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What is a HydraFacial and Why You Need It

What is a HydraFacial and Why You Need It

Before the world went sideways, monthly HydraFacials were part of my regular skincare routine. They are an absolute splurge, but the best investment I’ve made in my skin, better than any treatment, product, or gadget I’ve ever bought. 

What is a HydraFacial?

HydraFacials are a non-invasive treatment proven to reduce  fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, clogged and enlarged pores, it evens skin tone and reduces redness and acne.

Have any of that?

I deal with all of it—especially issues with my pores, breakouts, and mild rosacea.

When facials were part of my routine, I saw a difference across the board, most notably, my pores were practically invisible, my acne significantly reduced and my skin generally looking plump and glowy. 

During Covid, when facials were the last thing on anyone’s mind, my skin started to get problematic again. The stress of everything was showing all over my face, and I knew part of the issue was because I wasn’t getting a regular, deep, professional clean.

Thankfully, we’re back up and running, and my favorite local salon recently introduced HydraFacials as part of their services. I scheduled one of the first appointments, and let me tell you, my skin was desperate for attention. 

What is a HydraFacial and Why You Need It

I love learning about it skincare and sharing what I discover with all of you. I try a lot of different things out but never loved anything like I love the HydraFacial. If I had to pick one treatment to spend on, this would be it. 

How it Works 

To get a true HydraFacial, you need to go to a salon with their patented proprietary machine, which works with a wand that helps exfoliate, cleanse, extract and then plump your skin full of goodness.

The secret is the magic “wand” attached to the machine that  first cleanses and then exfoliates your skin. 

Next, the technician will turn on the suction mode and pull all the “guck” out of your pores. Seriously, you’ll see it all come out. It’s gross and highly satisfying. It’s like when you Swiffer your floors and can’t believe what’s been sitting on them. It’s incredible.

Finally, the same wand plumps your skin up with antioxidant-rich serums. The machine uses water throughout the process to keep your skin hydrated, hence “HydraFacial,” so even super sensitive skin like mine is barely red when I leave and back to normal in 20 minutes. This quick video gives a good overview of the experience.

Depending on your salon, you can add on different options, like eye masks or light treatments. In my last session, I splurged on a lymphatic drainage massage designed to help reduce puffiness by gently moving extra fluid from your face. It sounds like total BS, but it 100% worked. I left looking so much healthier than I did when I walked in. 

Amazing Results

You’ll see a noticeable difference immediately, like, as you’re walking out the door. Your pores will appear smaller, and your skin will be brighter. Over time, you’ll notice less and less acne, reduce inflammation, smoother skin, especially on your forehead and around your eyes, and lighten dark spots.

I’m back to going every four weeks. Each session takes about one hour; with the lymphatic massage, it was 90 minutes. Prices will vary depending on your salon. I pay about $200 per session before tip. Again, more if you add on. 

At 41, I’m focusing a lot more on my skin than makeup, and so far, it’s paying off. I don’t wear much makeup on most days, and when I do, I can play up how healthy my skin is rather than covering up with a lot of product.

I go to Salon and Spa by Kimberly Gider in Conshohocken, right outside Philadelphia, if you are local to my area. 

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Lesley Revuelto

Tuesday 24th of August 2021

Good morning, I just had a hydra facial yesterday and had forgotten how wonderful it feels and how great your skin looks. I’m hooked again and hope to keep it as a regular treatment every 4-6 weeks. Great timing on the article! Lesley


Tuesday 24th of August 2021

I’ve been looking into this as well and decided to take the plunge and try it! Thanks for the great blog post and the feedback from other WDL readers. Is any part of it relaxing lol? Does it hurt? No more or less than extractions. I would probably do an add-on just because I like to get the spa experience. Thanks again.

Nupur Jain

Wednesday 29th of August 2018

This is the best tip ever!! I started getting regular hydrafacial based on the recommendation from your blog earlier and couldn't be happier with the result. Thank you so much!!

Megan Kristel

Wednesday 29th of August 2018



Tuesday 28th of August 2018

I have just recently discovered the Hydra Facial. I was looking for "something" to make my face look good for my daughter's wedding a few weeks ago. I agree, that it is a great treatment. I also can have a bit of sensitive skin and was somewhat reluctant to try the "facial", but the esthetician was thorough in explaining how you would look glowing after the treatment with no redness and I absolutely dd!

Now for the prices... the place I originally went to is a "medical spa". They charged $175. If you bought packages of treatments you could get it for a cheaper price (20% off). Then last week, I was researching other places that offered the Hydra Facial and found one close by. She has her own business and charges $95 for the exact same facial. She was also having a special for $65. Her Hydra Facial was the same treatment and she explained everything more thoroughly than the other place. So, I guess it does pay to shop around. But overall, I would definitely recommend the Hydra Facial.

Leigh Richards

Tuesday 24th of August 2021

Heidi, hopefully the salon you picked is in the Philadelphia/ South Jersey area. Could you share the info about it, please? I want to go.

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 28th of August 2018

I'm glad you had such great results - it does at first seem a little too good to be true. The price you found is amazing. I've heard of a place local to me that is under $100 but a friend went and had a terrible experience. There are also places that charge between $250 - $300 which is outrageous. Shopping around is always a good idea to make sure the best price and results.