At-home LED light masks have now fully broken into the mainstream. Research has proven that LED face masks can effectively treat a multitude of skin concerns, benefits including cell regeneration and increasing collagen production and acne reduction, leaving your skin looking and feeling rejuvenated. This innovative treatment is non-invasive and pain-free, using a range of different light frequencies to work deep into the skin and heal from within. However, the results of light-therapy treatments are cumulative, meaning you have to be consistent in order to see long-term results. So if regular appointments aren’t an option, investing in an at-home device could be the answer. “At-home LED masks are an excellent way to bring a normally in-office treatment to the comfort of your home,” says Dr. Maryam Zamani, oculoplastic surgeon and founder of MZ Skin. “These at-home devices will not be as strong as the LED used in a clinic setting, but they do have similar benefits. Whereas professional treatments can last 10-20 minutes, at-home treatments are typically slightly longer.”
There is a small but growing list of options when it comes to at-home light therapy devices. Brands such as The Light Salon saw the incredible effects of LED light therapy working in high-class spas and dermatology clinics and decided to bring these advancements to the public, with many ranges now available on the market.
“Light therapy, or LED treatments have been around for over 30 years and were originally developed for astronauts to help with tissue healing and repair,” explains Dr. Zamani.These LED light devices, sometimes in a mask, hand-held or a larger machine form, are suitable for all skin types and can be used weekly or daily to top up your usual skincare routine, helping your glow last for longer. So, let’s take a closer look at this amazing devices that’s taking skincare to new heights.
HOW DO LED LIGHTS WORK ON YOUR SKIN?
LED lights use non-thermal energy to stimulate your skin’s natural cell development. This helps to speed up collagen production, skin repair, rejuvenation, and circulation. The light’s wavelengths trigger changes within the skin’s molecules without being invasive with different types of light causing different reactions.
Here, we take a look at how these different types of light can brighten and improve your skin.
RED LED LIGHT
Used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, as well as treat scars and soothe inflammation.
BLUE LED LIGHT
This does wonders for acne and problem-prone skin by making your sebaceous oil-producing glands less active.
WHITE, YELLOW AND GREEN LED LIGHT
These are less common, but still used as supplementary skin care treatments. They aid in healing wounds, lightening pigmentation, and minimising redness.
Choose the right colour of LED treatment according to your skin’s needs and goals. Other benefits of LED light therapy include:
- reducing signs of ageing
- glowing, brighter skin
- the improvement of acne, pimples, dark spots, and discolouration
- treating sun damage, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea
- reducing inflammation and bloating
- repairing scar tissue and healing wounds
AT-HOME LED LIGHT THERAPY: MAKING IT WORK FOR YOU
Pay attention to the device you go for as instructions will vary but the good thing about all devices is that they are very easy to use and you only need 10 minutes to get results. This is why they have become a tool to top up any skincare routine.
Before you include LED light in your skincare routine make sure you are adding the right type of light to overcome your skincare issues and achieve healthy glowing skin. The great news about LED is that it’s a solution that works for all skin types. There are plenty of products, such as the LED Mask from The Light Salon and MZ Skin’s Golden Facial Treatment Device, that are created to work safely and effectively on all skin types and concerns. Their non-invasive LED face masks are suitable for beauty newbies as well as experts.
When trying it for the first time you your skin might feel a bit warm, but it will subside with time. If you feel like you are reacting unpleasantly then stop using the product, and you may need to stay away from direct sunlight and heat until your skin calms down.
By using LED light therapy several times a week, you will start to notice a significant difference to your skin.
GETTING STARTED WITH LED LIGHT THERAPY
At-home LED light therapy is convenient and easy to use. Read the instructions that come with the item thoroughly before you proceed. Some can be used only on the face, while The Light Salon also offers an LED device suitable for your chest and decolletage.
First, make sure you have a thoroughly cleansed face to remove any impurities and keep anything from getting in the way of your treatment.
Apply the mask or device for 10 minutes during your very first session. Over time, you can build up to half an hour.
Use your device two or three times a week and finish off your LED routine with a nourishing face oil or serum to seal in hydration. Treatment can often be used alongside a range of specialised sheet or face masks, such as the The Light Salon Hydrogel Face Mask, that will help enhance the LED’s benefits even further.
As many new treatments and tools, at-home LED devices have been subject to different studies and despite the controversy that this new at-home treatment might have sparked, a 2018 study found “no adverse events associated with the use of these devices and little to no downtime for patients.” With regular use alongside your usual skincare routine, LED light therapy can have a real impact on your skin health. There’s nothing quite like having your own personal spa experience at home and adding an LED light, definitely helps to recreate that divine experience.