If you’re on the hunt for a hard-working facial treatment that will blitz fine lines, wrinkles, and acne-prone skin, a hydrafacial may well hold the answer to your skincare woes.
The moisture-boosting procedure is a brilliant multi-tasker, combining cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection simultaneously.
We sat down with leading aesthetic doctor Dr Mica Engel to find out more.
“A hydrafacial is a great all-in-one treatment for hydrating and nourishing,” says Dr Engel, who began her career as a GP and A&E doctor in Brazil.
“It’s basically the next generation of microdermabrasion but, since no crystals are involved, it is far less abrasive and is a comfortable treatment.”
During the hydrafacial a hand piece is used to remove dead skin cells and impurities while infusing cleansing, hydrating and antioxidant serums.
The treatment is finished by shining red LED lights onto skin, which aids circulation, reduces redness and irritation, and stimulates collagen and elastin production.
“Each treatment is fine tuned to address specific concerns and therefore everyone can benefit.
“Teenagers struggling with acne, young adults desiring a brighter and cleaner skin and more mature patients needing a skin boost of collagen production can benefit,” explains Dr Engel, who relocated from Brazil in 2007 to join London’s Waterhouse Young Clinic.
“Best results are seen from a course of treatments as they have a cumulative effects,” she adds. “The procedure can be performed on all skin types with visible results since the first session.”