21 Oct Let There Be Light – The Wonders of an LED Light Facial
The modern-day skincare routine is no stranger to gizmos and gadgets from at-home devices to in salon treatments. But of course, not even laser beam, micro-current or derma-needle is going to be right for every skin type. One hi-tech treatment that is universally beneficial however, is an LED light facial.
LED stand for Light Emitting Diode. During a treatment, light energy in the form of variously coloured wavelengths are emitted by a device that is focused on your face. This light energy penetrates your skin to the deepest layers to stimulate your skin cells and encourage different actions based on the colour of the light.
Most spas and skin clinics offer some form of light treatment and they’re well-loved thanks to the versatility of the concerns they treat and just how gentle they are on your skin. There’s no downtime after your treatment and this non-invasive treatment is right for all skin types.
The instant impact of the results isn’t quite as dramatic as heavier hitting treatments but a single session can leave your skin looking glowing and a course of treatments can have a visible impact on your skin concerns. Light treatments are also one of the more affordable in-clinic options
There are three types of LED light facials…
Blue Light – This treatment is best for congested and acne prone skin. The blue light is antibacterial and works to kill acne causing bacteria in your skin. It can also help to reduce the appearance of inflammation and work to prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Yellow Light – Yellow coloured light waves stimulate collagen production and can speed up healing in your skin. By kicking your skin cell renewal process into overdrive, you can plump fine lines, tighten your skins appearance and give yourself a healthy-looking glow.
Red Light – This treatment aims to increase hydration levels, reduce inflammation and red light is also used to treat rosacea. Additionally, it can help to regulate your skins’ oil production leading to reduced acne and pores that appear smaller.
Pre and Post Treatment Care
The best thing about LED Light Facials is that pre and post treatment care is simple and minimal. It’s a good idea to exfoliate the day before your treatment so you don’t have a build-up of dead skin cells prohibiting the light waves from penetrating.
As for afterwards, you can go straight back to your regular routine. As long as you’re keeping up a regular skincare regime that includes cleansing, moisturising, an anti-oxidant treatment and sun protection, your only concern should be drinking enough water. Follow those tips and you’ll enhance the benefits of your treatment!
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