What Not to Do After a HydraFacial

What Not to Do After a HydraFacial

HydraFacial is a facial treatment that uses a patented device, similar to those used in a microdermabrasion procedure, to cleanse, exfoliate, and hydrate your skin. HydraFacials use water rather than crystals or diamond tips. The technical name for this process is hydradermabrasion.

It’s like a deep clean for your face, removing dead skin cells and impurities while infusing your skin with serums tailored to your needs. 

But to keep that glow going, you need to follow some post-treatment rules. 

In this blog, we’ll give you seven tips on things to avoid after your HydraFacial. Think of this as a little aftercare guide to help you get the most out of your experience. 

What not to do after a HydraFacial – 7 things to avoid

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After a HydraFacial, your skin may be sensitive and need special care. To maintain your fresh, glowing complexion, there are certain things you should steer clear of.

#1 — Avoid heavy makeup

This treatment deeply cleanses and exfoliates the skin using a mix of AHAs and BHAs which can make your skin more sensitised due to the removal of the superficial layers of the skin. Because of this, your skin will need some time to breathe after your HydraFacial session. 

Makeup, especially foundation and concealers, can trap dirt and oils in your pores. This not only hinders the results of your treatment but can also cause congestion and breakouts. 

It’s best to give your skin at least 24 hours before applying any makeup. This brief rest period allows your skin to heal and fully absorb the benefits of the HydraFacial.

If you can’t go completely bare-faced, opt for a tinted SPF, or go for lightweight, non-comedogenic products that won’t clog your pores. Mineral makeup or a tinted moisturiser are good alternatives. 

By skipping the heavy makeup for a day or two, you give your skin the best chance to stay clear, hydrated, and radiant. It’s a small sacrifice for glowing results

#2 — Skip the gym

Sweat can irritate your freshly exfoliated skin, causing redness and breakouts. Plus, gym equipment can harbour bacteria that can easily transfer to your skin. 

That’s why hitting the gym right after your HydraFacial is a no-go. 

Instead, take it easy for a day or two. Light activities like walking or gentle stretching are perfect for recovery. This way, you keep your skin calm and allow it to soak up all the benefits of your treatment. 

#3 — Say no to sun exposure

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Even without a HydraFacial, too much sun exposure isn’t great for your skin. It can lead to premature ageing, sunburn, and in the long run, increase your risk of skin cancer. 

Your skin is even more vulnerable post-treatment. The risk of sunburn and pigmentation is higher, which can undo the benefits of your treatment and put your skin at risk for pigmentation and irritation from UV rays. 

To protect your skin, always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 50+. Apply generously and reapply every two hours if you’re outdoors. 

Wearing protective clothing, such as wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses, also helps shield your skin from the sun. If you can, stay in the shade, especially during peak sun hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


#4 — Avoid hot showers and baths

Remember, your skin is slightly sensitised after your HydraFacial, so high temperatures can slow down healing and cause skin dryness. 

Instead, use lukewarm water when you shower or bathe. This keeps things gentle and helps avoid any unnecessary irritation. 

It’ll also be best to use gentle cleansers. Look for fragrance-free products designed for sensitive skin to keep your face calm and clean without stripping away the benefits of your facial.

By keeping the water temperature mild, you’re being kind to your skin. This simple step helps maintain your HydraFacial results and helps make sure that your skin stays happy and healthy. 

#5 — Stay away from harsh skincare products

Resist any harsh skincare products for the first 24 hours after your treatment. They can cause irritation and counteract the benefits of your treatment. As much as possible, try to avoid ingredients containing retinol, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid because they can be too intense for your freshly exfoliated and treated skin.

Instead, focus on gentle, hydrating products. Look for cleansers and moisturisers with soothing ingredients like ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and calming extracts. These will help keep your skin calm and hydrated.

A simple post-HydraFacial skincare routine might include:

  • A gentle cleanser used in the morning and at night to remove impurities without stripping your skin
  • A hydrating serum applied after cleansing to lock in moisture
  • A lightweight moisturiser that will keep your skin soft and supple
  • Sunscreen, which will protect your skin from UV damage

By sticking to a gentle routine, you’ll maintain the benefits of your HydraFacial and keep your skin looking its best.

#6 — Don’t touch your face

Touching your skin too much can transfer bacteria, which increases the risk of breakouts and infections. Your skin is a bit delicate after your treatment and introducing bacteria can disrupt the healing process.

Plus, constantly touching your face can also cause irritation. The friction from your hands can aggravate your skin, leading to redness and sensitivity. 

To help keep your hands away from your face, be mindful of your actions. Make a conscious effort to notice when you’re about to touch your face — and stop yourself. Keeping your hands busy with tasks or holding something like a stress ball can also help. 

Also, wash your hands regularly to minimise bacteria in case you touch your face accidentally.

#7 — Avoid alcohol consumption

Excessive alcohol can dehydrate your skin, stripping it of the natural moisture it desperately needs to heal. This dehydration can also make your skin look dull and undermine the glowing results of your treatment. 

On top of that, alcohol can also slow down healing and make your skin feel irritated due to the dryness.  

If you’re looking to hydrate, water is your best friend. Herbal teas, water infusions and coconut water are great choices, too. These alternatives will assist in keeping your skin plump and hydrated. 

If you can’t resist enjoying a drink, wait at least 24 hours post-treatment to give your skin time to recover.

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Why post-HydraFacial care matters

Here’s a bit of the science: during a HydraFacial, a specialised machine uses a vortex-fusion process to cleanse, exfoliate, extract, and hydrate your skin. This deep cleaning removes impurities and dead skin cells, leaving your skin smooth and receptive to nutrient-rich serums. 

However, this also means that the protective outer layer of your skin is temporarily compromised, making it more susceptible to environmental factors and harsh products.

Neglecting aftercare can lead to redness, breakouts, and undo all the work that the HydraFacial has done. Following correct aftercare helps make sure that your skin stays clear, hydrated, and glowing. 

After all, you’ve spent time and money to achieve that fresh-faced look. Why not keep it looking its best? 

Listen to your skin and keep that glow

Every person’s skin is unique, and what works for one might not work for another.

After a HydraFacial, it’s important to pay attention to how it feels and reacts. If you notice redness, irritation, or unusual breakouts, take it as a sign to tweak your routine or seek advice. 

If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to consult with a skincare professional. Here at Ascension Clinic, our experts can provide personalised advice and help you adjust your aftercare routine. We’ll be happy to offer insights and recommendations tailored to your skin type and needs.

Enjoy the benefits of your HydraFacial by following these guidelines and giving your skin the care it deserves. With the right aftercare, you’ll maintain that fresh, glowing look and keep your skin healthy and happy.