HydraFacial is the original 3-in-1 treatment that simultaneously exfoliates, extracts, and infuses skin with medical-grade skin care products. It’s one of the most requested treatments at Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care, especially since we adopted the latest HydraFacial Elite technology that addresses delicate areas like the lips and around the eyes. However, HydraFacial (the original) started making headlines when it was announced that it was partnering with luxury maker Dior. Dior Beauty recently revealed that the “Dior Powered by HydraFacial” experience will be available at Dior spas starting this month. But here’s why you might want to stick with HydraFacial Elite.
Dior is not a medical-grade skin care provider. Yes, it is a luxury line (mostly known for its makeup), but its products are not developed with dermatological-grade skin care science backing them up. Dior has created a “co-branded booster,” since “boosters” are the term used for the final touch of any HydraFacial treatment. When skin is expertly exfoliated and pores are clear, that’s when any topical solution is going to do its best work. So why not make it medical grade?
The Dior Difference
Just like any HydraFacial or HydraFacial Elite treatment, the experience begins with a thorough cleansing and exfoliation. With the Dior option, this includes the Dior Floral Peeling Lotion, which is delivered via the HydraFacial’s patented vortex technology. This lotion uses polyhydroxyacids (PHAs) and niacinamide, which can be found in many over the counter products. For Dior, a spokesperson has said that the “partnership with HydraFacial is part of our commitment to develop treatment protocols with the ultimate goal of rejuvenating the skin to reverse the signs of aging.”
However, this lotion does not have 1) ingredients that can only be purchased at medical day spas or 2) high enough concentrations of such active ingredients to make it medical-grade. Further, a Dior HydraFacial is not going to be nearly as customized as a HydraFacial Elite treatment where your provider has numerous topicals available. Nobody’s skin is the same (and your skin is always changing), so why choose a facial treatment that can’t change with you?
Another factor to consider is cost. The exact cost of a Dior HydraFacial is going to depend on the location, but at this point the costs seen have been more than an original HydraFacial. Ultimately, you are paying in part for the designer “label” of a Dior facial. It might be a suitable treatment for some niche clients, but it’s certainly not a one-size-fits-all solution.
The HydraFacial Hype
Is HydraFacial Elite worth it? Definitely. In just 30 minutes you can achieve skin that is clearer, brighter, dewier, and more youthful looking. There’s no downtime, so you can schedule a HydraFacial Elite treatment the day of a big event. Many clients opt for monthly sessions in order to keep the results they instantly fall in love with. This is true even with the latest generation of Elite status, so there’s no need to worry about over-exfoliating lips or damaging the area near the eyes even with a monthly regimen.
HydraFacial Elite uses a wet-vac device, so it can be suitable for those with more sensitive skin or even acne breakouts. This is not true of other competing devices that take a “dry” approach. Instead, a HydraFacial is typically suitable for all types of skin and skin concerns. You can also pair it with other treatments like microneedling or dermaplaning. Microneedling is a collagen induction treatment that creates tiny, temporary micro-channels in the skin. Results aren’t immediate, but those channels can help the HydraFacial-paired products delve deeper into the dermis. Dermaplaning carefully removes peach fuzz and the very top layer of skin for an added exfoliation touch that yields baby-smooth skin.
So, is HydraFacial Elite for you? Probably! It’s a celebrity favorite that fits into any budget, lifestyle, or busy schedule. It’s also the perfect spring cleanup option to set yourself up for a summer of beautiful skin. Upgrade your beauty routine today and discover some new medical-grade products in the process. Find out more about HydraFacial, possible pairings, and book your appointment today by calling Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care or filling out the online contact form now.