Testing The PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser - Prologue

I'm no noob to using a laser to undo past skin damage. I got quite a few burns as an Irish girl born in the 70's was likely to do. I never wore sunscreen until I was 22. Needless to say, while I'm 39, I'm battling my own skin issues. Primarily I've been attacking the melasma that riddles my cheeks and nose. I've had two laser treatments, both done by a derm. By far, the most successful treatment so far involved a Palomar laser.

(This is my driver's side. It's more damaged than my passenger side.*)

I've been asked to test several lasers to reduce melasma and fine lines and wrinkles, but I'm not sure I could trust them. First of all, it's a LASER. You pew-pew your own face and if you do it incorrectly, you could regret it. Plus, they aren't cheap to own, I don't know if the results will be worth my time (and yours) and I don't want to risk damaging my skin. However, when Palomar, the makers of the PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser, contacted me to ask if I was interested in trying their new FDA-approved (it's the only one!) PaloVia laser on my crow's feet, I felt totally safe and secure in my decision to say yes. Plus it's the home version of the same Fractional Lasers doctors use in their offices. So color me curious.

Here's how it works:

Unlike lotions and creams, which are most effective on the skin's outer layer, the PaloVia laser for eye wrinkles also works below the surface where wrinkles form. Short pulses of micro-fine laser light reach deeply into the skin's sub-layers, treating the aging support structure. Then the body's natural healing process sweeps away older, damaged tissue and rebuilds it with fresh, new collagen and elastin- the crucial building blocks of smooth, youthful skin.

(Here is my face with makeup and skincare. It's a really honest look at my skin.)

It takes about 3 minutes per day to zap the area around your eyes, which is what this laser is FDA-approved to do. After four weeks of daily treatment, I'm hoping to see a dramatic improvement in my crows feet, as well as the wrinkles that spread out from my eyes, on to the tops of my cheeks. Don't get me wrong. I'm not expecting to look like my 19 year old self. But I'll take a good five years or so off and be thrilled. Not to mention the preventative formation of deeper wrinkles.

 (Forget 19. I'll take my non-lined face at age 24, on my first big work trip to NYC. Yes, my hair was this short the majority of my life. When I say having long hair is like an alien on my head, you can see I'm not kidding.)

Have you tried this? The PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser Retails for $499. If you've tried this, let me know what you think! I'm so curious to see the results of others!

Laser was sent for review. If I'm markedly less-wrinkled, they are sending me to NYC for a photo shoot, where I will undoubtedly knock over something expensive (on their dime). 

*Long time readers may recall I don't know my left from my right. No one on my Dad's side does. Sure, I can do the "L" thing. But by the time I do that, I've turned the wrong way on a one-way street, so I'll say driver's side and passenger's side and you'll just have to make do.

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  1. I can't wait to see that.  One of my most noticeable signs of aging is my eyes.


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