The much-anticipated HydraFacial has come to Blue Water Spa, and I have been so excited to try it at long last! I’ve had a great experience with every skin care treatment I’ve received at Blue Water Spa, with my favorite facial being the heavenly MicrodermaBliss. I’d heard so many amazing things about the HydraFacial from friends who have received the treatment, raving about how their skin was glowing afterwards and how their pores never felt so clean. As someone with oily skin that is prone to pore congestion, I couldn’t wait to see what wonders the HydraFacial would work on me.
I had been doing research on the HydraFacial before going in for my treatment and was curious to see how it worked. The HydraFacial is performed using “vortex-fusion” technology. The different applicator tips on the machine allow for several functions during each phase of the facial: exfoliations, extractions, and the delivery of a nourishing serum to the skin. What most interested me in learning about this machine was its ability to vacuum blackheads out of the skin—and HydraFacial’s promise that these blackhead extractions would be painless. As much as I’ve always loved my clear, post-extraction skin after other facials I’ve received, I can be kind of a wimp when it comes to the pain of extractions (especially on my nose!).
I had my HydraFacial with Laura, one of the expert Skin Care Specialists at Blue Water Spa. She began by gentle cleansing my face, which instantly relaxed me. Once my skin was clean, it was time to turn on the HydraFacial machine. Laura dotted the applicator on my face to moisten my skin and then started the first phase of the facial: exfoliation. Being the fan of microdermabrasion that I am, I was familiar with the sensation of the applicator during this phase. It felt very similar to microdermabrasion, creating a rough sensation on the skin that tingled a bit but was not painful. The vortex-fusion applicator of the HydraFacial machine allows for the exfoliating solution and a hydrating solution to be delivered simultaneously to the skin, making the exfoliation process very comfortable.
After exfoliating my face, Laura explained that she would next be applying glycolic and salicylic acids, like a light peel. Applying these acids after exfoliating the skin allows them to start dissolving build-up in the pores. This part of the HydraFacial also made my skin tingle a little bit, but I was still comfortable.
Next came the phase I had been waiting for: those magically painless extractions! Laura tested the applicator on the back of my hand first to show me what it would feel like. It was like a tiny suction cup. She began the extractions on my face, starting with my chin. So far, so good—this extraction process really was painless so far.
I was still a little bit nervous about my nose, but it turns out I had nothing to worry about. As Laura passed the applicator along my nose, I was thrilled to learn that HydraFacial’s promise was true. These extractions really were painless! I had never thought that extractions would be my favorite part of any skin care treatment, but HydraFacial made clearing out my congested pores an absolute breeze.
After Laura completed the extractions, she moved on to the third and final phase of the HydraFacial, switching out the applicator tip to apply an antioxidant and peptide serum to my skin. The blend of nutrients in the serum is extremely nourishing for the skin and delivers intense hydration. It felt incredibly soothing, especially considering the dry, colder weather we’ve been experiencing this November.
My skin felt so refreshed and clean after we finished my HydraFacial treatment, but I didn’t understand just how clean it was until Laura showed me what had been extracted from my pores. That’s right—you can actually see all of the oil, dirt, and pollution that the HydraFacial machine extracts! It was so, so satisfying to see exactly how effective those vacuum extractions were.
Laura ended the HydraFacial by applying sunscreen, an important step to protect post-treatment skin. I looked in the mirror to check out my clean new pores and was so thrilled with what I saw. Not only had my pores never looked so clear before, I had also never seen my skin glow like this! I’d been feeling a bit dull over the past few weeks in the cold, cloudy November weather, but the HydraFacial completely revitalized me, giving me radiant skin.
The day after my HydraFacial, my skin was still glowing. My pores still looked amazing, and my skin felt so plump and firm. I am thrilled with my results and haven’t been able to stop telling my friends about the awesome treatment I received. No matter what skin type you have, the HydraFacial works wonders and leaves you with beautiful, glowing skin!