The use of LED light in facial treatments is often referred to as ‘Light Therapy’ or ‘photo-rejuvenation’. The lights stimulate a response in the skin, including killing bacteria within it or strengthening and regenerating it.
LED light is very different to UV light. We know that the sun’s rays (UV) can be very damaging to skin, increasing signs of ageing with visual changes including increased wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation. UV light is also believed to damage cells that can lead to skin cancer.
Scientific studies have shown that controlled levels of LED light can actually be beneficial to the skin. Blue and red light are absorbed by the skin & are known to have therapeutic properties. This is because the energy from the LED light stimulates activities in the cells, promoting a healing response.
The benefits of using LED include:
- Reduction in signs of ageing, including lines/wrinkles
- Reduction in inflammatory skin conditions, such as Rosacea & acne
- Increase in collagen and elastin production, strengthening the skin
- Destroys bacteria
- Improves skin tone/clarity and texture by normalising cellular imbalance
- Improves circulation & flow of oxygen, aiding waste elimination and improved capillary exchange
- Stimulates production of serotonin, melatonin and endorphins, increasing happy feelings
- Reduction in marks on skin, including acne scarring
- Reduction in pigmentation
- Normalising oil glands
- Brightening and clearing the skin
How we deliver LED Phototherapy treatments
We offer both self-service and therapist-led LED facial treatments:
- Self service LED without skin products – book in a time that suits you. Come along and lay under the Dermaflex LED machine for 30 mins. When the machine turns off, just leave, it’s as simple as that. (Before self-service is used an initial consultation treatment is required to ensure safe and effective use)
- Self service LED with skin products – After the initial consultation treatment you will be given a treatment plan to follow. We will supply you with a cleanser, serum and moisturiser to use on yourself.
- Therapist-led 45 minute LED facial treatment – The therapist will perform a skin analysis and choose appropriate skincare products for your treatment. Your face will be cleansed and toned and then massaged with a serum and mask. You will be left alone to enjoy your 30 minute LED treatment and then the therapist will return to remove the mask and to provide a mosituriser.
- Full facial treatment with LED phototherapy – After skin analysis, your skin will be double-cleansed, toned, exfoliated and fully massaged. You will then receive a serum and mask and can enjoy the LED treatment for 15-20mins. Whilst using the LED machine you will be offered a scalp or shoulder massage. The therapist will remove the mask with a hot towel and then apply a carefully selected eye cream and moisturiser.
- Reflexology and LED – Whilst receiving your 55 minute reflexology treatment you can also enjoy the benefits of facial LED. Your therapist will select the correct LED for your skin and you will be able to spend 30 mins under the phototherapy machine.
Who is LED treatment suitable for?
LED treatment is suitable for all skin types. This type of treatment is also ideal for younger skins, especially those suffering with acne. There are no side effects and the lights do not produce harmful light that is hot or damaging to the skin.
Will one treatment help?
The optimum treatment pathway is two uses per week. One treatment will give the skin a boost but if you are struggling with acne or inflammation or want to reduce signs of ageing you will want to follow a course of treatments.
What is the difference between Red LED light, Blue light and Near-infrared light?
Blue light is used for inflamed skin and acne. The light is absorbed by the molecule Porphyrin. This is found in the bacteria in skin pores and cells (P-acnes) and is the cause of acne. LED light is effective as it creates free radicals, neutralising/killing the bacterial cells. Blue LED can decongest the skin as well as normalise the production of sebum, the skin’s natural oil. As a result of killing bacteria, skin pores can shrink and future breakouts can be prevented.
Red light can be used with blue light. We use a purple light in this instance. In the case of acne, red light can be soothing as it provides an anti-inflammatory response. Combination lights (purple) can also be great for irritated skin.
Red light is proven to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. These are important elements in providing strength and elasticity to the skin. The wavelengths that produce red light are known for their wound healing properties. This is therefore also useful to improve skin texture, fine lines and deep tissue healing. With is high nanometre range, red light can travel deeper into the skin than blue light.
Near infrared light calms redness and irritation and accelerates wound healing. It has also been shown to reduce swelling. Near infrared LED provides an ideal treatment on sensitive skins and can help with rosacea. This LED works well with booster serums as it can help cells become more permeable.