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It’s almost that time of year again, the weather is getting cooler and your social calendar is becoming more and more packed with events. Whenever the weather changes, your skincare needs usually changes as well. In the winter, your skin needs more hydration and gentle exfoliation more often to remove dry skin cells.

But how can you make sure your skin won’t be dried out and dull, due to the change of weather, for all of your upcoming holiday parties? The HydraFacial is the perfect solution for you. It can do so much more than the average facial and works for all skin types and tones. It will have your skin glowing and radiant after just one quick, non-invasive treatment. Keep reading to learn how the innovative HydraFacial will get your skin holiday party ready.

What is a HydraFacial?

The HydraFacial is a treatment that combines multiple facial rejuvenation methods into one procedure. This treatment cleanses the skin, exfoliates away dead skin cells, extracts oil and debris from pores, and rejuvenates the skin using a specialty machine. This innovative facial is non-abrasive and non-invasive, while still exfoliating and cleansing the skin. It uses liquid instead abrasive methods, such as heat or lasers, to exfoliate your skin. The HydraFacial works well for all skin types and tones to treat fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, clogged pores, enlarged pores, mild acne, and oily skin. You could basically call it an all in one treatment to address any of your skincare needs.

This facial is a quick and painless procedure that usually lasts less than an hour and a half. Although the treatment is quick, the results it provides are long lasting. Many patients find this treatment much more effective for facial rejuvenation than a traditional facial or microdermabrasion. It is a gentler way to exfoliate as it uses a specialty solution, instead of crystals or diamonds, to slough away dead skin.

How the HydraFacial Works

The HydraFacial works in several steps to give you glowing and radiant skin in one office visit; it is known as the 4-1 Vortex System. The first step is to cleanse and exfoliate. Through liquid exfoliation the outer layer of skin, known as stratum corneum, is gently removed. This allows your face to better reflect light and appear brighter.
At the same time during the first step dead skin cells, dirt, and sebum, known as oil, are also removed through suction. Removing these pore clogging particles is essential to make sure that your skin will be clean, look clear, and skincare products will be able to penetrate the skin properly. Also, removing sebum helps to keep pores clear of dirt and debris because it acts as glue and holds these particles in your pores.

The second step is a gentle acid peel. The tip of the HydraFacial machine releases salicylic acid and glycolic acid to loosen the pore plugs and the particles deep inside the pores, such as debris, sebum, and dirt. Deep sebum accumulation can lead to blackheads and whiteheads.

The third step in the HydraFacial process is removing the loosened pore plugs and other particles through the combined actions of cleansing and suction that the applicator performs. The vacuuming is painless and leaves your pores clear. This deep cleansing helps to stop the formation of more clogged pores or acne. It also helps your skincare to penetrate the skin even better.

The fourth and final step is when the serum is applied to the skin with the applicator. The serum is infused with peptides, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid to improve the condition of your skin. Antioxidants repair skin damage cause by pollutants and the sun. The addition of peptides provide nutrients for new skin cell growth. Hyaluronic acid adds moisture to the skin and helps to plump areas that lack volume. This can help to make fine lines and wrinkles become less apparent.

After your treatment, you are left with glowing and radiant skin. The immediate and beautiful results will have you leaving the office very happy. Due to the fact that there is no abrasive materials or ingredients used, there is little to no redness or irritation to worry about. Many patients are able to receive this facial on the same day as an event.

With ongoing treatments you will notice that your skin is more hydrated and able to hold moisture better. Fine lines and wrinkles will become less noticeable the more treatments you receive. You will also notice hyperpigmentation begin to lighten.

Benefits of a HydraFacial

The benefits of a HydraFacial are what makes this treatment so popular among patients. The immediate results and the fast treatment process make it ideal for those with a busy lifestyle. It is safe to be used on all skin types, tones, and textures. The gentle exfoliation that is done with just liquid, and not abrasive materials or ingredients, makes it a great option for those with sensitive skin.

A HydraFacial is a good alternative to microdermabrasion and lasers, as it has no risks or side effects. There is no need to worry about inflammation, peeling, or discomfort following your treatment. In most cases makeup can be applied right after.
The gentle exfoliation and treatment process of a HydraFacial is perfect to get your skin prepared for the winter months. This is because the cold weather is already irritating to the skin, causing it to become dry and flaky. Using intense products or treatments to exfoliate can cause your skin to become more irritated. Combining them both can cause peeling and even more irritation. This is why gentle exfoliation is important during the colder months.
Giving your skin extra tender loving care when the seasons are changing is important. The HydraFacial can give your skin the extra boost it needs for the winter. Aren’t you ready to have glowing and radiant skin for all of your upcoming holiday parties? If so, give our office a call and book your appointment today.

Dr. David S. Sax

Dr. David Sax is a board certified dermatologist in sarasota and an expert in Mohs surgery for skin cancer. He is dedicated to bringing you clinical excellence, highly personalized treatments, and accessible and efficient service. Whether you need treatment for a medical skin condition, or want to achieve a more youthful look with cosmetic or spa services, you’ll find state-of-the-art solutions right here.

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