The beauty tech boom shows no signs of slowing, and there’s one innovation in particular that is causing quite a stir in the most skincare-obsessed circles.
While LED masks and microcurrent have become staples in many a beauty routine, the Lyma laser brings something wholly unique to the space, claiming to go one step further in the skin rejuvenation stakes.
So, what exactly is this buzzy device? It’s a conscious side-step from the brand’s debut product – a maximalist, holistic ingestible ambitiously named The Supplement – yet follows the same do-it-all approach to offer what the brand is hoping will become the ultimate skin investment.
The Laser is the world’s first medical-grade at-home laser device, combining four high-powered antibacterial blue LED lights with a laser beam to regenerate skin at a cellular level, rather than simply skimming the surface. The LED works on the uppermost skin layers, killing bacteria that leads to breakouts, while the laser travels deeper to prompt longer-term results.
“The Lyma Laser works in a way topical skincare simply can’t," explains founder Lucy Goff. "It employs cold, near infra-red 500mW laser technology – a world first for at-home beauty devices – making it unlike every other cosmetic device and 100 times more powerful than LED. It’s a technology born from the medical industry called low-level laser therapy (LLLT), which has been used for decades to treat a host of medical issues as diverse as rebuilding cartilage and healing tendons.”
The LLLT technology was originally discovered by a medical research unit in Leipzig back in the 1960s, when doctors found exposure to low-level laser could help heal wounds and rebuild the cartilage following damage. This concept of building up the skin, rather than taking away from it, is one we’re hearing more frequently today (Augustinus Bader’s famed cream was originally intended to treat burns) as industry focus shifts from cosmetic beautifying to tangible skin health: treating the root of the issue, rather than rectifying the visible symptoms.
So far, so promising: but which skin issues can this technology actually tackle to visible effect? The brand claims the benefits are far reaching, promising everything from plumper skin to brightened hyperpigmentation, and even the smoothing of old scars.
How the Lyma laser works
The continual-output (non-flashing) laser is able to penetrate deep into the skin, reaching the muscular layers. Here, it can ‘communicate’ with the mitochondria (the energy source of the skin’s cells) giving them the power to accelerate collagen and elastin production. Like an energy bar for your skin, it coaxes back the skin behaviours that were prevalent in our younger years – and all of this is done, according to Goff, "without causing damage to a single cell". With regular use, inflammation is brought down, soft tissue heals more effectively, and the skin surface appears smoother and more unified in tone.
"As with most areas of our lives, we’re adopting technology to enhance or supercharge our routines and that is what advanced, proven-to-work beauty technology does," says Goff. "Intrinsically, it reaches deep down into the base layer of the dermis, where the light energy triggers a genetic switch inside the skin cells telling them not to die off, but to recharge, regenerate and repair - the destruction of healthy skin cells is reversed. Extrinsically, the light energy of the laser instructs the existing cells to produce more proteins to fight free radicals: less free radicals equals more collagen and elastin."
Lyma recommends using the laser regularly and consistently for best results: a 15-minute treatment every day for the initial three months (and yes, you can do it while on the sofa) before moving to maintenance sessions of twice weekly. The device can be moved over the entirety of the face, or held still over specific patches of pigmentation, scarring or acne. There's no need for goggles and you aren't tethered to a cable, so committing to daily use is realistic.
When treating the whole of the face, you may wish to apply an emollient serum, cream or oil beforehand, to allow the laser to glide over your face without tugging. Lyma recommends using the laser alongside its own duo of prep products, although they aren’t essential to the treatment: unlike devices such as microcurrent wands, the laser will conduct with or without skincare being applied beforehand.
The brand’s Active Mist is a mineral-rich facial spritz that holds up to 100 times more oxygen than water. According to Goff, it "acts as an oxygen mask, with the right pH balance to penetrate skin, nourishing the epidermis to increase turnover of cells and give an immediate hit of plumpness".
Next, the Priming Serum (which contains humectant beta-glucans alongside a trademarked compound Wellmune®), which Goff says "immediately hydrates the skin 20 per cent more than hyaluronic acid". By activating the macrophages (the skin’s bacteria-fighting cells) and stimulating the fibroblast cells, it further boosts the laser’s collagen-amplifying abilities.
The laser is powerful, but can be used around the eyes, due to the two internal diffusers that diffract the beam and remove the heat energy. It’s suitable for all skin types and tones, and slots into any topical skincare routine without compromise.
Lyma laser: the results
Indeed, using the Lyma laser is an experience as slick as you'd likely expect for a device nestled this firmly in the investment category (the complete Starter Kit comes in at a whisker under £2000). The experience is undeniably polished: from the video tutorials performed by leading facialist Nicola Joss on the brand’s site, to the weighty yet silent function of the laser itself, there are no corners being cut here.
What’s more, the treatment is completely free from sensation, involving no pain or downtime (not even a hint of redness) and doesn’t follow the damage-to-repair ethos that makes treatments such as microneedling intimidating for some. Indeed, Goff adds that “traditional laser devices work through the stress/damage response, inflicting injury to the skin in order to stimulate collagen, but the Lyma Laser’s near-infrared beam is dispersed so many times – 25,000 times to be exact – it removes all the heat, making it completely cold. We’re not relying on the laser’s heat to damage skin, but on the near-infrared cold technology to regenerate and renew.”
Defining whether the Lyma laser will be a satisfying investment for you depends on the results you’re expecting, and the commitment you’re willing to put in. Consistency really is key, and you’ll need to carve out 15 minutes each day to use your device.
In time, post-acne scarring visibly fades and blemishes are all but eliminated. Skin generally looks and feels and happier with diligent use: acne types become calmer and clearer, although rosacea won’t magically vanish (it’s a chronic skin disorder, after all). With slow, progressive improvements in tone and texture, skin takes on a plumper, brighter appearance that is altogether subtle but incredibly satisfying. If you're looking for something to deliver better skin that lasts, this may well be it.
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