Microdermabrasion has been around for some time, but now it’s younger, gentler relative, hydradermabrasion is taking spas and skincare establishments by storm too.

So what is hydradermabrasion? It’s an esthetic skin care treatment designed to smooth and exfoliate skin. It’s as effective as microdermabrasion but instead of using crystals to exfoliate your skin, this gentler approach vacuums out your pores, pushes in active ingredients that hydrate and moisturize, plumps out your skin, and more.

You’ll hear estheticians that carry out the procedure talking about ‘vortex technology’ this is the technique the machine’s spiral heads use to do all of these things at once.

What Happens in a Hydradermabrasion Treatment?

The treatment follows six signature steps.

First, there’s a detox-style lymphatic drainage treatment, which is designed to boost circulation to your face and neck.

Then, the esthetician will use specialized hydradermabrasion equipment to resurface your skin, removing dead skin cells with the ‘vortex fusion tip’ which strips the outermost layer of skin. This is all good; it’s just dirt and dead skin cells.

Unlike microdermabrasion, where the skin needs to be cleansed manually before the exfoliation treatment, hydradermabrasion carries both out at the same with one applicator head. It uses a lactic acid and glucosamine serum to cleanse and then exfoliates away the debris.

The next step is applying a gentle chemical peel to loosen any remaining debris in your pores. This part of the treatment is especially helpful if you have oily or acne-prone skin, and for general skin health.

Step four is extraction, a feature that’s not included in a microdermabrasion. Powerful suction is used to extract any remaining debris from pores and remove impurities from your skin.

Once your pores have been properly cleaned out, it’s time to have the nutrients and other hydrating ingredients delivered via a serum chosen for you by your esthetician. The way these are applied and worked deeply into your skin means that just one treatment can give you immediate, visible results.

Treatments are completed with red LED light therapy to boost skin rejuvenation. This reduces redness and helps to stimulate collagen production. If you’re having treatment for acne, you may have a blue LED session in your treatment which helps kill the bacteria that cause acne.

Does Hydradermabrasion Really Work?

According to a 2008 study, yes! Twenty women aged between 34 and 56 years, were given either six facial hydradermabrasion treatments with antioxidant serum or antioxidant serum applied manually for a total of six treatments.

The study found that hydradermabrasion improved skin quality compared to the serum alone and that antioxidant levels were increased. Why not give hydradermabrasion a try – ask your esthetician about treatment options today!


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