Try It You’ll Like It: Laser Facial at Skin Laundry

(Photo by Alex Clark Photo)

There’s a brand new store opening at Town Center mall every week, it seems, and the latest one to join the Boca Raton shopping haven is Skin Laundry.

With its origins in Los Angeles, the salon uses lasers in their facial treatments—yes, laser beams into your face.

The idea behind using lasers is that the cleansing goes beyond just the surface of the skin. It’ll reach that pesky dirt, dead skin cells, excess oil, bacteria that causes acne, and other things that leave our skin looking less than stellar.

Luckily, I don’t deal with too much acne as an adult (very different story in middle school), but I do have combination skin and eczema. The weekend before I went to my appointment at Skin Laundry, I had a flare up of eczema around my eyes and was nervous of the thought of putting lasers to it.

(Photo by Christine Michelle Photography)

After checking in on an iPad at the front desk, a staffer talked me through the process and made sure that I was a good candidate for laser light therapy (the typical questions of what kinds of medications I was on, medical procedures I may have had, etc.) Each of the people doing the procedures at Skin Laundry are nurses, which alleviated my concerns. The nurse would be doing my facial told me that her clients that come in with eczema and psoriasis actually felt the laser treatment helped their skin condition over time. Remembering how annoying (and painful!) the eczema on my face had been that weekend, I was eager to try it.

First, I lay on a recliner and she put goggles on me (she had a pair on, too) to protect my eyes from the lasers. After slathering and massaging gel into my face, she used a YAG laser (the laser has crystal made with Yttrium, Aluminum, and Garnet) to go over my face twice. It was definitely uncomfortable, but I wouldn’t go as far as saying it was painful. As soon as you felt the snap, the laser had already moved onto another part of your face. After the laser came the IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) therapy, which felt like nothing at all. Then, my favorite part, a cool hydrating serum that was massaged into my face.

YAG laser therapy at Skin Laundry (Photo by Alex Clark Photo)

In just 15 minutes, I had a thorough facial and had a chance to look in the mirror—my skin wasn’t red at all, but dewy and tight. On my way out, the nurse gave me an alcohol wipe to clean off my cell phone—think of all the dirt on that thing that you press up against your face!

Throughout the day I didn’t feel any discomfort or sensitivity on my face, and it never turned red. That night, I did my regular routine of toner, night cream and a facial serum. More than ever before, I felt my skin suck it all up.

I can’t say that my skin has been forever changed, but no facial can do that in one sitting. Everyone’s first facial at Skin Laundry is free, and they have bundles to save money on your facials.

So whether you’re a fan of facials or get them once in a blue moon, try the laser light therapy facial—you just might like it.

Skin Laundry, 6000 Glades Road Suite 1097, Boca Raton; 561/393-5440; skinlaundry.com