Can you exercise after a hydrafacial?

The hydrafacial treatment is one of the most popular facial treatments requested in spas and dermatology offices and it comes as no surprise. This gentle treatment delivers instant results and takes only 30mins to achieve radiant and more plump skin. However, for the best results aftercare requires holding out on your workouts. Read on to discover why and how long you have to go without exercise after a hydrafacial.

What is hydrafacial?

The hydrafacial is a 3 step treatment delivered to the skin with the use of a patented machine called the Hydrafacial MD. The machine deeply exfoliates the skin, extracts impurities, and infuses the skin with hydrating serums resulting in an instant brightening of the skin. 

Hydrafacial is also referred to as hydradermabrasion in reference to its similarity to microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion is a facial treatment wherein, a  tool or wand containing mildly abrasive crystals is used to gently exfoliate and remove the top layer. Unlike microdermabrasion, the hydrafacial treatment simultaneously exfoliates the skin, sucks out impurities in the pump, and immediately pumps in hydrating serums directly into the pores for optimal action. 

The Hyradfacial MD carries a handheld wand that carries 3 proprietary tips and uses vortex technology for sucking out impurities and infusing the serums. The machine also comes with a booster serum for more targeted treatments beyond exfoliation. These boosters can be used interchangeably. 

Benefits of hydrafacial

  • It delivers instant results that can last for a week for someone who already has an effective routine. For long-term results, it is advisable to get 4 to 6 sessions. 
  • The processing lasts just 30 mins and has no downtime or requires no recovery period.
  • It increases the skin’s hydration levels, shrinks pores, brightens and evens the skin’s texture.
  • Reduces signs of ageing by smoothing out wrinkles and clearing hyperpigmentation.
  • It is safe for all skin types. However, people with active acne, rosacea, and pregnant women should not get this treatment.
  • It pairs well and can be carried out on the same day as other non-invasive procedures like ​​injectables and non-ablative light and laser treatments.

Can you work out after a hydrafacial?

Although after a hydrafacial your skin does not need to recover, it is best to hold off exercising for some time. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • The heat generated during your workout sessions may be too much for your skin to handle after your hydrafacial treatment. It is best to stay away from heat sources for 24 hours after your treatment.
  • Because your skin needs to stay dry after your treatment you want to avoid any forms of intense exercise that will make you sweat. This also includes exercise like swimming. Keeping your skin dry will optimize the results of your treatment.

How long after hydrafacial can I work out?

According to experts, it is advisable to wait for at least the rest of the day after your hydrafacial before resuming your workouts. This means you shouldn’t run, go to the gym, do yoga or lift weights straight after hydrafacial.

Your skin needs to stay dry at least 6 hours immediately after your hydrafacial session. For this reason, you shouldn’t do any swimming on the day and wait at least until the next day before you participate in activities that involve water or sweating.

Experts recommend waiting at least 12 hours before resuming vigorous exercise such as running, cycling and weight lifting.

Gentle walking after hydrafacial is fine as it will not make you sweat.