by | Victoria Wade
Few would argue that the beginning of the year can be a tricky time with its unfulfilled resolutions and false starts. While some may have toyed with the idea of a dry February and a dairy-free diet, I started small, with a clean face and a little help from these beauties.
SKIN LAUNDRY AT HARVEY NICHOLS, LEEDS
When I was offered the opportunity to experience a skin launder at Harvey Nichols, Leeds, my grey, little face lit up. A two part laser and light treatment that is speedy enough to comfortably fit into a lunch hour and still allows time for a panini and a coffee, or probably a green smoothie if you want to continue the good work, and effective enough to leave skin positively glowing.
This treatment has all the makings of a superhero with invincible powers to destroy and vaporise the enemy. An LA-born skincare service, founded and developed by Yin Reis to solve her complicated skin issues, it’s a facial that incorporates both YAG laser to really clear out pores and light therapy to stimulate collagen production and even out skin tone and all in the space of 15 minutes.
Really, from start to finish, 15 minutes! After the arrangement of necessary headband and gogglewear, my wonderful
therapist set to with the laser, at which point I did wonder, for the first time, and too late, whether it would hurt. It’s a laser after all but I’m happy to report that it didn’t. Phew. At a gentle enough setting to allow use outside the doctor’s office yet able to penetrate 2.5mm below the skin’s surface to evaporate dirt and debris, the sensation is perhaps
best described as tiny pin pricks of heat – an unusual feeling on the face, granted, but not unpleasant and helped by visualising the super-efficient clearing out process taking place.
The IPL therapy comes next, Intense Pulsed Light to be precise, which is applied over a layer of conductive gel and charged with evening out sun damage, fading acne
scarring and destroying light sensitive acnecausing bacteria. Again, not uncomfortable and it’s incredibly speedy. There is absolutely no downtime involved, so a quick wiping off of the gel after the light fantastic and I was good to go and ready for the reveal.
And I was impressed. My skin felt clearer and the best thing of all, actually looked brighter.
Totally makeup-free, I would normally want to apply at least a bit of concealer and ideally put a bag on my head before stepping back onto the streets of Leeds, but not today. It was a really pleasant surprise to me and my face which seemed genuinely grateful for the experience.
I came away with the brand’s Nourishing Cleansing Oil (£26) and Restoring Night Serum (£46) from their Wash & Wear range to use at home and keep up the fight against facial grime. This skincare means business and my face and I are now big fans of its nononsense effectiveness.
They say Skin Laundry cleans every time but achieves stronger, healthier skin overtime and I believe them. Certainly, my
skin felt cleaner and perkier after just one laser-lit session, so imagine what a series of treatments could achieve. I’ll be goggling up again very soon.