1Step 1: Cleansing
This step aims to remove all the dirt and oil on the face. There are two cleansers available depending on skin type. These two cleansers are Offects Hydrating Cleanser and Foamacleanse.
Offects Hydrating Cleanser is used for those with normal to dry skin. Unlike other cleansers that leave the skin dry, Offects Hydrating Cleanser rejuvenates and hydrates the skin while gently removing dead skin cells and promoting skin renewal. This hydrating cleanser soothes, repairs, and restores skin.
Foamacleanse is another cleanser used for this step. This cleanser is appropriate for all skin types. It is a deep pore cleanser that effectively gets rid of deep-seated dirt and oil and leaves the skin feeling intensely clean, hydrated, and refreshed.
2Step 2: Exfoliation
The second step is to exfoliate using the HydraFacial MD Activ-4 solution. This solution cleanses and exfoliates skin by lessening oil accumulation in the face and eventually removing dead skin cells. HydraFacial MD Activ-4 solution has glucosamine HCl that reduces the appearance of fine lines and prevents wrinkles. It also contains algae extract which is packed with hydrating and nourishing antioxidants to help skin achieve its smoothest and softest state. These antioxidants detoxify the skin and supply rich vitamins and minerals for the skin to absorb.
3Step 3: Activation
In this step, 7.5% glycolic acid and 2% salicylic acid are used to simultaneously exfoliate and peel the skin gently without causing any irritation.
The 7.5% glycolic acid is used to shed off dead skin cells and help declog blocked up pores. It also helps in lessening the appearance of fine lines and reducing the size of pores to leave skin looking younger, smoother, and more radiant.
Meanwhile, the role of the 2% salicylic acid in this stage is for skin exfoliation. It sloughs off dead skin cells and removes excess sebum, which is the main reason for clogged pores and skin.
4Step 4: Extraction
The next step of this treatment uses HydraFacial MD Beta-HD. This solution is formulated to address the skin problems of people with oily skin. With excess oil, the skin tends to have clogged pores, which can lead to blackheads and whiteheads. HydraFacial MD Beta-HD contains salicylic acid that deeply cleanses the skin and targets the pores. It gently exfoliates the skin and removes dirt and sebum within the pores.
In addition, HydraFacial MD Beta-HD has honey extract, an organic ingredient that helps in the natural hydration of the skin. Honey extract is rich in minerals and amino acids that help restore skin elasticity, making skin smooth and supple. It also soothes the skin for any irritation and inflammation.
Another potent ingredient found in HydraFacial MD Beta-HD is spiraea ulmaria flower extract. It helps calm and soothe skin by locking in moisture and keeping it naturally hydrated.
In this step, you can also use Offects TE-Pads. These moistened pads work to tone, prep, and further cleanse the skin, ridding the sebum, dirt, and dead skin cells that weren’t removed in the previous steps. Offects TE-Pads contain botanical extracts that calm inflammation and irritation, making it safe to use especially for acne-prone skin.
If you’ll be using the pads at home, just massage or pat on the face using gentle motions. Don’t rub, tug, or wipe roughly as doing so will cause your skin to stretch and sag over time.
5Step 5: Masque Application
At this stage of the ZO Obagi HydraFacial, the physician will check and recommend a masque depending on your skin type and condition.
6Step 6: Antioxidant Infusion
In this step, the skin will be detoxified using AntiOx-6, which contains hyaluronic acid and different antioxidants such as vitamins A and E, white tea extract, horse chestnut extract, and rosemary extract. These antioxidants help get rid of impurities, tighten skin, and boost the detoxification process.
The AntiOx6 is also fortified with TonePerfect complex that decreases melanin production which results to whiter, firmer, and tighter skin.
Liprebuild is applied on the lips to restore its smooth and supple state. It targets common lip problems such as dryness and wrinkles. This product can improve the shape and contour of the lips while returning it to its natural rosy hue.
Afterward, light therapy is done using the LightStim LED. This therapy produces light rays that energize and stimulate regeneration of the cells in the body. LightStim LED has three different wavelengths:
1. Amber – It reduces and removes fine lines and wrinkles by activating the body’s natural process of producing collagen and elastin.
2. Blue – It is used especially for people who are prone to acne. This light helps heal skin, calm existing breakouts, and eliminates acne-causing bacteria to prevent future breakouts. Eventually, skin is cleared of acne scars.
3. Red – This light reduces inflammation and relaxes the skin as a result of good blood circulation. Good blood circulation speeds up healing and minimizes bruising.
7Step 7: Arm and Hand Massage
You can also get an arm and hand massage using Oraser Body Emulsion Plus and Oraser Nourishing Hand Crème. These products are recommended for people with dry skin as they immediately and effectively soften, smoothen, hydrate, and improve skin quality.
The Oraser Nourishing Hand Crème has retinol and enzyme skin resurfacers to reduce signs of aging such as wrinkles. Oraser Body Emulsion Plus has skin brighteners that to help prevent pigmentation and minimize the appearance of age spots.
Note that Oraser Body Emulsion Plus and Oraser Nourishing Hand Crème cannot be used on pregnant women as both contain retinol. Grape seed oil can be used as an alternative.
8Step 8: Stabilizing and Replenishing
This step aims to fortify skin and boost its overall condition. First, Ossential Growth Factor Serum Plus is applied. This serum is a combination of retinol and amino acids that help restore skin elasticity and slow down collagen degradation.
The next product to be applied is Ommerse Renewal Crème. It has encapsulated retinol that calms and repairs the skin’s barrier.
The last product is Hydrafirm. This is specially formulated to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness on the eye area.
9Step 9: Protection
The final step of ZO HydraFacial Treatment is to protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB defense, protecting the skin from the aging effects of high-energy light. It also has a unique antioxidant complex that provides all-day protection from sun exposure and free radical damage.