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Should I get my LED light out from under the bed?

YES! LED lights have become increasingly popular in the field of aesthetics, with many people using them as a painless, non-invasive way to improve the appearance and health of their skin. And yet – there’s confusion and scepticism and at least some of you will have an LED light at home (probably in the same cupboard as the Walkman and the bread-maker) when it could be serving you well. In this blog, I will explore some of the benefits of LED lights for the skin and how they can work for you.

· What are LED lights?

LED lights, or Light Emitting Diodes, are a type of light therapy that uses different wavelengths of light to penetrate the skin at various depths. The lights are embedded into a mask that can fit over the face or body.

The idea originated with NASA (don't you know, so its high-flying stuff) and there’s a growing evidence base supporting use.

· Benefits of LED lights for the skin

Reduce Fine Lines and Wrinkles

One of the most significant benefits of LED lights for the skin is their ability to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. In the case of ‘red’ light for example, the light is absorbed by the skin's cells and converted into energy, which stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, two proteins that are essential for healthy, youthful-looking skin smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles over time.

Improve Skin Tone and Texture

LED lights can also improve skin tone and texture. The blue light wavelength can help reduce inflammation and help control blemish-causing bacteria, which can be especially beneficial for those with acne-prone skin.

Minimise Pores

Another benefit of LED lights for the skin is their ability to minimise pores. The blue light wavelength can help shrink pores by reducing oil production in the skin.

Speed up Wound Healing

Red light also improves circulation and reduces redness and irritation, speeding up wound healing, making them an effective treatment for cuts, bruises, and other injuries. The red-light wavelength increases circulation and promotes the production of new skin cells, which can help heal wounds more quickly. The list goes on: LED lights are clinically proven to improve common skin conditions, such as psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, sun damage and pigmentation, burns, and acne blemishes.

· How do LED lights work?

LED lights work by emitting different wavelengths of light that

penetrate the skin at various depths. Each wavelength of light has a unique effect on the skin, which is why different colours of LED lights are used for different skin concerns.

I will usually use LED lights for your skin towards the end of treatments; placing the LED light device close to the skin for several minutes, allowing the light to penetrate the skin and work its magic. It will speed up recovery and reduce downtime and also give you a few minutes of meditative quiet while I might even stop talking. There are little goggles to use if it feels intense but they’re not essential.

In short - LED lights can be a great addition to your skincare routine – in clinic with me or at home. They offer a non-invasive way to improve the appearance and health of the skin, with benefits such as reducing fine lines and wrinkles, improving skin tone and texture, minimizing pores, and speeding up wound healing. If you're interested in trying LED light therapy, be sure to consult with a trained aesthetics nurse to determine the best treatment plan for your skin.

· Top tips

So, don’t dismiss LED – especially if you already have one at home that you’re not using – give it a go, be systematic – work out for yourself what you can achieve – 10 or 20 minutes 3 or 4 times a week for example. Many people use it while their snooze button is activated when they are getting up in the morning or dare I say it, while they are doing the ironing {EEK}. Take photos before and then put a reminder in your phone to check back to compare after 6 to 8 weeks of regular use and see for yourself.

Super pro tip - they can even help with achy legs after a long day... see image.

· What next

Let me know in clinic if you would like to add the PRO version to your treatment or - if you have bad bruising or pain, let me know and we can book you in for a longer session and put some music of your choosing on so you can bliss it out. I recommend the DÉESSE PRO EXPRESS mask for home use because if you're going to use it consistently, it has to deliver; this treatment is effective and easy, comfortable and entirely portable so you're not attached to a power socket while you use it. In the clinic I use the Celluma Pro - an award winning, market leader with commitment to delivering results. Speak to me about these and others. I'm always happy to advise and if I don't know an answer straight away, I'll work with you to get one.


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