Microdermabrasion vs. Hydrafacial: Everything You Need to Know
Most people understand that using sunscreen and a good moisturizer is an important aspect to proper skin care. As you age, your skin becomes less supple and loses elasticity, so rehydration and limited sun exposure is a must. What some people don’t realize is that exfoliation is another necessary component to following a good skin care regime.
Exfoliation is basically the removal of the dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. Exfoliation can be done with the use of scrubs, mechanically, chemically, or with special acids that dissolve and remove the dead skin. Proper exfoliation is important because it removes the barrier of dead skin cells and uncovers new cells below. With the barrier of dead skin cells out of the way, moisturizers can penetrate more effectively into the skin.
There are a few important factors to consider when deciding which type of exfoliation process is best for your skin type; your complexion and your skin’s sensitivity. If you have really sensitive skin or acne, you might want to research and find an exfoliating method carefully. Some exfoliants may also cause some down time depending on the depth of the peel or procedure. A professional at a medical spa or esthetician can help you choose the right method for you.
When it comes to mechanical exfoliation techniques, there are two prominent ones on the market; microdermabrasion and hydrafacials. Both are considered to be effective ways to remove dead skin cells. Microdermabrasion uses a minimally abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the harder, uneven outer layer of the skin. It treats light scarring, discoloration, fine lines, large pores and stretch marks. Ask a medical professional to learn more about microdermabrasion to see if it’s the right choice for you.
Another type of mechanical exfoliation is gaining attention on the market, hydrafacials. This type of skin rejuvenation is used to treat similar skin imperfections such as sun damage, light scarring, discoloration, and stretch marks, but is being hailed as “the next generation of microdermabrasion.” This latest skin-care treatment is slightly milder than microdermabrasion, and combines cleansing in a single process. HydraFacials also HydraFacial® treatment removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously bathing the new skin with cleansing, hydrating and moisturizing agents.
Hydrafacials evolved from its older cousin, microdermabrasion, which uses a blast of micro-crystals to exfoliate the outer layer of the skin. However, hydrafacials do not use crystals in the exfoliation process, but instead uses a specially designed spiral tip to both exfoliate and remove impurities. While removing impurities, this treatment infuses the skin with serums and AHA/BHA exfoliants. Both BHAs and AHAs are excellent exfoliants and help to jump-start the production of new skin cells. Another plus side to hydrafacials is that it can be used on anyone, even people who have sensitive skin. If you want to learn more about hydrafacials, make sure to find a reputable medical spa in your area.