LED Therapy is a unique facial skin treatment using specific wavelengths and colors of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) in order to restore skin’s cellular activity to healthy levels. LED Therapy is a non-invasive yet effective way to increase the energy levels in the skin, thus promoting collagen synthesis and cell renewal. Red LED, or infrared light therapy, has been know to decrease inflammation and increase wound healing in the skin. Blue LED is used to reduce inflammation in addition to reducing bacteria counts and normalizing sebum (oil) production in the skin (making it a great addition to any acne treatment.)
For the sake of argument: we are like giant plants, taking in certain ingredients like oxygen, protein, fat and sugars, and converting them into cellular energy for all of our human functions. There are ways to stimulate this production of energy, many of which are commonly used in skincare: Ultrasound, peptides, certain acid peels, key antioxidants…and LED.
LED Therapy increases ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate), which carries energy to the cells. The food and oxygen we take in (as human plants, mind you) is converted into this ATP, allowing cells to gather nutrients and dispose of waste. So, increasing ATP is always a VERY good thing!
LED Therapy is based on NASA research on plant growth in space, believe it or not. Here is a great NASA article describing how LED also increased healing times for cancer patients, spurring its use in the medical field.
Since then, like many other technologies (laser, ultrasound, etc) LED Therapy has trickled into the skincare industry and is now commonly used to reduce:
- Fine Lines and Wrinkles
- Enlarged Pores
- Dark Circles and Eye Puffiness
In addition to this increase in ATP, LED Therapy has been shown to stimulate circulation by increasing the formation of new capillaries to replace those that have become damaged. This increase in circulation brings nutrients and oxygen to the skin at a much healthier rate, thus increasing the skin’s ability to heal itself.
LED Therapy helps with the production of collagen (the protein found in the skin AND the most abundant protein found in the body.) collagen production is essential for the health and beauty of the skin – it holds the skin cells together with proper elasticity. Increasing collagen decreases enlarged pores and superficial scarring.
When treating the skin with LED Therapy, the lymphatic system gets a nice work out as well. When the lymphatic system is clogged, swelling or inflammation can occur, and vice versa. The diameter of the lymph glands can be increased with LED, aiding in proper drainage of excess fluids and proteins that are not carried out by the blood. increasing lymphatic drainage can improve eye puffiness and darkness, hyperpigmentation and breakouts, to name a few.
RNA and DNA synthesis are increased with LED Therapy. This is a necessary component of replacing and correcting cellular damage (like scars and wrinkles.)
These benefits are associated with regular LED Therapy (once per week to once per month.) One treatment will help, but skincare is an ongoing process. I often tell my clients that skincare is like any other aspect of health. If you only brush your teeth once a month, or only drink clean water once a week, your health will deteriorate. regular facials and high quality home care is needed to keep your skin looking fabulous.
bien-être skincare studio uses both Red and Blue LED Therapy, in addition to many other facial therapies, in order to bring you the highest quality skincare. For more information, visit our skincare studio.
For more information, this article from Skin Inc Magazine on Light Therapy discusses Laser, IPL (Intense Pulse Light – usually reserved for sun damage or hyperpigmentation) and LED Therapy, and what each treatment can do.