So I don’t normally post low res iPhone selfie images of myself, but I wanted you all to see the immediate results after I had a HydraFacial at Skin DC. These photos haven’t been altered at all. Not even for color or anything, and I have zero makeup on.
I got the HydraFacial on December 4th — it is now December 27th. I wanted to give my skin a while before writing about it so I could tell you how the results lasted over the course of a few weeks.
I talk about my skin and the results every once in a while on my Instagram Story so you can see close up/live what my skin looks like with little to no makeup. So if you’ve been following along this story since the 4th when I actually took you into the facial with me at Skin DC — I’m giving you the long version today!
The photos above I took right after I got home from the facial, so probably 30-60 minutes after I got home. My hair was even a little wet/greasy still from the facial. But this is no makeup and within an hour afterward and you can see — ZERO REDNESS. Honestly my skin just looked so smooth and glowy. It wasn’t red at all after about 20 minutes.
But let’s go back to the beginning of why I even got a HydraFacial in the first place. I turn 35 in a few months, and while I’ve always had really good skin, thanks to my good skin genes and also because I take really good care of it and have since I was in middle school (DDML anyone?). But honestly, genes are a huge part of it, so I know that what works for me won’t work for everyone, and I know that my results could be totally different than yours depending on your skin, so just putting that out there — your genes play a huge part in your skin but I also think there’s a lot you can do to make it better — drink water, test your diet taking things (dairy, etc.) in and out to see if they affect your skin, cleansing your skin EVERY NIGHT, the type of makeup you wear, getting deep cleansing facials — I do think it can all help some. I just want you to know that if you’ve always had bad skin issues, I know that sometimes the things I recommend might not work for you. Also, obviously, I’m not a doctor, so I’m just writing from my own personal experience.
Ok back to my story. I’ve only had a few facials in my life — like maybe 3 or 4 EVER. And my last one was probably 2 or 3 years ago. I exfoliate on my own but recently my skin just didn’t have the same brightness, clarity, and texture that it once had. I know age had something to do with it, but I was also having some issues where while I’d be putting on concealer, my skin would just literally come off. The moisturizer would sink into my skin, but then I could hardly get anything else to stay on my skin. It was like my skin cells were like nope, we are dead, we need to come off.
So I exfoliated a little more often using my Clarisonic in the shower. That would usually help, but only for one day. Then the skin on my face would just start coming off again when trying to put on concealer so I would have to just pat it in versus the gentle strokes I usually do with my finger. That’s when I knew I needed something beyond what my Clarisonic could do for me.
I already started seeing my new dermatologist, Dr. Lina Naga at Skin DC for a a minor unrelated skin issue, so while I was there I told her about my face and we formed a plan. We decided to partner together for my skin journey so I could tell all of you about all the things you are wondering about.
80% of you (my lovely readers) are women between the ages of 25-54. And I know you are all wondering if all of these things you hear about — Botox, microneedling, laser treatments, chemical peels, extra special facials — work and are actually worth it. So, I’m going to try a lot of these things (only the ones I need/want to do and are best for my skin) and I’m going to tell you all about them to help give you more info about them all when deciding what you should look into doing yourself, and where to invest. I encourage you to share your stories about these types of procedures in the comments!
Dr. Naga took an assessment of my skin and asked me what I was looking for, and we decided that I could use several treatments if I wanted to do them. I wanted to start with baby steps, so we thought the HydraFacial would be the perfect thing to start with. Plus it would help with my skin problem on my face.
Not only was my skin coming off my face when I was trying to apply concealer and any sort of cream blush or highlighting product, I also had a few blackheads I wanted a professional to deal with. They were small but I wasn’t about to touch them myself. They assured me HydraFacial would take care of my problems, but that they might have to do a few manual extractions, which is typical.
Overall, I desperately needed some deep exfoliation on my face. The HydraFacial goes beyond what your typical spa facial can do. I’ve had a few spa facials, and while they are fine and feel amazing, they’ve never done much for me long term.
So what exactly is the HydraFacial?
It is an invigorating, multi-step treatment that addresses a variety of skin concerns including skin texture, acne, enlarged pores, oily skin, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation. With its unique vortex technology delivery system, the HydraFacial can be tailored to meet the specific needs of all skin types and offers instant, noticeable results with no downtime. The HydraFacial treatment removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously infusing the new skin with cleansing and hydrating serums. The treatment is soothing, refreshing, non-irritating and can be given in as little as 30 minutes. This is a helpful video showing the machine and what it does.
It is more of a clinical results type of facial rather than a spa or feel-good facial (although it is still pretty relaxing). When you get a HydraFacial done at a medical practice (your doctor’s office versus a spa), the aesthetician will have access to more powerful ingredients. The vortex technology in the HydraFacial machine makes extractions much easier to perform because of the combination of the chemical and manual exfoliation and vacuum pressure.
Most clients see visible skin refinement and radiance, and have more even skin tone after just one treatment. Continued HydraFacial treatments are highly recommended to maintain skin health, results, and for improving the appearance of acne, congested and oily skin, fine lines, and brown spots. The amount of treatments and how often to get them depends on the person.
The HydraFacial removes dead skin and cleans out pores and therefore your makeup goes on so much more smoothly afterward. I can totally attest to this! It also allows all your skincare products to work better because your skin absorbs more of them.
How did it feel? Was it painful?
I didn’t find it painful at all. I thought it felt great. Even the manual extractions weren’t painful. You can see where I got them right under my nose in the first photos. Barely a mark. I asked the master aesthetician at Dr. Naga’s office, Megan Keany, if others found it painful and she said no except people who have cystic acne might find it uncomfortable, and manual extractions can be uncomfortable depending on the person.
Megan recommend not sweating for the rest of the day after a HydraFacial (no exercise, sauna, swimming pools or hot tubs). No sun or exfoliation for three days after a HydraFacial. And that it is fine to apply makeup immediately after, but is great to give your skin a break for the rest of the day if possible.
It’s been a little over three weeks and honestly, my skin looks amazing. The few months leading up to my facial my skin was not at its best. I knew I was needing help beyond what I could do. My skin has only done the peeling thing once a few days ago and I think it was only because I didn’t use my Clarisonic for a few days.
My skin is so much smoother, more even, and honestly just so much more glowy. Usually in the winter I have to wear more makeup because I’m in the sun less and my skin usually just looks so dull in the winter. But right now my skin looks great. Daily, I’m not wearing much makeup at all.
I definitely think I need to catch up on several years of not having facials and I think my skin would be at its best if I did one every quarter. Megan said you can see the best results after four treatments.
Like I mentioned in the beginning of this post, my skin looked and felt better immediately afterward, and wasn’t red for longer than 20 minutes, then I literally had no redness. I felt with past facials that I would always break out a few days afterward, and honestly that’s a big reason why I wouldn’t get them regularly. So I was a little nervous about that going in, but I didn’t have any blemishes at all afterward. I rarely get blemishes anyway, but I haven’t had any since I got the facial and typically my skin gets irritated the few days after I’ve gotten previous facials.
I did have a few tiny pink bumps here and there over the first 48 hours, but they weren’t zits or anything, I think my skin was just adjusting. I guess I should also mention that I get hives, but they played zero factor in this. I also have sensitive skin and that didn’t matter at all, except that I told the aesthetician that before the facial and she actually altered the chemicals she was using because of that so I would definitely mention it before you start.
Overall, I can’t wait to go back and have another HydraFacial and try some other procedures.
If you live in the DC area and are looking for a dermatologist and aesthetician, I highly recommend Skin DC. I’ve had great experiences with them, and others who I know have been have said the same! They are offering 20% off HydraFacials if you book your appointment before 12/29/17! Make sure to mention that you found them here! They don’t have prices online, please call Skin DC and talk to them about your needs so they can help you choose the right version of the HydraFacial for you and answer your pricing questions.
I will keep updating you on my skin, if/when I get another facial, and when I try other procedures. Would love to hear your stories in the comments!
Don’t miss this super helpful post — 22 Things I Learned from my Dermatologist.
I was not paid to write this post, it is not sponsored, but I do have an ongoing partnership with Skin DC.