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All facials are not the same – what to expect from a HydraFacial MD

HydraFacial Vortex-Peel //


All facials are not the same – what to expect from a HydraFacial MD

I’ve had horrible skin since about the age of 13. It sucks. It’s the first thing that people see and the fact that I can’t control it is the absolute worst. So to combat the horrible skin I get facials. Regularly. About once a month, in fact. I’ve been getting facials for a while now and it has definitely helped my breakouts (yes, two kids later and I still break out), my oily skin and sun damage. I feel like I’m forever discovering new products and treatments to help my skin, so when I was given the opportunity to try out a HydraFacial MD treatment as a CosmetiCare mom – I jumped at the chance!

Hydrafacial review //

I’ll be honest, I didn’t read up on the treatment before I went in for my facial. I did hear how fabulous they were, but that was it. I didn’t feel like I really needed to prepare for the facial beyond going in there with face washed and moisturized. But of course, I knew that I was going to be taking a bunch of pictures of the whole procedure so I did put on some mascara and eyeliner. So here it goes…

HydraFacial MD – What to expect

The HydraFacial treatment has multiple steps. Lisa McCoy, the amazing expert esthetician at CosmetiCare, talked me through the entire process as she went through it. I admit, she did put on some relaxing spa music and told me to chill out, but I couldn’t help but talk through the whole treatment. My next facial though, I’m definitely going to just relax.

What to expect when getting a Hydrafacial //

She went over my skin and gave her recommendation for the best treatment of my oily skin. She let me know that each patient gets three nozzle tips and each facial is customized to the patients’ needs. And then we got to work.

I looked up to find myself staring at the steamer. Lisa turned it on to open up my pores before she cleansed my skin and wrapped it in a nice warm towel.

Face steamer for the Hydrafacial //

Hydrafacial step 1 - washing face //

Hydrafacial step 2 - hot towel over face //

Soon after, the first nozzle tip was pulled out and ran across my skin. And that’s when I found out what separates HydraFacial MD from other facials.

HydraFacial MD® is an invigorating treatment that can be given in as little as 30 minutes. It delivers long-term
 skin health and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of all skin types. It offers instant, noticeable results with no downtime or irritation. The HydraFacial MD® treatment removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously bathing the new skin with cleansing, hydrating and moisturizing serums. The treatment is soothing, refreshing, non-irritating and immediately effective.

The first step, Vortex-Exfoliation, cleansed the skin and exfoliated it at the same time. She ran the tool across my skin and it felt much like a microdermabrasion scrub feels like. It was painless and with the steamer going on full blast, I could feel all the makeup embedded in my pores and dead skin cells being gently scrubbed away. She even went over my lips with it! And thank goodness for that because the change in weather had dried out my lips.

Hydrafacial step 3 - cleansing skin //

Hydrafacial step 4 //

The next step was the Vortex-Peel. Lisa applied a Glysal serum, a mixture of Glycolic and Salicylic Acids that delivers the benefits of a peel without post-peel scaling. It was slightly tingly, but not like my face was on fire.

The second nozzle tip, the Vortex-Extraction, is a patented, painless vortex-suction that cleans out pores with the help of Beta-HD serum. And because I’m super special (*sarcasm*) and have horrible skin, she pulled out that super bright light and did manual extractions too. Lisa did the best job that I have ever seen during a facial in this step. I had a few breakouts before the facial started, and by the time she was done, my face looked SO much better!

HydraFacial Vortex-Peel //

Manual extractions during HydraFacial //

CosmetiCare is an amazing medspa with a wide array of tools, and thank goodness for that. Lisa saw that I needed more help with my breakouts so she pulled out this tool that delivers a type of light to diffuse breakouts. It seems hard to believe that light could help, but if Lisa says it does, then I trust her.

Ultraviolet light during HydraFacial //

The last nozzle tip was the Vortex-Fusion. This tip delivers a serum that is delivered to nourish and protect my skin with Antioxidants, Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid. It’s a combo that prevents the appearance of brown spots, discoloration and firms and tightens skin. It also boosts collagen and helps to eliminate fine lines. These serums are what sets HydraFacial MD apart from other facials. The ingredients are stronger than those found in other facials; they’re medical grade and that is something that I did not know before heading into CosmetiCare.

HydraFacial Vortex-Extraction //

For a $30 upgrade, Lisa offers this quick treatments that lifts and tightens the skin for at least a few days. It’s exactly what I needed before the holiday party that I attended the next day. She moves this machine across the face, and all you can really feel is a cold metal pressing against the temples.

HydraFacial upgrade to tighten skin //

After tightening of the skin //

Lisa finished off by applying a Skin Medica moisturizer and sunscreen. She also applied a Kiehl’s lip balm to protect my lips from the harsh weather.

HydraFacial Vortex-Fusion //

I had the most amazing facial at CosmetiCare and I cannot wait to head back in. In all honesty, I’m ditching my other facials and returning here next month for another one – and I’m bringing my mom with me!

Cosmeticare HydraFacial specialist //

Lisa is AMAZING and if you’re in the Orange County area, then you really need to go in to see her. HydraFacials MD are only $149 each, or you can purchase a package of three for $360. They’re reasonably priced, and considering the fact that the products used are medical grade, they are worth every penny.

HydraFacials are great for all skin types. It’s recommended that you get one at least once a month to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, elasticity & firmness, skin tone evenness, skin texture, hyper-pigmentation, oily/congested skin, enlarged pores and advanced signs of aging. It basically does everything that you could possibly want for healthy skin, in under an hour and with absolutely no downtime. I walked out with super hydrated and clean skin. I wasn’t the least bit red, nor was my skin tingly or sensitive.

I went to bed without washing my face. I left the moisturizer on and whatever else she put on because I wanted to extend the effect as long as I could. The next day, my skin had a glow that I cannot replicate with products I use at home.

HydraFacial after picture //

Benefits of HydraFacial //

Expected results after HydraFacial //

I continue to highly recommend checking out or making an appointment to visit them in their Orange County office for any type of facial skin care including HydraFacial, Botox or Juvéderm. They have a great space set up, and they’ll take great care of you. Ask for Lisa!

hydrafacial MD review with before and after pictures -


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NOTE: All photos above are untouched and without makeup (sans mascara and eyeliner).

[disclaim]This is a sponsored post in partnership with CosmetiCare. All thoughts and ideas remain my own. [/disclaim]

Pattie Cordova is founder of Cordova Media Group, LLC, a boutique social media consulting firm that develops and creates social media strategies for businesses. She manages and is EIC for LMVL SoCal. In her spare time (what little there is LOL) she enjoys working out, hanging out with her family (two chiclets and a Hubster) and traveling.



  1. Alexa

    September 11, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Thanks for your straight forward review with good pics. I can definitely see a difference in your before/after shot and this makes me feel more confident about doing the procedure. Also don’t be too hard on yourself, you don’t really have bad skin at all, it looks fine!

    • Pattie Cordova

      September 12, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      thank you so much for your kind words. it made my day. xox

  2. Test

    October 12, 2016 at 4:48 am

    Thanks for finally talking about HydraFacial MD review with step-by-step
    pictures. Liked it!

  3. kathrine kennley

    April 25, 2017 at 10:55 am

    The HydraFacial serums specifically target your skin issues including sun damage, blackheads and whiteheads, enlarged pores, acne, brown spots, uneven skin tone, and early aging fine lines and wrinkles. The best part – it’s not just a quick-fix-it procedure. The HydraFacial improves the quality of your skin, actually helping to making it healthy.

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