|Posted on 29 January, 2018 at 15:05|
So what is LED skin therapy and how does it work?
First perfected by NASA whilst conducting experiments on how to grow plants in space, they discovered that LED lights also helped Astronauts recover faster from injuries sustained during weightlessness. Trials have found that a 20 minute LED treatment over 6 to 12 week period had a positive smoothing effect in 83% of participants and improved skin tone by an incredible 91%! Another study found that 81% had a positive effect on the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.
LED light therapy is a non-invasive anti-aging approach that works by emitting energy-producing packets of light deep into the skin’s layers to stimulate collagen and elastin production and destroy acne-causing bacteria. Cells in the human body convert light into ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which is the fuel that powers life on a cellular level. Plant cells have a similar process called photosynthesis that develops chlorophyll, their fuel for life. When light therapy is used, this triggers cellular activity producing ATP and, once produced, the tissue uses it to carry out healing and rejuvenation in the treated area underneath the skin.
In most cases, you will see immediate improvements after only one treatment. The skin will appear more plump and radiant, and any redness or irritation is calmed. Results are cumulative, so more noticeable improvements are usually achieved in 8 to 10 LED light therapy treatments.
I often add LED treatments to my skin care treatments. A session usually lasts for about 20 minutes and in that time you lay back and relax under the warm light/. Four different colours are avaialble. Red light (620nm - 625nm) penetrates the dermis and is absorbed by all layers of the skin. It is predominantly used for anti-aging although it has a wide range of other benefits it can be used for.
Red LED increases collagen production by fivefold and slowing cell degeneration via the enzyme collagenase. Research has proven that red light therapy increases production of ATP (the energy engine of cells) and the modulation of reactive oxygen. It also work by targeting water layers on elastin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
YELLOW LIGHT THERAPY (590nm - 595nm) has anti-inflammatory properties and reduces visible redness with rosacea and other skin conditions. It improves elasticity of skin by increasing collagen in the damaged areas and helps to remove toxins by stimulating lymphatic drainage. It will assist in strengthening the muscles under the epidermis, bringing tightness back to skin.
GREEN LIGHT THERAPY (525nm - 535nm) helps with skin discoloration and slows melanin production by 40 - 60%. Theoretically, green light targets melanocytes, melanin producing cells located in the bottom layer of the skin's epidermis. It will also triggers repairs in the capillary beds, while soothing redness and inflammatory problems and assist with oil control.
BLUE LIGHT THERAPY (460nm - 465nm) targets the strain of bacteria that plays a pivotal role in causing acne for many people. The light causes the development of oxygen radicals that kill bacteria without damaging healthy skin.
The recommended professional LED protocol for acne is 4 to 6, 20 minute treatments per week for a minimum of 3 to 4 weeks or until cleared up, followed by a maintenance treatment every month to ensure the propionibacterium (p-acne) bacteria does not return.
Blue light therapy is excellent for balancing the pH balance which makes it ideal to use prior to peels, it can assist with SAD and sleeping disorders.
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