Why The Beauty Industry Is OBSESSED With The Diamond Facial

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We’ve seen a summer of Aquagold Fine Touch Facials, Hydrafacials, and plenty of chemical peel-powered facials, but the IT facial everyone seems to be doing these days is a form of dermabrasion referred to as a diamond facial, or more specifically: a DiamondGlow® facial.

Appropriately named considering the machine’s wand has a diamond tip that gently exfoliates the epidermis and allows products to penetrate deeper for optimal absorption. The treatment usually begins with a deep cleanse and ends with a facial massage, which, as you can imagine, promises to make you shine bright like a diamond.

We asked a few pro estheticians for the details on this hot new facial, including what it does, how much it costs, and the best part — how long these coveted results last. Keep reading for the 411.

What is a DiamondGlow Facial?

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According to Edyta Jarosz, a licensed esthetician at Shafer Clinic in New York City, DiamondGlow is a skin-resurfacing device that uses “3X1 Technology” to exfoliate the skin, extract impurities and infuse skin with SkinMedica® Pro-Infusion Serums tailored to address specific concerns. And since it’s a 30-minute non-invasive treatment, you can return to your daily life immediately — just with more luminous, dewy skin.

What Are the Benefits of a Diamond Facial?

1. It Helps Reverse Sun Damage

Whether your skin concerns are dark spots or uneven texture, this do-it-all treatment can help. “DiamondGlow helps repair skin after damage from the sun, acne, and the effects of aging, by using medical-grade diamond head tips that provide no wounding to the skin,” says Jarosz.

2. It Plumps Your Skin & Lips

The device can even be used around super sensitive areas like the eyes, and it works wonders on lips! During your facial, you’ll most likely feel the wand work its magic over your pout, sloughing off flakies and giving you fuller, plumper lips (temporarily) at the same time — without fillers.

3. It Unclogs Pores & Offers a Deep Cleanse

While “DiamondGlow” is the patented treatment and device found on many med-spa menus, there are other forms of diamond-inspired facials to try, like the “Diamond Youth Facial” which is offered at the Youth Haus’ West Hollywood, CA clinic.

This facial also begins with a deep cleanse before the jewels come out to play. “We use a diamond-tipped wand to vacuum dead skin cells, plus blackheads, that get trapped within the pores,” explains founder Karina Sultzer. “After the pollutants are pulled from the surface, we use the Vita-Dermal Infusion machine to infuse a custom skincare cocktail into your face.”

4. It Improves Skin Texture, Tone & Fine Lines

Another benefit of diamond facials is that they are designed to improve skin texture, smooth fine lines, and brighten the skin.

5. It Soothes Acne-Prone Skin

Swiss skincare company Valmont also offers Oxylight Diamond-Micro Abrasion as an add-on for their custom facials. “We like to pair this with our Firmness of the Hills facial to improve the firmness of the skin with better-defined volumes,” explains Amanda Macino, Valmont’s National Training Director. “Oxylight is perfect for those who wish to unclog pores and prevent/control acne and breakouts.”

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Do Diamond Facials Work for Everyone?

You know it! “DiamondGlow is unique because it’s completely customizable to suit any skin type, tone, or condition,” reassures Jarosz.

Plus, you can do it even if you are coming off a hot girl summer slightly tan, unlike other laser facials and chemical peels when you cannot.

Heads up, though — if you are on the more sensitive side or have rosacea patches, mention this to your esthetician prior to the treatment, as they may use a lighter-handed approach on those areas.

How Much Is a DiamondGlow Facial?

This glowed-up service is around $150-300. Some spas offer it as an additional service and charge, like the OxyLight Diamond Micro-Abrasion add-on at Spa Valmont at the Carlyle for $200.

Are There Any Side Effects?

You may see a bit more redness from the exfoliation, but that will subside in a few hours.

How Long Do Results Last?

Typically, your glow keeps glowing for two to four weeks.

Can You DIY a Diamond Facial at Home?

Sultzer loves to follow up their treatment with the Youth Haus Royal Black Diamond Face Mask, $8.50, for double diamond duty at home. Packed with a blend of collagen, peptides, and honey, it provides a bit of sparkle to your self-care routine while charcoal gently exfoliates.

We’re also fans of 111Skin’s Celestial Black Diamond Line, with hero products like their Retinol Oil, Serum, and Eye Cream, all of which harness the power of diamonds for their age-defying benefits.

Now that you’re schooled on all things diamond facial, it’s time to go and book one already! Trust us when we say you’ll be putting your most glowiest face forward this fall once you do.

Have you tried a diamond facial? Let us know in the comments below.

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