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What Is the Difference Between Facial and HydraFacial?

Hydration is key to keeping your skin beautiful and healthy, which means supplying your skin with adequate moisture. The traditional method of hydrating skin is the facial, especially the HydraFacial. Find out which is best for you and your skin.

Both treatments can address several common skin problems:

  • Smooth out wrinkles, fine lines, and crow’s feet
  • Lighten areas of discoloration
  • Clean out blackheads and clogged, oily pores
  • Repair the skin’s moisture barrier

Learning the difference between a traditional Facial and HydraFacial is important to achieving and maintaining your appearance and health goals. Both methods can be followed up with boosters to maintain results.

Facials – The Basics

Typically, Facials provide a deep cleansing – not as comprehensive as a medical skin treatment, but far more than can be achieved at home with off-the-shelf products. But even the gentlest Facial can cause irritation, redness, and swelling for a few days after the treatment.

Facials extract dirt, oil, and other impurities in the skin with force (exfoliation). Applying pressure to and squeezing the skin is necessary to properly extract surface “gunk” and debris trapped inside your pores.

What Makes a HydraFacial Different?

The HydraFacial is a more advanced and gentle application of microdermabrasion (removing the thickened outer layer of skin) and has fewer side effects than a standard facial. This is because HydraFacials do not use force to exfoliate the skin. In addition to that, HydraFacials are more flexible and can be carefully tailored to your specific skin type.

woman performing a hydrafacial on a customer

Traditional Facial vs. HydraFacial – Which Is Better For Me?

Traditional Facials are preferable for addressing chronic skin problems and achieving long-term results. HydraFacials rarely require downtime and are ideal for special events since you can go out immediately following treatment.

Your aesthetician will help you decide based on your medical history, present state of health, and aesthetic goals.

What To Expect from HydraFacial Treatment

  1. First, your technician will administer a skin test to assess your skin’s general health and condition, determine its sensitivity, and select your serum mixture.
  2. Second, your skin will be cleaned and exfoliated to open up your pores. You may receive a light acid peel – which dissolves damaged and dead cells – then your technician will use an extraction nozzle to carefully remove any dirt, oil, and “gunk” clogging your pores.
  3. Finally, your technician will select your personalized serum mixture and administer it with a vortex infusion tool. The serum works to resolve your specific skin issues and enhances your skin’s overall moisture and elasticity.

Depending on your needs, the whole procedure takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete and can easily be done over your lunch hour.

How Often Do I Need To Get a Hydrafacial?

Frequency of Treatments:

For the best and longest-lasting results, schedule a series of 4-6 HydraFacials and space them 2 to 4 weeks apart.

Of course, with the wear and tear of normal life, the results from HydraFacial treatment eventually start to fade away, usually 4-6 weeks after your last treatment. Most people make HydraFacials a regular part of their year-round beauty and skin health regimen.

Booster Options:

You can receive optional boosters with your initial treatments, but you can also schedule additional serum boosters to maintain your fresh appearance between treatments. Boosters are a popular and inexpensive way to keep your skin exactly how you want it to be.

Interested In HydraFacial Treatment?

If you think you’d benefit from HydraFacial treatment, the best thing you can do is call to schedule a consultation with Amenity Day Spa today. Our qualified staff will answer all of your questions and ensure you have all the information for your specific skincare needs.