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DiamondGlow® Vs HydraFacial®

Post DiamondGlow Glow.

You Can Lose Your Car Keys in my Pores

I have true combination skin that needs frequent facials. Giant sinkhole-sized pores on my nose and chin, and dryness and redness on my cheeks. Frankly, it’s bullshit. Pick one or the other skin, I don’t have time for the emotional rollercoaster.

Being that I have sinkhole pores, I have always LOVED facials. There is nothing more exciting than seeing my blackheads die slow oxygenated deaths and leaving the spa fresh-faced and relaxed.

I’ve been getting bi-monthly facials for a few years, and while I normally use an esthetician to go in and hand squeeze my whole face, I decided to try newish facial tech with DiamondGlow® and the HydraFacial® with the help of two of my favorite Estheticians!

I only utilize licensed estheticians and loved both Symone Camille, a Master Aesthetician who offers the DiamondGlow® at SkinSpirit, and Lisa Lawrence, a licensed Esthetician at Privai Spa who is trained to use the HydraFacial® machine.

So What is the DiamondGlow®?

The DiamondGlow® device is serviced by Allergan Cosmetics, as a general dermabrasion device that gently removes the top layer of skin and delivers topical cosmetic serums onto the skin.

This procedure was rebranded from the SilkPeel Dermalinfusion when Allergen acquired the creator Envy Medical in 2019.

According to their website, ‘DiamondGlow® is more than a facial. Unlike traditional wet facial treatments, which rely on chemical exfoliation to treat skin at surface level, DiamondGlow®’s patented recessed diamond tip wand delivers a next-level resurfacing treatment that deeply cleans and rejuvenates the skin. EXFOLIATES to uncover renewed skin.’

This is a three-step process that includes exfoliation using six DiamondGlow® diamond tips to allow your Aesthetic Provider to customize your treatment to suit your skin. This is followed by extraction to deeply cleanse the skin and remove debris from pores before infusing the skin with nourishing SkinMedica serums including:

  1. TNS® Advanced+ for improved tone and texture

  2. Skin Brightening for reduced pigmentation

  3. Ultra-Hydrating for improved hydration

  4. Vitamin C for brightness and antioxidant protection

  5. Pore Clarifying for deep cleansing

So fresh and so clean.

And the HydraFacial®?

The HydraFacial® developed by The HydraFacial® Company (formerly Edge Systems) uses patented technology to cleanse, extract, and hydrate. HydraFacial® super serums are made with nourishing ingredients that create an instantly gratifying glow also in three easy steps!

Step one is to cleanse and peel using glycolic and salicylic acid to uncover a new layer of skin with gentle exfoliation and relaxing resurfacing. Followed by the removal of debris from pores with painless suction, and finally, saturating the skin’s surface with antioxidants and peptides to maximize your glow.

Lisa getting down to business

From the HydraFacial website, ‘HydraFacial® uses a unique, patented Vortex-Fusion delivery system to exfoliate, extract and hydrate skin, and the spiral design delivers painless extractions.’

HydraFacial® treatments include customizable boosters including:

  1. Murad Retinol for anti-aging

  2. Murad Vitamin C for discoloration

  3. Regan GF for fine lines

  4. Nassifmd Hydraglucan Intense for anti-aging

  5. Alastin Trihex-pro for collagen and elastin production

  6. Circadia Protec Plus to combat free radicals

  7. Britenol for brightness

  8. Senté Dermal Repair for reduced redness

The Difference in Facials

At first glance, these two treatments are very similar, but the difference is how they exfoliate. DiamondGlow® is clinical and offers manual exfoliation, while HydraFacial® is cosmetic and delivers chemical exfoliation with glycolic and salicylic acid.

If you have sensitive skin that cannot handle a chemical exfoliation, or you just really want to kick your exfoliation up a notch, then the DiamondGlow® is the way to go. This tool can also exfoliate your lips and eyes with the use of a softer tip.

If you want a customized treatment that can be administered at a salon or spa, with bells and whistles including lip and eye masks, then HydraFacial® is an excellent choice.

If you are interested in trying both, I would recommend starting with the DiamondGlow® and then using HydraFacial® for maintenance.

Following my DiamondGlow®, I was able to receive Kybella injections post facial because I was already at SkinSpirit which is an aesthetic medical spa. After my HydraFacial I got a blowout because Privai is both a spa and salon. When in Rome…

Post HydraFacial® & Blowout

My Experience with these Facials

I fully enjoyed the results of both facials, but as with any facial you need to maintain by getting regular treatments, and these facials can be pricey. The DiamondGlow® ranges from $150-$300 and the HydraFacial® is $199 – $300. Part of the reason the facials are expensive is the cost and maintenance of the machines themselves. I did a little research and although the prices aren’t listed, these machines can cost upwards of 20k. That doesn’t include the serums or maintenance which are all priced for providers separately.

Neither facial is unpleasant, so don’t expect the eye-tearing pain that comes with manual extractions, plus at the end, you get to see the serum jar with all your dead skin. Don’t pretend you don’t wanna see it…you know you do.

Symone Showing Me My DiamondGlow® Gunk Jar!

Author: Jenna Levine Liu, Founder and President of Sixx Cool Moms! Find a Cool Moms Chapter Near You!


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