Glowing skin is always in. But if you deal with skin issues like acne, under-eye circles, extra oily or super dry skin, it can make it hard to accomplish the perfect balance. But one of the best skin care treatments you can get to achieve that healthy, luminous skin is a HydraFacial.

What is a HydraFacial?

“HydraFacial uses a unique patented Vortex Fusion delivery system to exfoliate, extract and hydrate skin, while the HydroPeel tips’ spiral design delivers painless extraction,” says Darya Rzaca, master esthetician and co-owner of Atelier Beauté in Brooklyn, New York. “The machine creates a vortex effect to easily remove impurities while delivering hydrating skin serums at the same time, most importantly without pain and force.”

The serums are made with nourishing ingredients that create an instant glow in three steps: cleanse and peel, extract and glow, and fuse and protect.

“First, the treatment cleanses the skin with gentle exfoliation and relaxing resurfacing. A cleansing serum and a mixture of glycolic and salicylic acids remove dead skin cells to reveal healthy skin,” says Lucia Miranda, a Physician’s Assistant at the Shafer Clinic in New York City. “In step two, the patented Vortex-Fusion system removes debris from pores with painless suction and a hydrating serum nourishes the skin. During the final step, the treatment provides the skin’s surface with antioxidants and peptides to maximize the glow.”

Afterward, your skin should be glowier than ever, and you can actually take a look at everything that was removed from your skin.

“The most satisfying thing is to show clients their impurities (such as blackheads) in the dispensary cup after a facial. A proof of detailed work,” says Aneta Zuraw, master esthetician and co-owner of Atelier Beauté.

What are the benefits of HydraFacials?

Of course, there are many benefits that your skin will be feeling (and showing).

“Many individuals report noticing visible skin refinement and an even, radiant skin tone after receiving a HydraFacial,” says Miranda. “The treatment can also improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, congested skin and brown spots, restoring skin to a healthy, youthful state with no downtime or irritation.”

Possibly the biggest benefit is its pore-cleaning capabilities. “The HydraFacial is a new ‘way’ for cleaning pores, and is gentle enough to use even on a rosacea-prone clients,” adds Rzaca. “HydraFacial not only cleans your pores without force, but also gives your skin enough exfoliation. HydraFacials also offer a wet microdermabrasion option that is great for clients who love microdermabrasion.”

What are the risks of HydraFacials?

HydraFacials are safe for all skin types. However, if you have a contact allergy to shellfish, you should avoid them, “as an ingredient found in one of the primary steps of the treatment contains shellfish extract,” according to the brand.

“A skincare professional may choose specific treatment serums or customize the treatment for your unique skin care concerns,” says Miranda.

And if you are pregnant, you should also check with your doctor before you book your appointment.

How long do HydraFacial results last?

“The results may last five to seven days or even longer,” says Miranda. “For optimal results, you should get a HydraFacial every four weeks, which equates to 12 treatments per year.”

The best news of all? You will be able to see results after just one treatment.

How much do HydraFacials cost?

“HydraFacial can range from $150-300 per treatment and can inquire additional costs for the booster customizations,” says Miranda. Getting a “deluxe” HydraFacial can help you target specific skin issues.

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