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What Is a HydraFacial? FAQs for This Strong Yet Gentle Treatment

BY: Aimee Algas Alker | Dec 31, 2018

A HydraFacial is a cleansing, exfoliating, and hydrating skin treatment using a single proprietary tool. That’s the short answer.

The long answer is that it’s a facial that draws together facial treatments into one—the deep exfoliation of a microdermabrasion, the renewal of a chemical peel, and the extraction and hydration of a traditional facial—except it’s all kicked up a notch, yet at the same time, more soothing and gentle. A hydrafacial is noninvasive and nonsurgical, and instead of lasers or harsh chemicals, it uses water and serums to renew and refresh facial skin.

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So how does the HydraFacial work?

A true HydraFacial happens in just four steps: exfoliation, chemical peel, extraction, and hydration. But the key is what the company calls its Vortex Technology, encapsulated in a single tool that performs all four steps.


What are the steps of a HydraFacial?

The aesthetician simply has to exchange the device’s tip to perform the four steps described above, with each one calibrated to your particular skin type.

1. Cleanse and Exfoliate

Traditional microdermabrasion uses microcrystals or some other abrasive to release dead skin cells. A HydraFacial uses a gentler agent: water. This means that the treatment is more soothing than a microdermabrasion and requires no downtime.

2.  Peel

Your face might tingle slightly, as the aesthetician applies a chemical peel to the skin. It’s a gentler version of a traditional peel, and the blend of glycolic and salicylic acids deliver a peel’s effects without the skin scaling that can occur afterwards.

3. Extraction

After another serum is applied, the extraction tip works to pull out whatever is clogging pores, be it dirt, dead skin, or cupcake sprinkles. Like a giant with his kitten, this process is powerful, yet gentle—and mostly painless.

4. Hydration

Finally, the HydraFacial’s bread and butter: skin is infused with a special medical-grade serum rich in antioxidants and peptides. This serum is designed to even skin tone, firm and tighten, as well as hydrate.



How long does a HydraFacial take?

A HydraFacial takes anywhere between 30 and 45 minutes.


How often should I get a HydraFacial?

While most clients see results from just one HydraFacial treatment, regular once-a-month sessions will help maintain skin health and appearance.


Does a HydraFacial hurt?

No, most clients claim it’s actually very soothing. Through each of the four steps, you can expect to experience sensations more like a massage than anything else.


Who is a HydraFacial best for?

A HydraFacial is ideal for anyone looking for a rejuvenating and relaxing skin treatment. It’s especially designed for those with dry skin, those with oily skin, those with patchy spots, those with enlarged pores. Each treatment can be customized with a proprietary Boost, which are designed to target specific skin issues, such as discoloration or fine lines.


What are the HydraFacial’s benefits?

A HydraFacial has a multitude of benefits, especially because it is so customizable. Just some of those benefits include the following:

  • improved elasticity and firmness
  • brightened skin tone
  • reduction of dark spots
  • smoother lines
  • tighter pores

And because it’s so easy on the skin, it’s compatible with other procedures, such as laser treatments and injectables. Above all, HydraFacial results typically have no downtime or irritation—making it one of the most gentle procedures you can have performed on your skin.

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