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Many years ago, I had the one, and only, microdermabrasion that I have experienced in my life. It left my skin very dry, red and almost scratched, plus I had a feeling of ‘sand’ in my mouth for days. That was the first, and last time, that I had one.
Since then, I read that they had developed more advanced versions of microdermabrasion, which use a diamond tip, rather than the traditional loose crystals. In theory, it is a good treatment as it exfoliates and gets rid of the dead skin cells, but really it lacks a hydration component, which the skin really needs. Thus, microdermabrasion, in most clinics, has always had to be done in combination with other facials and product applications. The diamond tip is just not enough innovation for me.
When I heard about the HydraFacial™ hydradermabrasion treatment, I must say I was very excited to find out more. The more I looked into it, the more I liked it. It offered everything the skin needs in so many different ways, but mainly the ultimate hydration for days.
Firstly, it was seen as the next step from microdermabrasion, but this was only because the technology behind it was also exfoliating and mildly resurfacing; in reality, it was not even comparable. It’s a bit like trying to compare oranges and apples, just because they are both fruit.
As a person that never really liked having facials that puts lots of masks and creams on top of each other, HydraFacial was really a breakthrough concept for me.
The treatment is very simple and follows six signature steps. It starts with a lymphatic drainage treatment, or the detox, for improving the blood circulation to the face and neck, so you can better restore the hydration, and more importantly, maintain it for longer.
The Hydrafacial then resurfaces the skin, by cleansing and exfoliating. This gets rid of the layers of dead skin cells, with a specially designed vortex fusion tip which strips the stratum corneum; that’s the outermost layer of our skin which is made up of dirt and dead skin cells that the body is trying to shed.
This is the key area of differentiation from microdermabrasion, which requires manual pre-cleansing of the skin before the actual exfoliation treatment. The Hydrafacial does these two processes together through the applicator head, it cleanses using lactic acid and glucosamine based serum and then exfoliates the debris away from the skin.
Once the skin is prepped and exfoliated, the next step is to brighten the appearance of the skin and this includes the application of gentle glycolic and salicylic acid peels to loosen debris in blocked pores. Great for treating oily or acne-prone skin, and to help all of us with skin rejuvenation and general skin health.
Step four is another cleanup.
After the previously applied serum has done its work with the mild chemical peeling action, the treatment moves on to the extraction.
This is something that microdermabrasion cannot do.
The Hydrafacial uses powerful suction to extract debris from the clogged pores and remove other impurities and debris from the skin.
Some say that you can literally see the blackheads being sucked out!
The next step of the treatment delivers all the key ingredients from serums, especially the antioxidants for hydration to the deeper levels of the skin. Even with just one treatment, you have immediate, radiant results. Treatment options can also tackle lines. Britenol is exciting as it treats pigmentation.
Hydrafacial treatments are finished with red LED light therapy for further skin rejuvenation, by reducing redness and helping kick start more new collagen production. For those with acne-prone skin, a blue LED is used to kill off the acne-causing bacteria.
Immediate, radiant results, no downtime, ultimate hydration and visible results are only a few of the great features of the Hydrafacial; and all of them are why I love it!
It is a unique 6-step process, and each of these steps could actually be individually considered as a facial in their own right. So I think it is fair to say that if you have a Hydrafacial treatment in a specialist clinic, you will be getting ‘6 facials in 1’, as well as long-lasting glowing skin!
I bet that you will love it just as much as I do!
It's so easy to do, you'll barely have any time to say goodbye to your acne!
Thanks to Banu, the acne skin expert from the Rita Rakus clinic in Knightsbridge.
Banu was a UK trainer for the HydraFacial company so she knows what she's talking about!
Dr Rita Rakus clinic is an award-winning practice of Dr Rita Rakus. Located in London’s Knightsbridge, opposite Harrods, we are one of the world’s leading medical clinics specialising in anti-ageing and wellness treatments including dermatology and well-being and stress management.
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