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Is there anything a HydraFacial can’t do?

Written by
Lucy Foster

The HydraFacial is fast becoming a regular fixture on beauty schedule of those in-the-know, with one performed every 15 seconds – that’s more than 2.5 million a year. Its popularity is no doubt down to the fact this patented three-part facial gives immediate results with no downtime, plus it can be tailored to meet your specific skincare needs. Plus, it only takes up to 30 to 90 minutes of your time, depending on how it’s customised. Sounds good, right?

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What exactly is a HydraFacial?

A HydraFacial is a three-stage regime that uses patented technology to exfoliate your skin, remove debris then introduce serums that are bespoke to your requirements.

Cleanse and peel

This first stage is where the skin is exfoliated and resurfaced. A wand is passed over the skin, creating a fluid vortex over the skin, freeing dirt, and dead skin cells, before a mixture of glycolic and salicylic acids is applied to dissolve the top layer of skin.

Extract and hydrate

In this next stage the wand has a vacuum tip applied, sucking away the loosened impurities and hyaluronic acid and peptides are massaged into the skin.

Infuse and protect

Finally, the serums of your choice – targeting anything from fine lines, large pores, hyperpigmentation, rosacea, acne, and sun damage – are applied to your prepared skin which allows for deep penetration.

Are there different kinds?

Well, yes. There is the signature HydraFacial that takes just 30 minutes, but you can add to this with various extra treatments and boosters. There are five boosters to choose from:

  • Hydrating – to rejuvenate and reduce dryness.
  • Restore and firm – to increase collagen and elastin production.
  • Smooth and refine – to even skin tone.
  • Calming – to tackle redness.
  • Brightening – to treat dark spots and energise skin.

These boosters will take your treatment up to 60 minutes. Other add-ons include blue LED light therapy to help congested skin by killing bacteria, red LED light therapy to reduce redness, and lymphatic therapy to reduce toxic build up in your face and neck.

You can also add a perk enhancement ‘refresh’ for the outer eye or lip area – these take 15 minutes and can also be accessed as a stand-alone treatment. HydraFacial also offers hand treatments, a clarifying back procedure, lymphatic drainage across the body and HydraFacial Keravive – a scalp treatment that removes impurities and improves blood circulation, promoting thicker looking hair.

Will it be right for me?

It’s right for just about everyone – another reason for its popularity. Regardless of skin tone or type, whether you have acne or rosacea, the HydraFacial technology gently exfoliates and extracts, so it won’t exacerbate any issues. Clearly, if you have extreme skin conditions, consult with your dermatologist first and pregnant women should always take medical advice before undergoing new treatments. If pain is your worry, the HydraFacial is one of the most comfortable resurfacing procedures out there although you will feel the wand on your skin and the glycolic acid may tingle a little. Also, be aware of the machine noise – it perhaps won’t be the most relaxing facial you’ve ever experienced. It’s also worth noting, although you won’t be left with peeling skin or extended redness, you might want to keep make-up free for a few hours after your HydraFacial and avoid other exfoliating treatments for 48 hours.

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What other treatments work well with a HydraFacial?

A HydraFacial is often suggested to people who have had a chemical peel or other resurfacing treatment a couple of weeks before. This is because the HydraFacial process removes any dead skin that might still be lingering following previous peel treatments or dermabrasion. Many clinics offer HydraFacials alongside non-invasive, non-ablative laser facials (such as Laser Genesis) to maximise results (one boosts collagen production from the inside and the other improves the skin’s appearance on the outside) but these need to be performed at appropriate intervals to prevent irritation – your clinic will advise you accordingly.

If you want your HydraFacial to fit in with your other treatments, you should wait five days after Botox injections and two weeks after other injectables such as Profhilo. Again, a two-week wait is advisable after microneedling too. Speak to your aesthetician to plan a suitable regime.

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