. Here’s what you can expect during a HydraFacial session.
Clean and peel
The first step is exfoliating your skin during a very gentle resurfacing procedure. Dr. Casey removes dead cells from the surface of your skin. This stimulates the production of new collagen in the coming weeks. Fresh collagen keeps your skin looking soft and supple.
A special tip, one of several on the handheld device, exudes a soothing serum during the exfoliation. At the same time, glycolic and salicylic acids help to remove the dead skin very gently. Unlike with a chemical peel, you won’t have any scaling afterwards.
Extract and moisturize
Next, using another tip on the Hydrafacial handheld device, Dr. Casey cleans dirt, oil, and other impurities out of your pores while at the same time applying special nourishing serums. The tip sucks out the dirt with vacuum technology. If you want to see what’s been on your face, Dr. Casey shows you what she’s removed. She then applies moisturizers containing hyaluronic acid and antioxidants that keep your skin healthy and radiant.
Finally, Dr. Casey applies patented skin serums that minimize any hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, and more. Dr. Casey customizes this step of the treatment based on your individual goals.
Proof of Hydrafacial’s effectiveness is in its popularity. Dr. Casey can show you before and after photos so you can see the beautiful results.