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Sand and sea, together they rouse a feeling of Zen. But, if I had to pick one to exfoliate my face, I’d have to go with water. When it comes to exfoliation, water can deliver the same grade of results that grit can and in most cases, with a better outcome and fewer side effects – which brings me to the question, what exactly is the difference between Microdermabrasion vs. HydraFacial – lets dive in!
What is Microdermabrasion?
To start, Microdermabrasion is an earlier technology. It’s a minimally invasive procedure designed to exfoliate the skin by using an abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin and remove the top layer while a vacuum sucks the removed skin cells and debris away. It is a painless procedure that targets dead skin cells, blemishes, and fine lines. The treatment takes up to 60-minutes and should be performed by highly trained medical personnel.
Common side effects of microdermabrasion include mild tenderness, swelling, and redness. These generally go away within several hours after treatment. Yikes! You may need to push back your dinner reservation. In some cases, patients experienced broken capillaries, acne and flakiness due to over exfoliation.
Overall Microdermabrasion treatment is a bit of a thing of the past, but it does continue to offer benefits as your skin will appear brighter, smoother and more radiant (once the redness and swelling wear off of course).
What is a HydraFacial?
The HydraFacial is a very popular medical spa hydradermabrasion treatment. It includes four-steps that cleanses, extracts, exfoliates and hydrates. Like Microdermabrasion, HydraFacial targets dead skin cells, fine lines, and wrinkles. But, unlike Microdermabrasion, HydraFacial is safe for all skin types and leaves your skin feeling supple and plump – not dried out.
The HydraFacial MD machine is a super exfoliator that uses a smooth vortex-fusion tool to infuse a serum that quenches the skin with vital nutrients like antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid as it exfoliates; by hydrating the skin simultaneously it tempers the exfoliation process and prevents the skin from drying out, leaving you with fully hydrated skin that appears younger, clearer and more luminous – with absolutely no side effects! That’s because HydraFacial removes the dead skin with nutrient based water-like substances rather than just grit, so your skin won’t get irritated.
HydraFacial for the win!
If you’re looking for the latest and greatest, HydraFacial is the way to go. The cost of HydraFacial is comparable to Microdermabrasion, both run anywhere from $150 to $300 per treatment, but HydraFacial can be done in half the time and offers more bang for your buck. Bottom line, HydraFacial is a quicker, more gentle way to rejuvenate your skin while providing beneficial minerals that help your skin remain a healthy glow and youthful appearance. It is the Winner of New Beauty Magazine 2018 as the “Go to facial for a healthy glow.” It offers amazing results that can be achieved in minutes.
There are also optional upgrades to a “Signature” HydraFacial that can be customized to meet your skin goals and concerns which may include growth factor with the CTGF Booster that is designed to restore skin health and helps lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. To target fine lines and wrinkles, the Dermabuilder Booster can improve skin tone and texture. And for dark spots and sun damage, the Britenol Booster is clinically proven to leave skin glowing with a more even complexion with key ingredients including alpha-arbutin and Vitamin C that brings out a brighter complexion.
Another option that you may choose with your HydraFacial is Lymphatic drainage. It stimulates the Lymphatic system and helps puffiness to go down on the face and under the eyes. With this add on, toxins are moved out of the lymph nodes and circulation is increased giving your face that much needed glow!
And lastly, you may opt for Red & Blue LED Light Therapy.
Red LED light therapy treat wrinkles, rosacea, sun damage and helps patient achieve a healthy glow. In addition, Red LEDs help reduce the appearance of scars, broken capillaries and promotes healing.
Blue LED light therapy is used to treat acne and blemishes caused from clogged pores.