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Do you think the hand held home devices are actually worth the money? LYMA and any of the others that say ‘better than a facelift’? Thanks!!!

By Alice Hart-Davis
7th March 2022

 

Some hand-held devices are worth the money – if you are dedicated to using them really consistently. You can see the ones I like in the shop here.

But stop and think – seriously, how can any home use device be ‘better than a facelift’?  If these things were a genuine alternative to surgery, surgeons would be going out of business as would the entire tweakments industry and we would all know about it.

You mention the Lyma – I have to say I’m not a fan for a number of reasons.
I have tried it – I used it every night for months on end in spring 2021 (on one side of one wrinkle on my neck, and on the knuckles of my left hand, as advised by the brand founder,) without getting any results.
My laser-manufacturer acquaintances laugh at it when I ask them what they think of its supposed powers of rejuvenation. Why? ‘Look, this isn’t competition to us,’ said one. ‘Laser?’ laughed another. ‘That’s more of a laser pointer.’
The Lyma makes enormous claims, claiming the sort of results that it normally takes several rounds of in-clinic treatment to achieve, and has the flimsiest scientific backup  – and despite making these claims the company hasn’t seen fit to put the product through a single clinical trial or comparison with other devices.
It has been brilliantly and stylishly marketed and it has persuaded a lot of journalists who should have asked a few more questions to repeat its extravagant marketing claims. What should they have asked? How can a device the size of a torch with a rechargeable battery generate enough power to do what it says it does? Or how can any light which is allegedly strong enough to prompt healing deep within the skin be safe to use around the eyes/ shine directly in your eyes without protection?  Why do they suggest using an oil or cream with the product to give it ‘slip’, when any oil or cream will distort the light beam that’s reaching the skin?
For what it’s worth, if you are contemplating spending that much money, I know the Dermalux Flex works a treat because I gave it full road testing during lockdown #1 and got brilliant results. Plus it has a medical CE certification which means it can make medical claims to treat, for example, acne and heal wounds.
That’s why I have added the Dermalux to the shop on my site, and haven’t added the Lyma. I know which one actually works.

 

 

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