The best beauty gadgets to create an instant home spa

Lyma revolutionized the supplement industry in 2018 when it launched its medical-grade “super supplements”, loved by A-listers with shiny hair and glowing skin and health gurus alike. Last September, the brand launched a similar assault on the domestic beauty market with the £ 1,999 Lyma Laser, which founder Lucy Goff describes as a “world first”. The inconspicuous device, about the size of a slim flashlight, contains a 500 mW industrial-grade infrared laser and four antibacterial blue LEDs that, when diffused through the inner lens, safely penetrate the outer layers of the skin to the muscle and fatty tissue below that promises cell renewal from the bottom up.

Goff says that low-level laser treatment was originally used in medical facilities to repair deep cartilage damage and is 100 times more powerful than LED light alone. Unlike other skin resurfacing treatments, it doesn’t rely on causing stress or skin damage. Rather, it has a microscopic warming effect that, as she says, “triggers a genetic switch in the skin cells” that essentially “switches off” the aging reaction and “switches on” renewal. When used regularly, it has been shown to reduce scars, pigmentation, rosacea and acne, change skin elasticity, lift sagging skin and fight wrinkles.

While the science behind this is complex, it couldn’t be easier to use: you first spray an oxygen-infused activation mist, apply the priming serum and moisturizer you choose, then slowly slide the laser over each part for 15-30 minutes of the face for minutes, once or twice a day. The laser feels very slightly warm on the skin, and the process of smoothly running it over the face is relaxing, even meditative – perfect for a box-set episode or a no-camera webinar.

For “problem areas” like frowning or crow’s feet, Goff recommends holding the laser in place for two or three minutes to really start the renewal cells. It’s also especially good on dark circles – you can tell the difference after treating one eye – although Goff says I should see significant improvements after four weeks of daily use. It’s an investment in time, let alone money, but with little else, and clinics that are closed for the foreseeable future promise to pay dividends. Sarah Royce-Greensill

The Lyma Laser, £ 1,999;

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