Light therapy has made quite a splash (or should we say flash?) in the beauty industry. From lasers to IPL, light therapy has been used to combat signs of aging, fade acne scars and erase pigmented spots and broken capillaries. But with lasers and IPL having dispersing a high amount of energy and heat into the skin and body making them quite invasive, LED light has become an attractive alternative. I have been getting a lot of questions about LED treatments, what exactly it is and what it can do for the skin. So in celebration of the summer’s end (and time for some post-summer sun-damage repair), I thought I would post an LED 101.
LED light is that it is a low intensity light treatment which emits no heat. This means that there is no risk of burning, swelling or blisters. This light treatment is entirely painless and offers treatment for acne scars, signs of aging and hyper-pigmentation. It infuses energy into the skin, increasing collagen production, promoting circulation and cellular repair. LED light settings can also help clear up acne as certain LED light kills surface bacteria, while others calm inflammation.
The technology was originally created by NASA so that they had tools to repair injuries in a safe, non-invasive way. LED light therapy is excellent as it assists tissue restoration and therefore makes for healthier skin! Its funny how many vivifying skin treatments have come from technology developed by the military or for space travel – when the beauty industry get wind of something anti-aging, it runs with it!
You don’t only need to go to the spa or a derms office to receive LED light therapy, it comes in many different formats from at-home devices to expensive medical-grade professional equipment. I will say that the machines which have a panel of LED light instead of the hand-held spot treatment applications are more effective. They provide more light and offer exposure to the full face making.
But like many beauty services, treatments only offer results when done in a series. I know, I know, groan right? I feel ya – but similar to exercise, we cannot simply do it once and think its enough. While each ailment and skin type requires different settings, amounts of treatments and frequency, for general repair/ anti-aging, it is a good start to try a set of five treatments which can be performed approximately two weeks apart. Sometimes I have seen immediate improvements in the skin, and at other times, complexion changes have taken multiple sessions to appear. But in both cases, the skin becomes significantly healthier and begins to repair/ correct its ailments and imbalances.
So, with no harmful side effects, many are singing – let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!