By now, you’ve probably heard of the Lyma Laser, the much-hailed-at-home, FDA-approved, clinical-grade skincare device touted by celebrities and skincare experts. Having launched last year, the accessory — using four high-powered antibacterial blue LED lights with a laser beam (100 times more powerful than LED), works on the skin’s uppermost layers. Known for its rejuvenating, tightening, lifting, shine enhancing, and wrinkle-reducing powers— not to mention fading redness, hyperpigmentation and acne scarring, naturally, it was only a matter of time before the laser entered the hands of skincare pros. (The brand also just launched a wait-listed supplement).
This fall, a foursome of New York City skincare studios — including veteran A-list esthetician Joanna Czech (whose new SoHo studio was among the first of Lyma’s collaborators), Ricari Studio, Crystal Greene Studio and The Well will offer their own highly-customized version of the high-tech, glow-inducing Lyma Laser facial.
So, how was the facial born? “Well, first and foremost, who doesn't love a facial? I'm fifty and my skin has never looked better,” quips the Lyma Laser’s founder Lucy Goff, who for years worked organically to showcase her product. It certainly didn't take much prodding. “They were wowed by the improved skin texture, tone unification, pigmentation fading and facial contour enhancing,” she explains.
At first, Joanna Czech was, by her own admission, a laser skeptic. She quickly converted. “The laser has the ability to reduce surface-level inflammation and enhance product penetration.” The laser wary need not worry either. Using low-level laser therapy (LLLT) sans heat (an inflammation and hyperpigmentation culprit) the device is safe for all skin types and tones. “No two treatments are ever the same,” Czech explains of her process (she uses two Lymas in the facial).
“Most facials will achieve temporary surface benefits from the massage stimulation alone,” says Goff, and often grazes over “meaningful cellular level changes.” In other words: Lyma laser facials unlock the power of skin’s cells — creating deep and profound changes within the dermis; and sans the downtime that peels and potent laser modalities can bring about. The results? An immediate dewy complexion (you can even use the laser around crows feet and the delicate eye area).
While the results can last up to 28 days — the duration of the natural cellular turnover process — the best results come from consistent use. “It’s like going to the dentist, you still need to brush your teeth everyday,” says Czech, who says that after three months of daily use, cells “switch from cellular degeneration to regeneration.” The best part? “It’s completely Netflix friendly. I do it every night in bed. And my favorite hack is using the laser on my hands and my arms,” Czech says.
In Union Square, The Well, who originally used the device as an add-on service quickly developed a Lyma protocol in their new Signature Facial. “Fall’s a great time to use more active products on the skin — such as Biologique Recherche's Lotion P50. And because Lyma doesn't injure the skin, it can be used in combination with active skincare products without interference,” says The Well’s Lead esthetician Miriam Tuttle.
And, should you opt to take device home — the only directive is to carve out 15 minutes daily for optimal results. When asked about the facial and the at-home device as one cohesive unit, Goff concurs: “That’s the Lyma way. Once you have experienced it for yourself, you want to share it to everyone.”