You don’t have to be famous to enjoy beautiful, radiant skin. But with the many cosmetic treatment options available, choosing the right one is no easy feat. At Still Waters Day & Medical Spa in Pensacola, FL, we like to simplify the decision-making process and recommend the HydraFacial. It’s universally appealing and provides lasting results that can lead to a brighter and more youthful-looking appearance.
What Steps Are Used in a HydraFacial?
The HydraFacial (HF) is beloved for two reasons. First, it delivers real, visible results that immediately transform your skin. And, second, it rolls four key skincare steps into a single simple treatment.
Step One: Cleansing
The first of these steps is cleansing. Most of us have been schooled in the importance of face washing, and proper cleansing is critical prior to any aesthetic treatments. The HF is designed to deeply cleanse your skin so that each subsequent step can work as intended. At the same time, this treatment also delivers hydrating solutions to cradle your skin in nourishment.
You might be wondering how cleansing with the HF is different from that which you do at home. The secret is in the handheld tool we use throughout treatment. This tool is powered by Vortex-Fusion, a proprietary technology that gently but effectively dislodges and removes impurities from skin and pores.
A Note on Vortex-Fusion
The Vortex-Fusion creates, well, a vortex that cannot be replicated at home. This isn’t to say that home cleansing is a waste of time – just the opposite, in fact. It’s an essential part of any skincare routine. But opting for a professional cleaning is a great way to complement your home efforts and reveal fresher, brighter skin.
Step Two: Chemical Peel
When you envision a chemical peel, you likely imagine the traditional method of brushing on a combination of acidic ingredients and waiting for them to penetrate to the appropriate skin depth. But you can kick this notion to the side, because the HF continues to rely on the handheld device we mentioned a moment ago.
The peel component of the HF imparts a different feeling to the skin than a traditional peel but works just as effectively. The spiral tip immediately exfoliates skin so you don’t have to wait for the solution to start working. As skin is resurfaced, acne-inducing debris is whisked away. The HF can thus prevent future acne pustules and breakouts from forming.
Step Three: Extractions
Let’s just get this out of the way: nobody likes manual extractions. They can do a real number on skin, causing redness, swelling, and intense pain. They also yield unpredictable results, which is just one of the reasons a growing number of dermatologists will not perform manual extracitons in their offices.
But the HF elevates this process to eliminate any feeling of discomfort (really) and deliver consistent, dependable results each and every time. During this amazing step, a different spiral tip is attached to the handheld tool to vacuum out all complexion impurities. This technology can remove:
- Excess oil
- Cosmetics residue
Relaxing and Skin-Loving
Because the HF relies on technology and not manual dexterity to perform extractions, this step is just as relaxing as the rest of the treatment. And the handheld tool continues to hydrate and nourish skin so it doesn’t become red or inflamed. Forget what you thought you knew about extractions – the HF has turned this important but often controversial step upside down.
You should also know that at the end of the extractions process, you can see what we’ve removed from the surface of your skin. A clear plastic cup attaches to the handheld device and collects the impurities. This is deeply satisfying for many patients, who love visual confirmation that the treatment is working to best effect.
Step Four: Infusion
A number of patients consider the fourth and final step to be the most rewarding. Here, we infuse the skin with antioxidant-rich serums to seal in your super-clear skin. The serums we choose help maintain your newly plump, supple tissues and reflect your skin’s specific needs.
To illustrate, our Age Refinement HydraFacial reduces the signs of aging by incorporating peptides. Meanwhile, our Clarifying HydraFacial helps decongest pores with the use of red and blue LED light. With so many different choices to address individual concerns, we can develop a treatment plan that helps you meet your aesthetic goals.
How Is the HF Different?
Some people believe a facial is a facial, but we’re here to tell you the HF is vastly different. Much of this is owed to the Vortex-Fusion technology that whisks away impurities.
But the HF also focuses on hydration – hence it’s name. By using the Vortex-Fusion system to deliver nourishing serums into skin’s deepest layers, this treatment imparts a healthy, radiant glow. And you don’t have to wait for results to develop. They show immediately to ensure you’re just as red carpet-worthy as any celebrity.
The HF also cleans pores. Deeply. The gentle vacuum action of the handheld device sucks out invisible impurities that contribute to breakouts, redness, and a generally unhealthy appearance. This is the key to refreshed skin that looks lit-from-within.
We also need to speak for a moment about the appearance of your pores. These small openings release oils and sweat to keep skin clear. But they can appear larger than normal if they’re full of unhealthy bacteria. By removing that bacteria, and giving your pores a chance to breathe, we can help shrink their appearance to give your skin a soft, airbrushed look. You won’t need makeup, or at least not as much, because your skin will be cleaner and clearer.
We use several skin serums throughout the treatment to remove dead cells, reduce and prevent wrinkles, and give skin the hydration it needs. And each step feeds into the next for a broad, comprehensive treatment.
To illustrate, the cleansing step readies skin for the chemical peel. Likewise, the extraction step prepares pores for the application of nutrient-rich hydrating serums. It is this thoughtful, careful process that allows the HF to work as effectively as it does.
Safe for Nearly Everyone
Many cosmetic treatments exclude certain people based on skin tone or condition. But the HF is gentle enough that its technology can be used on nearly anyone. Before proceeding with treatment, we’ll evaluate the overall health of your skin. Once we’ve determined the HF meets your skin’s needs, we’ll develop a customized treatment plan that include the cleansing and hydrating serums we plan to use.
Many facials deliver results that last a week or two. But the power of the HF can transform your skin for much longer. To achieve even better results, we recommend you schedule a regular session every four to six weeks. And for maintenance purposes, it’s ideal to stop using any products formulated with Retin-A or alpha hydroxy acid. Both are harsh in nature and can irritate fresh skin cells.
You can broaden your results even further by pairing your HF with another non-invasive treatment. Botox and injectable fillers can complement your dewy complexion and provide an smoother and more contoured appearance.
Benefits of the HF
We’re going to start this discussion by listing the many concerns treatment can improve, including:
- Dry, flaky, and irritated skin
- Oily and acne-prone skin
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Uneven skin tone and texture
- Age spots
- Sun damage
The HF can be completed in almost no time. A session takes about 30 minutes from start to finish, and you don’t need to worry about downtime after you leave our office. You can return to work, run errands, or simply revel in the look and feel of truly clean skin – without waiting for redness to disappear. You can also apply makeup as soon as you’re finished, but we recommend letting your pores breathe as long as possible. In other words, bare-faced is better.
We mentioned earlier this treatment is fully customizable to meet your skin’s unique needs. Boosters can be added as well as the application of blue and/or red LED light. Even the suction power of the vacuum can be adjusted so we don’t irritate delicate spots like the eye and lip areas. Yes, treatment can be used on the lips to plump and soften your pout.
Harness the Power of Hydration
Your skin works hard day in and day out. It deserves a medical-grade treatment that clears away impurities and optimizes hydration levels. The HF does both in one quick, easy, and relaxing treatment. Schedule your consultation today by contacting Still Waters Day & Medical Spa in Pensacola, FL.