SKIN LAUNDRY REVIEW
As I mentioned in my Instagram post last week, I don’t normally write about beauty or skincare on my blog, but I have decided to start incorporating this topic in more. Recently I realized that I wanted to start talking about the subject because it relates to one of the goals of my blog: to help women feel comfortable in their own skin and recognize their unique beauty. A personal goal of mine is to feel comfortable enough to not wear makeup everyday. I love makeup because it’s so much fun to wear, but sometimes I find it a lot of effort for everyday. The most makeup I wear on an average day is foundation, blush, eye-shadow and mascara.
Lately my skin has been breaking out a lot (think high school level acne) and it has made me very self conscious! For me this always turns into such a vicious cycle because then I start touching and picking at my face in hopes that my pimples will go away. Picking at my face is an act of insanity because whenever I pick at my pimples it just makes them bigger and more inflamed rather than make them go away. Even though I’m 25, this is still a bad habit of mine.
A couple months ago, a friend recommended that I check out Skin Laundry. Similar to me she has oily/acne prone skin, and she said that their treatment worked wonders for her skin. Since she had such great results, I decided to give it a try. What also sold me on giving Skin Laundry a try is the fact that the first appointment is free!
Last week I had my first appointment at their location in Flatiron. It was really easy to book an appointment through their website. One thing I appreciated is that they have a wide range of time slots so it’s easy to make it work with your schedule. Their latest appointment at their New York locations is 8:20p, which is great for those who work later in this fast-paced city.
So at this point you are probably wondering what is Skin Laundry? And what is their treatment like? The primary treatment they offer is their 15 minute light & laser facial, which was what I went for. After going to the front desk to check in for my appointment and read through all the paperwork, they took me to a treatment room. (According to articles I have read, they have registered nurses administer the facial.) Before beginning the facial, they prepped my skin by wiping it down with a wet cloth, pulled my hair back away from my face with a headband, and strapped a pair of what looked like tanning goggles over my eyes. (Would recommend not wearing makeup before going to an appointment because otherwise they will have to spend time removing it.)
Part 1 - The Laser Treatment - Before starting this portion of the treatment, they described to me what the laser would feel like little warm pin pricks on my skin. I definitely was a slightly nervous for this part because I thought it would hurt a lot. They tested out the laser on a small area of my skin before proceeding with the treatment to see how my skin reacted. Since my skin reacted favorably to the laser, they continued with the facial. They started moving the laser over my forehead, then my left cheek, chin, right cheek and then finally my nose. Once they finished going over my entire face with the laser, I breathed a sigh of relief because it didn’t hurt that bad as I thought. However, then they told me we weren’t done yet and had use the laser over my entire face again. The second time around it hurt a little bit because my skin was now feeling a little more sensitive, but it was definitely bearable. Also a side note for those of you who have acne like me, the laser hurts more when they move the laser over acne spots.
Part 2 - The Light Treatment - Before they begin the second part of the facial they spread this amazing cooling gel across your face in a very thick layer. (This is probably the best part of the treatment! It feels so good!) During this part of the treatment, they had me continue to wear the goggles because the light they use extremely bright. The purpose of the IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is to“help get rid of get acne scars and broken capillaries on the surface of the skin and destroys light-sensitive acne-causing bacteria. It also gives overall photo-rejuvenation for smoother brighter skin.” (Thought the description from their website summarized it better than I could.) The light they shine reminds me of giant old-fashioned camera bulb flashing and they move the pulsating light over different parts of your face in a similar pattern to the laser. If you want to read more about their laser and light facial, check out their website here.
Before I knew it, the treatment was over! What’s great is that it only lasts about 10-15 minutes so it’s easy to schedule a facial during your day. After my first appointment, I purchased one of their facial package deals since it was cheaper than buying facial treatments individually ($65 per facial). By buying a package, the price per facial was closer to $40. Also they encourage you come on a consistent basis so that you see results. In other words, it’s not a one and done treatment. The best comparison I can think of is laser hair removal (although I have never gotten this done), but basically you have several treatments before the hair completely goes away and it seems to be a similar deal with this laser & light facial.
One thing I think is always hard when it comes to skincare is being patient enough to see results over time. I’m definitely guilty of this because I want to snap my fingers and have my acne magically disappear, but I know it doesn’t work that way. In some ways I’m just at the beginning of my skin care journey and still trying to find out what will actually work for me. In the last year I haven’t legitimately tried any serious products or solutions to make my acne go away - mostly because I was too lazy, but partly because I kind of lost hope that anything would work. It can really feel like a money drain when you buy products that don’t work. I’m not sure if Skin Laundry is going to be my miracle cure yet, but I’m giving it a try. So far I’m only on my second treatment so I will continue to give my open and honest review on whether or not this helps me get rid of acne. (Continue to read below for my FINAL review at the END of the treatments.) At the end of the day though, I think skin care is probably one of the most personal things because what works for me will not necessarily work for you, but I hope at least I can help the best I can.
***NOTE*** Before you try Skin Laundry I recommend you read to the following articles, as I think it’s best to know as much as you can about treatment before trying it. There are precautions related to this treatment so do the research to see if it's right for you.
UPDATE AFTER TREATMENT:
As promised, I wanted to share with you guys whether or not it improved my acne. The short answer is no, not really. If you’re looking for an acne solution I would try other options first. However, I still did experience some positive benefits from going to Skin Laundry. After going to Skin Laundry for seven light and laser facials, I saw a substantial improvement in the firmness of my skin and evenness of my skin tone. It was after the first 4-5 facial treatments that I saw the most dramatic change in my skin. While I'm happy to have firmer/tighter skin as a result of the treatment, I think there are other solutions, which are also effective and not as expensive. In the past, I used the Clarisonic Mia brush, which helped to improve the firmness of my skin and is more budget friendly.
There are two things I have been doing recently to get rid of acne that I’m finding beneficial. First, I’ve been washing my face twice a day with a cleanser that has Salicylic Acid as the active ingredient. Second, stopped wearing make-up on a daily basis, but I’ll explain more about this in a different blog post this week. For the last month I have been using, Skin Laundry’s medicated foaming cleanser and have seen a noticeable reduction in the number of pimples I've had. I think the reason this product is clearing up my skin so much is mostly because I used to use more gentle cleansers on my skin in the past that did not effectively control the bacteria. If you’re interested in checking out there products, they are available on the Skin Laundry website. I have linked the products that I have been using here: medicated foaming cleanser, clarifying toner, and moisturizing lotion.
This entire process has made me realize that I need prioritize skincare more because I was extremely lazy about it in the past. Ultimately I think actively taking care of my skin has made the biggest difference for me in terms of controlling my acne.
Would love to hear from you in the comments about what your favorite skin care products for acne are! Please feel free to share below!