What is a HydraFacial?

| by Kim Powell, under Skincare and Beauty

One of the questions we get the most these days is “What is a HydraFacial?”.

Without getting too technical, HydraFacial is a multistep facial in which the skincare specialist uses a HydraFacial machine which applies mild chemicals, suction, and serums to exfoliate the skin, remove impurities, and finally hydrate the skin.

The generic name for the process is “hydradermabrasion”, but our spa has partnered with the HydraFacial people to be able to offer our clients a high-end, proven process that gets the results you’re looking for and is great for all skin types.

How is HydraFacial Different from Microdermabrasion?

If you’ve ever had a microdermabrasion or a chemical peel, you know the discomfort and redness that you experience after one of these processes, often for days after.

The HydraFacial was designed to remove dead skin cells and the excess sebum that may lead to clogged pores, but without heavy abrasion and harsh chemicals.

To be fair, HydraFacial only acts on the surface of the skin, whereas a chemical peel goes deeper, HydraFacial generally does a great job of producing better skin tone and texture, while allowing you to avoid the pain and redness sometimes associated with a chemical peel.

How Does HydraFacial Work?

Now that we have a basic idea of what a HydraFacial is, let’s talk about how it works.

Again, not to geek-out, but in order to understand how the exfoliation works, we have to talk a little about the chemicals (gentle but effective!) used in the process.

We mentioned standard microdermabrasion earlier, which uses an abrasive material to essentially “sand away” the outer layer of skin. While this approach might be effective for removing dead skin cells, the resulting redness and irritation that comes from this type of scrubbing, though temporary, is still unpleasant and uncomfortable.

Skin Exfoliation Phase 1

Our HydraFacial process uses a (gentle but effective!) mix of lactic acid and glycolic acid to loosen the dirt and gunk. The HydraFacial applicator is then run over the skin to remove the loosened dead skin cells and poor-clogging gunk. This is the phase 1 of the exfoliation process.

Skin Exfoliation Phase 2

Phase 2 of the exfoliation process involves the use of a mix of salicylic acid and glycolic acid (I know I promised not to geek out but stay with me) to loosen that deep pore junk.

Again, the applicator is run over the skin to remove even more pore gunk.

Skin Hydration

The final step in the HydraFacial process is to hydrate the skin.

You’ve stayed with me this long, so I won’t bore you with the details of “Antiox-6” and “rosemary extract”.  We all want healthier and firmer looking skin and hydration is a big contributor, so we infuse the skin with a special antioxidant serum that helps replace some of the moisture that gets removed during the exfoliation process.

What Does HydraFacial Do For Me?

As we mentioned earlier, HydraFacial exfoliates, cleanses the skin, and extract impurities without damaging the skin.

Because HydraFacial uses a mild solution containing lactic acid and glycolic acid to exfoliate the dead skin cells from the surface of the skin instead of an abrasive applied with friction, the chance of damaging the skin underneath that top “dead” layer is low.

Because of this, the exfoliation process doesn’t leave you with that dried-out and sore feeling you might have after a standard abrasion-style facial.

Similarly, the cleansing process uses a mild solution in place of the scrubbing that other methods use.

These processes, combined with a gentle, non-invasive process for extracting impurities and the application of hydrating agents, leaves your skin clean, healthy, and radiant instead of red and sore.

If you’re looking for the best facial in Charleston, set up an appointment today with one of our HydraFacial trained estheticians and experience what a Woodhouse HydraFacial can do for you!

All the best!


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