In the dynamic landscape of skincare, hydradermabrasion treatments have ignited a fervor, captivating not just beauty enthusiasts but also garnering endorsements from some of Hollywood’s most notable figures. A constellation of A-list celebrities including Kate Winslet, Amy Poehler, and even Beyoncé have become ardent proponents of these transformative treatments.

Two heavyweight devices in this arena are the Aquapure by Classys (Aquafacial) and Hydrafacial. Both techniques leverage the power of water to exfoliate and revitalise the skin. When it comes to technology, treatment process, and benefits however, Aquapure seems to have the upper hand.

Let’s dive deeper into both the similarities and differences of the two.

Aquafacial – The Game Changer

Aquapure is not your average hydradermabrasion system. It’s a comprehensive skincare powerhouse that amalgamates four essential treatments into one transformative procedure.

These innovative features take the treatment to a whole new level by enabling the deep delivery of specialised serums and active ingredients. As the serums penetrate deep into your skin, they provide enhanced hydration, nourishment, and rejuvenation. This multi-step approach not only addresses various skin concerns simultaneously but also ensures targeted solutions tailored to your specific needs.

  1. AQUAPEEL – Involves vacuum suction and custom exfoliation with tailored “Aquasolutions” working in tandem to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and extract stubborn impurities to leave the skin feeling fresh and hydrated.
  2. ELECTROPORATION – Utilises the potency of stable electric currents to optimise the delivery and absorption of enriching serums, facilitating a seamless infusion of vital nutrients into the skin. This ingenious technique ensures that the skin receives the full benefit of these potent ingredients, promoting heightened effectiveness and maximising the rejuvenating effects on the skin’s vitality and overall health.
  3. MICRO-CURRENT – Promotes blood circulation, causing a stimulating effect while simultaneously fostering the regeneration of elastin and collagen. This dynamic process not only uplifts and tightens the skin but also encourages the restoration of essential structural proteins, further enhancing its elasticity and firmness.
  4. COOLING/HEATING – Soothes hypersensitivity and enhances the assimilation of previously applied nutrients, ensuring their optimal absorption during the treatment process. This not only alleviates any sensitivity concerns but also unlocks the skin’s ability to effectively harness the benefits of the carefully curated nutrients.

Hydrafacial – The Vortex Contender

Syndeo (the new Hydrafacial device), on the other hand, boasts its patented Vortex-Fusion technology, making it a formidable contender in the hydradermabrasion ring. The treatment begins with a gentle exfoliation process using a spiral-shaped tip that effortlessly sweeps away dead skin cells.

Simultaneously, customised serums are infused to cleanse, hydrate, and protect your precious dermis. The Vortex-Fusion technology creates a mesmerising swirling effect that dislodges impurities without causing any discomfort. Hydrafacial goes the extra mile by offering additional options like LED light therapy and lymphatic drainage, further elevating the treatment experience.

A standard Hydrafacial typically only involves one step, similar to the Aquapure’s “Aquapeel” step, but they focus more on the three effects of the treatment.

1. CleanseDeeply cleanses and exfoliates with a gentle peel to uncover a new layer of skin.

2. ExtractRemoves impurities from pores with painless gentle suction.

3. HydrateSaturates the skin’s surface with intense moisturisers and nourishing, personalised ingredients.

Aquapure Shines Bright: The Benefits Speak for Themselves


When it comes to results, Aquapure takes the spotlight. Its multi-faceted approach ensures that your skin texture, tone, and clarity are significantly improved. The treatment is a formidable adversary against fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. But that’s not all; Aquapure excels in reducing pore sise, balancing oil production, and promoting overall skin health. Thanks to the integration of electroporation and iontophoresis technologies, Aquapure delivers targeted solutions that yield superior absorption and revitalised complexions.

Brand recognition

Hydrafacial enjoys substantial brand recognition among clinicians in the UK, with a presence in popular magazines, a ubiquitous presence on Instagram and the sides of buses. Hydrafacial is also known for its it’s clever marketing and branding campaigns, such as #gunkie. The treatment capitalises on the current craze for hydradermabrasion, effortlessly riding the wave of this burgeoning trend and captivating the attention of skincare enthusiasts.

However, the slight gap in recognition for Aquapure is attributed to its origin as a Korean technology, making its way to the UK and US more recently. In Korea, Aquapure has already garnered a devoted following and has become a staple choice for beauty enthusiasts seeking to invigorate and elevate their skin before important events or as part of a scheduled skincare routine.


Due to it’s growing popularlity, the Hydrafacial machines are also growing in price, with standard devices now costing around £30,000. Although a sound investment for a clinic looking to earn it’s cost back in treatments over time, it’s high machine cost puts it out of the reach of most small to medium sized UK clinics.

Aquapure, whilst also an investment a clinic would have to consider, is priced at a considerably lower price point, meaning less treatments necessary for a clinic to return to making a profit.

The Aquapure is also cheaper to run, with its consumable Aquasolutions priced considerably more reasonably than Hydrafacial’s various serums. Many Hydrafacial owners use Aquasolutions in their treatments in order to keep costs as low as possible. Per treatment, Aquapure costs can be as low as £8-12.

As the skincare landscape continues to evolve, both Hydrafacial and Aquapure showcase their distinctive attributes, catering to diverse preferences and capturing the imagination of those who seek transformative skincare experiences.


  • Cutting-edge electroporation and iontophoresis technologies.

  • Four comprehensive treatments included in base model.

  • Targets multiple skin concerns simultaneously.

  • Lower device cost.
  • Lower running costs.


  • Patented Vortex-Fusion technology.

  • Optional treatment upsells.

  • High brand-recognition.

  • Helpful technology like WiFi connectedness and gestures.

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