Hydra Facial at Westin Maui Resort and Spa

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On my latest visit to Maui, I was surprised to see the Hollywood-hyped Hydrafacial being offered at the Westin Maui Resort and Spa in Ka'anapali. Using a patented Vortex-Fusion® serum delivery system (marketing talk for infusing antioxidants, peptides and hyaluraonic acid into your skin, and I wasn’t sure how to say it better). I have heard about it as the next best thing for getting rid of fine lines and was psyched to see it offered. Despite the ‘med spa’ aspect of the treatment, it was still relaxing and felt like treat. The aesthetician starts off by cleansing, exfoliating and extractions followed by the actual Hydra facial machine, which pulses the plumping products into your skin. Spa director, Shawn Hallum decided to bring Hydrafacial to Heavenly Spa immediately following a treatment he received last year. "My results were profound," he says, "unlike any other facial I’ve received in my 20 years in the business. I felt confident that our guests would appreciate access to this unparalleled technology so we made the investment." According to a quick google search, the cost of the machine is about $30K, hence not an investment to take lightly. A 90-minute HydraFacial treatment costs, $295, just $100 more than a basic facial, and as Hallum says, "goes far beyond the basic spa facial." Besides the treatment, a deeply moisturizing Hualani Pineapple and Passion Fruit Crème Lotion is rubbed into your arms, shoulders and hands. Pineapple is rich in vitamin C, which makes it very calming and clarifying, while locally harvested macadamia and kukui nut oils infused with a healing blend of organic and wild crafted Hawaiian botanicals repair and replenish the skin and then your hands are put into a mittens with warm lavender paraffin.

Spa treatments can be booked from 8am to 7pm. Call 808-661-2588