What Is a Hydrafacial & What Does It Feel Like

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Your skin is exposed to countless stressors daily. It’s affected by your daily routine, the air you’re exposed to, the water you wash with, stress, sweat, sun, pollution, etc. Eventually, all of this damage leads to a decline in elasticity. Many of us combat this decline with skincare routines and facial washes — but sometimes that’s not quite enough.

The everyday buildup that your face accumulates might need more attention than your typical evening wash if you want to prevent serious damage. Adding in regular HydraFacial treatments to your skincare routine can make a huge difference in helping you maintain a perfect complexion.

What is a HydraFacial?

There are many types of facials. While “HydraFacial” might sound a little intimidating, there’s no reason to shy from this treatment. It’s gentle, relaxing and leaves your skin soft and glowing. The steps of a HydraFacial treatment work to cleanse and exfoliate the skin, deeply clean, and also hydrate by offering antioxidants, vitamins and hyaluronic acid.

Step One

The first step of a HydraFacial is cleansing and exfoliation. This focuses on removing dead skin cells that collect on the surface of the skin in order to cleanse the pores for smooth, healthy skin. By breaking up any surface-level buildup on the skin, your skin becomes prepared for a deep clean.

Step Two

A gentle peel is the second step. Courted uses salicylic and glycolic acid to extract any dirt and debris that the previous step loosened in the skin. Rather than focusing on the surface of your skin, this peel goes deep into your pores, clearing debris and leaving your skin fresh and clean.

Step Three

For the replenishing step, your skin is offered hydration elements: hyaluronic acid, vitamins and antioxidants. These work to fully hydrate your skin, leaving it feeling soft, dewy and entirely renewed.

Unlike other typical facials that might be a little stressful on the skin, causing redness or irritation, a HydraFacial is much more gentle. It typically lasts for 30 to 45 minutes, after which your skin will be fresh, moisturized and rejuvenated.

What Does a HydraFacial Feel Like?

The most important thing to know about a HydraFacial is that they work for every skin type and don’t hurt. While there is a deep cleansing, exfoliation and peeling process, none of these hydrafacial treatment steps cause any pain whatsoever to skin.

Many people describe the process as feeling like a tiny vacuum is tugging gently on your skin. Nothing is being pulled hard, poked or irritated. HydraFacials are completely non-invasive, so there is no skin-puncturing. You shouldn’t experience any excessive redness, skin irritation or other harm after leaving a HydraFacial.

The most noticeable difference a HydraFacial makes for most people is in how the skin feels and looks afterward. You come away feeling like your skin is fully hydrated, smooth and deeply cleansed. Your pores are less visible, your skin is dewy and your complexion is improved.

HydraFacials are capable of providing almost immediate results. There is almost no downtime, meaning that your skin benefits immediately. This is in contrast to other treatments such as chemical peels or microdermabrasion that often take time for results to show. For a HydraFacial, you can leave the treatment already feeling better.

Welcome to Complexion Perfection

Now that you know the steps of hydrafacial treatment, you know you can prevent and treat everyday buildup with a regularly scheduled HydraFacial treatment. Courted at The St. James focuses on self-renewal and a proactive approach to living well, making it a perfect addition to your already-established wellness routine.

Stop by or give us a call at (703) 239-6910 to discuss the available facial treatments with our team. You can explore facials, HydraFacial and our full suite of services online. 


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