Tired of all the pricking, pinching, burning, or freezing involved in traditional skincare treatments? Maybe it’s time to learn about light stimulation and why this is the latest luxurious treatment for your skin.
Whether we talk about the full-body bed at the salon or at-home treatments, LED treatments have quickly risen to the status of “unsung heroes of non-invasive skincare.”
As part of light stimulation, LED (Light-Emitting Diode) lights are a surface-level way of treating several skin conditions. Depending on the various light treatment, this therapy can treat acne, reduce signs of aging, such as fine lines, age spots and wrinkles, or simply accelerate the healing of cuts or other superficial wounds.
What are LED lights?
Before we further explain the way LED lights work, we must mention that the process used for these light treatments is not only safe, but it also produces long lasting results.
When LEDs were first mass-produced in the 60s, their main usage was limited to camera or alarm clock battery alert lights. LEDs were restricted in their usability by the fact that they could only emit red, green, or yellow light.
However, a few years ago, NASA scientists noticed that plants would grow faster under a certain wavelength of light. It was a small step between applying light stimulation to plants and skin. Before it became a useful tool for skin cancer treatment and cosmetic rejuvenation, light therapy held NASA’s interest for their ability of speeding up the healing of wounds.
How does light stimulation work?
In simplest of words, skin cells are stimulated by light’s wavelengths (or colors). Collagen circulation and growth is encouraged by applying LED stimulation. This particular method of rejuvenating the skin has been proved effective and non-invasive in the repair of common skin damage.
Collagen – and elastin – helps the skin keep its strength and flexibility. LED lights can penetrate through the epidermis, which then has the effect of youthful-looking skin.
LEDs and skincare
Light has different wavelengths represented by each color of the spectrum. Given that each of these wavelengths penetrates the skin to a different degree, different colors will have different effects on the skin.
As far as skincare treatment is concerned, most LED devices use infrared, amber, red, and blue light. Even though some devices combine the colors to create an overall skin treatment, others use them exclusively to focus on certain concerns.
- Infrared – accelerates skin recovery and wound healing
- Amber – stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin
- Red – promotes circulation, reduces inflammation, maximizes cellular structure
- Blue – stimulates production of oxygen radicals to destroy acne-causing bacteria.
LED treatments present a high interest for their ability of treating the skin without damaging it. Unlike a tanning bed, LED therapy does not heat the skin, preventing any possible thermal damage to the dermis.
It also helps that with light stimulation, there’s no burning (like in the case of lasers), and no need to remove skin (like with painful acid peels). Instead, the magic happens completely painlessly with the power of light wavelenghts .
Professional treatments vs. LEDs at home
Let’s review what we’ve learned so far: light stimulation is painless, non-intrusive, doesn’t damage the skin, and has effective results. What’s the catch? To make this wonder treatment work for you, you need long-term dedication. In other words, it’s not enough to have one light therapy session.
- Going to the aesthetician’s office
For substantial collagen building plus acne reduction, patients should follow an in-office regimen established by their dermatologist or aesthetician. Generally, you will need a two-week period of daily exposure, followed by bi-monthly visits. Depending on your needs and the light you use, the period might increase or decrease.
Light therapy session length: 15 minutes
Cost per light therapy session: $150-$300
- Taking the matter into your own hands
Worried you won’t make it to the facialist as often as you’d like? It’s worth investing in an at-home LED device. However, dedication is still key, just like with in-office appointments.
At-home LED session: 20 minutes/1-2 times a week
Cost of at-home LED device: $120-$300
Below you will find a short list of the most advantageous light stimulation devices you can buy. For your convenience, we have ranked them from the lowest to the highest price.
This affordable light stimulation device comes with 3 light therapy systems in one and 3 interchangeable heads. It’s one of the easiest to use handheld devices (it only has 2 buttons), and it’s also cordless. Each charge is enough for a 30 minute treatment.
Thanks to the LED lights that last 10,000 hours, you will never have to replace them. The manufacturer claims the results of the therapy will be visible in a matter of days.
Silk’n is a renowned brand in cosmetic arenas. This acne solution device has been clinically tested, FDA-approved, and Health Canada cleared. The blue light it uses is aimed at killing acne-producing bacteria at the skin level.
No more skin blemishes, thanks to the synergistic dual energy of light and heat. The device comes with a built-in safeguard against thermal damage. Completing the recommended course of treatment should yield results in 6 to 8 weeks.
Use the device daily during acne breakouts for the best results. All you have to do is apply the blue light on each infected area for 3-4 minutes a day.
You can trust Tanda Clear Plus with your facial light treatment without having to worry of dryness, irritation or redness. The device has been clinically proven to clear existing breakouts and acne faster than other non-LED treatments.
Just two treatments a week will be enough to smooth out your fine lines and wrinkles. The Clear Plus uses and combines blue light – for bacteria-killing – with sonic vibration. Next, add gentle warming to the mix, and your treatment is good to go. Thanks to the large treatment surface, this devices heals acne breakouts faster than any other. Get that calm, clear, beautiful skin in just a matter of weeks.
Another three-in-one device, the Sirius Nova is not only affordable, but also efficient. This rejuvenation system offers professional skincare by combining the galvanic, microcurrent and photofacial technologies. The effect? A restored and regenerated skin tone and complexion.
Nova’s advanced skincare therapy makes it easy to experience facial rejuvenation in your home. That youthful look you’re seeking can be yours in as little as five minutes of use a day. The soft microcurrent waves emitted by the Sirius Nova device stimulate circulation, and collagen and elastin production for a toned, lifted, and glowing skin.
Another FDA-approved light stimulation device, the LightStim can make your wrinkles go away with little to no effort. Suitable for all skin types, the soothing and painless therapy can diminish and even smooth away fine lines and wrinkles.
The multiple light wavelengths incorporated by the LightStim work together to offer your skin a radiant and youthful appearance. Use the therapy device daily for best results, then tone it down to 2-3 times a week for maintenance.
Norlanya’s device tends to be more on the expensive side, but for good reason. In addition to smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, this treatment machines also reduces hyperpigmentation, pore size, scars, and age spots. Thanks to the photon therapy it incorporates, the device improves circulation and increases skin elasticity.
It fights pimples and helps your cells to repair after skin-deep wounds. The manufacturer recommends Program 1 for daily care during in spring and summer, and Program 2 for daily use during autumn and winter. However, if you have any questions, you should check the instruction manual for further details.
The light stimulation device launched by Project E is highly praised by reviewers. Besides stimulating collages production, this device also increases skin flexibility, and improves circulation. The package includes one Duplex E Collagen Protein Firm Facial Body Skin Care Essence Ion Gel.
This rejuvenation device also helps reduce age spots, hyperpigmentation, pore size and acne scars. However, you should talk to your dermatologist before you start using light therapy on any suspicious moles or spots.
From wound-healing in low gravity and plant growth to acne reduction and skin improvement, light stimulation is a wonder of modern technology. Right now, it’s up to you what to choose. On one hand, some might prefer the reliability of salon appointments. Other people will want to buy a device (for the price of just one light therapy session) and do the treatment at home.
Either way, the bottom line is that you have options for how to handle the rejuvenation of your skin. If you already have tried LED therapy, tell us all about your experience in the comments below.