A couple of weeks ago, I headed to the chic and comfortable Thorntonhall Therapies in Glasgow for a Hydra Wand treatment; also referred to as hydradermabrasion. It combines microdermabrasion with the healing and hydrating properties of water and oxygen.
If you're like me and you love the feeling of cold things on your face, you'll love this. A wand that gently releases cool water and puffs of air onto your skin is used to exfoliate the skin, remove dead skin cells, promote the production of new skin cells, hydrate the skin and invigorate it too.
My treatment at Thorntonhall Therapies began with standard diamond-tip DiamondTome microdermabrasion, followed by an Omnilux LED light therapy treatment that combines anti-aging and skincare efficacy-boosting red light, with bacteria-fighting and healing blue light, at the same time. This was then followed by the Hydra Wand HydroPlus+ treatment - dermabrasion via the Hydra Wand, with the added benefit of the wand pushing an anti-ageing serum into the skin to stimulate cell renewal and activate cell processes.
The whole treatment was very pleasant and enjoyable, and afterwards, my skin looked amazing - so glowy and radiant. It felt like my skin had been renewed - that is was as clean and as hydrated as it could possibly get. The texture was so smooth and soft too. It requires no downtime whatsoever - the most irritation you will get is a barely-visible redness that completely disappears after 20 minutes.
Trisha Harvey, the owner of Thorntonhall Therapies, explains that the treatment leaves "your skin brighter and more hydrated. The gentle microdermabrasion removes expired skin cells, preparing your skin for your home skincare regime products. The removal of these skin cells allows your home-use products to penetrate deeper into your skin and therefore work more efficiently and effectively within the deeper layers of your skin". It also improves blood circulation; leading to greater collagen production. It's a treatment that's suitable for all skin types except sensitive skin.
Hydradermabrasion is a treatment that I'd recommend getting regularly. Although you do get all of the above benefits after just one session, it can also be used to treat acne, scarring and unwanted pigmentation over time. I would also recommend this treatment on the day of a special occassion or night out too, as makeup applies amazingly onto your skin afterwards and it looks so plump and healthy.
If you are someone who gets microdermabrasion already, the added benefits of the Hydra Wand could really improve your results. It's definitely worth the small amount of extra time and expense. For the whole treatment that I had, including the Omnilux LED light therapy, the cost will be around £80. You can also add in your hands to the treatment too - great if you are bothered by age spots or wrinkles. It doesn't need to be an anti-ageing serum that's infused into your skin either - you can decide with your therapist what's best for you. A variety of serums, peptides and anti-oxidants are possible.