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What is a Hydrafacial?

The type of skincare you use and the in-office skin treatments you have performed are typically based on individual skin types and needs. There is rarely one product or treatment that is universal. The exception– a HydraFacial. 

The HydraFacial has become the go-to facial for everyone because it targets so many of the most common skincare concerns.

Dryness? A HydraFacial can help…

Dull skin? A Hydrafacial can help…

Large pores? A Hydrafacial can help…

Signs of aging? A HydraFacial can help…

Acne prone skin? A HydraFacial can help…

Uneven skin tone and texture? A Hydrafacial can help…

We think you get the idea. The HydraFacial really is a universal skin treatment that helps to correct many common skin issues. It is also suitable for most skin types (if not all), and the likelihood of encountering adverse effects post-treatment is next to none. 

The HydraFacial has become a global phenomenon, with two million HydraFacials performed globally last year alone. That means that about every 15 seconds, someone indulges in this facial, walking away with instantly plumper, more hydrated, and refreshed skin. 

If you’ve ever thought about getting a HydraFacial but wondered if it’s worth the hype, you are in the right place. Read on to learn more about what a HydraFacial is, a step-by-step breakdown of what happens during the treatment, the problems it can help correct, how often you should indulge in one, and the best place to get a HydraFacial near you.

What is a HydraFacial? 

A HydraFacial is a non-invasive, in-office skincare treatment that uses an FDA-approved device designed to address skin damage and textural issues, leaving you with immediately rejuvenated and hydrated skin. It essentially merges the benefits of a microdermabrasion-like treatment with a curated infusion of serums.

The treatment is a quick multi-step process that includes cleansing, exfoliation, gentle extraction of impurities, and the infusion of nourishing serums catered to your skin’s needs. This unique combination is administered using proprietary technology and specialized devices.

The HydraFacial is highly customizable, making it suitable for various skin concerns such as fine lines, sun damage, and enlarged pores, and is known for its adaptability to different skin types and minimal downtime, making it a practical and effective choice for those seeking a refreshed and revitalized complexion.

Unfortunately, you can’t perform a HydraFacial at home. The specialized equipment used during HydraFacial procedures is not available for purchase by the general public. These devices are exclusively accessible to licensed skin care specialists who undergo extensive training to operate them safely and effectively.

What Are The Benefits of a HydraFacial? 

This HydraFacial is a transformative skincare treatment that goes beyond a traditional  facial,  offering numerous benefits. Here are a few of the top advantages that make the HydraFacial the go-to choice for those in pursuit of radiant and revitalized skin:

Immediate Results with No Downtime

Unlike more invasive treatments, HydraFacial delivers noticeable results immediately, with minimal downtime, making it a convenient option for those with busy schedules.

Customizable for Individual Needs

No two treatments are exactly alike. Tailored by skin care specialists, the treatment adjusts serums to individual skin needs, addressing specific concerns. 

Suitable for All Skin Types

The adaptability of the treatment makes it suitable for various skin types, including sensitive skin, with a low risk of adverse reactions.

A Relaxing Experience

Some facial treatments aren’t the most relaxing. The HydraFacial is gentle and soothing, making it a favorite among those seeking relaxation alongside skincare benefits.

Acne Reduction and Prevention

The extraction phase of a HydraFacial efficiently clears out impurities and unclogs pores, preventing and reducing acne breakouts. That said, if you have active acne or are prone to breakouts, a HydraFacial may trigger a temporary process known as “purging.” 

While this might entail a short-lived uptick in breakouts post-treatment, it signifies that the HydraFacial is actively addressing and expelling impurities from the skin. Embracing this initial phase of purging is a positive step towards achieving clearer, healthier skin in the long run.

Improved Skin Texture and Tone

One of the key steps of a HydraFacial is exfoliation, which helps remove dead skin cells, promoting smoother texture and an even skin tone.

Pore Cleansing and Minimization

Effective extraction clears out impurities, minimizing the appearance of pores and preventing breakouts.

Hyperpigmentation Minimization

The infusion of brightening serums reduces hyperpigmentation, leaving the skin with a more balanced complexion.

Diminished Fine Lines and Wrinkles

By promoting collagen production, a HydraFacial helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in a more youthful complexion.

Enhanced Elasticity and Firmness

The collagen-stimulating effects contribute to improved skin elasticity and firmness, addressing sagging skin concerns.

Intense Hydration for Dry Skin

The infusion of nourishing serums provides deep hydration, offering relief for dry skin and leaving it plump and moisturized.

Reduction of Redness

The soothing serums used during the HydraFacial can help alleviate redness and sensitivity, making it suitable for those with sensitive skin.

Brightened Complexion for Dull Skin

The combined exfoliation and infusion of brightening serums result in a more radiant and luminous complexion, ideal for combating dull skin.

What Happens During a HydraFacial?

HydraFacials use a very unique approach compared to other facials. The key lies in the patented wand used during the treatment that delicately opens pores, facilitating a deep cleanse and effortless removal of impurities and dead skin cells. Simultaneously, this wand enhances the penetration of customizable skin boosters, ensuring an exceptionally effective treatment.

HydraFacials meticulously perform the triple tasks of cleansing, extracting, and hydrating, tailored to your skin’s unique condition. Here is a step-by-step breakdown of what you can expect during your HydraFacial treatment:

Step One: Cleansing and Exfoliation

The session starts with a thorough cleansing using the HydroPeel tip and a deep cleansing solution to remove surface-level impurities from the skin. This step ensures a clean canvas for the rest of your treatment.

Step Two: Exfoliation 

Next up is the exfoliation phase. The approach used may vary based on individual skin needs. While some sessions include a mild chemical peel with a combination of glycolic and salicylic acid to exfoliate debris and dead skin cells, not every HydraFacial incorporates this step.

The treatment’s adaptability allows for customization, and alternatives such as physical exfoliants or different types of chemical exfoliants may be used depending on individual requirements. The decision on whether to include a chemical peel is made in consideration of the specific preferences and needs of the person undergoing the HydraFacial.

Step Three: Extraction

The extraction method used during a HydraFacial is different from the extraction step in a traditional facial; it’s a much gentler process.

There isn’t any poking or prodding to force dirt and debris out. Instead, your technician uses a vortex suction to painlessly remove debris from pores. This method is not only very gentle, but it also reduces the likelihood of breakouts. 

Step Four: Hydration/Infusion

Last but not least, customized serums, tailored to your unique skin concerns, are infused into the skin using the vortex fusion tool, which acts as a catalyst, allowing the serums to penetrate deeply, reaching beyond the surface layers for maximum effectiveness. 

These personalized serums not only address immediate hydration needs but are also strategically selected to target specific skin issues, be it fine lines, hyperpigmentation, acne, or uneven texture.

Step Five: Walk Away Refreshed

The best part of a HydraFacial is that it provides instant results. While some patients may experience very minor redness, you should walk out of your appointment with plumped, hydrated, refreshed, and glowing skin. 

While no downtime is necessary, it is advised to not wash your face and avoid any workouts or activities that would make you sweat immediately following your facial. You should also use SPF to protect your skin from sun exposure post-treatment (but you already do that, right?!) 

How Often Should You Get a HydraFacial?

For optimal results, it is recommended to undergo a HydraFacial treatment on a monthly basis. Consistency in scheduling these sessions ensures that your skin receives regular maintenance and benefits from the deep cleansing, exfoliation, and hydration provided by the procedure. 

Moreover, when complemented with a personalized skincare regimen tailored to your specific needs, the effects of the HydraFacial are enhanced even further. Relive, with its expertise, can curate a skincare routine that complements the benefits of the Hydrafacial, promoting healthier, more radiant skin over time. By adhering to this monthly routine and incorporating personalized skincare, you can achieve and maintain optimal skin health and appearance.

Who Should Get a HydraFacial?

Anyone who wants soft, plump, youthful, glowing skin should consider a HydraFacial. Seriously, it doesn’t matter if you are 20 or 80, male or female, have acne-prone, sensitive, dry, or even oily skin– a HydraFacial is an excellent choice.

For example, if you are in your 20s, a HydraFacial is excellent for preventing early signs of aging and addressing issues like enlarged or blocked pores. For those with aging skin, a HydraFacial effectively reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, restoring a more youthful and revitalized complexion.

With its high level of customization, the HydraFacial can effectively address various skin concerns. It’s also great for those who are busy or want to continue with their life without any irritation or recovery time. The HydraFacial is a quick procedure, 30 minutes to an hour at most, and requires no downtime.

Oh, and did we mention the results are instant? Unlike many in-office treatments that take a while to reveal results, you will leave the office with healthier skin and a radiant glow. For sustained skin health, it is recommended to incorporate HydraFacial treatments into your monthly skincare routine.

Is There Anyone Who Should Not Get a HydraFacial? 

HydraFacials are remarkably versatile and safe for most individuals. The treatment is designed to be gentle yet effective, making it suitable for a wide range of skin types and concerns.

However, as with any skincare procedure, there are a few considerations. You should avoid getting a Hydrafacial if you have:

  • Allergies: If you are allergic to any of the product ingredients, you should not get a HydraFacial.
  • Active Skin Irritation: All facials, including a HydraFacial, should also be avoided if you have an active rash, sunburn, open wound, cold sore, or fever blister.
  • Certain Skin Conditions: If you have a severe form of acne, eczema, or psoriasis, you should consult a skin care expert before booking a HydraFacial.
  • Pregnant or Breastfeeding: You should ask your doctor or hold off on getting a HydraFacial while pregnant or breastfeeding. Certain components utilized in the HydraFacial, including salicylic acid, lack comprehensive testing and established safety data during pregnancy.

There are also other timing considerations when booking your HydraFacial appointment. You might want to hold off on booking a HydraFacial if you have:

  • Used Accutane: If you have used Accutane within the past year, consult a skin care expert to see if you are ready for a facial treatment.
  • Plan to get Botox/Filler after your HydraFacial: Many people book injectables on the same day as a HydraFacial. Just make sure you get Botox or Filler before your HydraFacial. You must wait 1-2 weeks to get any type of injectables after any facial, including a HydraFacial.
  • Used Retin-A/AHA’s/Peels: You should stop using these ingredients five days before getting a HydraFacial.
  • Waxing/Shaving/Depilatories: To avoid skin irritation, you should not wax, shave, or use depilatories at least 48 hours before or after a facial. Longer if you have sensitive skin. 
  • Peels/Laser Therapy: Don’t use any medium or deep chemical peels or laser treatments for at least two weeks after your facial treatment.

If you have any concerns about specific skin conditions or the timing of treatment, do not hesitate to schedule a consultation with a skincare specialist before booking your appointment. They can provide personalized advice based on your unique skin needs, ensuring you get the most out of this rejuvenating treatment.

How Long Do Results of a HydraFacial Last? 

The longevity of HydraFacial results can vary based on individual skin types and concerns. Generally, individuals experience immediate improvements in skin texture, tone, and hydration, with these effects lasting for at least a week.

However, the duration of HydraFacial results can extend much longer, with many individuals reporting benefits lasting up to two weeks or more. Factors such as skin type, lifestyle, and overall skincare routine can influence the longevity of results. 

A regular schedule of HydraFacial treatments is recommended for sustained benefits and optimal skin health, with monthly sessions being a common practice. Consistent HydraFacial sessions contribute to cumulative and long-term enhancements, ensuring an enduring radiance and revitalized complexion.


The HydraFacial sets itself apart as the only hydradermabrasion procedure that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration, and antioxidant protection simultaneously. This results in visibly clearer, more radiant skin that is achieved without discomfort or downtime.

This soothing, moisturizing, non-invasive, and non-irritating treatment  is a preferred choice not only for skincare enthusiasts but also for professionals in the field. 

At Relive Health, we prioritize staying at the forefront of cutting-edge cosmetic treatments. The HydraFacial is no doubt just that and is one of our most “in-demand” skin treatments. 

If you are ready to see and feel the benefits of the most popular facial in the world, click here to find a Relive Health Skin Expert near you.