It was made famous around the world when Kim Kardashian posted a video of herself having it on Twitter, in preparation for the 2018 MET Gala and now the Aqua Gold Treatment is finally available in the UK.
Containing an adaptable cocktail of neuromodulators, hyaluronic acid, vitamins and your choice of Botox and PRP, it promises a ‘glass skin’ effect. Naturally, I jumped at the chance of trying it myself, so I went to Skin and Sanctuary in east London, founded by Dr Saira Vasdev, to see if it was worth the hype.
The science behind Aqua Gold
The treatment uses 24k gold which is both antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties, making it a star ingredient in skincare and healthcare alike. Added in with vitamins and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and nourish the skin, and neuromodulators to reduce activity of the oil and sweat glands.
It is injected through a stamp of 20 needles thinner than a strand of hair (so not painful) and the promised result is improved skin quality, skin texture refinement, minimisation of pore size and a smooth flawless finish (hence the description of ‘glass skin’).
You can alter the treatment into one of three options: the Aqua Gold Fine Touch Facial is without Botox or PRP, while the Glass Skin includes Botox and the Full Works uses PRP.
Unlike common Botox treatments, which are injected into muscles to paralyse and prevent wrinkles from movement, in the Aqua Gold Glass Skin it goes no further than the dermis, paralysing nothing but reaping the benefits of reduced pore size and improved texture.
PRP — platelet-rich plasma — are high in growth hormones and so enable skin renewal. To get it blood is taken from your arm and the PRP is separated and added to the mix.
Whatever the mixture, it is all put into a wide vial which has a collection of 20 needles on the end that are somehow as thin as your hair, but also hollow to allow the mixture to escape. This is then stamped across your entire face two or three times, depending on your sensitivity.
At Skin and Sanctuary they began the process with a cleansing facial using a hydrotherapy machine which can clean and extract dirt from your pores. Medical practitioner Rachel McIntosh then stamped my hand a few times so I knew what sensation to expect before getting to work on my face.
Having 20 needles stamped across you is actually much less painful than it sounds. Around the eye and along the jaw was slightly sore, but otherwise I wouldn’t have described it as painful until the third round (which I opted for). I then sat under a red-light mask for 10 minutes as it has a healing and soothing effect on the skin. I was then on my way without any sign of the treatment visible on my face.
It claims to take a few days for results to show, and that they last for about a month — and impressive timescale for a treatment that doesn’t penetrate deeper than the dermis. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t notice much of a difference. I definitely cannot report glass skin so for £550 (£450 without Botox £595 for PRP), I really don’t think it is worth it.
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