Why Patients Should Avoid Spray Tanning After HydraFacial® Treatment

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If you're looking to remove dry, flaky skin and give your face, neck, and chest a much-need moisture boost, a HydraFacial can be a great option. Clients in the Macon, GA area and counties south of Atlanta can rely on the team at Ageless Aesthetics to exfoliate and plump their skin.

However, if you're getting ready for a big event and are planning a HydraFacial and a spray tan, it's best to avoid scheduling them close together. Below, we'll take a look at why that's the case.

What is a HydraFacial, and what can I expect during treatment?

A HydraFacial is a special kind of facial treatment that can be customized depending on your skin's needs. However, the overall goal is to treat and plump dry skin that does not produce enough of its own natural oils.

While most facials aim to cleanse the skin of impurities, they typically use harsh extraction techniques. A HydraFacial, on the other hand, can give you clear skin using suction technology that rids your pores of dirt and dead skin cells and pumps them full of boosting serums with active ingredients for a long-lasting glow.

Even people with sensitive skin can get a HydraFacial because the exfoliation and extraction mechanisms are so gentle. However, preparing for the treatment and HydraFacial aftercare are the keys to getting optimal results.

How to prepare for a HydraFacial

While discontinuing any regular treatments (such as Accutane) should be discussed with a prescribing physician first, some products and habits are easy to avoid in the 48 hours before your HydraFacial. These include:

  • Applying topical retinol products

  • Using exfoliating treatments, both physical (such as scrubs) and chemical (such as AHA and glycolic acid)

  • Waxing or shaving

  • Excessive sun exposure, tanning beds, and self-tanners

HydraFacial aftercare

To get the most out of your HydraFacial treatment and to avoid any excess redness or peeling afterward, it's best to avoid the following in the days after your HydraFacial:

  • Excessive face scrubbing or washing with harsh soaps

  • Topical retinol and related products

  • Picking or scratching at the skin

  • Waxing and shaving

  • Tweezing and threading

  • Excessive heat and sweat

  • Heavy makeup

  • Harsh physical or chemical exfoliants

  • Sun exposure and tanning beds

  • Self-tanner and spray tans

Why should I avoid spray tanning after a HydraFacial?

While it's not difficult to understand why sun exposure and tanning beds are ill-advised after treatment (since they're best avoided for healthy skin anyway), you may wonder why products such as spray tans are also discouraged after a HydraFacial.

The HydraFacial is designed to open your pores and clear out impurities. Adding a cosmetic tanner afterward would simply drive this product into your newly clean pores. This can result in not only an uneven tan but clogged pores and the appearance of blackheads almost immediately after your facial.

Some spray tanners may recommend getting a facial or exfoliating skin beforehand to ensure an even application. But a HydraFacial is different and is not recommended in the week before spray tanning.

This issue can crop up around bridal and prom seasons when people want to have both clear and tan skin. However, it's best to get a facial 1 – 2 weeks before a big event, so your skin has time to recover and regenerate. Spray tans are typically administered around two days before a big event.

Get a HydraFacial in Macon, GA

If you're looking for a gentle way of getting plump and glowing skin, the team at Ageless Aesthetics can tell you more about the benefits of a HydraFacial and help you customize your serum regimen.

If you're in the Macon, GA area or counties south of Atlanta, GA, schedule an appointment for more information.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.