My Honest Review of the HydraFacial

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By Jess
4 Mar 2019

As many of you know I am a little bit obsessed with skincare. I don’t buy designer clothes or bags, I don’t have a fancy car, but I definitely will spend money on my skin. I sort of look at it as an investment, which sounds a little ridiculous after typing those words but I think you get my point. So let’s talk about the HydraFacial. I actually booked one by accident last summer. I confused it with a microcurrent facial which is TOTALLY different, but a clear indication that I was a bit of a newbie to the world of skincare treatments. Last spring when I went to visit Anthropologie HQ I had a facial at Rescue Spa in Philly (which btw I highly recommend). It was a microcurrent facial and my skin looked amazing afterwards so I thought I would book it again. Instead I booked a HydraFacial so I was a bit confused when the treatment started and I quickly realized it wasn’t the same. After the treatment though, I was shocked at how amazing my skin looked and felt. It was dewy, glowing, hydrated and felt so clean and refreshed. I started getting HydraFacials instead of regular spa facials because I couldn’t get over the difference in my skin.

Since we’re saving for another fixer upper I cut out most of my non-essential spending, so HydraFacials had to go, but last week my skin was a mess and I decided to book an appointment. The HydraFacial (and the Naturopathica Manuka Honey Cleansing Balm) brought my skin right back to normal. You can see the before and after below. The photos have absolutely no filters or editing (all shot on my iPhone so the quality isn’t as great). In the before and after I’m not wearing any make-up, the photo above is one day later with minimal make-up (I kind of went a little heavy handed with the highlighter so that’s why I’m so shiny, haha). The most noticeable differences for me with the HydraFacial are how my skin feels (hydrated, smooth, clean) and how it looks (dewy, plump, less visible pores, etc.). Is it worth the cost? To me, yes, I wouldn’t be writing this long post if it wasn’t. There are other treatments I like to do as well, light peels, microdermabrasion, regular facials (the one I did with SkinCeuticals was really good), but the one thing I love about the HydraFacial is it’s consistently good results every time.

I got a bunch of questions about the treatment on Instagram, so here is everything you need to know about the HydraFacial.

Before and After HydraFacial

Before the HydraFacial my skin was a mess. The HydraFacial brought it right back to normal, giving me a beautiful dewy skin as well as a plumpness with less visible pores. It also left me feeling hydrated, smooth and clean.

My Honest Review of The HydraFacial

Q. What is a HydraFacial?

The HydraFacial is a medical grade treatment that cleanses, exfoliates and then infuses your skin with serums. The treatment is painless and typically lasts about 45+ minutes. It is an actual machine called vortex-fusion technology used by a trained technician (confirm this when booking your appointment because there’s some places that use the term to describe other treatments but don’t have the actual HydraFacial machine). The machine has a vacuum like hand piece that basically simultaneously cleans out your pores with exfoliation extraction and infuses them with serums, often referred to as hydradermabrasion. A non-irritant mix of glycolic acid and salicylic acid is hydrating and deeply penetrates the pores. Exfoliating treatments like the HydraFacial are so good for your skin.

Q. How much does it cost?

The medical spa where I get a HydraFacial is $210 ($175 + tip). I think it depends on where you live (cities are probably more expensive) but the treatment should be around that price. Treatments can be 30-90 minutes depending on how it’s customized, so speak to the location where you’re booking the appointment about your options.

Q. How long do the results last/is there any downtime?

One of the most appealing things about a HydraFacial is there’s no downtime. In contrast to treatments like chemical peels and microdermabrasion, you leave a treatment with beautiful glowing skin (at least in my experience). I have not experienced a purging period (breakouts after the treatment), I may get one little spot but it goes away within 24 hours. It’s a really good treatment to do before an event because it leaves your skin glowing and healthy. The initial results typically last a few days, but my overall skin health is improved for several weeks to a month. I notice after about a month that my skin starts looking dull again.

Q. Are HydraFacials Good For Your Skin?

HydraFacials are great for your skin. Depending on your skin type– almost all skin types can benefit from a HydraFacial. HydraFacials are beneficial for skin tone, texture and appearance. The machine used in a HydraFacial provides deep exfoliation extraction that cleans pores more deeply than a normal facial and allows serums to work better into the skin.

Q. What type of skin it is good for?

The HydraFacial is good for pretty much anyone (***see below). Whether you have acne prone skin, super dry dehydrated skin, are trying to combat signs of aging, etc. One of my favorite things is that you get extractions without pain or redness. If you like microdermabrasion or have wanted to try it, this is a great alternative because it’s gentler and I think more effective. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion may treat different skin concerns so it’s good to consult with a professional. The HydraFacial is specifically used to target clogged pores/pore size, fine lines, dehydrated skin, hyperpigmentation, dark spots, uneven skin and breakouts.

Q. Can I do HydraFacial if I have rosacea, perioral dermatitis, etc?

You should check with your doctor before doing any type of treatment if you have any specific skin conditions.

Q. Where Can I Get a HydraFacial?

If you’re local, a few salons that do HydraFacials that I’ve been to include: Avalon Medical Spa (Bristol location), Centre for Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Facial Aesthetics Center of Rhode Island. You can also check the HydraFacial website for providers near you.

Q. Are There Any Risks With HyrdraFacial Treatments?

As I mentioned above you should always check with your doctor before doing any type of skin treatments if you have a specific skin condition. You skin may react differently to the machine if it is extra sensitive. In rare cases, HydraFacials have caused a rash or skin condition to flare up if rosacea or heavy acne was already present. It is also advised that you do not use depilatories, wax or take over the counter medications with salicylic acid for 48 hours after the treatment. For 72 hours after the treatment it is advised that you avoid sun exposure and do not use tanning beds.

Q. Are HydraFacials Worth It?

In my opinion, HydraFacial treatments are 100% worth it! In combination with other facial treatments, I think HydraFacials are important because it is one of the only ways to exfoliate that deeply, fully cleaning pores, getting rid of dead skin cells and allowing serums to work properly. HydraFacials cleanse, extract and hydrate for glowing, healthy skin.

Have you had a HydraFacial? Did you like it? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Rach wrote:

    I’ve been considering HydraFacial and wow the before/after pics are amazing! You definitely convinced me that I need to try it. Perhaps a bday present for myself!

    3.4.19 | Reply
  2. Katie wrote:

    Just got this done last week and it was awesome! I had a few acne spots that cleared after. It also helped with acne scars! I’ve already booked another one for next week so I’m ready for my friends wedding!

    3.4.19 | Reply
  3. Sydney wrote:

    This was really helpful! I’ve been contemplating a HydraFacial for a while, but I wanted a personal account of it, and it sounds like it might do the trick for my skin. Also, THANK YOU for sharing the price. I’ve read about HydraFacials from other bloggers, and for some reason, they refused to share the price when I asked. I think it was because they were partnering with a specific aesthetician and weren’t permitted to share the price for whatever reason, but I really appreciate your honesty.

    3.5.19 | Reply
    • Konmison wrote:

      While I appreciate the thoroughness in your review, it’s important to note that not everyone will have the same experience; our unique skin needs and reactions significantly vary. Furthermore, while HydraFacial may be a beneficial treatment for some, the high cost can be a considerable deterrent for many, making it less accessible for average consumers.

      Also, it would have been helpful for readers if you had evaluated this treatment versus other less expensive at-home or spa treatments. Since you’ve mentioned that the effects of a HydraFacial treatment start to wear off after a month, an evaluation of cost-effectiveness could lead potential consumers to some more reasonably priced alternatives that yield similar results.

      Lastly, while the post does mention checking with a doctor before undergoing a HydraFacial for those with specific skin conditions, it would be beneficial to emphasize a more general practice of consulting with a dermatologist before starting any new skincare treatment. This step is crucial for ensuring safe practices and that treatments align with individual skin needs.

      8.8.23 | Reply
      • Luly Rios wrote:

        Why so harsh?! It was a good review. Make your own blog

        10.13.23 | Reply
  4. Mackenzie wrote:


    It’s interesting to read your opinion on a hydra facial. I recently got my first one at caryl baker visage (in Canada) and day one my skin looked amazing. However… as days went on my breakouts got worse and worse and worse. This has lead me to look at some reviews of the facial and I came across yours. It’s now been 2 weeks and my skin has never looked worse in my life. I have also been using new products that visage sold me (a foaming cleanser, moisturizer and mask) so I’m wondering if that’s the cause. Frustrating that I spent $400 that I don’t even really have and end up looking like this. Do you have any tips or good products you recommend?

    9.10.19 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      Oh wow that’s so unfortunate. The spa I go to sells SkinCeuticals and a few other brands but I use exclusively clean beauty products. If you look under the Beauty tab on the site I share all the skincare products I use in several blog posts. But it sounds like it might be the products that are the issue?

      9.11.19 | Reply
    • Annie wrote:

      Hi! I used to work for a great dermatologist—I know you didn’t ask ME for an opinion, but I love these products so much I am chiming in 🙂
      For my dry, sensitive skin, I love Toleraine double repair moisturizer (by Laroch-Posay), and Avene’s Retrinal 0.05., then I top it with inexpensive L’Oréal Age Perfect Day Cream with SPF (the one with white lid— has less strong scent than the gold-lid cream- important for me). Try these, and I think you will love them!

      Btw, not all products in these lines agree with my skin— Anthelios SPF (Laroche-posay), for example, broke me out, so be aware. Good luck!

      3.18.21 | Reply
  5. Jacko wrote:

    Hydra facial is a really good and non-invasive facial treatment, it improves the texture of the skin, to reduces the wrinkles and fine lines and smooth out visible both fine and deeper wrinkles, boost blood circulation, to make your skin absorb nutrients faster and better, removes dead skin cells and exfoliates the skin, to smooth out the skin tone,this will naturally leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Improve skin conditions and issues, to hydrate dry skin and moisturizes and nourishes facial skin. Make age spots can look less visible, to nourish the skin and oxygenate it. It has fewer side effects and risks. Love it!!!

    11.14.19 | Reply
  6. Linda McCormick wrote:

    I am supposed to get my first dermaplane/hydrafacial next week. Thank u for the info!

    11.23.19 | Reply
  7. Alexa wrote:

    there is a really good Boutique for different facials in NY. It’s called the Glo Skin Medi Boutique. they offer a variety of facials that really help your skin glow. they are loacted in Albertson, NY

    2.26.20 | Reply
  8. Katherine wrote:

    Your skin does look really improved and glowing in the after pic! I wonder if you would be open to sharing your thoughts on this blog I wrote titled “Better than a Hydrafacial”. Would love to hear your thoughts!

    2.1.21 | Reply
  9. Karen wrote:

    I just used it just brought out blood spots all over my face looks horrible and I have an event tonight

    7.7.21 | Reply
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    10.12.21 | Reply
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    10.30.21 | Reply
  12. Ollie wrote:

    Great information! Very useful!

    One of the latest non-invasive facials that work to clear the skin and bring out its natural radiance is the hydrafacial. This treatment works to minimize fine lines, wrinkles, mild acne, hyper-pigmentation, clogged/enlarged pores, dark spots, and oily skin.

    This treatment works with the help of a unique, spiral suction tip that sucks in the impurities so that the serum can be delivered deep into the pores of the skin.

    This hydradermabrasion procedure is a multi-step treatment that helps to leave the skin well hydrated and firm while also ensuring that elasticity and radiance is restored.

    3.5.22 | Reply
  13. Erica Cambodia wrote:

    Very well explained about Hydra facial. Thank you for sharing your review with pictures.

    4.5.22 | Reply
  14. Lorence Freddick wrote:

    Hi….Recently I heard about hydrafacial and I was just amazed to hear its benefits. Thank you for sharing information about hydra facial. It will be helpful for all.

    5.12.22 | Reply
  15. Andrew wrote:

    Bought my wife this one, she likes it!

    5.19.22 | Reply
  16. Crystal wrote:

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    6.22.22 | Reply
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  18. Sohbet wrote:

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    1.6.23 | Reply
  19. melina wrote:

    i loved your blog.
    first of ll i would say that i am not English.
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    2.24.23 | Reply
  20. retro bowl wrote:

    I mentioned on my Instagram stories about a month ago that I was receiving a Hydrafacial at my favorite medical spa, Stay Beautiful Medspa. Because so many of you emailed me with questions about the HydraFacial, I’m answering them today and sharing my experience! It’s my personal favorite method for “resetting” my skin!

    4.12.23 | Reply
  21. phrazle wrote:

    The top picture was taken one day after the before and after shots, when I was still not wearing any makeup (I went a bit heavy on the highlighter, so that’s why I’m so shiny, hehe). The HydraFacial has changed the way my skin looks and feels.

    5.3.23 | Reply
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    very nice result ! thanks for the advices !

    5.4.23 | Reply
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  25. ovo game wrote:

    With both personal experiences and objective information, your review offers a well-rounded understanding of the HydraFacial procedure. Readers who are considering attempting this therapy or looking for alternatives to take care of their skincare needs are likely to find it useful.

    8.7.23 | Reply
  26. heather wrote:

    Unlock exquisite skin with Hydrafacial Treatment, a soothing and effective solution for a rejuvenated, healthy, and radiant complexion.

    8.9.23 | Reply
    • aycup wrote:

      Very nice

      8.10.23 | Reply
  27. sohbet wrote:

    very nice good

    8.10.23 | Reply
  28. Kelsey Radley wrote:

    Next week, I’m due to receive my first dermaplane/hydrafacial. Thanks for the information!

    8.15.23 | Reply
  29. Cornelia wrote:

    Could not agree with this more! Just got my first hydrafacial and I absolutely loved it. If anyone is looking for a med spa in Orlando, Florida definitely go to they were amazing!

    8.19.23 | Reply
  30. Gabi wrote:

    Honestly, Hydrafacial exceeded my expectations! When you combine it with affirmations for eyebrows and eyelashes and daily cleansing, your skin will thank you 🙂

    8.23.23 | Reply
  31. Hassan Ali wrote:

    Thankyou for writing such a detailed article and clearing all questions. Your skin is glowing after HydraFacial.

    10.5.23 | Reply
    • aycup wrote:

      Honestly, Hydrafacial exceeded my expectations!

      10.23.23 | Reply

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