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How is Hydrafacial different from a salon facial?

Everybody loves smooth, even-textured, and even-toned skin. A facial is something that everybody opts for common skin problems like acne, blackheads, enlarged pores, dull skin, rough skin, texture, and wrinkles. We all know that facials are one of the best ways to take care of your skin and make it healthy and glowing. Having clear and radiant skin is the end goal for everybody. There are so many facials available out there that it has become difficult to choose which facial is suitable for our skin.

What is the difference between a regular facial and a hydrafacial?

A basic facial helps in cleansing and removing dirt and makeup. A regular facial may cause some discomfort because it involves extractions when the esthetician gets deeper into the pores. Both hydrafacial and traditional facials include cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, and hydration. But why should one choose a hydrafacial?

Hydrafacial is a result-driven facial treatment. Basically, a hydrafacial uses technology to provide a high-end service and deliver guaranteed results. Hydrafacials involve infusing serums to hydrate your skin. These facials use a vortex delivery system that removes dirt and clears clogged pores. It caters to all the skin’s needs. It works on conditions like fine lines, wrinkles, elasticity, even skin tone, etc. Hydrafacials are very versatile and can be easily modified to your skin by adding peels (which can be for moderate to aggressive exfoliation) depending on what your treatment is.

Serums like vitamin C and vitamin E are infused into the skin. Other benefits include:

  • Does not cause any discomfort or irritation
  • It does not require any downtime
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Results last longer than a regular facial
  • Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improves the skin’s healing property
  • Provides deep hydration
  • Reduces inflammation and redness
  • Smoothes the skin texture
  • Painless
  • Instantly reduces pores
  • Provides better results than a traditional facial

How is a hydrafacial done?

A hydrafacial includes cleansing, abrasion, electro-scrubbing, again abrasion with vitamin C, Ultra-sound, radio frequency, Abrasion with vitamin E, cold stamp, peel, hydration mask, etc. Avataar’s hydration boost facial is an extensive facial for deep oxygenation, hydration, and exfoliation and works wonders on dry, rough, and damaged skin. It’s a perfect facial to incorporate into your daily skincare routine.

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Myths about Hydrafacial

Hydrafacials are one of the most popular facials that people opt for these days. With excellent results and zero downtime, people prefer hydrafacials that are intensely hydrating. A hydrafacial is high quality facial which uses the hydra-dermabrasion technique to clear clogged pores and hydrate the skin using intensely nourishing serums.

It does not require any downtime and is ideal for combating aging problems and drying the skin which promises results. There are many benefits to getting a hydrafacial and the results don’t only include soft and dewy skin; it can reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines. It nourishes the skin and facilitates collagen production. It also aids in repairing damage caused by sun exposure and discoloration.

Hydrafacial is suitable for all ages (18 and above) and all skin types. But people with conditions like an active rash, rosacea, or sunburn should not opt for this facial. Some of the most common myths associated with hydrafacial are:

Same hydrafacial suits everyone

This is false because a person with oily skin cannot opt for a facial that is tailor-made for dry skin. One facial cannot be used for all. There every client receives a hydrafacial which is crafted specifically for their skin type.

Hydrafacial abrasion poses risks

This is false because hydrafacials do not use any pressing or squeezing to clear clogged pores. Traditional facials use squeezing and tweezing but hydrafacial is gentle on the skin and uses painless extraction. This facial does not cause any peeling or irritation after the procedure. It is non-invasive and painless.

Hydrafacial cannot be used as a combination treatment

This is false in fact you can get treatment on the same day after getting a hydrafacial. Be it injections or LED treatments can be done after a hydrafacial treatment.

Results take the time or are inconsistent

The chances of ordinary facials leaving the skin swollen and red are highly possible. But hydrafacials provide results that are visible immediately after the treatment. The results from hydrafacial are efficient, safe, and consistent. It uses high-tech skincare tools which do not depend on the skills of the expert doing the facial for you which is why the results stay consistent. 

In conclusion, getting hydrafacial will only benefit your skin. It is suitable for anyone and everyone. It suits all skin tones. It rejuvenates your skin and provides intense hydration with no unnecessary downtime.

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What is Avataar’s Skin Gym?

Avataar’s Skin gym package is about giving you 11 at-home sessions catered to all your skin problems. It is a skincare routine that will include laser technology and peels customized to your skin type and your needs. These 11 sessions are completed over the span of 6 months. The skin gym covers problems like:


Acne, scientifically known as acne vulgaris, is a condition in which dead skin skills and oil from the sebaceous glands clog the hair follicles. Typically acne includes blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and oily skin. It commonly occurs during puberty; people of all races and ages can get acne. Acne can continue into adulthood. It is essential to keep the pores clean. There are several causes of acne- overproduction of oil, build-up of dead skin cells in the pores, bacteria, hormonal imbalance, genetics, medications, and age. Certain conditions may aggravate acne- like diet, stress, environmental irritants, pollutants, humidity, and scrubbing your skin too hard.


Melanin is the pigment responsible for the color of the skin. The dark patches that form over the skin are called pigmentation. There are several types of pigmentation:

Melasma: these are brown or blue-gray patches that occur on your skin and often are freckle-like. It often appears during pregnancy and commonly on the face and stomach.

Sunspots: characterized by small flat dark areas of the skin. They appear on areas of the skin that receive maximum exposure to the sun. They are also known as liver spots and solar lentigines.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation: this happens due to excess production of melanin or abnormal melanin deposits in the skin and causes inflammation.

Loose and dull skin

Avataar has an array of treatments that help in dealing with problems like loose and dull skin. Our advanced laser facials work to give intense skin renewal, and exfoliation, stimulate collagen, reduce pigmentation, provide instant radiance, tighten dilated pores and loose skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and reverse sun damage. the treatments work to give you healthy glowing skin.

Sun Damage

What people essentially call a ‘tan’ is actually, sun damage that happens due to sun exposure. Sometimes exposure to the sun can cause the skin to produce melanin irregularly which may cause pigmentation in certain areas of the skin. Years of exposure to the sun have a significant impact on the skin, resulting in early aging, skin cancer, and a variety of other skin abnormalities. Most early skin aging happens due to sun exposure to UV light. Numerous skin changes that were formerly attributed to aging, like easy bruising, are the result of repeated sun exposure.

Damaged skin

Sunlight is not the only source of skin deterioration. Skin damage may result from behaviors like smoking. Blood vessels may become constricted as a result of nicotine consumption, which raises blood pressure and causes skin cells to absorb less oxygen. Collagen and elastin are also damaged by cigarette smoke. Additionally, the skin surrounding the mouth and eyes may droop, and smoking increases the skin’s melanin, which results in pigmentation.

Your skin may acquire dormant skin problems or they may flare up as a result of stress and anxiety. Increased amounts of stress hormones can cause chronic stress, which is bad for the skin.

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What is a hydrafacial? How does it work and what are its benefits?

Clear, bright, glowing skin is something that everybody aims for but not something everyone is able to achieve unless you are spending a fortune on skincare products regularly. But achieving that glowing skin with a hydrafacial is gaining popularity very quickly.

Hydrafacial treatment involves using a patented treatment that is generally available at medical spas. A hydrafacial cleanses, extracts, hydrates, and removes tan and dead skin from the skin. It clears clogged pores and provides intense hydration to the skin. Rather than rubbing your skin with coarse scrubs, hydrafacial uses a gentle vacuum to clean your clogged pores and extracts blackheads. It does not cause any redness like the traditional manual methods of extraction.

Unlike salon facials, hydrafacial aids in the long-term maintenance of the skin. Even though the procedure is non-invasive, a hydrafacial gives more dramatic results than a regular salon facial.

Benefits of a hydrafacial

A hydrafacial offers end-to-end skin cleansing, hydration, and rejuvenation. It uses three different serums that help in deep oxygenation, hydration, and exfoliation. It works wonders on dry, rough, and damaged skin. It is the perfect facial for a regular skincare routine.

It improves your overall skin texture, tone, and appearance. It provides deep exfoliation that gives way to better absorption of the serums. It uses a method called hydra-dermabrasion which is like microdermabrasion but is done with hydrating serums.

Other benefits include:

Moisturizes and nourishes the skin

Removes Dead skin and black/white heads

Improves blood circulation

Enhances Elastic production

Includes LED therapy customized to your skin type

Tightens Skin

Reduces fine lines and wrinkles

Rejuvenates skin and produces glow

Who can get hydrafacial?

Hydrafacial is suitable for nearly all ages, complexions, and skin types. Teenagers who suffer from acne; adults with pimples, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation; older adults with sun damage and flaky skin can opt for a hydration boost facial. It gives instant results and there is no downtime needed.

Hydrafacial is generally suitable for everyone but like everything, there are a few exceptions. One should avoid a hydrafacial if they have an active rash, sunburn, severe acne, or rosacea. A person may experience light pressure from the wand during the procedure. Unlike other treatments, a hydrafacial does not cause any pain, redness, or swelling. Pregnant women should consult their doctors before getting a hydrafacial. In case a person has extremely sensitive skin, they should inform their provider before proceeding with the treatment.    

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What is Bikini Rejuvenation?

Do you also have a dark bikini line and inner thighs as compared to your skin color?

A darker pubic area is completely normal for everyone, this darkening is called hyperpigmentation. The bikini line and inner thighs are the most common places for hyperpigmentation.

Some of the causes of dark skin around the pubic area include:

Hair removal creams/ Shaving: You most likely shave, wax, or sugar your legs because you want to remove your hair, which can result in hyperpigmentation and ingrown hair scarring.

Hormone: The melanocytes in the skin are specific cells that produce melanin. These melanocytes are particularly hormone-sensitive in the vaginal region. In reaction to hormonal changes, the vaginal area gradually darkens over time. This may occur during puberty, pregnancy, or natural aging.

Friction and inflammation: The potential of melanocyte hyperactivity rise with an increase in friction. Friction can cause melanocyte cells to produce more melanin, leading to pigmentation around the pubic area. The skin may get inflamed as a result of friction, and this inflammation may then result in hyperpigmentation after the fact. Compared to other parts of the body, the skin surrounding the inner thighs and bikini area is thinner and more sensitive. This is why even the slightest amount of friction can aggravate these places and make them darker.

Fungal infection: Fungal infections are also a cause of dark pubic skin. Both men and women experience this as a skin condition.

Hyperpigmentation in the pubic area is normal but it doesn’t mean you can’t rid of it

Avataar offers a combination of lasers and peels which are 100% safe and act only upon the topmost layer of the skin, giving you a cleaner and whitened look without causing any internal harm.

How to get rid of the dark pubic area?

  1. Laser Hair Reduction- Hair reduction is the first step towards a clean bikini. Over multiple sessions, Bikini loses up to 90-95% of its hair growth
  2. Q-switched laser treatment- Lasers are used to break the pigmentation and stimulate the process of new cell generation so that the renewed skin is lighter in tone
  3. Chemical peel treatments- Chemical peels are used to further aid in the lightening of the skin. The peel treatment is also completely painless and goes very well with the above-mentioned treatments
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What is Underarm Rejuvenation?

Your underarms should generally be of the same skin as the rest of your body but sometimes those are of a darker tone. While dark underarms are not a cause for concern, they are definitely a cause for embarrassment for a lot of people, especially for people who love to wear sleeveless and tank tops.

The darkening of the skin happens due to a condition called acanthosis nigricans which basically causes the skin to thicken and become dark on folds all over the body. The most common areas that become dark are the underarms, back of the neck, groin, elbows, and knees.

The pigment cells on your skin are known as melanocytes which are responsible for causing the darkening of the skin. AN can be genetic but sometimes hair removal can cause it. Repeated shaving or plucking can stimulate the production of excess melanocytes which can cause the underarm to darken.

There are many reasons that can cause the darkening of underarms some of the causes are diseases like obesity, diabetes, hormone imbalances, and side effects of medications.
But darkened underarms are not a permanent condition. You can get rid of them with specific treatments and wear the tank top you always wanted to flaunt.

  • Laser Hair Reduction:

One of the common causes of pigmented underarms is the constant waxing and shaving which causes the skin to produce more melanocytes. You can solve that problem immediately by choosing an alternative for hair removal. Get permanent laser hair reduction, no more waxing, and shaving. Laser hair reduction saves money and does not cause any pain or darkening of the skin

  • Chemical peel treatments:

Chemical peels like retinol can work on the darkened skin and remove the topmost layer of the skin giving way to the new skin underneath which will be brighter and smoother. This typically takes time and a few sessions to see results and it also depends on the individual’s skin and how pigmented their skin is.

  • Laser treatments and dermabrasion:

Laser treatments and dermabrasion can help in the resurfacing of the skin which removes the dead skin cells from the topmost layer of the skin and helps in the regeneration of new brighter and smoother skin.   

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Everything you need to know about chemical peels

What are chemical peels?

A chemical peel is a procedure in which a mild chemical solution is applied to the topmost layer of the skin. It visibly reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Specific concentrations of carefully formulated chemical peels are used based on your skin type. These peels are generally plant-based extracts that exfoliate the dead skin layer of the skin; it removes dirt and clear clogged pores, dead skin, and excess oil from the pores. Once this layer of the skin is removed the skin that is regenerated is smoother, brighter, and less wrinkled than the old skin. This procedure also effectively clears mild to moderate acne.

Why do you need chemical peels?

Chemical peels are used to treat certain skin conditions but in general, they can be used to improve the appearance, texture, and tone of the skin.

  • It removes dead skin and stimulates the basal layer which increases the cell renewal rate
  • Easy exfoliation which boosts your skin
  • Improves the skin tone and texture by lightening and brightening the skin
  • Tightens and firms the skin
  • Reduces enlarged pores
  • Reduces fine lines
  • Promotes overall healthy skin
  • Reduces oil secretion and cleanses pores deeply

The process of chemical peel treatment

The first step in the chemical peel treatment is to clean the face with a cleanser after which petroleum jelly is applied to the most sensitive areas of the skin to protect and prevent any irritation in these areas. After this, a peel (depending on your skin concern) is applied. Depending on the peel you might experience irritation. After this, a neutralizing solution is applied to remove the peel. The post-treatment care includes applying sunscreen to protect your skin from any kind of sun damage.

Recovery time after applying the chemical peel will vary depending on the type and strength of the peel that has been used. Immediately after the skin may feel tight and it may turn red. The use of gentle cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreen is very important. Sun exposure should be avoided when the skin is peeling. The chemical peel treatment stings depending on the type of chemical peel that has been used. Light peels usually involve lactic acid and fruit acids and they cause some redness, irritation, stinging, and crusting of the skin; all of this will eventually give way to clean, smooth and glowing skin. 

Before getting a chemical peel please consult an expert to treat any skin conditions. It is important to educate yourself before going for any kind of treatment. The results of a superficial chemical peel can last up to a year if maintained with good skincare products and sunscreen whereas the results of deep peels can last for a few years!

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Salicylic Peel: Benefits, effects, and uses

Salicylic acid is an ingredient used in many over-the-counter medications. It works effectively as an exfoliant that removes dead skin cells and works on conditions like acne, psoriasis, and warts, and even reduces the signs of aging. The salicylic peel comes under the class of Beta-hydroxy acids (BHA).

Salicylic acid benefits the skin in many ways; it affects the skin’s complexion and evens the overall texture. Salicylic acid peel treatments deeply exfoliate the surface layers of the skin.
Salicylic peels are fairly gentle so they can be used for people who are unable to use other stronger peels. It is a safe and well-tolerated peel that is suitable for all skin types.

 Some of the benefits of a salicylic peel include:

  1. Smooth and bright skin: it makes the skin softer and smoother; it also brightens the complexion and evens the skin’s texture by reducing large pores. 
  2. Comedolytic properties: salicylic peel cleans out clogged pores and dead skin cells that cause acne.
  3. Anti-inflammatory: it has anti-inflammatory properties that lower inflammation, redness, and swelling caused by acne. It also helps in treating acne.
  4. Antifungal: it can help treat problems caused by fungi, like fungal acne.
  5. Desmolytic properties: salicylic peel breaks down the connective tissue holding the cells in the topmost layer, making it easy for the dead skin layer to shed off. 
  6. Controls oil production: the natural oil secreted by our skin is called sebum. Sometimes the skin produces excess sebum that leads to acne breakouts. The salicylic peel reduces the production of sebum which controls acne breakouts.
  7. Reduces hyperpigmentation: salicylic peel improves problems like melasma and sunspots. Once the superficial layer is removed the skin is refreshed and rejuvenated. 
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Benefits of Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is a simple procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove the topmost layers. What it does is remove the topmost layer of the skin, and the new layer of skin that grows is brighter and smoother. With a light or medium peel, this can be done more than once to get the desired results.

Chemical peels are used to treat problems like wrinkles, discoloration, and even scars (on the face). Chemical peels are versatile; they can be done as standalone treatments or combined with other procedures like laser facials. There are deeper chemical peels and they offer much more dramatic results but they also require a lot of downtime to recover. Chemical peeling is also known as chemexfoliation or derma peeling. It is generally on the face, neck, or hands. But it is also used in the treatment of hyperpigmentation in the areas like underarms and bikinis. It helps in improving conditions like:

  1. Mild scarring
  2. Sun spots, age spots, liver spots, freckles, and discoloration
  3. Fine lines and wrinkles
  4. Sun damage
  5. Certain types of acne
  6. Rough skin
  7. Scaly patches on the skin
  8. Dull complexion
  9. Melasma due to pregnancy or birth control pills

Depending on the issues that you are facing, you can choose a chemical peel in any one of the three depths

  • Light chemical peel: a light chemical peel is a superficial peel that will remove the outer layer of the skin which is the epidermis. This light peel works on conditions like fine lines, acne, uneven skin tone, and dryness. One can get a light peel done once every two to five weeks.
  • Medium chemical peel: this peel removes cells from the epidermis as well as a little bit of the dermis. It removes a little bit of the top layers of the dermis. This peel aids in treating wrinkles, acne scars, and uneven skin tone. 
  • Deep chemical peel: this peel removes cells even deeper in the dermis and is often done in a surgical setup under the administration of anesthesia. It is often used for deep wrinkles, scars, and even precancerous growths. 

What are the risks involved in chemical peeling?

Please consult your dermatologist before proceeding with the chemical peel treatment. In certain types of skin, there is a risk of developing temporary and permanent changes in the color of your skin. For example, people on birth control pills, pregnancy, and a family history of brown discoloration on the face increase the risk of developing pigmentation.

Some of the side effects include redness, scabbing and swelling; depending on how deep the peel is the redness may last from a few hours to a few months.  

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Things to know before signing up for laser treatments

Before signing up for laser hair reduction

We all know about the pain of getting waxing done every month. Smooth, soft, and hairless skin is something that everybody likes. But going to the salon every month to endure pain only to enjoy a few days’ worth of hairless skin (let us be honest hair starts to grow back on the third day after waxing) can be a pain. That is why human beings found a way to get rid of hair once and for all Laser hair reduction.

In laser hair reduction, the laser targets the pigment in the hair bulb which heats up and destroys the follicle from which the hair grows, therefore, arresting the growth of the hair follicle. But the thing is that this is not a one-time process since every hair follicle is at a different stage of the growth cycle. You might need about 6-8 sessions to get the results you want. So do not expect instant results. It is also important to use sunscreen after your sessions.

Before getting a laser facial

Laser facials use a patented device that exfoliates, cleanses, and hydrates the skin. In addition, laser facials also treat problems like acne, acne scars, pigmentation, enlarged pores, melasma, fine lines, and wrinkles. It also uses chemical peels to lighten and brighten the skin. Some key benefits of laser facials are that it works on all skin types, outcomes are always consistent and immediate, and finally, no downtime is needed.

But you do need to take some due care before and after the facials like ceasing the use of retinoids, avoiding exposure to sunlight, and stopping acne medications at least two weeks before the treatment. It is essential to use sunscreen after the facial to protect the skin from harmful sun rays.

 Before chemical peel treatment

Chemical peels remove the topmost layer of the skin that contains dead skin cells to reveal the healthy layer of skin underneath. There are three types of peel light, medium, and deep. They bring out healthy skin underneath the dead skin.

Before getting a chemical peel treatment, stop using topical retinol (tretinoin or retin-A) at least two weeks before the treatment. It is vital to inform your specialist about any medications you are taking. Some of the common temporary side effects include redness, irritation, dryness, stinging, burning, and slight swelling. It is necessary to apply sunscreen religiously after the treatment. It protects the skin from the harmful rays of the sun.