Lifestyle factors sometimes have a way of combining with the natural process of aging to impact negatively on physical appearance. Unfortunately, normal health-related routines and products cannot always counter these effects, including those involving the well-being of the skin. E Med Spa in El Cajon does everything possible to offer the latest in therapies and remedies for all of your skincare concerns, including the HydraFacial, a non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment that uses hydration to rejuvenate and refresh the skin.
What Is a HydraFacial?
Also known as hydradermabrasion, a HydraFacial is an effective multi-step facial performed with a patented device that relies on advanced technology human hands are incapable of replicating. During treatment, a practitioner uses different HydraPeel attachments secured to the device to cleanse the skin, vacuum out dead cells and other pore-clogging debris, remove the oldest cells from the skin’s outermost surface, deliver a mild peel, and infuse the skin with soothing, hydrating, and anti-aging ingredients such as antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and peptides.
What Are the Benefits?
One of this treatment’s greatest appeals is that providers can customize it for individual concerns and levels of sensitivity. For example, if a patient has blackheads and oily skin, the technician might focus more on cleansing, whereas texture issues would lead to more of an emphasis on peeling, perhaps using a more aggressive glycolic acid. Treatment is fast with one session usually lasting no longer than 30 minutes, and there is typically no irritation.
Because the treatment is gentle, it is safe for all skin types and tones. Also, it is helpful and effective for all ages. Both a teenager with acne and a grandmother seeking to erase the signs of sun damage will benefit. And patients can tell that the facial is working even during its application because they can actually see the debris coming out of the pores.
What Happens During Treatment?
Cleanse and Peel
Like other professional facials, treatment begins with a deep cleansing of the pores, but it goes much deeper than a topical application, and it uses a mix of botanical cleansers along with hydrating and soothing ingredients. The technician will start by using a pen-like HydraPeel tip to whisk away makeup and dirt.
The exfoliation phase follows, using a blend of glycolic and salicylic acids to remove the top layer of dead skin cells and leave a more radiant-looking complexion. As with other chemical exfoliating treatments, there may be a bit of tingling, but because the peel is mild, there is no stinging or burning. The cleanse and peel remove the three layers of the epidermis to get rid of any dead layers and deliver the serums deeper to enhance results.
During the next step, the esthetician uses a vortex-extraction nozzle–a device with a vacuum-like tip–to draw out blackheads and any other remaining undesirable material from deep inside the pores. This extraction phase not only removes excess fluid and debris but also triggers lymphatic drainage that helps to increase circulation. Depending on skin sensitivity and the results desired, the practitioner can select one of six tips ranging from mild to strong.
The facial then infuses a customized, targeted serum that includes hydrating ingredients, peptides, antioxidants, and collagen. Besides this hydration cocktail, there are several optional boosters available to help brighten and energize the skin, minimize fine lines and wrinkles, improve firmness, or address other concerns. These additives include stem cells, growth factors, and botanical extracts.
The last step is the application of moisturizer and sunscreen. What is interesting is that even with all the deep cleaning, peeling, exfoliating, and extracting, many patients find that the treatment actually feels pleasant, often describing it as relaxing, cleansing, and refreshing.
What to Expect Afterward
Following a HydraFacial, the skin usually looks hydrated and radiant with a more even skin tone, especially if the patient opted for an add-on that addressed hyperpigmentation. Most people can go back to their normal routine immediately.
How Soon Will I See Results and How Long Will They Last?
Because the HydraFacial lightens skin overall, you will probably see immediate improvement. The results, including deeply hydrated, glowing skin and a more even complexion, should last at least five to seven days and possibly up to 10. But to see real improvements in texture and sun damage, you will most likely need a series of monthly treatments, since patients achieve longer-lasting results through a full course of facials and maintenance treatments.
Such a series can correct uneven tone, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, reduce the look of enlarged pores, and clear and prevent acne. Some providers suggest a monthly facial for three to six months followed thereafter by maintenance treatments every three months, especially to improve the look of fine lines and superficial wrinkles.
What Does the Research Say?
A study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology concluded that women who underwent a course of six hydradermabrasion facials using antioxidant serum experienced a rise in the skin’s elastin and collagen production and a reduction in pore size, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation. Their skin also enjoyed heightened levels of the antioxidants that guard cells from free radical damage.
Find Out What We Can Do for You
HydraFacial is the only hydradermabrasion treatment that creates clearer, more beautiful skin by combining cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration, and antioxidant protection all at once. If you have questions, or to learn more about our amazing services, contact our team at E Med Spa in El Cajon, CA today and schedule a consultation. We strive to provide exactly what you need to achieve life-changing results for a happier you.