Skincare treatments have superceded the mere use of topical lotions and potions. As technology advances in every aspect of daily life, facials have also fallen into the realm of progress. One such treatment is LED Light Therapy, a pain-free, non-invasive, soothing and rejuvenating treatment for all skin types. Come, let’s shine the spotlight on this intriguing and effective process.
What is LED?
LED is an abbreviation for Light Emitting Diode; a computer chip encased in a glass-like resin which emits therapeutic colours or wavelengths of light energy. This system was initially developed to fast-track the recovery of wounds and scarring sustained during surgery without the use of radiation. It was by pure fluke that a rejuvenated skin emerged after a series of LED sessions, and so it entered the treatment room.
You’ll be forgiven if this sounds awfully complicated – we have to admit we had to do some research too. Fortunately, the machines do all the work, and our therapists have been well trained to apply the correct methods to suit your skin type. However, if you have a curious mind, read on.
How does it work?
LED therapy harnesses the healing power of light and sends energy deep into the skin tissue to rebuild it at a cellular level. Fibroblasts are the cells in connective tissue which produce collagen. During an LED treatment, the dermis will convert the light into ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy engine which fibroblasts tap into to do their job of producing collagen for plumpness and elastin to help the skin to bounce back.
It’s in harnessing this power of light, that various colours are used to treats different skin conditions. Colours are achieved by emitting different wavelengths which penetrate the skin to varying depths where recuperation is needed.
What does LED light therapy treat?
Blue light carries anti-bacterial properties and works to eliminate acne-forming bacteria thereby treating active, hormonal and inflammatory acne.
Green light aids in the treatment of discolouration by targeting melanocytes, the melanin-producing cells located in the bottom layer of the skin’s epidermis. It breaks up melanin clusters to prevent further discolouration, inhibits the further production of melanin, and prevents it from travelling to the surface of the skin during UV exposure. Green light is therefore used on pigmentation, UV damage, uneven skin tone and redness.
Yellow light has been proven to improve the overall condition of the skin by increasing blood flow to skin tissue, and removing toxins. It’s used to promote skin rejuvenation on wounds and scars, so useful after surgery, a microdermabrasion facial, a chemical peel or a cosmetic-injectible treatment. It’s also useful as a supportive setting to any other light treatment.
Red light is most effective at stimulating collagen production and in so doing, best suited to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
In conjunction with suitable skincare products, LED light therapy will effectively target almost any skin condition. It’s completely painless, soothing, effective and safe for pregnant or breastfeeding moms, with no downtime required afterwards. Speak to our trained therapists about your needs and welcome healthy, younger-looking skin.