Hydra facial – Pamper Friday 

  
The HydraFacial MD is one of the most sought after beauty treatments. After all, who doesn’t want glowing, flawless skin that is so clearly promised? This particular procedure has been endorsed by numerous talk shows and is constantly being evaluated by fashion magazines, all of which are giving their praising reviews. Even reality television programs have been referencing this unique facial. Kate Winslet, Brittany Snow, Paris Hilton and Amy Poehler are just a few celebrities that are vouching for this therapeutic, non-abrasive treatment. Out of curiosity I had to find out what all the hype was about. 
The condition of my skin, prior to my arrival at the spa, consisted of a handful of whiteheads and a few breakouts. Plus, I have observed an oilier complexion as of late. The big selling point with the HydraFacial MD is that it is designed for all skin types, is non invasive and will hydrate and replenish one’s skin. In essence, there is a machine with a long tube-like piece attached to it that resembles a pen. This pen has various replaceable tips that is guided by your esthetician while working endlessly on your face. For those curious, the equipment is referred to as vortex technology. All in all, after the countless critiques and feedback I received, and although I know better, I was expecting to come out with that wow factor.
As I settled in on the massage table, my skin was examined and washed. I asked to have each step explained to me as it was happening and my esthetician was more then happy to comply. This particular HydraFacial lasted an hour and had four steps.
Step one was the exfoliation and the removal of all the dead skin. This cleansing felt a bit like mild sandpaper or a toothbrush rubbing up against your skin. It was the most uncomfortable part of the procedure, yet it was over within a minute. Do not get me wrong it was definitely tolerable, my skin is just sensitive.
Step two was the acid peel, which loosens dirt and grease from pores. Some reviews that I read prior to my first session mentioned to expect a tingling sensation. I, however, only sensed moisture coming out of the vortex-fusion tool.
Step three consisted of extractions. This felt like a vacuum tugging lightly on my face. Compared to the manual extractions from other facials, I felt that this was effective and painless. At this point you can request to see exactly what has been sucked into the tube. The extraction process typically lasts around the five-minute mark. I found that to be similar with this facial as any longer and it becomes uncomfortable.

Lastly is Step four, in which the HydraFacial MD uses hydration to nourish and shield your skin with antioxidants. A collagen rich serum shoots in hyaluronic acid that your face absorbs quickly.
After the one hour treatment was over, I was a bit hesitant to look into a mirror. I figured my skin must be red. To my surprise it was just extremely shiny. Nevertheless, I was told to expect that and to not wash my face for a couple of hours. As I examined myself in the mirror, I noticed that my pores did clear up significantly but there were still some deeper, stubborn whiteheads that did not disappear. Doesn’t $150 per session mean that the facial is a lot more thorough? Were my expectations too high? As a wave of disenchantment came over me, I began to touch my face. My skin definitely felt softer and smoother. So I decided to focus on the positive effects. Although I do agree that the HydraFacial MD does in fact provide results with no downtime, I was anticipating more from the rave reviews and the number of individuals preaching about this service.  
However, I would definitely recommend this to others! Next will be the peel…!!! Eeeek! 

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