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What’s the Buzz about Hydrafacials?

Every treatment referred to as a facial is generally designed to improve the skin in some way, and the Hydrafacial is no exception. It's one of the newer cosmetic skin treatments available at Reflections Med Spa. Our Chicago customers love the way it tightens and brightens their skin just in time for big events, but it's also something safe to use on a regular basis to stay looking your best. Learn everything you need to know about Hydrafacials before giving one a try yourself.

What is a Hydrafacial?

A Hydrafacial is a unique procedure that must be carried out at medical spas and similar treatment centers. Unlike other facials that are only various masks or serums rubbed in by hand, the Hydrafacial uses a patented specialty device to apply a wide range of cleansing and moisturizing serums to the skin. A special swirling vortex action is generated by the device, removing dirt and dead skin cells while helping the serums penetrate into the pores. The manufacturer states that this combines four distinct actions into one treatment:

  • Manual and chemical cleansing and exfoliation

  • A light chemical peel through the use of acidic serums to lift off dead skin

  • Vacuum suction extraction to lift dirt, blackheads, and whiteheads out of clogged pores

  • Hydration through the application of deep penetrating moisturizers.

The Benefits of This Type of Facial

The main benefit is an immediate glow and brighter, smoother skin. Unlike other chemical peels, the mild treatment used as part of the Hydrafacial shouldn't cause much redness or peeling. Using a vacuum extraction procedure as part of the treatment helps remove skin cells that might cause irritation after a peel. LED light therapy is often administered after the facial as well to further soothe and color balance the skin for a healthier look.

What to Expect During the Hydrafacial

You'll be done within 30 to 45 minutes of starting the treatment. The technician performing the Hydrafacial will use a variety of attachments to gently treat your skin. The first step is cleansing and exfoliation. Most people compare this step to having an electric toothbrush used on the skin, which can be slightly ticklish but not uncomfortable.

The next step is to apply the gentle facial peel with the help of an applicator tip. The applicator helps spread the mix of salicylic acid and glycolic acid deep into the pores. This dissolves deposits of dirt and dead skin cells that can lead to subtle skin discoloration and textural issues. Unlike more chemical peels, this step is gentle and will only cause a slight warming sensation at most.

Extraction follows next to remove the loosened material deep in your pores. It's painless, using mild suction to lift debris while tightening your pores at the same time. You can always let your technician know if you find it uncomfortable at any point, but you're unlikely to notice much more than a light suction feeling.

Finally, hydrating and antioxidant rich serums are applied to soothe skin with a massage tip. Soft relaxing pressure not only works the serum into your skin, but it also provides a facial massage effect that can relax tight muscles.

Recovery After a Hydrafacial

There's basically no recovery or downtime. You should look amazing from the moment you walk out, making this a good choice before a big event. If you react to mild acids or peels, consider a two to three-day recovery period just to rule out any chance of redness in reaction.

Restore the youthfulness and beauty of your skin by giving it a convenient deep cleansing and hydration treatment all rolled into one. Schedule your Hydrafacial today here at Reflections Med Spa.

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