As painful as it is for me to admit, yesterday at 30 years old, I finally had my first facial! I’m not sure why it took me so long to finally schedule one, but I am so glad I did! If you have extremely sensitive and over reactive skin like me, you probably intentionally stay away from a majority of beauty products and services. I know that was a huge factor with my decision making. I was terrified that I would have some kind of allergic reaction, or that I would be the most annoying client asking for the entire ingredient label. Not knowing what actually bothers my skin has always frustrated me the most. The entire reason why I stopped wearing makeup years ago was because I couldn’t put anything on my face without turning red, getting itchy, or breaking out.
At the beginning of the year I shared my struggle on our Instagram stories regarding a perioral dermatitis issue I had with a tinted moisturizer product. That resulted in an extremely unpleasant and embarrassing chin breakout that was all the symptoms listed above (itchy, red, and what appeared to be infected). Since then I haven’t tried any other tinted moisturizers, but what I did discover was the hydrodermabrasion facial!
Hydrodermabrasion, not to be confused with microdermabrasion, is a crystal-free gentle water jet system that exfoliates the top later of skin giving you an overall smoother appearance. My favorite features regarding the hydrodermabrasion are:
It’s painless + not irritating
The hydrodermabrasion facial combined with a dermaplaning and oxygen infusion was the perfect combination for a relaxing afternoon at the spa. Let me break down my visit for you so you know what to expect if you book your facial.
We began my facial with a non-irritating cleanse. This was to ensure my skin was free of dirt, sweat and makeup.
The cleanse was followed by a relaxing facial steam, allowing all of my pores to open up to prep it for the hydrodermabrasion.
After the steam was dermaplaning (not to be confused with ‘shaving’ your face). Dermaplaning is the process of removing layers of dead skin from your face. This is a great service if you suffer from dull, dehydrated, and congested skin (I’m all of the above!). A few benefits of dermaplaning include:
Evens out skin tone
Generating new healthy skin cells stimulating collagen
Enhances penetration for serums to absorb
Removes facial hair (no it will not grow back thicker or darker!)
Once my face had been dermaplaned it was time to move onto the first step of the hydrodermabrasion. This involved a gentle tip that applied water to my skin with a very subtle suction.
The next tip was for the exfoliation part. The solution included Salicylic acid, which I was nervous about it irritating my skin, but it was perfectly fine!
The final round of the hydrodermabrasion was the last pass of liquid removing the dead skin cells and cleaning out my pores.
One would be completely satisfied by that instant gratification alone, but once the hydrodermabrasion portion was over she applied a soothing gold mask that not only felt amazing, but made my skin feel so cool and refreshed as soon as she peeled it off. The last part of the entire session was the oxygen infusion. Oxygen infusion uses high force flow of low molecular liquid with oxygen, giving my face the most magical glow.
All in all I had the most amazing experience, and was so glad I didn’t suffer any of the reactions I thought I would. To reiterate what I shared at the beginning of the post if you have sensitive skin, this is a great facial option for you. What hydrodermabrasion can treat:
Fine lines and wrinkles
Dry and dehydrated skin
Uneven skin tone
Some of the benefits you’ll notice as a result of hydrodermabrasion include the following:
Reduction of wrinkles (AMEN!)
Improved skin texture (HALLELUJAH!)
Helps repair sun damge (CHECK!)
Refines pores (DOUBLE AMEN!)
Would I do this facial again? Absolutely! Already ready to book my next one in a couple of weeks! How much did it cost? My hydrodermabrasion facial cost $125! How long did my facial take? I kind of lost track of time because the conversation was so great and the room was incredibly relaxing, but I’d guess around 1.5 ish hours!
Now here’s a fun time lapse video I took of my hydrodermabrasion facial! If you have any questions regarding this facial feel free to drop a comment below or reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org