Hi my loves! Hope you’re all having a great day! I cannot believe we’re already almost half way through January! Time is seriously flying. One of my New Years resolutions was to improve my skin. First I’ll tell you I have dry to combination skin – I can get oily in my T-zone. My skin is also super sensitive. I have never really struggled with many full on breakouts but do seem to always have “texture”. Mostly tiny bumps around my nose and chin.
I have tried so many products in effort to find what may be causing these. High end to drugstore. At my last custom facial my esthetician recommended a Hydrafacial to help clear my pores, congestion and provide intense hydration. I finally caved and let me tell ya – it was a game changer!
The facial only took about 30 minutes and was completely painless. There are three main steps to the facial – cleansing | peel/extractions | hydration.
1. This step is cleaning and exfoliating. Prepping the skin for serums and extractions by removing any dead skin cells.*cringes* This steps isn’t painful but feels almost like a cat’s tongue on your face. If you can imagine that analogy!
2. The second step is the peel and extraction. For my facial she applied the chemical peel and left it on while extracting. The peel was a bit tingly on my skin but never painful. The small but strong vacuum basically sucks blackheads and impurities out of your skin. Literally – you can see all of the dead skin and gunk that was removed from your pores in the collection container. *Cringes, again*
3. Lastly, the machine pumps serums with antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid into your skin until it basically can’t hold anymore. Antioxidants help with inflammation. Peptides help with collagen and anti-aging. Hyaluronic acid is great for plumping and hydrating your skin. This step is soothing and cooling – felt so good!
My Review: After leaving my appointment my skin was slightly red (which I was told to expect) but very plump, clear and bright. Not to mention so, so soft! I experienced some slight flaking that next day but did not wear any makeup in effort to let it heal. After the flaking subsided my skin was so smooth and I could barely see my pores. My makeup application was so much easier and looked much more even. I also noticed my smile lines seemed less pronounced.
My esthetician recommended the PCA Nutrient toner to be used 4 times weekly after removing my makeup. The PCA Intensive Brightening treatment Retinol to be used twice weekly and the Mario Badescu Glycolic Gel 3 times a week. Hydrafacial’s are recommended at least once a season – these are the products I can use in-between facials to minimize my texture. Loving these products so far – I’ll keep you updated. Oh, and as always – drink plenty of water and cut out as much dairy in your diet as possible.
Whoo, that was a long one. I hope that I may have answered some of your questions about the Hydrafacial or that you found this helpful! Please let me know if you have any questions or how your experience was. I’d love to chat!