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If you are new to getting facials or your skin is sensitive, it can be difficult to decide between different types of facials. You may have heard of HydraFacial or DiamondGlow, so what’s the difference between the two?

What is DiamondGlow?

DSC gif of DiamondGlow treatment being done on the nose with the handpiece being drawn along bridge of the nose and SkinMedica Pro Infusion Serum is shown being infused into the skin

DiamondGlow is a facial treatment from Allergan Aesthetics, the makers of Botox.  3×1 technology exfoliates to uncover new skin, extracts to deeply cleanse the skin and remove debris from pores, and infuses the skin with SkinMedica Pro-Infusion Serums. This is accomplished through a closed-looped vacuum handpiece. Vacuum suction brings treated skin to meet the diamond tip of the handpiece to be physically exfoliated while simultaneously being infused with SkinMedica medical grade serums. The handpiece suctions dirt, sebum, dead skin & other waste back into the handpiece for disposal along with the used serum.

Illustrated gif of how DiamondGlow treatment works - treatment handpiece exfoliates, infuses, and extracts from skin using closed loop vacuum system and SkinMedica Pro-Infusion Serums

What is HydraFacial?

HydraFacial is a different facial treatment device that utilizes chemical exfoliation with glycolic and salicylic acid over physical exfoliation (like DiamondGlow). Instead of SkinMedica Pro Infusion Serums, HydraFacial utilize different boosters to accommodate different skin concerns. The basic mechanism of HydraFacial and DiamondGlow is similar, but HydraFacial does not have a diamond tip in the handpiece for physical exfoliation.

What areas can I treat with DiamondGlow?

DiamondGlow can treat the face/neck, chest, arms, hands, back, and even booty! Because it can help with hyperpigmentation or breakouts, it’s suitable for both face and body. There is even a body handpiece for treating larger areas, such as the back.

DiamondGlow Body Treatment handpiece being used on person's back

Which SkinMedica Pro-Infusion Serum is right for me?

With several formulations of SkinMedica Pro-Infusion Serums, your aesthetician will choose one that suits your skin or even use two for multiple skin concerns. These serums are designed to clinically address specific skin concerns, whether they be: acne-prone skin, dullness, hyperpigmentation, dryness, or aging skin.

Image of DiamondGlow's SkinMedica Pro Infusion Serums' blue bottles flat laid on colorful background, with Skin Brightening, Hydrating, TNS Advanced+ Anti-Aging, Vitamin C, and Pore Clarifying from left to right

How often can I get a DiamondGlow treatment?

Because this treatment involves exfoliation, we recommend treatments no sooner than once every two weeks.

Is there any downtime or side effects from DiamondGlow?

While skin can possibly be slightly red for a few hours post-treatment, this is a non-invasive facial treatment and does not have any downtime or side effects.

My skin is sensitive, will exfoliation from DiamondGlow be too harsh for my skin?

The diamond (yes, made with real diamonds!) tips in the handpiece are interchangeable and come in varying grits. Your aesthetician will assess your skin to see which tip best suits your skin. For very sensitive areas such as the eyes and lips, a smooth tip can be used.

DiamondGlow facial treatment assorted grit treatment tips on pink background with rainbow prisms

What happens to all the exfoliated debris?

The handpiece sucks up all the exfoliated and extracted sebum and debris into a waste jar along with the used serum. For reference, the SkinMedica serums start out totally clear!

DiamondGlow waste water jar with dirt, oil and dead skin in used serum in a jar on top of DiamondGlow device beside a bottle of the Pore Clarifying SkinMedica Pro Infusion Serum

What DiamondGlow treatments does DSC offer?

We currently offer 3 different facials that include DiamondGlow. Our 1st choice is the 60 minute Mini DiamondGlow facial. This is the facial to pick for the person on the go! This facial encompasses cleansing, a full DiamondGlow treatment on the face, and finishing touches afterward.

Our 2nd and most popular option is the 120 minute DiamondGlow/Silkpeel facial. This facial includes cleansing, steaming, a full DiamondGlow treatment, ultrasonic infusion of a serum ampoule, stray hair removal, facial massage, and a hydrating collagen mask to finish. If skin is congested, extractions, high frequency to kill acne-causing bacteria, and a sulphur mud mask are also done as needed.

Our 3rd option is our 120 minute DiamondGlow RF facial, which comprises of 3 parts. First is cleansing and a full DiamondGlow treatment, which is then followed by radiofrequency treatment to build collagen and tighten the skin. Lastly, this facial is finished up with a graphene mask that utilizes iontophoresis technology to infuse serum essence deep into the skin.

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Are there any perks to getting a DiamondGlow treatment?

Aside from amazingly refreshed, glowing skin, DiamondGlow treatments are also eligible for Alle rewards! Alle is the loyalty program for all Allergan Aesthetics treatments. Each treatment is eligible for 150-200 points per time.

Related: Read More About Alle


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