I was recently asked to try a HydraFacial-it’s an insanely moisturizing facial that’s perfect for fall, winter, and really year-round as we age. I received a complimentary treatment, and want to share my honest review of the HydraFacial with you.
I was a little undecided at first-I mean Centsible Life focuses on getting the most out of your money and facials seem like somewhat of a luxury, but then I realized some of you may be like me. It’s a rare treat to do any kind of spa service, but you also know how great they can be. A massage actually has health benefits beyond feeling amazing. Likewise a facial is more than just scrubbing your skin-they use a machine to ensure they get proper coverage and clean, exfoliate, and deep clean your pores. Sure you could probably get the same results at home, but sometimes it’s nice for someone else to do the work for you!
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About the HydraFacial
The HydraFacial has three options: 30 minutes, 60 minutes, and 90 minutes.
For most women a quick 30 minute facial every month is all you need. For maximum results and minimum time you’ll renew your skin. The HydraFacial has helped people with issues such as fine lines, large pores, pigmentation, and acne. It’s a powerful and non-invasive procedure with no downtime at all.
I went to a local provider The Rittenhouse Spa in Philadelphia. As soon as I walked into the spa I started to destress. I was breathing easier and my brain was racing with less to dos with every step. The atmosphere is chic and upscale, but so calming.
After getting a quick tour of the locker room and a quick change into a robe I was on my way to the relaxation lounge where I enjoyed some water and newspapers (no cell phone!) in low lighting and calming music playing in the background. I thought at once I should create a similar space at home! (with soundproof walls obviously) It was just lovely.
My esthetician came out to collect me and we discussed the treatment. It turns out one of the ingredients has shellfish, and I had listed that I’m allergic. I’ve never had an issue with skincare products, so we ended up doing a test spot (all was well). It confirmed that I’m not contact sensitive, thank goodness.
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The HydraFacial Experience
We started with some simple cleansing and then she turned on the machine. Despite the low lights and calm room the machine has a bit of a hum, and your provider will walk you through what she’s doing, so it’s not like you’ll close your eyes and drift off to sleep. The machine, she warned, feels a bit rough. She was right. It wasn’t painful or even uncomfortable, but it wasn’t a light touch either.
She throughly cleansed and exfoliated my skin, and then moved on to extracting the stuff deep in my pores. I know, ewwww. I happen to have large pores, so after the extractions and the final moisturizing treatment they were incredibly clean and smaller (at least temporarily).
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Questions and Answers About The HydraFacial
I asked my esthetician a few questions to help you find out if it’s right for you.
Who would benefit from the HydraFacial?
Everyone’s skin is different, but when I asked she really does recommend the HydraFacial for most women in the winter in our area. Since it gets so cold and there’s no moisture in the air it makes sense. Additionally, some women have dry skin, so this would be great for them.
How often should you get a HydraFacial?
According to my esthetician HydraFacial is usually performed as part of a package of 6-12. She said they often run deals where you get 1 or 2 free when purchasing a package. That can add up to a huge savings if you use them regularly.
How much does it cost?
The cost varies greatly by provider and your location, but at the location I visited costs are:
- 30 minutes $195
- 60 minutes $250
- 90 minutes $350
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Post HydraFacial selfie
Other than being relaxing and lovely to have someone else take care of me I did notice an improvement in my skin. I saw a huge improvement in my skin’s hydration, and a noticeable difference in the appearance of my pores. Mostly it just felt soft. Now two weeks later and my skin still feels great and looks good.
Is it worth the cost? The cost is pretty expensive. It’s not something I’d normally spring for, but having experienced the benefits I might have to make room in the budget for it once a month or bi-monthly. I may take advantage of a deal like the one my provider mentioned. Buying a few sessions and getting one (or more) for free.
Upselling: One thing to note when you use a spa service like this is that the provider will try to sell you more treatments and the skincare line she recommends. This can be off-putting if you aren’t used to it or they use heavy-handed tactics, but you can simply say you’re happy with your current product line if you’re not interested. I personally like to hear what they recommend because they are dealing with skin day in and day out. It doesn’t mean I’ll buy their $50 toner, but it may mean I can find the key ingredient of that product in a less expensive version. 😉
As far as facials go I have little experience, but I think this is on my list to do again. Especially the HydraFacial since it gave my skin the boost it needed headed into the fall. Maybe I’ll ask for these twice a year in lieu of birthday gifts or holiday presents under the tree.
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary treatment.