Skin Laundry launched in the UK exclusively at Liberty department store last year. Founded in California five years earlier by facialist Yen Reis, their signature Laser and Light facial is a express 15 minute treatment that combines a light Nd:YAG laser followed by a gentle dose of intense pulsed light. They offer a free trial treatment to everyone and so after reading some positive reviews I decided to head in and give it a go.
Located in a bijou space hidden away at the back of the second floor of the department store, the concession has a bright, laid back Californian vibe in keeping with the brand ethos. After cleansing my skin of all products on it, I was lead into a treatment room and lay down ready for the treatment. You have to wear goggles to protect your eyes from the laser/ IPL and after explaining a little about the treatment, it started.
Often the sensation of IPL and laser treatment is described as like having a rubber band flicked on the skin and this was similar, but definitely gentler. Overall very tolerable pain wise. They was also a faint whiff of burning which they claim is the laser vaporising the dirt and debris in your pores. However I think it was more likely the laser burning the minute peach fuzz hairs on my face.
Because the laser and IPL used were so low strength I wasn’t really expecting to see much of a difference, however afterwards my skin definitely looked a bit clearer and brighter, nothing dramatic but definitely an improvement. They claim with continued regular treatments the cumulative effects would yield a bigger improvement. That of course is the main concept that like laundry you do it regularly. There is no downtime and you book a course of treatments and come every few weeks for a session.