By Annabel Rivkin

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You beauty!

A £1,999 alternative
to facials? Annabel Rivkin considers
the cost

I don’t love facials. I find it tricky to justify the time and the cost is… very considerable. I’m bored by the stroking; relish the extraction in an irritable sort of way but, once you get to the good stuff — light therapy, ultrasound, radio frequency — the price rockets. Like, rockets… towards the cost of a slightly rubbish car.

There’s been a compelling at-home development. A tool. The pandemic has thrown up all sorts of tell-yourself-it’s-a-bargain extravagances for those who have money to burn: Pelotons rather than PTs. Pizza ovens rather than Deliveroos. And, in this case, a DIY laser that costs £2,000. Yup. That’s a few facials. Not that many with a London price tag, but still…

Developed in a research unit in Leipzig, the Lyma Laser was intended to treat a range of injuries (degenerated cartilage, torn tendons, etc) but was seen to have a rejuvenating effect on the skin. It empowers the skin to behave as though it isn’t ageing by targeting the mitochondria: the energy centres within our cells.

Used in conjunction with a conductive gel, it painlessly scatters nitric oxide, allowing the mitochondria to gobble nutrients and oxygen with all the hunger of a young cell. Well-fed, they are energised to continue producing collagen and elastin to target wrinkles, inflammation and pigmentation. It brightens. Sunspots fade. It can potentially tighten up saggy knees and go to town on stretch marks. Plus you don’t have to leave the sofa. I like it a lot. It’s silly money but, if you have the cash, take a look…

Lyma Starter Kit with a 30-day supply of Active Mist and Priming Serum, £1,999