What is hydrafacial?

The Hydrafacial is a machine found in some beauty / medical institutes and practices. Coming straight from California, she has enjoyed phenomenal success in France for a few months, especially on social networks. Celebrities (like Beyoncé) and influencers (like Camila Coelho) love it. They have all tested and adopted Hydrafacial for clear, luminous skin. Enough to make me want to know more about this treatment protocol supposed to work on radiance, smooth the skin and deeply hydrate it.

How is a session going?

I’m testing the Hydrafacial at the Skinceuticals by Dermacenter center in Paris. The place allows customers to use the Hydrafacial machine alone or in conjunction with another beauty salon treatment with Skinceuticals. The advantage? Go through the “skin diagnosis” box in photos to assess its condition from pigment spots to wrinkles, including hydration and sensitivity.

The latter being the biggest concern for me (I have sensitive skin that blushes easily), the expert warns me that Hydrafacial can be a bit irritating to my skin. I still decide to get started. Note that Hydrafacial meets the needs of all skin types as it has effects on hydration, even skin tone, radiance, and against acne.

The stages of Hydrafacial treatment

There are four main steps in this treatment, which lasts at least 30 minutes:

  • The skin cleansing for a mechanical exfoliation
  • The gentle peel with glycolic acid and salicylic acid
  • The extraction of comedones on targeted areas
  • Infusion of active ingredients (including hyaluronic acid)

Thanks to several styli with a spiral tip (disposable, of course), the beautician takes turns over the entire face to hydrate and suck out impurities. There, it adapts according to the type of skin. For example, in my case, it lingered on the T zone (forehead and nose) in order to extract the blackheads and unclog the pores of my combination skin. Regarding the infusion, it is done through the penetration of a serum concentrated in hyaluronic acid and peptides to give that famous boost and that real hydration.

My opinion on hydrafacial: the advantages and disadvantages

When I left the treatment, here’s what I thought: first of all, I was amazed by the radiance of my skin. The peel has really proven itself and gives an incredible glow. Also, it is soft like a baby’s skin thanks to the deep cleansing. If there are still a few blackheads that resist over and over again (“It’s normal, all skin types have them!”, Reassures me the expert), it is still purified. In short, I am very satisfied with the protocol because the results are visible.

Another advantage, and not the least, the machine is completely painless. You just feel like the skin is “sucked in” but the Hydrafacial is not, and is never meant to be, painful. There are still some slight tingling sensations for some people at the time of the peel (it was my case).

The only real negative point? Its price because the care has a cost. Count 180 € euros for 30 minutes. Ideally, a minimum of two to three sessions is recommended to achieve the effects of real treatment, especially for acne-prone skin.

Finally, Hydrafacial is suitable for all skin types except the very sensitive and weakened. It is also not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. But again, it is with the beautician or dermatologist that you need to inquire beforehand.