If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then your skin is the mirror. Cortisol, aging, diet; they all show up on your skin. So how do we fight back against our own bodies?
If you’re looking for clearer, softer, and more radiant skin then you’ve probably thought about microdermabrasion before but may have been hesitant because your skin is dry or dehydrated and not scarred or acne prone. Luckily there is a new alternative to microdermabrasion treatments that is safe for all skin types, replenishes hydration and has many of the benefits of the traditional procedure. This new option is called hydradermabrasion. Of course, not one skin treatment is right for everyone so it’s important to understand which chemical procedure is best suited for your concerns.
For example, if you suffer from dry skin then you may seek out a hydradermabrasion to provide your skin with a gentle and healthy lift. On the other hand, people with oily and acne prone skin may choose a microdermabrasion to exfoliate and clean their skin as this can be more effective. The important thing is to know that you do have alternative options to treat your skin concerns and can start or continue to address them with a trusted esthetician.
There are always questions that arise when receiving a new treatment and we have answered some of the most common ones below:
What are they?
A microdermabrasion is a fairly sophisticated procedure that uses microcrystals to clear out pores while exfoliating the top layer of skin. Microcrystals are distributed using a hand-held applicator that brushes over the skin and removes dead skin cells impurities.
Microdermabrasions are effective in correcting skin tones and renewing a soft texture. The procedure is also commonly used for people who suffer from:
- Wrinkles and lines
- Acne and acne scars
- Uneven skin tones
- Sun damage
While it’s minimally invasive, the procedure does produce mild side effects, including redness.
Hydradermabrasion is a softer and less invasive chemical procedure. The hydradermabrasion treatment is called a HydraFacial and uses a custom water treatment that distributes moisture, peptides and serums to the skin to exfoliate and increase hydration. Side effects are rare, and results are seen immediately.
As the name would imply, hydradermabrasion treatments are used to enhance hydration in individuals with dry and irritated skin but it is customizable and safe for all skin types. The HydraFacial also removes impurities from the pores through gentle suction while pumping nutrients and peptides into the skin.
What are the differences between microdermabrasion and hydradermabrasion?
Generally, a hydrafacial procedure and microdermabrasion can be used to treat most skin impurities. Both are great for exfoliation but can be used to target different skin concerns. Microdermabrasions may be more effective for people with deeper scarring and skin damage, while hydradermabrasions are used for more mild treatments. Depending on the individual, six to ten treatments of microdemabrasion is recommended every two to six weeks to achieve the best results. Hydrademabrasion is recommended every two to four weeks to maintain refreshed, glowing skin. Both of the treatments stimulate collagen while only the HydraFacial increases blood flow.
|-Uses microcrystals||-Uses the Jet Peel Machine|
|-Exfoliates skin and removes dead cells||-Exfoliates skin and increases blood flow|
|-Not recommended for sensitive skin||-Suitable for all skin types|
|– Not invasive||-Not invasive|
|-Side effects include sensitivity and redness||– Sensitivity can occur|
Which Should I Choose?
While Hydrafacials are new and exciting, Microdermabrasion is more effective at treating deeper scars and fine lines. They are also great for increasing elasticity and collagen in the skin. Due to the microdermabrasion being a more intense treatment it is important to apply sunscreen and avoid the sun while the skin is healing. Avoiding this step in the treatment may cause further damage to the skin.
In comparison, hydradermabrasion is recommended for individuals who don’t have as severe of skin concerns. This treatment can be customized to any skin type and is used to achieve long-term benefits. The hydradermabrasion uses a combination of serums and boosters to hydrate while exfoliating the skin. This treatment is also used for stimulating your body’s own collagen.
When choosing the right treatment for you, it is important to understand what concerns you are looking to address. It is best to see a knowledgeable and trusted esthetician to determine the best option for you.