I used to hate fancy skin facials. To keep my acne under control, I just needed to clean and moisturize. My once-clear skin began to show signs of stress from work assignments, planning for the future, boyfriend drama, and lack of sleep. I now go to the spa at least once per month, sometimes twice if I feel generous.
In my quest to get my skin in shape again, I tried everything: traditional European, 24K Gold treatments, and Dermalinfusion facials. Then I discovered Skin Laundry’s Laser + Light laser facial. It claims to penetrate deep into your pores, improve skin texture, and brighten skin for less than $100. The treatment lasts only 15 minutes. It was too good to be true.
Skin Laundry was founded in 2013 and offers laser facials that combine Nd:
YAG laser with IPL to “reduce wrinkles, improve skin texture, and reduce acne.” Before I went to Skin Laundry’s Midtown branch, I was thinking about the laser facials before and after. I spent hours researching them before I arrived. These photos show women looking brighter, more youthful, and lifted. My search did not yield any results that were similar to mine. I was left wondering if a laser facial would help or harm my very pigmented skin.
It was very simple. I signed in using an iPad-like machine at the front desk. Then my esthetician gave me cleansing wipes and directed me to where the procedure would be performed. My esthetician provided a step-by, step breakdown of the specific treatment. I laid down on the bed and discussed my concerns with my skin.
She explained that the YAG laser is the first, and targets below the skin’s surface
It reduces pore size, stimulates the production of collagen, and dirt, as well as oil, and decreases pore sizes. The H-word. I winced at the thought of the laser potentially making the hyper-pigmentation-prone parts of my skin (around the mouth and along the sides of my cheeks) even worse. The IPL light is the second component. It works on all aspects of the skin, including inflammation and redness. It will help even out your skin tone. We’ll omit IPL because you have more skin pigment. Instead, we will add the hydration booster, which is a serum of hyaluronic acids.
As the esthetician applied the laser to my skin, I followed her through my routine. She made sure that she did not do too many passes in one area. It was painful and a little bit stingy. The hydration booster helped to reduce the discomfort. It was over, and although my skin was still sensitive (again, normal), it looked radiant. Later, friends and coworkers complimented me on how radiant I looked.
How long can my glowing skin last? What frequency can I use the treatment? Dr. Adam Geyer, NYC dermatologist, and Skin Laundry Global medical director explain everything you need about laser facials.
What is a Laser Facial?
It’s a treatment that enhances the basic facial and provides a safe and effective way to stimulate collagen and even out skin tone. The Skin Laundry laser and light facial offers the same benefits as going to the dermatologist but in a more accessible setting.
Which types of lasers can be used to treat the condition?
There is no single laser that can be used for a laser facelift. Non-ablative lasers can be used to stimulate collagen and improve the skin’s appearance. Because a facial implies gentleness and safety, ablative lasers are more dangerous and can burn the skin.
There are also IPL devices, which are intense pulse light devices. These devices have been known as “photo facials.” People refer to a photo facial as a treatment using an IPL or intense pulse light device. This has been extended to include other layered treatments that combine low-energy, high-impact, non-ablative laser resurfacing agents such as the Nd: YAG. When we refer to a light facial and a laser, Skin Laundry means that we combine an IPL treatment with a longer wavelength Nd: YAG treatment, which stimulates collagen.
What skin conditions can a laser facial treatment for?
“A laser treatment for hydration is not something that someone would come in for, as lasers are focused on targeting skin structures like pigmentation and decreasing reddish spots. Although these treatments can improve the skin’s suppleness, they are not recommended for people with extremely dry skin. Although there are steps that can be taken to boost hydration, lasers tend to be more focused on the texture, tone, firming, pores, wrinkles, and the surface of the skin than on hydration.