How to Do a HydraFacial at Home in 5 Simple Steps
Save yourself the expense and hassle of appointments, and try doing a Hydrafacial at home.
One HydraFacial is performed every 15 seconds, according to statistics. That's how crazy popular this facial treatment is right now.
And the reason it's so popular? Because it's one of the few skincare treatments out there that addresses a variety of common skin concerns like acne, fine lines, enlarged pores, and discoloration with little to no side effects. No downtime needed!
Sound good? Read on to hear more about the HydraFacial treatment, its benefits, and how to achieve the same results (or at least, very, very similar ones) at home.
What is a HydraFacial?
The HydraFacial is a skin resurfacing treatment that clears your pores of excess sebum and gunk, while hydrating your skin. It can help treat a number of skin concerns such as acne, fine lines and wrinkles, as well as dullness and hyperpigmentation.
The four-step treatment involves cleansing, exfoliating, extracting, and hydrating the skin using various skincare products infused with ingredients like glycolic acid and hyaluronic acid, to name a few.
The HydraFacial starts with cleansing to remove dead skin cells and excess oil from the skin. Next, a blend of glycolic and salicylic acids is applied to the skin to break up any leftover grime and dead skin. Then the HydraPeel Tip is used to suck out dirt, oil, blackheads, whiteheads, and impurities. Once this is complete, the esthetician will slather your skin in hydrating and plumping serums.
"The serums have anti-aging and antioxidant properties and are tailored to address the specific needs of the patients," says dermatologist Dr. Anna Guanche.
How to Do a Hydrafacial at Home
DIY hydrafacial -- right here. While most people visit a licensed professional for an in-office HydraFacial treatment, it is possible to achieve similar results from home with a few easy steps. No HydraFacial machine needed! Here's how to do an at home hydrafacial.
#1: Deep Cleanse
When doing your own HydraFacial at home, always start with a freshly cleaned base. Besides getting rid of the day's dirt and oil, starting with a clean base will help other products penetrate more effectively.
We recommend Truly's Vegan Collagen Booster Facial Cleanser which contains retinol to gently resurface and refine the skin. Besides cleansing away grime and impurities, this cleanser combats visible signs of aging such as fine lines and sagging.
#2: Physically Exfoliate
The secret behind the HydraFacial is exfoliating with light, consistent strokes to slowly slough off dead skin and reveal a fresh top layer of skin. Exfoliation is an important step in any skincare routine as it decongests the pores and enables other products to penetrate deeper.
We recommend Truly's 24k Gold Black Soap Impurity Cleanser. This sugar-based scrub sloughs away dead skin cells and dirt for instantly brighter, fresher skin. It's also made with a blend of charcoal, African black soap, and 24k gold to soak up excess oil and clear breakouts.
#3: Chemically Exfoliate
Now that you've physically exfoliated your skin, it's time to apply a chemical exfoliant. This will help loosen pore debris and dead skin cells so everything else works better and your skin glows. It's a step in the at home hydrafacial you don't want to miss.
Look for a product formulated with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid, lactic acid, or citric acid, as these work to dissolve dead skin and decongest pores.
Hydration is an essential step in the process to help your skin retain its natural, dewy glow. After thorough exfoliation, your skin may feel a little dry and thirsty. To restore soft, glowing skin, slather on a hydrating serum.
We recommend Truly's Glass Skin Facial Serum which is formulated with jojoba oil and niacinamide to intensely hydrate, lock in moisture, and make the pores appear smaller. Plus, it's fragrance-free so ideal for sensitive skin.
#5: Apply an Occlusive
The final step in the process: deeply moisturize. Moisturizing with an occlusive agent such as plant oils and butters will seal in the hydration and maintain healthy, glowing skin for hours to come.
We recommend Truly's Glazed Donut Facial Glow Cream which is formulated with a blend of coconut, passion fruit, and vitamin E to lock in moisture, plump out lines, and leave skin glistening. It's the rejuvenation facial cream you need as the final step of your hydrafacial at home.
Will the HydraFacial Really Give You Radiant Skin?
Unlike some treatments such as microdermabrasion and microneedling, the HydraFacial can be helpful to all skin types and aid a number of skin issues.
"The treatment reduces fine lines and wrinkles, increases firmness, evens tone, texture, and brown spots, as well as reducing enlarged pores," says Dr. Guanche.
And the benefits go on...
"This treatment is nice for teenagers with acne, adults with pimples, wrinkles, and hyper-pigmentation, and for older patients with sun damage and even flaky pre-cancerous spots (as part of more serious treatments)," explains New York dermatologist Dr. Ellen Marmur. "Although beneficial to many skin types, those with active rashes, sunburns, or rosacea, along with pregnant patients, should abstain from this treatment."
All in all, if you're consistent with this treatment, you can expect to enjoy a slew of benefits ranging from fewer blemishes to even skin tone, improved skin texture to fewer dark circles and of course overall improved skin health.
Benefits of HydraFacials
Here are all the reasons you should try the hydrafacial treatment at home.
Reduction of Fine Lines and Wrinkles: HydraFacials gently resurface and deliver antioxidants to the skin, helping to soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Enhanced Skin Elasticity: The hydration and nourishment provided by HydraFacials can promote improved skin elasticity, contributing to a firmer and more supple complexion.
Minimized Appearance of Age Spots: HydraFacials use resurfacing techniques to reduce the appearance of age spots and discoloration, creating a more even skin tone.
Overall Skin Rejuvenation: By addressing multiple aspects of skin health, including exfoliation, hydration, and extraction, HydraFacials provide comprehensive rejuvenation that can leave your skin looking fresher and more youthful.
What about HydraFacial Aftercare?
The magical thing about HydraFacials is that they trigger next to no side effects. Nevertheless, we still advise you to apply a thick layer of sunscreen following the treatment if you plan on going outdoors during the daytime.
From chemical peels to hydradermabrasion, peptide facial therapy to Botox and of course HydraFacials, there are so many skincare treatments to choose from. If you'd like to achieve HydraFacial results without splurging hundreds of dollars on an in-office treatment, we urge you to try our DIY HydraFacial treatment.
For best results, carry out this hydrafacial at home once every couple of weeks to help reduce and prevent fine lines, acne, discoloration, oversized pores, and dark spots.