This Type of Facial is so Important yet so Underrated. Find Out Why Everyone Needs it
Cryofacial, oxygen facial, chemical peel... there are many types of facial treatments and several of them with fancy names that sound like they can definitely turn your skin around.
But guess what, if you can't decide which one to go for, there's a tried-and-true treatment that you should always keep on your go-to list: hydration facials.
Difference between hydration and moisturisation
Hydration facials are underrated. You may think that all they're going to do is moisturise your skin but they do way more than that. Going for hydration facials regularly can help address a series of skincare concerns - some of which might surprise you.
This is because there is a difference between hydration and moisturisation.
Hydration fills skin cells with water such that they are plump and bouncy. This, in turn gives your skin a healthy, radiant, and smooth appearance.
Skin that is moisturised, on the other hand, has a layer on its surface that seals moisture so it doesn't leave. This keeps skin protected so it feels comfortable.
Why hydration facials are important
As explained, while moisturisation works on the surface, hydration treats skin at a cellular level. Hydrated skin is happy skin. There are many skin concerns that you'll see resolved the moment you ensure your skin is no longer dehydrated. Here are a few of them:
1. Skin looks brighter, smoother, and more youthful
Think about a grape and a raisin. Both are grapes, but the latter is dried. And because of this key difference, a raisin looks dull, rough, and wrinkled, while a grape is bright, smooth, and bouncy. Now apply that same theory to skin.
If you've been complaining about rough skin texture that looks lacklustre, consider going for a hydration facial, on top of your regular skincare routine. A good hydration facial can help plump up your skin and improve the water content within it. You can look forward to bouncier and smoother skin that's softer to touch.
2. You'll be less prone to acne
Products typically used in a hydration facial don't just put hydration in your skin but also help control excess sebum so you'll get a more balanced skin. When the oil and water content in your skin is balanced, your skin doesn't just look healthier and more dewy, you'll also find that the chances of you breaking out reduce.
3. Skincare products absorb better when it's hydrated
Take a brand new sponge, drop some water onto it, and you'll see that the droplets sit right on top and don't get absorbed. On the other hand, an already-wet sponge soaks up everything. Just like a sponge, our skin takes in skincare products better when it is hydrated. If you've invested in quality skincare products, don't let it go to waste. Keeping your skin hydrated ensures that your skin is able to maximise the benefits of your skincare products.
What makes a good hydration facial?
How should your hydration facial start
A good hydration facial - or any facial, really - should always start with a thorough consultation. There's never a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to skincare, so the consultation should help your therapist understand your skin condition and concerns, so the ideal products and process are administered to help your skin look better.
Remember we mentioned that a hydration facial does more than just moisturise your skin and that it can address a series of skin concerns? Many good facial spas offer more than only one type of hydration facial, and each one is designed for different skin concerns. Speak with your therapist so the right hydration facial can be recommended for you.
What happens during the hydration facial
Products that are suitable for your skin type should be used during the hydration facial. During the process, you should feel relaxed and your skin should feel soothed. Unless an extraction or the use of a machine is part of the protocol, you shouldn't be experiencing any pain, discomfort, or redness.
Look out for ingredients in the products such as Hyaluronic Acid and Amino Acid in the products used. These are well-known ingredients for hydration and you'll know that you'll be getting a good hydration facial if the products are fortified with these.
How you should feel after the facial
A good hydration facial works its magic immediately. Your skin will feel hydrated - not oily - supple, bouncy, smooth, and soft. You'll look more perked up and your complexion should exude radiance.
Different types of hydration facials to try
BMF, a "beauty gym" that uses digital technology to help with diagnosis, consultation, and treatment, is a strong advocate of skin hydration. As an expert in beauty, it probably isn't surprising that they offer not just one - but three - types of hydration facials that are designed to hydrate skin while addressing your specific skin needs.
Here are the BMF hydration facials that you can consider:
1. Hydraintense Solution
Treats: Dehydrated skin, uneven skin tone, stressed and tired skin
The purest form of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is used in this facial treatment - and most skincare junkies are familiar with this ingredient; it is seen as the gold standard when it comes to hydration.
Using HA to restore hydration levels and improve cell metabolism, this hydration facial revitalises your skin, purges it of impurities, while regulating sebum production.
A warm Rose and Lavender mist is also used during this facial to boost moisture absorption. As a bonus, its relaxing scent calms your senses, and leaves you feeling more invigorated when you leave the spa.
At the end of the facial treatment, you'll find that your skin feels lifted, supple, and firm.
2. Pro-Matrix Collagen
Treats: Dehydrated skin, dull skin, premature ageing, fine lines and wrinkles
If you're looking for a hydration facial that also has anti-ageing benefits, then this treatment is for you. The concoction of ingredients in the products used is designed to fight early signs of ageing by preventing the breakdown of connective tissues in skin that hold its structure together.
A highlight of this treatment is the Power Ocean Gel Mask, which is enriched with sea minerals that help soothe and moisturise skin so you can lock in all the hydrating goodness that has been infused into your skin.
This treatment doesn't just help to hydrate skin, it also prevents and fights the signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles. The result? A supple, youthful-looking complexion that feels smooth and soft.
3. Hydra Dew Therapy
Treats: Dehydrated skin, uneven skin tone, dull skin, stressed and tired skin, sun damaged skin
Our skin is exposed to many environmental aggressors including UV rays, pollutants, and dry air (from air-conditioning) every day. These aggressors can make our skin look dull, fatigued, and become more susceptible to inflammation.
If these effects are taking a toll on your skin, the Hydra Dew Therapy can help. This hydration facial helps re-hydrate skin and regenerate skin cells so that your skin looks fresher and more rejuvenated. Those suffering from redness or acne will also benefit from its anti-inflammatory properties.
These hydration facials are available at BMF. There are many outlets in Singapore and you can find the nearest one to you here.
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