Given the spotlight by Adrienne Maloof on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the HydraFacial (Edge Systems LLC) is a noninvasive, non-ablative method of skin resurfacing that can be customized to suit different skin types and needs. It can improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, clogged and enlarged pores, oily skin, hyper-pigmentation, and brown spots. In a nutshell: It’s a multi-tasking machine, which is why it’s becoming as famous as the celebrities who swear by it.
The HydraFacial uses a new skin exfoliating technology called hydradermabrasion, which blasts the skin with oxygenated and vitamin-infused water via a wand equipped with a resurfacing tip which also helps to lift off dead skin cells—sort of like giving your face a detailed power wash. The wand also has a strong vacuum action, which they call their “vortex technology,” that sucks up all dead skin cells, makeup, oil, and dirt trapped in clogged pores. The pressure from the water combined with the physical scraping of the resurfacing tip and the vacuum suction, make this a very effective yet gentle resurfacing treatment. The HydraFacial may also include a chemical peel, an infusion of nourishing serums, LED light therapy and microcurrent attachments to enhance the treatment.
“The HydraFacial is amazing for all skin types, especially sensitive and aging skin. It exfoliates without being harsh and also uses microcurrent technology to stimulate collagen. Finally, it drives antioxidants and other necessary elements into the dermis of the skin that would not be transmitted normally through the skin barrier,” says Haideh Hirmand, MD, an aesthetic plastic surgeon with a private practice on the Upper East Side and member of the attending staffs at The New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat, and Lenox Hill Hospitals.
The HydraFacial is more ideally suited for women who have sensitive skin or are prone to redness than microdermabrasion, which is slightly more abrasive because it uses crystals or a diamond tip to exfoliate the skin.
The HydraFacial is ideal for anyone who wants younger looking skin, no matter their age. It’s especially a great option if you have dehydrated or sensitive skin and are prone to redness. It is safe and effective on all skin types and skin colors.
“People who have severe acne and are taking Accutane or have chronic rosacea should avoid facials and consult their dermatologist,” warns Aesthetician Jillian Wright, owner of Jillian Wright Clinical Skin Spa. Also, pregnant women and people with any kind of heart condition should avoid microcurrent therapy which is often included in a HydraFacial. As always, also discuss any allergies or skin sensitivities before starting a treatment.
The HydraFacial typically involves four steps: cleansing and exfoliation, glycolic peel, extractions and the infusion of the serum. All four steps are administered through various attachments on the wand, which simultaneously blasts out the good water and vacuums up the old, derbis-ridden dirty water. In general the sensation feels like a blast of cool air moving over your face. For each step, the wand is methodically swiped across the face to avoid missing any areas. While you don’t get the mind-melting massage of a Classic European Facial, the HydraFacial is relaxing and boosts lymphatic drainage.
25 to 90 minutes
$150 to $300
There are no side effects and zero downtime. If you’re prone to redness, you may look a little pink, as you would after receiving a regular spa facial.
After the first treatment, you’ll have an amazing glow, your pores should be noticeably smaller, your skin will feel soft and hydrated and puffiness should be reduced. Any fine lines and wrinkles will also look less severe thanks to them getting plumped up with all that water and nutrient-rich serum. Results are cumulative, so if you get a series of treatments, you’ll eventually start to see the long-term reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.
For optimal results, a series of 6 treatments is recommended, followed by 1 treatment every month.
A HydraFacial should be administered by a trained and licensed aesthetician. “A facialist has to be licensed in the state she is practicing in. There are several different schools to attend, but ultimately you have to pass a state administered written and practical test to get your license,” explains Wright.
Kate Winslet, Beyoncé, and Eva Mendes are all admitted fans of the HydraFacial.
There’s a clear container underneath the machine that holds the dirty water filled with everything that was extracted from your pores and exfoliated from the surface of your skin. Those of you who feel super satisfied when popping a pimple (which you should never do, right?!), prepare to be amazed at all the gunk and debris you’ll see in the backwater.
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