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It’s Party Time! Top tips on getting party season ready, Zoom style!

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Alok
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SKIN PEELS
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Lockdown has certainly put the breaks on our wild nights out, but this festive season, we refuse to go un-glammed for any longer!

Whilst the classic Christmas party may be a little different to usual, there’s no reason why we can’t get our best dress on, party make-up out and a glass of fizz to accompany us to the ball. Yes, a Zoom ball is a thing!

By now, we’re all too familiar with the fear of webcam, but this Christmas it’s all about confidence. To ensure we’re ready for the party season, we’ve spoken to Selen Hurer, professional make-up artist and our very own Group Clinical Director, Dr Toni Phillips, to get their top tips on getting party season ready, Zoom style!

Preparation is key

Dr Toni reveals that before applying make-up it’s important that we focus on prepping our skin. The best way to do so is by using a three-step cleansing routine. This includes cleansing, exfoliating (especially if you have an oily T-zone) and moisturising.

It’s also important to use a SPF, one that acts like a hydrator so that your make-up looks good over the top of it. SPF is super important, even if indoors. UV rays still enter through windows and the emitted blue light from screens and devices can also age skin.

DestinationSkin have a great range of SPF products for all skin types, plus you get 20% off & Free Delivery on your first order.

Check out their entire range here.

Less is definitely more

While we’re normally used to pulling every palette out of the make-up drawer ahead of a party, when getting ready for the webcam, it’s a bit different. Professional make-up artist, Selen, says it’s best to go for minimal make up, keeping the skin light and fresh.

It’s important to focus on the T-zone section of our face as this is oilier, something that the webcam will pick up on. To avoid this, simply blot your forehead, nose, and chin with minimal make-up leaving the cheeks to give a little dewier look.

Dr Toni reveals that we can also control excess oil on the skin before applying make-up by using a cleanser with salicylic acid and some quality oil-control pads. These are soaked in salicylic acid and should be wiped over the face, mainly the t-zone immediately after cleansing.

Try the Medik8 Surface Radiance Cleanser, formulated with both salicylic and lactic and mandelic acid, to decongest your pores and achieve an airbrushed look.

Complexion, complexion, complexion

Selen reveals that complexion is everything when it comes to that webcam glow and has shared her three must-haves for a simple but effective look.

  • Use an illuminating or brightening primer to blur away imperfections and even out that skin tone
  • For a bronzed look, go for a tinted moisturiser instead of a thick heavy foundation. This will give you a dewy look that works every time
  • Go for a cream blush on the apples of the cheeks – this is a super easy way to get an instant lift

All that shimmer and sparkle

It’s no secret that we love a bit of glitter over the festive period, not just on the decorations but our faces as well! However, Selen reveals that loose glitter can be a bit of a hassle and we should opt for a creamy based eyeshadow with sparkly pigments instead. This can instantly lift the eyes and give us that Christmas glow we’re all after.

Complimentary colours

Aside from make-up, there are other ways to give us that glamour glow. When looking in our wardrobe, think about the colours that will complement our skin.

  • Cool undertones: silvers, greys, magentas, emeralds and sapphires are your go-to
  • Warm undertones: autumnal colours such as rich rusty browns and bronze colours will compliment your skin
  • Neutral undertones: light peaches and dusty pinks will work amazingly with your skin tone

Illuminate yourself

We all know the secret to a good selfie is lighting and this is no different when on webcam. Make sure the light is always in front of you, rather than above or behind, either of these angles can cast unflattering shadows on your face.

We know the hours are a lot shorter in the winter months, but try and use as much natural light as possible. This is the key to great complexion and can give your eyes that special shimmer.

If using artificial light, have a play around and move the light source further away from your face and let your webcam automatically adjust the balance. This will give the most natural lighting possible.

Post festivities care

We all know that January comes hand-in-hand with a kick start on exercise and healthy eating. Dr Toni reveals that it’s also very important to look after our skin once the festive indulgences are out the way, as this can lead to dehydration and inflammation of the skin.

Simple steps such as clean nutrition and getting back into a solid skincare routine, with a few more hours sleep, can help your skin’s revitalisation process.

Top tip: If you really want to show you skin some TLC post holidays, a Hydrafacial treatment is ideal for deep cleansing and detoxing, leaving you with a brighter, glowing complexion. At DestinationSkin, we’re giving you FREE Hydrafacials when you purchase our best selling packages this December!

By following these seven steps, you’ll feel more confident when it comes to rocking up at the Christmas party, even if it is virtual!

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The Different Types of HydraFacial

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Alok
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SKIN TREATMENT

There are many kinds of HydraFacial, and all use patented technology to cleanse, extract and hydrate the skin. Their unique, personalised six step approach is what makes them so memorable and effective in treating a range of skin conditions and concerns.

But now, HydraFacial has gone to the next level with the additional use of medical grade booster serums and collaborations with reputable skincare brands. So when you next ask for a HydraFacial, here is everything you need to know about the new add-ons to tailor and enhance your treatment.

What is a HydraFacial?

HydraFacials are professional facials that use a patented six step technology to cleanse, extract, exfoliate, stimulate and detoxify your skin. It is a rejuvenating, elevated facial with visible results in restoring brightness and improving overall skin tone and texture.

HydraFacial can also help alleviate redness, acne and reduce fine lines and wrinkles or pigmentation.

Read here for more information on the impact of HydraFacials.

At DestinationSkin, we exclusively offer HydraFacial Platinum which is the most sophisticated level of HydraFacial. When getting a facial at Platinum level, there are some new, advanced steps compared to the classic treatment. These are:

Detox – promotes faster lymphatic functioning to help expel bodily toxins

Cleanse + Peel – works to resurface the skin and rejuvenate skin cells. Think of this step as a HydraFacial with a peel (one similar to chemical peels)

Extract + Hydrate – removes debris and bacteria with vortex suction technology to restore the pores to normal size and flood the skin with essential hydration for long term water retention

Fuse + Project – Antioxidants and peptides saturate the skin’s surface which are specifically designed to brighten your complexion

Rejuvenate – an LED light treatment of red and infrared wavelengths to stimulate collagen and elastin production for visibly younger skin

This treatment is enhanced dramatically through the use of boosters and solutions.

HydraFacial boosters and solutions

Only HydraFacial uses patented technology to develop additional formulas to elevate a facial. There are HydraFacial solutions for brightening, calming, hydrating, restoring and refining.

The boosters for brightening and hydrating are:

  • Circadia Chrono-Peptide – for clinically younger looking skin. Targets dynamic, expression lines for a re-charged appearance. Developed by Circadia, containing energising and regenerating ingredients like chrono-peptides, Neodermyl® – a kind of injectable filler for firmer skin – and matrixyl – a family of peptides that encourage the new growth of collagen and elastin.
  • HydraFacial Britenol – ideal for dull and pigmented skin. Contains alpha-arbutin, for brightness, vitamin C for its antioxidant effect and bearberry extract.
  • ZO Brightalive Booster® – powered by ZO Skin Health, this HydraFacial Brightalive booster serum is specifically formulated to prevent future pigmentation, reduce brown spots and improve skin tone. It restores hydration and evens pigmentation through the use of glycerine.
  • Circadia Protect Plus – perfected for treating dull, dry. city-polluted skin and redness. It is essential in protecting your skin against free radicals. It contains peptides and delivers essential antioxidants and hydration through Brightenyl®, AcquaCell™ and hyaluronic acid.

For calming inflamed and red skin, the ZO Rozatrol Booster is recommended to help visibly reduce the signs of redness, promote stronger skin health and detoxify the skin. Ingredients like lactose, milk protein and Rosa Canina extract help control sebum production and minimise inflammation. Perfect for combating acne.

For firming, restoring and refining, you can add the following boosters:

HydraFacial Regen GF Booster – stimulates production of collagen and elastin, diminishes fine lines and traps and expels toxins. Contains naturally occurring proteins for better skin care and health.

HydraFacial DermaBuilder – helps to smooth the appearance of static and dynamic lines and restores stronger skin elasticity. Contains peptides like hydroxythreonine and palmitoyl. Peptides are amino acids that act as the building blocks of proteins like collagen and elastin which are essential in combating the signs of ageing. Good for sagging, lacklustre skin.

Murad Retinol Booster for HydraFacial – promotes rapid skin renewal, plumps and evens out skin tone for a youthful glow. Contains retinol (an anti-ageing vitamin A derivative), collagen peptides and glycolic acid. Developed by skincare company Murad.

Circadia Chrono-Peptide – an energising booster that also deeply brightens. See above for more information.

There is often talk about the benefits of combining HydraFacial with other treatments, such as microdermabrasion or putting HydraFacial and microneedling together. This may be something for you to consider, as a dual treatment approach may enhance your final outcome. Read more about HydraFacial vs microdermabrasion and microneedling.

Key takeaways

  • HydraFacial is a brand of patented facials, dedicated to giving you beautiful skin
  • HydraFacials can be used with or without booster serums, but for an enhanced, elevated result, or to target specific skin conditions, they are recommended
  • HydraFacials are relaxing and non-invasive
  • The ingredients used in the facial prepare your skin for fighting future aggressors, outbreaks and wrinkles
  • Every facial leaves you looking brighter and glowing – with noticeable results

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The Best Ways to Detox Skin

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Alok
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SKIN TREATMENT

The skin is bombarded with damaging aggressors on a daily basis and in order to keep your skin at the top of its game, a skin detox is essential. There are a range of different things you can do to ensure your skin is in its strongest, healthiest condition.

What is a detox?

A detox denotes a period of time where you abstain from unhealthy substances or remove toxins from the body. A skin detox involves the same. It is a trending term used to describe a period of time where you only do good things for the skin and Marie Kondo the bad.

Usually, detoxes are short lived and involve different skincare products, various types of detoxing masks, yoga and a lot of water. And sometimes, these things actually do more harmful than good for the skin. So, knowing the right ways to ‘detox’ your skin is fundamental.

How to detox skin at home

When we think about skin detoxing, physical exfoliation is often the first thing to come to mind. However, this is incorrect. The school of thought surrounding skin detoxing is based on rebuilding strength and improving skin health. As bodily toxins cannot be expelled through the skin, the practice of skin detoxing is done on an epidermal level.

By targeting the outer layer of skin, the epidermal, the first best way to detox the skin is to prepare it, and protect it, against external aggressors.

UV rays, pollution and smoking are the main contributors to prematurely aged, damaged and dull skin. So, cutting out tobacco and wearing SPF helps create a shield defence against UV rays, pollution and promotes brighter, healthier skin.

There are three types of UV rays: A, B and C. UVA and UVB both affect the skin, whereas UVC is absorbed by the o-zone layer. UVB causes visible damage, like sunburns and pigmentation spots and over exposure can lead to skin cancer.

UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin, causing cellular disturbances and the skin to age prematurely. Wearing SPF daily, not only protects the skin against UV rays, but also air pollution.

When detoxing your skin of pollutants, it is best to wash your face with lukewarm water and use a gentle cleanser. Cleansing helps to remove the surface-level particulate matter on the skin, which is present in the air. Particulate matter is a form of air pollutant, and made up of solid and liquid particles like soot and dust.

A daily skin cleanse, and doing it twice (double cleansing) will help remove initial residue and deeper set chemicals. First cleanse your skin with an oil cleanser and follow up with a water-based one.

Be sure not to over cleanse or dry brush when exfoliating as this can strip the skin of natural oils that help keep the skin hydrated. It is best to do this 2/3 times a week or when your skin looks noticeably greyer and congested.

Diet can also benefit the skin and body detox. As mentioned before, toxins cannot be released through the skin glands, so intense exercise is not actually necessary for a skin detox – but the right foods are.

Many people assume that sweat is a bodily toxin, but its composition is mostly water and small traces of elements like salt, potassium, magnesium, calcium and urea – and is actually healthy.

Some foods, on the other hand, can be incredibly unhealthy and have a direct result on your skin’s complexion.

Whilst the body expels toxins on its own, it can become less productive. By eating the right foods, it can enhance healthy bodily function. Too much refined sugar, carbohydrates and dairy products can all impact the digestive and circulatory systems (the lymphatic system).

These foods are linked to obesity, heart disease and diabetes, but can also present themselves visibly in the form of spots and a dullen appearance.

The lymphatic system is responsible for removing toxins and its function can be improved through healthy habits like:

  • Drinking 6 – 8 glasses of water a day
  • Eating healthy fats – not all fats are bad! Avocados, dark chocolate, eggs, salmon are good ones
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables – antioxidants are in blueberries, green vegetables, garlic, celery, grapefruit and help fight free radicals
  • Nuts and seeds – chia seeds, Brazilian nuts and flaxseeds are loaded with fibre, vitamin E and magnesium
  • Citrus fruits – pop a couple of slices of lemon in your water and you’re doing two good things at once!
  • Getting enough sleep – the body functions better after a good night sleep and sleep gives you a healthy, brighter appearance

There are lots of professional skin detoxification treatments out there, but they probably won’t impact the lymphatic system which is responsible for expelling toxins, regulating body fluid levels and protecting your body against foreign invaders.

There is one treatment, however, that does and it’s the HydraFacial.

A HydraFacial is the best thing for detoxifying your skin and is a kind of ‘detox facial’. It works in six steps using patented technology to deeply cleanse, remove dead skin cells, brighten and re-establish a stronger skin barrier. It also activates collagen and elastin production which leaves your skin looking younger after the first treatment!

The six steps to HydraFacial are:

  • Detox – encourages drainage of the lymphatic system
  • Cleanse and Exfoliate – to lift away surface level bacteria, debris and pollutants
  • Brighten and Refresh – restores your natural, clean complexion with glycolic and salicylic acids
  • Extract – impurities are removed using a combination of antioxidants, fruit extracts, chestnut seed and hyaluronic acid
  • Hydrate and Nourish – perfect for dry skin types as a flood of essential skincare ingredients intensely hydrate and nourish the skin
  • Stimulate and Rejuvenate – an LED light device artificially stimulates collagen to restore vitality

Read more about the steps of HydraFacial.

The benefits of HydraFacial:

There are many reasons why we recommend HydraFacial, mainly because of its numerous benefits in promoting better skin health. For any skin detox, it’s essential. It is possibly the only facial that effectively improves your body’s ability to expel internal toxins too.

Some of HydraFacials many benefits are:

  • Its suitability for all skin types and sensitivities: especially acne-prone, sun damaged, dull and dry skin
  • Uses natural ingredients, sugars and proteins that occur in the body
  • Deeply cleans and rehydrates the skin
  • Visible results: clients have noticed improved brightness, cleanness, skin texture, tone and overall appearance
  • It can be included into your weekly skincare routine and doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils
  • Relaxing
  • Promotes a stronger skin barrier
  • Leaves your skin in its healthiest condition
  • Tailored by our experts to suit your skin needs
  • Painless and no downtime needed
  • Affordable

Once you make a habit out of HydraFacial, it has serious benefits in giving you stronger, younger and healthier skin. It is always the right way to detox your skin.

Book a free consultation with one of our medical practitioners to find out more information on skin detoxes and HydraFacials.


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Nominate A Keyworker Who Deserves A FREE Personalised Facial

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It’s been a difficult few weeks especially for our brave key workers and we want to show our appreciation. We’re treating 5 special, very worthy WINNERS to a personalised facial on us once our clinics re-open this Summer! All you have to do? Vote for your winner now via the link below quick form! Show a #keyworker in your life just how much you care during these difficult times & nominate them to win one of our personalised facials!

Sometimes, your skin needs a little extra care to revive, hydrate, soothe or correct common skin concerns. Whether you’ve been a little guilty of neglecting your skincare routine from time to time or have a skin problem that you haven’t been able to alleviate yourself, our range of prescription facials target and improve the most commonly diagnosed skin concerns. Our approach isn’t the same for everyone: your DestinationSkin practitioner will help you find the right skin peel for your concerns, tailoring your treatment to your skin’s needs

What treatments are available?

Personalised prescription facial – This is usually the best option for combination skin, which can be both dry and oily often changing throughout the month.

Oxy brightener facial – Useful for acne and rejuvenation, it combines a deep exfoliation with oxygenating products. This is perfect for skin prone to a build-up of dead skin and congestion in the pores.

Acne facial – This treatment lightly exfoliates surface congestion by cleansing the pores deeply and bringing hydration to the upper layers. This treatment can be used on any combination, oily and acne-prone skin.

Collagen stem cell facial – For rejuvenation, this treatment combines a light exfoliation with firming peptides and radiance-boosting antioxidants. It’s ideal for any skin in need of an instant lift. Immediately, the skin will feel smoother, firmer and hydrated.

Retinol brightening facial – Tackling ageing and pigmentation, this is the most advanced of our facials. It smooths the surface, hydrates the deeper layers and stimulates new healthy collagen. Over a course of treatments, your skin will appear fresher with a more even colour and reduced fine lines. This facial is ideal for normal or dry skin and anyone concerned with pigmentation, lines and wrinkles.

Soothing facial – If you have sensitive skin in need of rejuvenation, this is a calming treatment that reduces redness. The botanical Epionce products dissolve away dead skin cells and comfort the skin. Eczema, psoriasis and rosacea, as well as sensitive acne, will benefit from this treatment’s ability to visibly reduce surface redness and flushing.

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Can HydraFacial help with Menopause and Dry Skin?

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The menopause causes a lot of symptoms, some less known than others, and dry skin is one of them. We’ve researched everything you need to know surrounding menopause skin changes, the causes, reasons why and how to cure them.

The symptoms of menopause

The menopause is the name of the biological process where women gradually stop having periods and experience fluctuating hormone levels. The first signs of menopause can occur between your 40s and 50s and are often accompanied by a variety of physiological symptoms.

Some of them are:

  • Short, sudden bursts of heat (hot flushes)
  • Night sweats
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Problems with memory and concentration
  • Headaches
  • Itchy skin
  • Increased hair growth

 

What does menopause do to your skin?

Throughout the menopause, your body undergoes a series of hormonal changes and imbalances. This imbalance of hormones, specifically the significant decline of estrogen levels, can cause a number of skin issues. Some can be:

  • Menopausal dry skin
  • Itchy skin
  • Wrinkled, aging skin
  • Menopausal acne

 
Estrogen, interchangeable with oestrogen, is the hormone responsible for the development and regulation of the female reproductive system. Although present in both men and women, however, women produce higher levels of it.

As oestrogen levels change, the skin changes too. The link between hormones and the skin is key, as skin is very sensitive to hormonal fluxes, so as you enter the menopause, it’s very common to experience epidermal and dermal side effects.

The sebaceous glands are responsible for releasing sebum (oil) across the skin’s surface, known as the epidermis. The oil acts as a barrier between your skin and external damage and keeps it protected and lubricated.

The sebaceous glands are extremely receptive to changes in hormones and may respond by over producing sebum, resulting in menopausal skin breakouts and acne. Or alternatively, by underproducing sebum which strips the skin of its natural oils and results in dry, itchy skin.

The changing levels of oestrogen not only affect the outer layer of skin, but can also cause changes within the skin’s structure.

The dermis is the part of the skin where a range of cellular interactions occur that directly affect the appearance of the skin. The dermis provides elasticity to the skin and produces essential skin-firming proteins, like collagen and elastin.

Therefore, when you enter the menopause, the reduction of hormones can stunt the production of collagen, causing the skin cells to age faster, begin to sag and cause fine lines and wrinkles to become more prominent.

Dry skin menopause treatment

Luckily, there are many skin and professional treatments to help cure aged, dry and itchy menopausal skin.

Things to try at home:

Dry skin is often exacerbated by washing in hot water, harsh cosmetic products and low humidity. So by washing your skin with lukewarm water and moisturising with a heavy, emollient cream afterwards can help retain moisture and reduce dryness and itchiness.

Avoiding the use of harsh cosmetics can also help. Be sure to switch to water-based, gentle formulas to reduce unnecessary aggravation of the skin.

Investing in a humidifier can also help with chronic dry skin and may improve skin issues caused by menopause by keeping the air full of moisture.

To help aged skin, adding skin care ingredients like hyaluronic acid, collagen, glycolic acid and retinol into your regime helps to keep the skin hydrated and healthy.

Professional treatments for menopausal skin

  • Professional facials (HydraFacial) – quickly targets visible skin concerns non-invasively, without any side effects or downtime. Can help target itchiness, dryness and restore a youthful complexion to aged skin.
  • Hormone replacement therapy – helps treat the physiological symptoms of menopause like hot flushes, night sweats and epidermal hydration. Can increase production of diminished hormones like oestrogen.
  • Acne treatments – to help control menopausal induced breakouts and acne. Helps regulate normal sebaceous gland function which can prevent future spots.
  • Collagen production – an anti-ageing treatment to boost collagen levels and alleviate the signs of aging accelerated through menopause.

 
The most recommended route to take for treating dry skin is having regular HydraFacials. HydraFacial is not only immensely powerful in treating menopausal skin, but is probably the best facial treatment for aging skin.

At DestinationSkin, we offer a range of HydraFacials, all working in six steps to thoroughly nourish the skin, reduce dryness and give you back a youthful complexion. It is the best facial for aging, tired skin which not only targets dryness, but can also reverse the signs of ageing and promotes a firmer complexion overall.

During a HydraFacial, you can expect your skin to be flooded with important skin care ingredients like:

  • Hyaluronic and lactic acid – to firm and create an even complexion. Essential in keeping the skin looking youthful
  • Salicylic and glycolic acids – to exfoliate, brighten and treat spot-prone skin. Helps regulate sebum production
  • Organic botanical serums – to cleanse, hydrate and tone the skin. Improves water retention that ensures long lasting hydration
  • Antioxidants and peptides – to fight against skin cell damage and leave your skin glowing. Has anti-ageing properties
  • Vitamin A and C – to restore skin radiance and promote stronger skin health. Helps to unclog pores that lead to a dull, dry complexion

 
HydraFacial is also a collagen boosting treatment (yes, it really is!). During the final stage of the facial, called the Stimulate phase, you can expect your HydraFacial expert to use LED light technology to activate the production of collagen and elastin. Infrared light treatments work to restore the skin to its former glory by triggering cell renewal, repairing damaged skin, improving skin tone and replenishing collagen levels lost throughout the menopause.

Find out more about the impact of HydraFacial.

Key Takeaways

  • Menopause can cause many symptoms and some are not very well known, such as dry, itchy and acne-prone skin
  • Skin issues occur in menopause due to decreased levels of oestrogen
  • Skincare products can alleviate some menopausal skin concerns but may take time
  • HydraFacials are the best way to target dry skin and improve your complexion and reduce wrinkles instantly

 
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Is HydraFacial the right treatment for you?

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Ajay
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SKIN PEELS
SKIN TREATMENT

HydraFacial treatment, also sometimes known as ‘hydradermabrasion’, is a brand of patented facials that can target a range of skin concerns. They are customisable, suitable for all skin types and can become more advanced to target specific skin concerns through the use of added boosters and serums.

But, as there are so many treatments available to treat different things, it’s hard to know whether HydraFacial is right for you. We have compared HydraFacial with a few common treatments so you can decide for yourself.

HydraFacial vs Microdermabrasion

HydraFacial and microdermabrasion are only similar through their exfoliating, skin rejuvenating properties and efficacy in targeting pigmentation, aged skin, dullness and sun damage.

Microdermabrasion is an exfoliating treatment that contains antibacterial crystals to physically exfoliate the epidermal, outer layer of skin. It is mostly suitable for refreshing the skin and targets dull, oily and congested skin well due to its exfoliating nature.

It may also be beneficial in targeting static wrinkles and fine lines, and help to reduce the appearance of large pores and vellus hair (‘peach fuzz’) too.

As it is quite an abrasive treatment, it is not recommended on sensitive skin types, or those suffering with acne, eczema and rosacea. Although, this treatment’s different levels of pressure can be altered depending on your skin, acne and conditions like it, can still be easily irritated and worsened through physical exfoliation.

Some side effects may be increased tenderness, redness and inflammation of the treated area.

Is HydraFacial better than microdermabrasion?

Compared to Microdermabrasion, HydraFacials are gentle, less abrasive and invasive. Microdermabrasion would be more suitable to treat dull, congested skin and is less suitable for dry skin.

HydraFacial, however, can treat complex skin conditions like acne, rosacea and rehydrate dry, sensitive skin.

The main difference between HydraFacial and microdermabrasion is that, whilst microdermabrasion treatment exfoliates, exfoliation is only one part of a HydraFacial treatment.

HydraFacial is also a newer treatment, with newer technology that not only exfoliates, but also detoxes the skin, cleanses, extracts impurities, hydrates and stimulates the production of anti-ageing proteins. If you suffer from blackheads, the extraction stage of a HydraFacial is ideal to gently remove deeply set bacteria.

In this aspect, HydraFacials are kinder and more advanced than microdermabrasion.

Skin peels vs HydraFacials

Skin peels, also known as ‘chemical peels’, do not actually contain any chemicals, but rather are named after the medical grade solutions used to hydrate and protect the skin.

They are a type of medical spa facial that works using a blend of active ingredients for thorough cleansing and exfoliation.

These ingredients also prompt skin cell renewal and stimulate collagen production which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and promotes a clearer complexion.

Compared to HydraFacial, skin peels work mostly on the surface layer of skin to reverse the signs of ageing, whereas HydraFacials work to remove deeply set dirt, sebum and dead skin cells to promote healthy functioning of the skin’s barrier.

Skin peels are generally more affordable, but with HydraFacials, your money goes further – especially with the new Platinum HydraFacial range which features a skin peel included into the facial.

Microneedling vs HydraFacial

Microneedling is similar to microdermabrasion in its invasiveness. It works by using a Dermaroller – a hand held tool that has ultra-fine needles attached to it –to gently roll over the skin causing a small amount of trauma to activate the skin healing process and stimulate new skin cell growth.

This treatment has strong benefits in treating acne scarring and stretch marks, which HydraFacial is less effective in diminishing. They are similar treatments in a sense, as both treatments encourage future skin rejuvenation, but HydraFacial has less adverse side effects compared to microneedling.

After a HydraFacial there is no downtime, whereas with microneedling you may experience some localised bleeding around the entry holes. This is because – especially when treating scarring – the needle penetrates deeper into the skin to repair the damaged skin tissue.

This bleeding, however, should subside in the hours after the treatment but it’s probably best not to plan a big event after a microneedling treatment!

Key things to remember

  • HydraFacials are suitable for all skin types and can target a range of skin conditions in one session
  • HydraFacials produce gentle, but visible, skin rejuvenation
  • The most invasive treatments are microneedling and microdermabrasion
  • Skin peels help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but also contain some powerful active ingredients which may irritate more sensitive skin

HydraFacial is the right treatment for anyone wanting to boost their glow, smoothen their complexion and deeply clean their skin – whilst still improving pigmentation, wrinkles and spots. Read more here if you’re still unsure!


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