It doesn’t prick, pinch, freeze, scrub, or burn: it’s just light. Cool light!
LED light therapy is the rave right now; from full-body beds at the medical spa or powerful hand-held devices at home. It is the hero of non-invasive skincare.
What are LED Lights?
LED (Light-Emitting Diode) is often associated with flat-screen TVs and bedside alarm clocks. Because of low energy usage, they were used in the 60s for their usability for things like exit signs and Christmas lights.
Next came NASA who noticed its ability to promote plant growth and heal wounds. Their tests revealed the healing power of LED light therapy to many afflictions including skin conditions. But not only skin afflictions; it was also found to be effective in skin rejuvenation, key in the anti-aging battle, where many of us find ourselves today.
LED and Skincare
The most common lights used in skincare are infrared, red, amber and blue. They each are effective in certain skin disorders and conditions, making LED light therapy a comprehensive skin care treatment regimen.
Projecting amber light toward the skin area will stimulate collagen and elastin production. The red light will reduce inflammation and promote blood circulation; blue will destroy acne-causing bacteria, and infrared will hasten skin wound recovery. When combined as an all-in-one skin treatment will be experienced to target all afflictions concerned.
LED light therapy may trigger natural intracellular reactions, building and maximizing cell structure. The light doesn’t heat the skin, avoiding thermal damage, nor does it peel the skin like dermabrasion or chemical peels. It just goes about its healing process painlessly and with no downtime.
To many, it is the best thing which has ever happened in the beauty industry. It increases collagen in large percentages and heals surface damage like wrinkles, enlarged pores, and sun damage.
Home or In the Spa?
With multiple treatments required for optimal effect, LED light therapy’s non-invasive low recovery benefits are important. The problem may arise when expense and convenience are factored.
In-salon treatments are recommended two to three times weekly for up to six weeks. At around $80 a pop, this can be expensive to many in the fight against age. However, there are in-home devices available. So, for a one-time purchase, the buyer can administer several treatments in the comfort of their home.
Plus, no more appointments or fighting traffic to make it to the spa on time. No more waiting at a doctor’s office or dealing with a busy salon. When treatment is easy – it becomes consistent! And what could be easier than a fifteen-minute treatment at home?