DiamondGlow facial vs. Hydrafacial: which is better?

DiamondGlow and Hydrafacial are two extraordinarily popular facials. These proprietary treatments deeply exfoliate the skin, tighten pores, nourish cells, and hydrate, leaving you glowing.

However, they are not the same. While both treatments incorporate a multi-step process and numerous therapies, the results you get can vary substantially.

If you aren’t sure whether to choose a DiamondGlow facial or Hydrafacial, this article will help. You’ll learn about each treatment and why we believe DiamondGlow is ultimately the better option.

What Is A DiamondGlow Facial?

 A DiamondGlow Facial is a multistep treatment that involves exfoliating the skin and adding various serums to improve tone, texture, hydration, and blemishes. Clinicians carefully apply every stage in the proper sequence for optimal results.

Critically, DiamondGlow doesn’t just skim the surface. Instead, treatments go below the upper dermal layers, targeting and rejuvenating deeper tissues.

DiamondGlow Facials employ a three-step process:

    1. Exfoliation. The first step involves uncovering new skin. Clinicians use DiamondGlow’s® patented recessed diamond tip wand that avoids using traditional wet-face methods.
    2. Extraction. The second step is to remove debris and sebum from the pores, helping them open up and breathe. DiamondGlow clinicians may achieve this through mechanical or chemical means or a combination of both, depending on skin type. Sometimes, DiamondGlow facials include gentle SkinMedica peels. Clinicians may recommend these during consultations, depending on your skin complaints.
    3. Infusion. The final step is to infuse the skin with various SkinMedica serums. These include TNS® Advanced+ to improve tone and texture, Ultra-Hydrating for enhanced skin moisture content, vitamin C for glow and antioxidant protection, and pore-clarifying for additional deep cleansing.

 DiamondGlow results are visible immediately after treatment. You should notice less discolored skin, acne scarring, dullness, and wrinkles. You should also feel glowing with skin that has renewed energy and vigor.  

What Is A Hydrafacial?  

Hydrafacials operate differently from DiamondGlow facials. Treatments are more old-fashioned and don’t always penetrate deeply into the skin.

People get Hydrafacials to target multiple skin complaints, including fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, poor texture, sun damage, and oily or congested pores. Some evidence suggests it may also be effective against enlarged pores, though noticeable results may require multiple treatments.

Hydrafacial treatment involves the following steps:  

    1. Cleansing. Clinicians use deep-cleaning solutions to cleanse the skin’s surface, removing sebum, excess oil, pollution, and dirt.
    2. Exfoliation. Clinicians then apply a light chemical peel (usually a combination of salicylic and glycolic acids) to remove dead skin cells. Acid works by lowering the pH at the skin’s surface and breaking the bonds that hold the upper dermal layers together, allowing cells to slough off.
    3. Extraction. The third step is to use Hydrafacial’s patented vortex suction device to remove whiteheads, blackheads, and sebum from the skin’s surface. This technique removes impurities from deep within pores, helping to make the face brighter and more even.
    4. Infusion. The last step involves adding hyaluronic acid to the face, a compound found in healthy cells. Proper application can make the skin softer, more hydrated, and glowing while evening out skin tone.

Hydrafacial is suitable for all skin types, including the most sensitive skin. If you are worried about treatments, talk to your dermatologist about the best serums and solutions to use. Clinics may offer you milder acids or more moisturization using hypoallergenic products.

You can use Hydrafacials as one-offs or as part of a skin anti-aging routine. Repeat treatment offers the best results.  

How Do DiamondGlow Facials And Hydrafacials Compare?

 DiamondGlow and Hydrafacials look similar when written down. Both go through the tried-and-tested skin-enhancing process of exfoliation, extraction, and infusion. However, the devil is in the detail.

Exfoliation Level

 One significant point of variation is the exfoliation level offered by these treatments. The weak peels used in Hydrafacials only penetrate the top dermal layers, while DiamondGlow goes much deeper, affecting tissues further down in the skin.

DiamondGlow’s approach to exfoliation is better because the crystals in the diamond tip are smoother and finer than conventional microdermabrasion methods. Superior engineering lets them penetrate further into the skin without further irritation or discomfort.

DiamondGlow also combines mechanical and chemical exfoliation techniques. This dual approach enables the patented diamond tip to get down to the lower layers while the peels eliminate surface-level dead skin.


Another point of difference is serums. DiamondGlow also uses a more comprehensive array of formulations than standard Hydrafacials, offering synergistic benefits to make your skin glow. The latter adds hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and sometimes vitamins, while the former is customizable to your skin complaints and goals.

For example, when you opt for DiamondGlow, you can benefit from pore-clarifying formulations, vitamin C, advanced brightening for hyperpigmentation, plumping HA, and TNS® Advanced+ for improved tone and texture.


Another DiamondGlow benefit is the extensive customization the treatment offers. You can choose various products to combat specific issues, such as aging, discoloration, and acne. Hydrafacial, on the other hand, is a standard treatment with fewer options to change how clinicians administer it.  


Most importantly, the results differ between the two treatments. Hydrafacials primarily hydrate and nourish the skin. Facial features appear plumped with reduced imperfections and tightened pores. Overall, you can expect to glow temporarily, thanks to superficial improvements in skin quality.

By contrast, the results from DiamondGlow treatment are more comprehensive and long-lasting. Because the therapy penetrates more deeply and invokes a more potent rejuvenating effect, you may notice improved skin texture and radiance. You might also see reduced fine lines, wrinkles, and diminished acne scar appearance.

Wrapping Up

 In summary, Hydrafacials and DiamondGlow facials both offer considerable skin benefits. These techniques use tried-and-tested approaches that work for most complexions, generating results immediately.

With that said, DiamondGlow Facials improve upon conventional Hydrafacials by stimulating rejuvenation in deeper skin tissues. This effect enables the treatment to address more challenging skin complaints, including hyperpigmentation, scarring, and wrinkles. While Hydrafacial adds moisture to the skin, it struggles to deal with these long-term issues.

Consequently, we recommend DiamondGlow as the superior option. While Hydrafacials can give you a short-term glow, DiamondGlow addresses the root cause of skin problems.

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