facial treatment in spa settingIf you apply moisturizer but your skin is still flaky, itchy or developing fine lines, you could benefit from a hydrating facial. As more information comes to light about the relationship between moisture, aging and skin conditions like acne, hydrating facials have surged in popularity for their reparative results. Learn more about the benefits.

What Is a Hydrating Facial?

Hydrating facials deliver moisture to dry, irritated skin. The multi-step procedure targets cells below the surface to exfoliate and improve turnover, revealing more youthful skin.

While procedures vary, the typical hydrating facial starts with cleansing and toning before exfoliating the skin. This combination improves absorption for the hydrating serum applied afterwards, will be followed by a massage to improve circulation and then a mask or other protectant to lock in moisture.

During a hydrating facial:

  • A wand helps extract debris and infuse skin with the serum.
  • Acids like glucose, beta or alpha hydroxy may be used for exfoliation.
  • Hydration typically comes from hyaluronic acid, peptides and antioxidants.
  • LED light therapy is a component of many hydrating facials to address sources of acne and irritation.

This combination of steps:

  • Brings the water present in your skin toward the surface to improve hydration and decrease water loss contributing to dehydration.
  • Offers more visible results within one procedure, although more facials may be needed to retain the desired effect.
  • Helps keep the skin hydrated, especially during the dry winter months.
  • Improves cellular turnover and product absorption.
  • Addresses a number of skin concerns, from oiliness to uneven texture and aging.

Why Choose a Hydrating Facial?

Hydrating facials offer the following benefits for a range of skin concerns.

Brighter Skin

Aging, dehydration from cold and dry conditions, and slower cell turnover can make skin look dull. The combination of hydration and exfoliation creates brighter, softer, smoother skin by improving:

  • Your skin’s moisture level
  • Blood circulation
  • Cellular turnover
  • Product absorption

More Even Tone and Texture

Age and slow cellular turnover can contribute to a rougher texture. You may also notice patches of red, dark or dry skin. Hydrating facials address these issues by encouraging collagen production and cell regeneration at deeper levels, pulling your skin’s moisture toward the surface.

These factors control existing moisture, boost hydration and help control fine lines, irritation and flakiness.

Controlling Acne

Unfortunately, many acne treatments dry out the skin. Dermatologists and aestheticians acknowledge that dehydration may contribute to clogged pores and excess oil production, particularly once you experience adult acne.

Rather than stripping away natural oils, hydrating facials attempt to create a balance that limits moisture loss and controls oil production.

More Hydrated Skin

Dehydration amplifies the effects of aging and further contributes to redness, itchiness, dryness and increased sensitivity. Targeted hydration helps reduce moisture loss toward the surface of the skin, which reduces these issues and helps the skin better repair itself.

For All Skin Types

People of all ages and skin types can benefit from enhanced hydration. Hydrating facials are gentle enough for sensitive skin, help control oil and acne for teens, and combat dehydration, dryness and fine lines for older adults.

Better Product Absorption

Clearing away all the dead skin cells on the surface and exposing the younger skin below helps improve product absorption. In turn, many people report more pronounced results from their moisturizer, serum and other skin products following their hydrating facial.
Interested in trying our Hydralessence Facial? Make an appointment with Catherine & Company today!