In discussions about skincare, perhaps there's none that's as futuristic sounding as LED light therapy. The process is as cool as it sounds. You wear a special LED mask or go under a device that emits LED light waves to achieve the youthful and vibrant skin that you've always wanted.
There are several tools that can get it done, each even more fancy-looking than the other — and it's not surprising if more of such high-tech tools will be introduced in the future. Under the trained hands of an experienced aesthetician, this treatment method can do wonders for the skin cells and address a variety of skin concerns, which is why even celebrities and VIPs are all for it.
But, the big question is, does this luxury skin treatment truly work? We've done the research for you.
About LED Light Therapy
Light-emitting diode light therapy is a skincare procedure that uses different wavelengths of light in LED technology, including red and blue light, to penetrate the skin at varying levels. The goal is to trigger various biological processes that stimulate the skin cells and facilitate healing and rejuvenation.
LED lights are not new and have, in fact, been here since the 60s. NASA created LED technology back then in order to study how plants grow in outer space. It was only recently when light therapy was introduced as a skincare method.
Understanding Red Light and Blue Light
LED light therapy treatment focuses mostly on the benefits of blue and red light, both of which are easily absorbed by the skin. Note that this method does not contain any UV rays.
Studies have shown that blue light can help weaken the activity in sebaceous glands, or the small skin glands that produce oils. By applying blue LED light to the skin, over time, it produces less amounts of oil, eventually leading to decreased acne symptoms. In addition, the blue wavelength range of 405 to 420 nm is also known tokill certain microbes — particularly Propionobacterium acnes or P. acnes bacteria — that inflame acne further.
Meanwhile, red light therapy has been observed to be effective in stimulating collagen production in the skin, which plays a key role in the healing process. Red light is the reason LED therapy is also recommended for addressing scars, wrinkles, and other signs of ageing. By reducing inflammation and aiding circulation, the result over time is a youthful and healthy glow.
How LED Light Therapy Treatments Work
There are several ways LED light therapy treatments are given. Some providers ask patients to lie down directly under a device that emits LED light, while others use a light-emitting wand directly over the skin. It depends on the treatment area and the service provider.
LED therapy procedures typically last around20 minutes, and there is minimal to no downtime. Your clinician will explain the process and aftercare procedures to you prior to the treatment. Depending on your skin condition, you might need as many as 10 treatments to achieve the outcome you want.
Light therapy is usually done on the face, where the signs of ageing are most noticeable. This therapy is also sometimes recommended for the neck and chest and hands for the same reasons.
Are there at home devices for LED therapy? Yes, and they vary in degrees of treatment and fancy. You also won't need to schedule appointments with the spa. However, they might not be as effective as a professionally performed skin rejuvenation procedure, which involves more powerful machines and a proper consultation with a skincare expert.
What to Expect After LED Skin Treatments
After your initial session, you can expect to go about your usual activities immediately after. You might begin to see some changes in your skin after the first treatment, though significant results would likely be visible after several sessions. The course of treatment usually involves 10 visits to your therapist, and you'll notice dramatic changes once you've completed the full course.
Do note, however, the LED light therapy results are not permanent, so you will need to come in for regular maintenance sessions, as your provider recommends.
If you are using at home devices, don't expect the results to come as fast or be as dramatic because the light frequencies in these machines aren't as high as the ones that professionals use. But you should follow the manufacturer's instructions if this is the route you're taking.
LED Light Therapy Side Effects
LED light therapy treatments are generally safe. They arenon-invasive and are not likely to cause any pain or burning sensations. A patient with sensitive skin might experience some skin redness, tenderness, and inflammation shortly after the procedure but these tend to wear off after a few hours. Your clinician will also recommend professional aftercare products to keep your skin protected well after your session.
If you are taking any medications that might increase your skin's sensitivity, like Accutane for acne (which contains vitamin A), let your beauty therapist know beforehand as this might cause extra sensitivity to light In addition, if you have active rashes, like those from psoriasis or eczema, talk to your clinician, as well. Red light therapy might be able to help but, perhaps, better if it's done in conjunction with other prescribed treatment methods.
Finding the Right Provider
Professional LED skincare therapy will help you achieve the dramatic results you want out of this fancy procedure. When youbook a LED light therapy session with our experienced staff at Lovoir Skin Body & Beauty, you can expect to hear expert advice on what's best for your skin type and condition.
Whether it's LED light therapy alone or a combination of other skin treatments, it is our goal to ensure that you achieve the best outcomes for your skin. Get in touch with us today, or visit our spa in the Christchurch area to schedule a session.