Hyperpigmentation, sun damage, wrinkles, blemishes and redness – different skin concerns usually means different treatments and products. But what if there was one treatment which could tackle all of these at once? Well, form an orderly queue people, because it might sound like the stuff of science fiction but those days are here thanks to the HydraFacial.
The facial features a four step process, each using the HydraFacial machine.
Different attachments are swapped for the different stages allowing you to get a variety of benefits. It also uses something called Vortex-Fusion – see what I mean about sounding sci-fi? Totally pain free, this is the latest in non-laser skin resurfacing with no recovery time and the ideal alternative to invasive procedures.
I was lucky enough to get the chance to test the HydraFacial.
And looking at the HydraFacial machine, with its illuminated blue section, screen and different attachments, it feels like a prop from Star Trek so I’m hoping this is going to be Warp Speed for my skin.
It begins with a deep cleansing and exfoliating with the therapist applying a special skin cleansing solution via the machine to skin. This helps get rid of dead skin cells which can make skin appear dull and block pores. Next it’s the acid peel. Now for those of you who hear the words acid peel and think of Samantha from Se* and the City, don’t worry; this isn’t like that.
Depending on your skin type, it’s a blend of glycolic and salicylic acids.
It applies via bottles located in the machine, the head used to gently pushed into skin and is completely pain-free with no irritation and no redness. This section of the treatment is specifically for targeting areas of hyperpigmentation and fine lines.
Then it’s on to the extraction section of the treatment.
Essentially, it’s spot squeezing at the hands of an expert and it is included in other treatments I’ve had. Usually this is done manually, with the therapist actually squeezing spots but not so with the HydraFacial because it’s all done via the machine. Using technology called the vortex suction it gives a mechanical extraction that is both painfree and effective, leaving pores squeaky clean.
Now your skin is sparkling, it’s time to replenish thanks to an antioxidant-rich skin solution. Applied via the machine, it contains hyaluronic acid, vitamins A and E and white tea extracts to nourish and protect skin.
The treatment finishes with LED light therapy. Again, like the other sections of this treatment, this is completely pain-free and involves a light being gently pressed over skin. The machine can apply either red or blue LED light depending on skin concerns. And such is the technology of the HydraFacial, this can easily be switched. So for those areas where wrinkles are a problem, one type of LED light is applied, this can then be deftly changed to the alternative LED light for a different skin concern.
Whereas in the past, facials could really only deal with one particular problem the HydraFacial is different.
And to be honest, I found it to be more than just a facial. It felt like a proper treatment as if skin was being thoroughly and painlessly cleaned. And the impact is visible with people asking me if I’ve been away because my skin looks healthier and brighter. I suppose with the HydraFacial sci-fi technology, it’s skin; the final frontier to solve skin concerns.