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Lets talk about LED

August 11, 2018

When it comes to treating acne and aging, I will try just about anything to keep it at bay. Whenever I have an issue with my skin, I always go down my checklist of items - am I sleeping enough, am I using sunscreen, am I staying away from dairy, am I washing, toning, using serums, moisturizing (the list could go on forever) - but sometimes great skincare is not enough. 

 

So what could you possibly add to your routine that you aren't already doing?

 

LED Lights! 

 

These puppies are magic. Let me tell you friends, it is definitely weird to sit under a bright, pulsing light for an extended period of time, but like I said before, I am up to try just about anything for dreamy skin. Apparently I am not the only one as it is long coveted by celebrities such as Kate Hudson, Emma Stone and Jessica Alba. There is a reason every top Esthetician uses LED Light Therapy in conjunction with their regular routine; because it works. 

 

The amazing part of it all though, is that it is affordable, accessible, and backed by science.

 

Let's start with the science.

 

“LED lights were made famous by NASA, used to heal astronauts up in space." explains Rihanna's skin care guru, Tracie Martyn. Let's just say, if it works for NASA (and, more importantly, Rihanna), it works for me. Put simply, people - like plants through photosynthesis - have a chemical reaction to light. Led Lights get emitted at different wavelengths to trigger certain reactions in your skin such as....

  • Increasing energy levels by promoting release of ATP from cells’ mitochondria 

  • Stimulating DNA/RNA synthesis 

  • Activating the lymphatic system, an important part of our immune system that helps carry waste out of the body

  • Increasing blood flow/circulation, thereby helping bring more oxygen and nutrients to our cells and tissues

  • Forming new capillaries (small blood vessels)

  • Improving natural production of collagen and fibroblasts, important for things like skin, joint and digestive health

  • Repairing and restoring damaged soft connective tissue

  • Stimulating or decreasing inflammation

  • Killing P. acne bacteria

... just to name a few. Let's break down the different wavelengths (i.e. color) used and what they can treat.

 

Red Light:

 

Red light helps stimulate collagen and elastin production. Elastin takes 2 months to fully form and collagen takes 6 months, so results are for fine lines and wrinkles are not necessarily immediate but definitely worth the wait. A few immediate benefits are increased blood flow to the skin to promote healing and radiance. It also has the ability to penetrate deep into the dermis to treat the inflammation associated with rosacea. Count. Us. In!

 

Blue Light:

 

Blue light treats acne because it is able to generate a high energy form of oxygen that attacks the bacteria in your skin. And that bacteria is what causes acne. Considering the high rate of success researchers have found in clinical studies, blue light is effective, non-invasive, and long term treatment for those struggling with acne that have not found success with other treatments.

 

Infrared:

 

Infrared light is not visible to our eyes, but that does not mean that it isn't working. Infrared Light is the deepest penetrating light on the spectrum and reaches all the way down into the subcutaneous layer to stimulate circulation to the affected area and restoring connective tissue. 

 

Is it for me?

 

LED Light Therapy is completely painless and emits no heat. It has been found to have no adverse side effects and is even FDA approved

 

My answer for you?  YES! 

 

Good thing for you, Rob Rivers The Salon & Spa offers an array of LED Light Therapy services. Give us a call to figure out which is right for you or click this link to check out our service menu.

 

If you would like to read more about LED Light Therapy, click this link to read what WebMD has to say.

 

Let us know what questions you have about LED Light Therapy or what you would love to know more about beauty wise  in the comments below. Thank you for reading!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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