The popularity of LED light therapy is growing in aesthetician clinics, as well as at home. This popular skincare technology uses varying LED wavelengths that help with the treatment of acne, reducing inflammation, and promoting anti-aging effects. If over-the-counter skincare products have failed to deliver your skin needs, then LED light therapy is definitely a safe and effective option to consider.
How much does it cost?
You should be mindful that health insurance doesn’t cover LED light therapy, and it is better to know the full cost upfront to budget wisely. The cost of a single session of photon LED light therapy can range anywhere between $50 to $90 depending upon various factors. Many aestheticians advise up to 10 sessions. Thus, the total cost should be calculated accordingly by taking into account the price per visit for different practitioners.
On the other hand, home devices can cost anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Be mindful to research the product before you make a purchase, as not every at home device is the same. Take the brand Skin Engineers, they include a combination of Red LED Lights, Infrared LED Lights, and Thermal Heating in their Anti-Aging device. It has also been designed with a touch sensitive head, this means the LEDs are able to get as close as possible to the skin. This is important, as the light energy is at its strongest at the LED itself. In comparison, other brands only provide Red LEDs in a mask form. This means the red light that reaches your skin is at a weaker distance. With face masks, you can only use the light therapy on your face and nowhere else on your body. If we take the overall cost into account, at home devices are considered a more popular go-to investment, as you will be able to keep the device that can be used for any future treatment.
How does it work?
The technology was formerly used by U.S. Navy SEALs in the 1990s to fasten the process of healing wounds by regenerating the damaged muscle tissues. Since then, light treatment has been rigorously researched for a variety of outcomes. The science behind LED Light Therapy suggests, that the results we see on our skin is due to the work the light does from within the skin layers. Most common results include,
- Clearing up Mild to Moderate Acne
- Reducing the Signs of Age Spots and Pigmentation
- Reducing the Signs of Fine Lines and Wrinkles
There are different wavelengths or frequencies used in LED light treatment. There are also a range of colours, each with their own benefits. The most common colours used in the beauty industry are blue and red. Light therapy emit energy that are readily absorbed into the skin and don’t contain any harmful UV rays.
Blue LED Light Therapy targets sebaceous glands, which are located underneath the hair follicles. Sebaceous glands produce the oil in our skin. These play a pivotal role in lubricating the skin and hair, preventing them from drying out. You might have oily skin when these glands are overactive.
Blue LED Light Therapy target these oil glands to make them less active. The light energy also works to destroy p.bacteria, which is an acne causing bacteria, from underneath the skin. This leads to healthier and clearer skin. In short, blue light therapy assists in treating mild to moderate acne, nodules, and pimples, as well as preventing any future breakouts from occurring.
Red LED Light Therapy targets the Hypodermis, which is located deep underneath the skin. The hypodermis contains your skin cells. When cells are weak or damaged they produce less collagen and elastin. The results of your cell health is shown on your outer skin.
Red LED Light Therapy is used for its anti-aging and healing benefits. When the red light penetrates the skin, the cells in the hypodermis absorbs it, stimulating cells to accelerate the repair and renewal of compromised cells, thus boosting the production of collagen proteins and elastin. This results in the skin looking more plump, hydrated and smooth. In short, red light therapy reduces the appearance of pigmentation, inflammation, fine lines and wrinkles. It is also known for improving blood circulation, resulting in a subtle glow.
Risk and side effects
LED light therapy is a very safe and non-invasive treatment. Side effects have not been observed commonly in clinical trials, therefore, side effects are very unlikely to occur. Contact a doctor if you experience any of these post-treatment symptoms:
- Increased inflammation
LED light therapy is, no doubt, a miracle of science. The technology is very popular in the beauty industry and now you can get your hands on one yourself. Check out Skin Engineers at-home LED Light Therapy devices. Don't forget to send us your before and after results!