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What is a HydraFacial, what are the benefits and where can we get one in the North East – Dr Helen Marsden helps us get to grips with 2022’s new beauty trend

We lift the lid on the non-invasive aesthetics treatment taking the beauty industry by storm.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 18.01.2022


We’ve no doubt that 2022 will bring with it a whole year of new discoveries and we, for one, can’t wait.

But we didn’t quite expect to be met with the unknown quite so soon – in the form of the latest non-invasive aesthetics treatment taking the beauty industry by storm. Introducing: the HydraFacial.


A HydraFacial is a six-step personalised beauty treatment which uses cutting-edge technology to detox, exfoliate and rejuvenate skin by extracting impurities, resurfacing skin and hydrating with an intense moisture surge.

Suitable for all ages and skin types, HydraFacials are being tipped as the beauty industry’s next treatment to watch, thanks to their ability to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores, improve elasticity and firmness, rebalance oily or congested skin and create a more even skin tone and texture.

But the real part that’s getting beauty insiders talking is the ability to personalise a HydraFacial to suit the specific needs and concerns of your skin. This is down to the treatment’s capacity for customisation using boosters – such as a Vitamin C booster – which can be added into the treatment for additional benefits. So, in this example, extra Vitamin C would help accelerate skin renewal and alleviate hyperpigmentation.

HydraFacials are a painless, non-intrusive treatment that resurfaces and smooths your entire complexion, while also having the accuracy to target specific skin concerns. It allows for delicate areas, such as the eyes and lips, to receive a little extra attention. And with each treatment only lasting 45 minutes yet promising instantly visible results for ‘the best skin of your life’, no wonder beauty pros are excited!


Hydradermabrasion treatments have fast become among the most popular facial treatments available today, and it’s easy to see why. Through a combination of cleansing, extraction and hydration, Hydradermabrasion treatments offer us a fast-track to healthier, younger-looking and generally glowing skin. What’s not to love, right?

So, how is a HydraFacial different from the ever-growing number of Hydradermabrasion treatments out there? Well, for a start, the technology it uses.

By implementing a unique Vortex-Fusion delivery system in the specific HydroPeel Tips used at each stage of the HydraFacial procedure – which are spiral in their design – the treatment is able to create a vortex effect in order to easily dislodge and remove impurities while simultaneously delivering hydrating skin solutions. The result is an easier, less damaging procedure with better results.


We asked Dr Helen Marsden, who offers HydraFacials at her clinic in Durham, to take us through the process:


Step 1: Detox

‘First of all, detox is achieved using lymphatic drainage, which improves the circulation of the lymph system,’ Dr Helen explains. ‘This is an important first step, as we want our skin to be as receptive as possible to the changes it is about the experience.’

Step 2: Exfoliate

‘This step is to create a new layer of skin, removing impurities at the same time,’ says Dr Helen. ‘The roller-flex technology used here removes dirt, oil and dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, so that we can delve a little deeper to achieve long-lasting results.’


Step 3: Peel 

‘Using a gentle glycolic and salicylic solution, we then apply a peel to resurface the skin.’


Step 4: Extraction

‘This is where the Vortex-Fusion technology of the HydraFacial really comes into play,’ Dr Helen explains. ‘By creating a painless vortex or suction effect, the treatment dislodges and removes blackheads and congestion from pores.’

Step 5: Hydration

‘After we’ve removed everything we don’t want to be imbedded in the skin, it’s time to add what we do want the skin to have – moisture,’ says Dr Helen. ‘At this stage, we apply what we call an “intense moisture surge” to plump and nourish skin.’


Step 6: Rejuvenate

‘For the final step, we use LED lights to stimulate collagen production and reduce any redness,’ Dr Helen says. ‘Blue light can also be used for those wanting to target acne.’


It’s all in the tips.

Well, it’s not all in the tips. But depending on what solution your aesthetician uses at each stage of the HydraFacial process – which they will decide based on your skin type and concerns – certain HydroPeel Tips can have a greater effect in the specific area you want it to.

For Detox, Exfoliation and Peel…

…your aesthetician has the choice of:

  • HydroPeel Tip, Blue
  • HydroPeel Tip, Teal
  • HydroPeel Tip, Blue Body
  • HydroPeel Tip, Orange Aggression
  • HydroPeel Tip, Purple Aggression *NEW


For Extract and Hydrate…

…your aesthetician will use HydroPeel Tip, Teal (specifically designed for the extraction process).


For Fusion, Rejuvenation and Protectection…

…your aesthetician will use HydroPeel Tip, Clear (designed to fuse and protect).


Say you’ve just finished your 45-minute facial, but really wanted to show your lips some love. Or perhaps you’re not quite ready to commit to the full HydraFacial process but want to see how it could improve the fine lines around your eyes. Maybe you just want that added touch of personalisation to your beauty regimen. Whatever the reason, this is where HydraFacial Perks come in.

These refreshing mini-treatments have been designed to gently exfoliate the most delicate parts of your face. Able to be both embedded into the larger HydraFacial process or as a standalone treatment, the two HydraFacial Perks target lips and eyes respectively in an in-clinic treatment followed up with a take-home serum for daily applications.


Show your lips some love

Our lips feature some of the thinnest skin on our whole bodies, making them especially prone to damage and dehydration.

The Hydrafacial Perk Lip Revitalising Serum offers them a revitalising treatment infused with key ingredients like peppermint oil and peony extract, that exfoliates, hydrates and lightly plumps lips for the perfect pout.


Awaken your eyes

The first signs of ageing show up around our eyes, where skin is extremely delicate and prone to thinning, fine lines and wrinkles. Our eyes can also show signs of stress, lack of sleep and poor diet.

The Hydrafacial Perk Eye Replenishing Serum offers them a refreshing treatment which brightens the outer-eye area with key ingredients such as horse chestnut seed extract and arnica flower extract, to leave the skin around the eyes visibly toned, firmed up and hydrated.


The personalisation available in a HydraFacial is what is really getting beauty insiders excited. But more than this, a HydraFacial is effectively a jack-of-all-trades – offering solutions to a range of different skincare problems all in one easy and efficient swoop.



HydraFacials offer multi-benefit solutions in one go, saving time.



HydraFacials enable treatments to be tailored to your specific skin concerns.



The HydroPeel Tips make it easier for your aesthetician to share their knowledge with you about the ideal, easy-to-follow skin health regimen you can continue to follow at home, which is guaranteed to suit your specific skin type.

With the potential to smooth and refine, restore and firm, brighten, hydrate and calm all skin types at any age, it’s no wonder the HydraFacial has got everyone in the beauty business talking.

Fancy giving the HydraFacial a whirl? Dr Helen Marsden can offer full HydraFacials and standalone HydraFacial Perks at her clinic, from £150.


Visit her website or give her a call on 0191 580 4004 to make an appointment.





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