Here at W, we've tried all kinds of devices for this seriesat-home microdermabrasion, microcurrents, and LED masks among them. The next logical step was to dabble in lasers, and we wanted to get our hands on the industry standard for at-home laser treatments: the Lyma laser. Priced at $2,499, this device is touted as something of a miracle tool. It can tighten, lift, and add shine to the skin, according to countless reviews from beauty editors. But does it actually work? Four editors put it to the test and recorded their honest opinions.
Maryam Lieberman, Beauty Contributor
When it comes to laser treatments at the derm's office, I'm about as enthusiastic as a cat taking a bathI just won't do it anymore. I know my skin and how it reacts. I loathe the fact that I don't have control over the application and get nervous about the long-term effects a strong laser can have on my skin. However, for at-home laser treatments where I have free reign, I'm actually an avid user. I can control how often I use them and I can gauge the results better than any doctor next morning, especially over an extended period.
With the Lyma Laser, I had certain hesitations (as I always do) about how it will affect my melasma. But I spoke with Lyma's founder Lucy Goff during an interview a few months prior to using the lasershe assured me it won't affect scarring and will not increase any melasma, so I was game to check it out.
I used it for three months about 5-6 days a week. I like the fact that it's light and easy to use. It almost looks like a chic flashlight. I dutifully applied the Lyma mist and serum as recommended and then used a super light moisturizer before starting the whole process. No tingling, no burning and no painit did take a while for me to work on all of the areas of the face because I wanted to be thorough. So I put on the last season of Peaky Blinders and lasered away with a mirror on the side of my bed. I take the Lyma supplements as well because they have a good dose of lycopene and I'm convinced that it helps ward off melasma when I'm in the sun.
The stress of the pandemic has definitely kept me up at night, and done its damage on my complexion in its own way. Here is what I noticedthe laser lifted areas of my skin that have been falling in those months. I think the laser helped me tremendously and feel that there is some healing aspect to the blue lasers that made a visible change.
I stopped using it only because I had to try products for other stories. This is something I will go back to, especially during the summer. I think it's the most effective at-home laser treatment to use after days at the beach or just out and about. It's a nice healing, lifting tool for the face. It is expensive, but then again it's probably ideal for women who spend that much on a few treatments a year anyway at the dermatologist's office.
Christina Holevas, Senior Accessories and Jewelry Editor
I have only received one laser treatment in the past, a laser facial. I have to admit, I was surprised by the results. The whole laser experience is a bit too abstract for me to wrap my head around. With a product like an acid or a serum it's more tactileyou can feel it working. The laser I've had in the past is so quick and easy, it's hard to believe that it's doing anything. But I think it works! I was very excited to try the Lyma, but honestly, a little skeptical. My experience with at-home treatments is that you never really know if they're doing anything.
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