Available at Nordstrom, Bed Bath & Beyond, palovia.com, QVC.com and amazon.com; $499 The pitch: “The first FDA-cleared, at-home laser clinically proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.” The skinny: The idea of zapping myself with a laser around the eyes was more than a little daunting. What if something went wrong? Would it hurt? Nothing went wrong, but it did hurt. My reaction to the first zap was similar to the way I felt after touching an electric fence for the first time. I didn’t relish doing it again. But after a few zaps, I stopped flinching every time I pressed the button. Now, I think nothing of it.
The PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser has been featured on “The Doctor Oz Show” and “The Doctors” and has been the recipient of several beauty awards. This DIY laser treatment for the fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes is unusual because such treatments previously were available only in doctors’ offices. The laser is designed to work below the surface of the skin to help get rid of old tissue and renew the skin by rebuilding with collagen and elastin. I noticed a difference in the wrinkles around my eyes in about two weeks. The maker recommends using nightly for a month, then using twice a week for maintenance. Some users have reported dry patches around the eyes — and a few had bruising. I did not experience either of these. But I do have temporary redness after the treatments. Most mornings, the redness is gone when I get up. However, there have been a few times I had to apply extra concealer. The redness disappeared during the day. The laser comes with a booklet of complete, easy-to-follow directions and a bottle of gel that must be applied before treatment. My wrinkles haven’t disappeared, but they’re not as noticeable. The cost is prohibitive for a lot of people, but PaloVia is effective. And compared with treatments in doctors’ offices, it’s reasonable. The price is also a motivator for me: The bigger the financial stake, the greater the commitment.