As spring approaches, we’re all eager to leave dreary, dry winter skin behind us. To nourish, rejuvenate, and protect your skin in time for spring, we’re encouraging our guests to try our newest spa service: a HydraFacial! This treatment deeply cleanses and hydrates the skin by infusing serums filled with antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acids.
Earlier this month, I received my first HydraFacial after hearing from guests and my coworkers how much they loved their HydraFacial results. But, as someone whose skin turns red, itchy, and splotchy just by looking at it wrong in the mirror, I felt uncertain at first about trying a HydraFacial. I tend to steer away from new products and treatments that may irritate my sensitive skin.
However, when I learned how HydraFacials have no downtime and can even help reduce redness and calm my skin, I knew I couldn’t pass up on experiencing how a HydraFacial could benefit my sensitive skin.
If you have skin concerns like me — such as redness, acne, wrinkles, dehydration, or more — and are wondering if a HydraFacial may be right for you to achieve your skin goals, join me as I break down what I loved about my HydraFacial and my results!
My HydraFacial was a relaxing experience, just like any facial.
Once I was all cozied up in the spa bed’s heated blankets, my esthetician, Morgan, started off my HydraFacial applying a hot towel to my face to soften my pores. It was the perfect way to warm up and calm down after shivering in the snow while I was scraping ice off my car’s windshield before driving to my appointment!
One of my favorite parts of any facial is the massage. My HydraFacial included Tyler Mason’s trademark scalp and shoulder massage as well as a Lymphatic Drainage Massage that’s offered with our Platinum HydraFacial. Its gentle suction massaged my face and neck as it flushed out fluids and toxins from my lymph nodes that can cause puffiness and swelling.
HydraFacials are a non-invasive, powerful treatment, and its exfoliation and extractions were painless. As Morgan guided the HydraFacial machine’s handpiece across my face, its exfoliating tip never penetrated my skin. Its suction only tickled as it removed my skin’s impurities, like the blackheads around my nose and jawline, while saturating my skin with hydrating moisturizers.
I felt at ease all throughout my HydraFacial as I reveled in the spa’s serene atmosphere as I breathed in Comfort Zone’s aromatic Tranquillity Oil and listened to soft, soothing music in the room.
The HydraFacial machine did make noise while it was on, but it wasn’t loud, nor did it take away from my relaxing experience. I thought the HydraFacial machine’s white noise fit well alongside the piano melody and ocean waves playing during my hour-and-a-half treatment.
My HydraFacial was customizable to my skin concerns and comfort.
Just like how Morgan uses Comfort Zone’s Remedy products for my sensitive skin during my regular facials, she also kept in mind my sensitive skin during my Hydrafacial.
Tyler Mason’s Deluxe and Platinum HydraFacials include dermaplaning, an exfoliation method where estheticians use a blade to remove dead skin cells and facial hair that traps oil, dirt, and debris. However, because I have sensitive skin and haven’t received dermaplaning before, I felt apprehensive not knowing how my skin would react to this exfoliation.
I discussed my worries with Morgan, and we decided it would be best to skip the dermaplaning and continue with only the HydraFacial’s exfoliating tip and chemical peel, so we wouldn’t overwork and irritate my sensitive skin. I appreciated Morgan’s kindness as she took my concerns into consideration and tailored my HydraFacial treatment, so it was well-suited to my sensitive skin!
In addition to receiving dermaplaning, guests can further customize their HydraFacial treatment with blue or red LED light therapy and boosters offered with our Platinum Hydrafacial.
For acne-prone skin, Morgan suggests blue LED light therapy, which kills bacteria in and around the oil-generating sebaceous glands, helping to reduce and prevent acne. For guests looking for firmer, more youthful skin, Morgan suggests red LED light therapy, which stimulates collagen production, helping to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and scars.
To end my HydraFacial treatment, Morgan used the ReGen GF booster — one of three boosters offered with our Platinum Hydrafacial — as a hydrating peptide designed to protect my sensitive, dry skin from toxins and irritants in the environment.
My esthetician was knowledgeable about how to care for my sensitive skin after my HydraFacial.
After my HydraFacial, Morgan told me my skin would be a bit red from my treatment’s exfoliation and extractions. My face was red for an hour after my treatment, but it never felt hot or itchy — a triumph for my sensitive skin! I celebrated by continuing to enjoy my relaxing spa service with a nice afternoon nap as soon as I got home from my appointment.
The smooth, hydrating results from a HydraFacial treatment typically last about 5-7 days. In the week after my HydraFacial, my face was as soft and as plump as ever.
I also didn’t experience any breakouts after my HydraFacial, which usually happens when I use products other than my tried-and-true skincare staples.
To keep my skin looking healthy and glowing after my HydraFacial, I asked Morgan for her expertise. I told her about my daily skincare routine, which includes a topical steroid gel my dermatologist prescribed to treat my cystic hormonal acne. Morgan recommended that I hold off on applying this product for about a week after my HydraFacial.
To stay on the safe side, she said, she suggests pausing using topical steroid gels and creams and retinol products for 5-7 days after receiving a HydraFacial, so the active ingredients in these products don’t potentially cause a reaction with the serums infused into the skin.
When I mentioned to Morgan that I was interested in taking better care of my sensitive skin, she told me I don’t have to have a 12-step skincare routine, like the ones I’m mesmerized by on TikTok. She suggested keeping skincare routines simple with a cleanser, moisturizer, and corrective serum — like one targeted toward anti-aging or treating acne, for example. Washing pillowcases at least once a week is a good habit to form too, she said, as the bacteria they hold are often the culprits behind persistent skin problems.
Morgan also recommended receiving regular Hydrafacials to continue improving skin concerns. Because HydraFacials infuse serums much deeper into the skin than you would applying them by hand, she said, regular HydraFacials can improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, dark spots, redness and scarring or oily, congested skin.
To keep her skin looking clear, healthy, and radiant, Morgan is receiving a HydraFacial once a month leading up to her wedding this fall. While I don’t have a wedding coming up, I am interested in soothing and protecting my sensitive skin with hydrating, moisturizing serums year-round by scheduling another HydraFacial with her soon! Luckily, Tyler Mason is offering a HydraFacial series — if guests book four or more HydraFacials throughout 2023, they receive 15% off their services!
Learn more about Tyler Mason’s HydraFacials on our Spa Services webpage. Book online or call 317-271-3330 to schedule your first HydraFacial treatment with Morgan or another one of our talented, knowledgeable estheticians.
Nicole Thomas is Marketing Assistant and Guest Services Representative for Tyler Mason Salon & Spa. She is also a passionate writer and digital marketer for several Indiana-based women’s magazines. When she isn’t at TM, she loves cozying up with a book and cup of coffee or crocheting a new cardigan for her wardrobe.