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I’m no stranger to spa treatments. In fact, for the past several years, regular appointments at various salons and spas have been part of my self-care routine. But one service I had yet to try was the Hydrafacial–so when I got the opportunity to experience one at my go-to salon and spa, I was all over it.
So…what’s a Hydrafacial, anyway? In the simplest terms, it’s a multistep facial treatment performed with the HydraFacial MD machine. The dermatologist-recommended procedure helps address specific skin concerns like fine lines, dryness, dullness, and more.
Here’s how it works: HydraFacial uses its Vortex-Fusion delivery system to create a holistic facial that cleanses, extracts, and hydrates–all in about 30 minutes. This system includes Hydrafacial’s proprietary HydroPeel(R) Tips, used in conjunction with the HydraFacial vacuum technology and serums, to create a vortex effect that dislodges and removes impurities while delivering hydrating skin solutions at the same time.
At $175 per session, HydraFacials do cost more than the average facial. There are also add-ons or booster treatments that can increase the total cost. Keep in mind, however, that this is significantly lower than what you’d pay for a more invasive and clinical facial service at a medspa.
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When I showed up for my appointment and was taken back to my room, I first put on the typical wrap garment used during facial treatments so that my shoulders, neck, and face were exposed. I then settled in and my esthetician got to work, talking me through the process as we went.
Step one: The facial starts with a cleanse and peel where the skin is resurfaced with gentle exfoliation. This removes dead skin cells and sebum while gently opening pores.