The kind folks at Neuglow The Aesthetic Doctors invited me to try their HydraFacial™ recently. It is essentially a microdermabrasion but instead of the traditional method involving fine crystals which gently abrade the skin, this treatment is crystal-free and mutiple serums are applied onto the skin during the exfoliation process.
The HydraFacial™ treatment removes dead skin cells and impurities by simultaneously bathing the new skin with cleansing, hydrating and moisturizing skin solutions.
Before the treatment, I have a consultation with Dr. Michelle Tan who briefs me on the procedure. She explains how during HydraFacial treatment, serums are applied soften the skin and sebum making it much easier to extract away impurities. The serums provide hydration and antioxidant infusion during the treatment whilst sebum and impurities are being lifted away.
Here is the machine that is used for the treatment. It extracts skin impurities while delivering the serums onto the skin at the same time.
As you can see, there are three bottles hooked up to the machine and they contain the following serums:
Activ-4™z It helps to promote the overall health of skin; improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation, brown spots, fine lines and uneven skin tone.
Beta-HD™: This salicylic acid based skin solution is specifically designed for acne-prone and oily skin. It softens sebum, dislodges skin debris and aids in painless extractions of whiteheads and blackheads.
Antiox-6™: Containing Vitamin A, Vitamin E, White Tea Extract and Hyaluronic Acid, this skin solution is designed for overall antioxidiant protection and deep hydration.
And so the treatment begins. I have had microdermabrasions many times before and I recall it to be a grainy sensation which feels a little bit like sandpaper being rubbed on my face. The HydraFacial, on the other hand, feels much more comfortable and painless. My face is bathed by the serums while dead cells and impurities are being vacuumed away.
Each treatment lasts about 45 minutes long. As there are three different serums being applied on my face, three different spiral-shaped tips are used on my face.
This is what the spiral-shaped tips look like at the end of the treatment. Number 1 doesn’t look bad at all, it is relatively clean. Number 2 has slight impurities in it but not too much. But number 3 shows the most amount of skin debris (ie. dead skin cells) that has been taken off my face, primarily from my lips and area around the mouth. I always have chapped lips which look naturally dark compared to others and the skin around my mouth tends to get pretty dry too.
Here my face is being patted lighty to ensure that the serums are properly absorbed by the skin at the conclusion of the treatment. You can see my lips looking much more refreshed and plumper, not as dry as before I started.
Dr. Tan recommends a series of six treatments, one treatment every two weeks for improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, oversized pores, hyperpigmentation and oily/acne-prone skin. HydraFacial is charged at $180 per session. The treatment is fast and efficient; I can return to my normal activities and put on makeup (if I choose to) immediately after the treatment.
My personal experience with the Neuglow HydraFacial treatment is soothing, refreshing, non-irritating and immediately effective. There is no downtime at all and my face looks rejuvenated afterwards. Complexion looks cleaner, brighter after the exfoliation and my skin feels supple to the touch after the hydrating infusion of serums. My lips look rosier and softer with its new lighter shade post-treatment, which I like very much. :)
This is definitely much better than traditional microdermabrasion and I really appreciate how it is a liquid treatment which exfoliates the skin while infusing it with cleansing, hydrating and moisturizing skin solutions at the same time. After just one treatment, I get a visibly radiant skin tone right away. It’s my first time visiting Neuglow and I find that their services are very professional, especially Dr. Michelle Tan who provided a friendly and informative consultation. Thank you, Neuglow, for the HydraFacial experience.