hydrafacial: is it worth it?
We live in a day and age where not only our understanding of skin care is becoming greater, but also people are choosing to take care of their skin more. Along with the many new products emerging, we are seeing a variety of new facials becoming available. In this post I will talk about hydrafacials and my personal experience: what it is, results, and if it’s worth the money. WHAT: Hydrafacials are 3-4 steps facials lasting about 30 minutes. It’s aimed for people of all skin types with congestion (clogged pores), enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines, as well as help with texture. The facial begins with cleansing to get rid of any moisturizer, sunscreen, and/or makeup still left on the skin. Exfoliation and cleansing continues when the technician uses a little tool (tip) attached to the main ‘wand’ (if you could call it that). It feels like microdermabrasion, but wet. Usually glycolic, lactic, or salicylic acid is used for the exfoliation bit. Keep in mind the ‘wand’ is used the entire time. A glycolic chemical peel is applied and left for about 30 seconds before being neutralized. Luckily, it’s only a tingly feeling. The next step is extractions. This is when the technician changes the tip to a more vacuum-like nozzle. This is what unclogs your pores. Manual extractions can be done at the end of the facial if they’re needed or wanted. The final step of the facial includes a new nozzle-tip, however this one's for fusion. A hyaluronic acid serum is applied to the skin to boost moisture. HA also contains antioxidant and collagen-boosting properties. The technician should finish with an SPF. At the very end the technician showed me all the dirt and gunk in the machine that was pulled out of my skin, and trust me when I say it's more that you think. RESULTS: Glowy skin! There is really no down-time or side effects. My skin was a bit red for maybe 30 minutes after the facial and the manual extractions were red for longer. So, minor things if you will. However, I woke up the next morning with visibly smaller pores, clearer and very evenly-toned brighter skin. WORTH IT? Prices for this treatment most definitely vary depending on your dermatologist or spa office, as well as the procedure you choose (it is catered to your personal needs). The price begins at $150 dollars and can become as expensive as $350 (I paid $175). For an acne-prone gal wanting to tackle her large pores and blackheads, this $175 was worth it. Take a look at my photos (yes, I know they are not the most flattereing). It begins pricier than microdermabrasion, however the results were noticeable and I could continue my day as normal afterwards. Would I get it monthly? No. Would I have gotten it for $300? Probably not. Ultimately, the decision is yours. Ask your derm how much they charge, then see if your skin is really in need of this kind of facial and if it’s worth the money. Facial or no facial, remember to make the decision for YOU. Thank you for giving my post a read! I am new to the platform and am excited to share my thoughts on topics I am passionate about.
My thoughts on this......
So I actually got this about 8 months ago (before it got super famous on tiktok) and I actually really disliked it at first. Cause when I used it the first couple times i used it at a time when my skin was pretty sensitive and it made my face all red and unhealthy looking. And I was like I’m never using this again. Ya so basically I’m really dumb😂 BUT I started using it recently for the past month or so and I’ve been really enjoying it! Just like when my pores feel really congested or I feel really oily this really helps to unclog them and it gives me a not a “squeaky clean” feeling but it makes me feel fresh if that makes sense😅. I haven’t seen any very dramatic changes in the appearance of my skin but it does help. Plus I think with this product it’s something that u have to use consistently to see really good life changing results. I do have to say tho my sister who has recently been struggling with acne and acne scarring this I have noticed has really been helping her with that. I can just see that her skin looks brighter and she has been getting less breakouts😊 Let’s get to how to use this: I use this 1 time a week because it’s VERY strong and I leave it on for 10mins max. I do not recommend this if you have very sensitive, cracked or dry skin. as I said before this is a VERY strong chemical exfoliant so if you have not used chemical exfoliants before I DEFINITELY do not encourage you to use this. Just know just cause something is trending or has helped other people it does not always mean it will work for you cause everyone has different skin.The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
The Ordinary-AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
Hit or miss?
After reading and watching the wonders this product was able to do, I did not hesitate to purchase it (and it was very cheap as well so I didn’t have a lot to think about). I used this for 4 months and after all the hype, did not see any major changes. My pores do seem a bit smaller, but the texture not only stayed but worsen; yes, my 13years old girl textured skin came back. Although I cannot blame my most likely hormonal and stress acne on this product, I must say it did not help it either. Apparently I’m not the only one, Niacinamide itself is great for your skin, but The Ordinary’s one seems to be a hit or miss, and in my case it was a clear miss.
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Blemish be Gone!
Let’s talk about the DermaE Acne Control Blemish control Serum. This Serum is the real deal! I had a blemish, used it and BAM, the next day, no blemish! SAY WHAT! DermaE has never disappointed me with any of their products I’ve tried and this one is the same. I did however have one dislike and it was the scent of this entire line. While there are a ton of fans for the scent of tea tree oil, I for one am not one and find it repulsive, however after seeing how well this product truly works......... I can forgo the smell for amazing results. I definitely recommend this product to help you fight your blemishes and breakouts!
DERMA•E-Acne Blemish Control Treatment Serum
Pores? NOPE 👋 texture? SEEYA 👋
This is my holy grail of serums. I am Head over heels for this product. I’ve been using it for over a month now and I can’t see myself ever stopping. I suffer from ice pic scarring, acne scarring and large pores. This serum has drastically changed the appearance of my skin - for the better. The best thing, it’s affordable and the quality is amazing. Must try product!
GOOD MOLECULES-Niacinamide Serum
Acne/ pores bye bye!!
First thing I Loeb about ordinary productsare affordable are they. I have been using couple of @deciem products for quite few months and couple of them I just started using.These are some of the products which have worked for me. Two of my favorite products from them is the Niacinamide 10%+ Zinc 1% serum which I have been using from months and I went through so many bottles. I love anything Niacinamide and this one works so good. I notice a huge difference in my pores and texture of my skin. Also it keeps my acne at bay. Honestly this gives such a beautiful glow and makes my skin look super clean. It's a great product for any skin type and for any age. Must have in a routine! Also the price is super affordable and this bottle costs just $6. You can't beat that!!
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Pore Minimizing BHA serum!
The Ordinary - Salicylic Acid 2% Solution This is the Ordinary’s 2% Salicylic Acid Serum. This product works best for oily to dry skin. It contains salicylic acid and witch hazel to help treat acne and blemishes as well as reduce uneven texture and the appearance of pores. The brand recommends patch testing before using and wearing sunscreen after use since the product can be quite strong for sensitive skin types. The texture of this is similar to most serums with a sort of thin consistency that dries down fairly quickly. I will say that when I do rub this product into the skin it tends to sort of turn white and almost foam up, but nothing major really happens. Overall, I do like this product, I think that it has worked well with my skin and helping to reduce the look of pores as well as help to reduce acne. I find that with this product its best to slowly incorporate it into my routine rather than just going straight into applying it everyday. I also think that with this product, consistency is key to making it work. For the first few weeks, I didn’t notice much difference, but then I stopped breaking out as much and I’m pretty sure this is the secret. I think that this is a great product with it’s low price and it’s effectiveness for my skin. I would especially recommend this to someone who deals with more under the skin pimples like me.
The Ordinary-Salicylic Acid 2% Solution
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