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  • Writer's pictureCarissa Abraham

HydraFacial: This Game-Changing Facial Glowed Me Up for the Radio Hall of Fame

Updated: Nov 10, 2021

A look into the global treatment that uses exfoliating, extracting and hydrating techniques to reveal smooth, hydrated and glowing skin in only 30 minutes.

A few days before the 2019 Radio Hall of Fame, I was desperate for a quick skin treatment with A LOT of glow up that an at-home facial wouldn’t provide. I knew a HydraFacial would be the best solution, so I ran to my friend and expert aesthetician Magda at Dr. Beverly Friedlander’s office in Short Hills.

I put a lot of effort into taking care of my skin, including getting facials regularly, so I went into this treatment with healthy skin. Magda started off by dermaplaning my face. Dermaplaning is a minor procedure that uses a tiny surgical blade to gently remove the top layer of your skin and vellus hair (peach fuzz). It does not hurt at all – feels like running your fingernail along your skin. The purpose of this is to provide deeper product penetration, promote smoother skin, diminish fine lines, reduce acne scarring, and remove the peach fuzz that is trapped with dirt and oil.

What is a HydraFacial?

HydraFacial is the latest hydradermabrasion treatment that is performed more than 2 million times globally per year. It is a device that uses a unique, patented Vortex-Fusion delivery system to exfoliate, extract and hydrate your skin painlessly. This “vortex technology” simultaneously pulls dirt, oil and dead skin from your pores while infusing potent (and active) ingredients into your skin. The machine’s hand-piece has five different tips, three of which are used in a single procedure.

How it works

Step 1: Cleansing and exfoliating. A textured tip in conjunction with the machine’s water pressure helps soften the skin and sweep away dead skin or any debris on the outermost layer. I like to call this step the “preparation.”

Step 2: Chemical peel. The intention of a peel is to remove the outermost layer of your skin, which aids in diminishing dark spots, lessening fine lines and wrinkles, and improving overall texture and tone. HydraFacials use glycolic, salicylic and/or lactic acids to achieve this. Magda used a combination of all three during my treatment. Minor and normal tingling occurred.

Glycolic and lactic acids are both AHAs (alpha-hydroxy-acid). AHAs work by exfoliating the skin’s surface. Glycolic acid is great for treating fine lines, while lactic is great for treating age and sun spots. Lactic acid is a natural humectant, which means it is able to retain moisture and is less irritating than glycolic acid.

Salicylic acid is a BHA (beta-hydroxy-acid). Salicylic acid is able to penetrate and exfoliate deeper inside the pores, which is why this acid is found in most acne products. It helps unclog pores and follicles, aiding in the turnover of skin cells.

Step 3: Extractions. The most satisfying part of a facial, am I right?! The tip for this step acts as a vacuum (and sounds like one, too). It literally sucks all of the junk out of your skin. There’s a cup at the base of the machine that allows you to see what was extracted. While it looks gross, it’s helpful to see exactly what is hiding beneath your skin. It’s also great to know that buildup has been cleared out.

Step 4: Serum infusion. This final step uses the same pressurized delivery, but infuses collagen and hydrating antioxidants into the skin. This promotes that plump glow we all want to achieve.

Once the treatment was over, Magda further infused my skin with a few amazing ZO Skin Heatlh products. She used the Growth Factor Serum to support skin rejuvenation (or prejuvenation as we like to call it) and to protect against aging. She followed up with a .5% retinol to really speed up cell turnover. By the next day, any redness I had disappeared and my makeup applied flawlessly.

Post HydraFacial Tips:

· Your skin will be slightly red, but will disappear over the following hours or day

· You may experience some peeling, but that’s okay, the treatment is doing its job


· Do not exfoliate or use retinol for 1 week, but you should use your serums and moisturizer


Your skin’s regimen does not and should not stop after a HydraFacial. These treatments can be performed every four to six weeks, but you should be taking care of your skin with the appropriate products twice daily. Like I always say: your makeup is only as good as your skincare. Magda can guide you down the right regimen path for your skin – YOUR FUTURE SELF WILL THANK YOU!

Follow Dr. Bev on Instagram: @doctor_bev

Follow Magda on Instagram: @magdas_designs

For more information or to set up a consultation, contact Dr. Beverly Friedlander’s office at 973-524-7124 or

636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 1A, Short Hills, NJ 07078.

Disclaimer: I do not have sensitive skin and this treatment was designed specifically for me and my skin’s tolerance. Your aesthetician will perform a consultation to determine what strength is best for you.

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