In this week’s post, I am taking a brief pause from the holiday hoopla to share my personal experience with the latest craze in non-invasive beauty procedures- the HydraFacial. As it is a festive and eventful time of year for many, I hope this review is of help to those of you looking to glam up .
Given my mother is a board-certified aesthetician, it’s safe to say that I have the hook-up in regards to skin care and beauty treatments. I am one lucky, b*tch…I know!
While I have never been huge on facials having been prone to bad reactions in the past, I had been hearing some buzz around a new type of deep cleansing facial procedure known as the HydraFacial.
So…as you could imagine, I was elated when I learned that my mom would be offering this service. Not only was I hoping to rid my pores of blackheads, but I wanted all the dewy-glow vibes.
Before I get into my personal experience with the procedure, however, I should probably give a little more explanation on this new type of facial.
What is the Hydrafacial?
While you can certainly read a more technical description of the procedure on the official HydraFacial website, in layman’s terms, this high-tech facial involves a machine which comes equipped with different wand tips for various functionality. Simply put, the Hydrafacial is a three-step process.
- The first step is a deep cleanse of the skin along with an exfoliation which uses similar ingredients found in chemical peels (glycolic acid and beta-hydroxy).
2. Then, a suctioning tip is applied to extract blackheads, zits and other pore impurities.
3. Lastly, for the glowing, dewy effect, the skin is saturated with antioxidants and peptides.
Typically, the treatment only takes thirty minutes to complete and unlike a more invasive chemical peel, there is no required downtime. Cost of this procedure starts at $179/session.
My Review of the Hydrafacial:
Only taking thirty minutes to complete, the experience itself was quite relaxing. While the “peel” process did sting just a tad, it was nothing like the chemical peels I have had in the past.
Oddly enough, I found the extraction process quite gratifying- as I felt the suctioning effect of the wand, I imagined all of the nasty blackheads on my nose and cheeks being obliterated. And as pictured below, after the process is over, you get to see all the nastiness that comes out of your pores.
As far as the results go, not only did I notice my pores were minimized, but I had an awesome glow that lasted for about 5-7 days. The “after” picture taken below was the night following my procedure. Other than left-over mascara and eye shadow, there is no make-up on my face in the picture…
As I approach my mid-thirties, more and more sun spots have surfaced on my face (too much sun worshipping I suppose), but I am pleased to say that the Hydrafacial did a really great job of brightening and evening my skin tone.
While the price of this treatment is definitely not chump change (so thankful I have the family discount), I would recommend this at least once a month for anyone struggling with acne, enlarged pores, blackheads or sun spots.
If you have a special event coming up for the holidays and are wanting that coveted glow (for the moments your face isn’t covered with a mask), I would highly recommend getting this done one to two days before the actual date as you might be a little red the day of your treatment.
For any of you who live in the Chattanooga area, be sure to call my mom Tonya at 423-206-9500 and tell her I sent you for some beauty hacking.
For those of you who could care less about the Hydrafacial, not to fear. Next week I will be back with more holiday decorating content with a Christmas tour of my fixer upper. So, be sure to tune back in next week!
Now get out there and design some good vibes along with a fabulous life!