Photo Credit: skinlaundry.com
‘Tis the season for dry, irritated skin, so when Skin Laundry offered us a light and laser facial, we jumped at the chance.
With locations across the US, UK and Hong Kong, Skin Laundry aims to make skin care accessible, affordable and ultimately, addictive. Much as its name implies, Skin Laundry spas are clean and sleek. Their signature two-step laser facial involves a combination of a YAG laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). (NOTE: Your first one is always free!)
Their laser and light facial is a medical procedure and the powers that be take this seriously. Intake involves photos and a multi-page questionnaire about your skin and overall health. (No paper though. It’s all done via iPad.)
All candidates must be approved by a physician assistant who accesses photos and info remotely (read: within seconds). Contraindications may include active cold sores, sunburns, certain medications such as antibiotics, pregnancy and/or a history of seizures. Fortunately, I got the green light.
Step 1 involves two passes with the YAG, a non-ablative laser, which means that it leaves your top layer of skin alone and heats the lower layer, stimulating collagen production from the inside out. Collagen is the main protein that gives our skin the supple, elastic properties of youth. The YAG also targets unwanted pigmentation and deeply cleans your pores.It feels like tiny rubber band snaps or pin pricks. It’s not uncomfortable, and even if it were, it is so fleeting that it would be bearable. The aesthetician does two passes on your face and part one is done.
Next up, IPL energy further stimulates collagen and elastin production, which may help reduce redness, pigmentation, inflammation and bacteria in your pores. It’s bright (like very bright) and warm, but it’s also fast and you are wearing glasses.
The whole procedure is done in 15 minutes flat, (not counting the intake). My aesthetician added a Hydration Boost serum to cool and sooth my skin. She used a pressurized oxygen system to deliver hyaluronic acid and antioxidants directly where they are needed most.
The result? A bright and dewy complexion–with no visible redness. All in all, not a bad way to spend my ½ hour lunch break.
NOTE: Treatment was provided for review. All opinions are my own.