Understanding The Difference Between a Regular Facial & a HydraFacial

Aesthetics Daily – One of the best way to maintain healthy skin and maximize skin beauty is getting facial treatment. When it comes to facial treatments, there are many choices provided by beauty salons or medical spas. Each type of facial has a different process even though the benefits offered are more or less the same.

There are various reasons why people choose facial treatments. Cleaner, brighter, younger looking and rejuvenated skin are some of the benefits of facials. Which is the best types of facial treatments?

A classic facial is a basic type of treatment that leaves your skin fresh and clean. Another type of facial treatment that also provides benefits for skin beauty is HydraFacial. For most people, the two may be difficult to distinguish because they are equally useful for nurturing skin beauty.

What is a Facial?

Common skin problems like acne, dull skin, enlarged pores, blackheads can be overcome with facials. Your skin will be cleaned by a beautician to remove dirt and makeup that sticks to your face. Facials involve using a physical or chemical exfoliator to soften the hardened dirt inside the follicle.

Depending on your individual needs, you can also get a facial massage to increase blood circulation and collagen. Personalized facials can also include the application of face masks, serums, moisturizers, and toners.

Given the benefits, a regular facial treatment is good for you even if you don’t have bothering skin problems. Facial treatments ensure that your skin stays healthy and beautiful. The benefits of facial treatments include maintaining skin moisture, reducing the adverse effects of environmental factors, avoiding breakouts, and stimulating the growth of new skin cells.

What is a Hydrafacial?

HydraFacials using a Vortex-Fusion delivery system are sometimes referred to as hydracermabrasion because they involve a microdermabrasion-like exfoliation combined with a hydrating serum. The process of HydraFacial include cleansing, exfoliation, and infusion with selected serums according to skin conditions.

Basically, the HydraFacial treatment you receive depends on your skin type and condition. This is why each patient requires a different approach and treatment. A dermatologist will examine the condition of your skin before deciding on the right treatment. This includes the number of treatments you will undergo and the best combination of serum types for your skin.

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You will most likely notice the similarities between HydraFacial and other types of facial treatments. Both traditional facials and HydraFacials cover cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration, and antioxidant protection.

The first step, to open the pores, your skin will be cleaned and exfoliated. Then, the aesthetician will apply a light acid peel to your skin and use an extraction tool such as a nozzle to suck out the dirt and oil that clogs the pores.

The next step, after your skin is clean, the beautician inserts the serum into the skin with a dedicated device to increase skin elasticity, hydrate the skin, and maintain healthy skin. Depending on the type of treatment chosen, the session takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

A person’s skin reaction to treatment is different. Some people may experience redness of the skin which usually disappears in a matter of hours. Meanwhile, those with sensitive skin may experience redness and swelling.

Immediately after treatment, you can return to your daily activities. HydraFacial which is a non-invasive treatment provides results that you can see a few days after treatment.

Regular Facials Vs. HydraFacials

One thing you need to know, regular facial treatments cause discomfort due to the extraction process during the treatment. Extraction is the process of cleaning clogged pores by manual or mechanical means. In addition, regular facials are also at risk of causing redness and inflammation of the skin if done in the long term.

Extraction in traditional facials requires force to press and squeeze the skin. This is what causes pain when the beautician performs the extraction. Conversely, HydraFacial is able to gently extract without this power.

Unlike traditional facials, the patented HydraFacials treatment feels like a light, soothing massage. HydraFacials are more comfortable for the patient because they don’t involve the same extractions as traditional facials.


During and after treatment, HydraFacial gives your skin a smoother, painless experience of rejuvenation and cleansing. Although using different procedures, the results obtained are relatively the same as traditional facials.

You can easily get traditional facials at regular beauty salons or spas. While HydraFacial is usually offered at a medical spa or dermatology office with a physician’s supervision.

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One thought on “Understanding The Difference Between a Regular Facial & a HydraFacial

  • 10/11/2023 at 05:34

    It’s good to know that discomfort is also one of the things to watch out for when planning to undergo a HydraFacial treatment. I’m interested in looking for a good clinic that specializes on that because I want to start working on ensuring that my skin remains as youthful as possible. Regular facials will surely be a step in the right directions.


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