Light Emitting Diode Therapy otherwise and more conventionally known as LED Light Therapy has become a staple in skincare and beauty junkie’s routines as well as a constant at high end facials. Either during the treatment or as an add on to the facial. There is tons of information out there on this and we have covered the topic before but we wanted to do a little “crash course” for those who don’t want to get all scientific and just know the straight up benefits and what the light colors do for our skin.
Led light therapy exposes your skin to various wavelengths of light, including red and blue, to address a wide range of concerns. Anti-aging, collagen production, fine lines, wrinkles, acne and bacteria reduction, sebum regulation, inflammation, rosacea, we could literally go on and on there truly are endless benefits to regular LED therapy. It doesn’t stop at the skin, depending on the device you’re using, the size and the wavelengths it can go LED therapy can be used full body for a range of health benefits and healing.
Interestingly, this was created for NASA. “When astronauts go out into space, their cells stop multiplying because there’s no gravity, there’s no sunlight, no oxygen, so if they got a cut or a bruise, it wouldn’t heal. So, what they needed to do was create something that would help with their cell regeneration if there was an issue, their body could heal. So, LED was created for astronauts and then the health industry got a hold of it and started doing incredible treatments, and then of course the beauty industry got a hold of it, and we started doing treatments.”
There have been amazing advances in the home device space and many of the masks on the market are now almost as powerful as the ones in salons. Katherine uses Kokonu and swears by it.
So what’s the story with the lights and the colors, this is something we get asked a lot because each light has a different benefit. Red and blue light are the ones with the most research behind them. Those are the lights most used and available with at home devices. It’s also important to mention that when using at home, the proper time to use is after cleansing, before you apply your serums and moisturizers.
Red and near-infrared lights treat the outer layer of skin and stimulate collagen proteins. The idea is that more collagen means smoother, fuller skin, less fine lines and wrinkles. Experts also say the red light reduces inflammation while improving circulation, which may give you a healthy glow over time. Katherine swears by this and aims to do this for 20 minutes a day.
Blue light makes oil glands less active, which may help reduce acne breakouts, it can also kill acne-causing bacteria under the skin, which can help treat severe pimples like cysts and nodules. It helps with post acne inflammation and dark spots. It can also help skin’s texture and will significantly improve mild to moderate types of cystic or inflammatory acne when used regularly.
The other more common light is yellow light. Yellow light works wonders to reduce redness and soothe sensitive or inflamed skin. Used in clinics by dermatologists, yellow light is shown to enhance red cell production to repair and heal the skin of rosacea, damage caused by exposure to UV rays, and redness caused by burns or chafing. Moreover, yellow light penetrates the skin at the ideal depth to encourage lymphatic movement and drainage, resulting in overall better health and decreased swelling.