Hydrafacial: What is it?

Hydrafacial: What is it?

HydraFacial: An Introduction

What is a HydraFacial? You may have noticed this term being used, but how is this procedure different from a conventional facial? We get this question a lot from our clients, so here’s an introduction.

A HydraFacial is a 30-minute skin treatment (sometimes referred to as hydra-dermabrasion) that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, a light peel and antioxidant infusion, plus LED light therapy. The hand-piece used by your aesthetician has multiple functions. It removes oil and debris with painless suction, then floods the skin’s surface with beneficial serums, antioxidants and peptides.

HydraFacial describes this as VortexFusion, an infusion of antioxidants such as horse chestnut seed and green tea extract, hyaluronic acid, and peptides.

Peptides is another frequently-used term, what are they? Peptides are the protein building blocks of your skin. Short segments of amino acids are formed when collagen breaks down, forming a chain and becoming a protein called peptide. Peptides in skin care provide significant anti-aging benefits, as they send signals to our skin to revive and form new collagen. When applied topically, our skin experiences an improvement in the look of lines, wrinkles and firmness, therefore making it an essential in any anti-aging regime.

Am I a good candidate for a HydraFacial? HydraFacial does not have a type, it addresses all skincare needs, with expanded treatment options for specific issues. if you struggle with acne, sensitive skin, rosacea or fine lines, or simply want to hydrate and refresh for a special event, HydraFacial is a useful tool.

In our practice, we have expanded options available to our clients by adding booster serums from ZO Skin Health. These serums were specifically developed for use with the HydraFacial regimen. ZO Brightalive Booster Serum is formulated to brighten tone and fade unwanted discoloration; it is especially beneficial for skincare clients who suffer from a dull complexion or uneven skin tone. This popular serum improves the impact of an already beneficial treatment and helps clients see results sooner. ZO Rozatrol Booster Serum is formulated for clients who show signs of Rosacea. Great for sensitized skin, the serum helps reduce the visible appearance of telangiectasia (blood vessels on the skin), while reducing overall dryness and preventing future inflammation.

Regardless of which HydraFacial a client selects, each treatment concludes with LED light therapy, red light soothes any redness and blue light kills acne causing bacteria, which also penetrates deep into the dermis to stimulate collagen growth.

When considering any skincare treatment, you’ll want to consider potential downtime. There is no pain or downtime associated with a HydraFacial. It is possible to experience redness, but that should subside within a few hours. It is a relaxing and comfortable treatment.

In my time administering HydraFacials to our med spa clients, I have seen major improvements in every patient that begins a series of HydraFacial treatments. For clients that present with stubborn blackheads that won’t clear, the extraction step of the treatment works like a gentle vacuum, sucking everything up and out of the skin, producing an incredible and immediate result.

I personally have very oily/acne prone skin, and it takes constant care and maintenance to keep it under control. HydraFacial has helped my skin tremendously to maintain an overall nice complexion even through my breakouts.

No matter how you choose to care for your skin, understanding of your skin type and treatment options available will help you achieve your skin health goals.  The treatment is non-invasive, hydrating and can be your path to a glowing complexion. With frequent treatments, HydraFacial will give you the best skin of your life.

This article originally appeared in The Bend Magazine online.

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Gabby Gonzalez is a Licensed Aesthetician at Halcyon Med Spa.

Halcyon Med Spa is solely owned and operated by Dr. Lonnie Schwirtlich. All medical services are performed by Angelica Jackson, a Board Certified PA trained in Dermatology and an Allergen Master Injector.