Radiant skin isn’t just a perk of good genetics. Nor is it only the result of surgical treatments marketed in Hollywood for movie stars. On the contrary, good skin can be easily obtained via many unobtrusive therapies, one of the most popular of which is the HydraFacial. Here’s a quick review of the procedure, including a realistic report of how long the results of a HydraFacial last:
What is a HydraFacial?
Like many medical spa procedures, the HydraFacial is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment for the face. It uses a patented, handheld HydraFacial® device to simultaneously exfoliate and remove impurities from the skin while hydrating and infusing it with antioxidants. It is commonly used to treat a variety of conditions, rejuvenating facial skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, large pores and hyperpigmentation. From teenagers with acne to adults with sun damage, a HydraFacial is safe for all skin types (even sensitive and/or aging skin) with a result that is immediately evident: plump, healthy, glowing skin.
The entire HydraFacial procedure takes between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on specific skin concern(s), and includes a four-step process:
- Cleansing — The face is cleansed and an application of exfoliating lactic acid and glucosamine HCI with antioxidant-rich algae is rendered to soften and condition the skin.
- Exfoliation — Using the HydraFacial® machine and a specialized tip, a qualified clinician delivers a gentle peel solution of glycolic acid and salicylic acid. This helps remove debris and resurface the face without actually causing any delayed peeling of the skin.
- Extraction — The machine’s tip is changed so that the clinician is able to administer salicylic acid through a swirling motion. This proprietary vortex technology softens sebum, sucking it and blackheads away from open pores while simultaneously saturating the skin with honey and spiraea ulmaria flower extracts that calm and soothe it.
- Infusion — Finally, a solution of antioxidants (horse chestnut seed and green tea extracts), peptides (copper, magnesium, and zinc), hyaluronic acid and other extracts (arnica flower and red algae) is applied to the face in order to attract water, reduce redness and brighten the skin.
How Long Do the Results of a HydraFacial Last?
In addition to how it looks, facial skin is best judged by how well it is hydrated and the amount of sebum that is present upon it: the more hydration and the less sebum, the better. With these factors in mind, HydraFacials are extremely effective, frequently resulting in visible improvements to the skin within just a few minutes of a treatment’s completion. However, skin is constantly changing, regenerating new cells every 28 days as well as attracting debris and releasing and/or drawing in water in cycles that fluctuate according to various stimulants and/or periods of time. Because of this, no one cosmetic procedure will ever last forever; results from HydraFacials typically begin to slowly fade after one week, with most people needing an additional treatment each month to maintain maximum positive effects. We don’t recommend having a HydraFacial more than every two weeks, though, because it exposes vulnerable new skin to the sun’s damaging rays (not to mention possible damage from skin products) too often. Our experts at The Institute for Natural Health believe the maintenance of once-monthly HydraFacials is the optimal treatment plan for delivering the most beneficial and apparent results.