A couple of weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to have a HydraFacial at the beautiful and peaceful Bella Santé Day Spa on famed Newbury Street in Boston.
Bella Santé Day Spa on Newbury
First, let me tell you a little about Bella Santé Day Spa. It’s one of the premier day and medical grade treatment spas in Boston, but they also have two other suburban locations. When my hair salon, Vidal Sassoon, was located on Newbury Street, I used to pass Bella Santé when I’d come in to get my hair colored. I always wondered about it. This time, I got to try it out myself!
I took the elevator upstairs and entered a dimly lit, peaceful environment with soothing spa music playing softly in the background. There are comfortable chairs and couches that you can relax on while waiting or after your treatment if you like.
Plus there are different types of teas and fruit-flavored waters available in addition to apples, nut/fruit mixes etc. I helped myself to a perfect green apple and citrus water.
The changing area was impressive and clean. It’s a large room with secure lockers, showers, sauna and steam rooms, hair dryers and large mirrors for drying your hair or applying makeup afterwards.
They gave me a clean, thick, comfy terrycloth robe, serious spa flip flops (not the cheesy disposable ones) to wear, and thick grey towels and facecloth. I was nice and warm on a still wintry day.
Then I headed to one of the treatment rooms. (Sorry the bed isn’t “made”. I took this photo after I got out of the comfy, warm bed.)
What’s a HydraFacial, you ask? A HydraFacial is a facial that combats dryness, redness, acne, fine lines, pigmentation using a unique machine and HydraFacial tip that sucks impurities from the skin while delivering antioxidants and hydration. And there’s no downtime afterwards. You can go about your business looking bright and rested.
It is called a “liquid dermabrasion-like” process. It applies glycolic acid, salicylic acid, hyaluronic acids and antioxidants at different stages during the facial. LED light completes the treatment to help further reduce oily or congested skin, while calming irritation and redness.
The HydraFacial machine has an applicator wand (located on the lower right of the photo below) with a clean tip that creates a “vortex” that sucks out skin impurities and also delivers the good stuff deeper into the layers of your skin than if they are applied by hand. The applicator tip (there are two different strengths: blue for normal used on me, red for maximum strength) feels a little abrasive but not the least bit painful.
My medical aesthetician, Jill, told me that they describe the feeling as “being licked by a cat’s tongue”, and I think that describes it perfectly!
The HydraFacial device cleaned my skin, exfoliating dead skin cells on the surface as well as extracting and unclogging my pores. The technician also did some of the work with her hands to clean out the pores that the HydraFacial wasn’t able to get.
One of my goals was to see if the HydraFacial would help with my stubborn hyperpigmentation. The technician said that having a series of HydraFacials would help fade the hard to remove spots, but that other techniques including IPL would be more effective for my spots. OK.
So how did my skin look and feel afterwards? It looked and felt super clean as well as tight (in a good way) and firm after the HydraFacial. My fine lines and the few areas where you can usually see my pores seemed less obvious. The dark spots I have were still there, and I don’t know if they were lightened at all. The last step in the HydraFacial is applying a high percentage hyaluronic acid as well as moisturizer to combat dryness, so my skin did not feel parched. However, the next day, my skin did feel dry. I used a richer moisturizer and a sleeping mask at night and after that my skin felt great.
Spas throughout the U.S. offer the HydraFacial. Bella Santé Day Spa is the leading day spa in the Boston area that has it. Bella Santé Day Spa offers two different HydraFacials based on time: 30 minutes for $175 and 50 minutes for $225. I forgot to look at my watch or phone so I don’t know which one I had. All I can say is that it was so relaxing that time had no meaning! The HydraFacial is definitely something you can do on your lunch hour.
I wish I could afford to sign up for a series of HydraFacials because I’d love to see the effects over time. I was given a discount card for 20% off my next procedure at Bella Santé so I hope I can have another one in May or June.
Here is a video that I found on YouTube from a different spa that shows you the device and does a great job explaining and demonstrating the process. It’s definitely worth watching.
Bella Santé Day Spa serves both women and men. In fact, I saw quite a few guys checking in. They provide many other spa services in addition to HydraFacial including traditional facials, resurfacing peels, medical grade treatments for a range of skin issues, massage, manicure/pedicure, and hair removal. They also have a hair salon. Check out the Bella Sante Day Spa website for the complete list and prices. The staff is both very nice and professional. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bella Santé Day Spa at 38 Newbury Street in Boston and hope to be back soon for another HydraFacial.
Have you had a HydraFacial? How were your results?