What is LED light therapy?
Light therapy is a treatment that has been used by facialists for years, and the technology has since stretched to at-home devices. LED light therapy is a low-level light therapy that uses the wavelengths of light from the LED lights, or light emitting diodes, to treat different skincare concerns.
The list of light therapy benefits is long, and depending on the different wave lengths and colour of light used, can include treating acne, stimulating collagen, minimising redness, regulating oil production and banishing wrinkles.
Some have even found success in reducing age spots and uneven skin tone.
HOW DOES LED LIGHT THERAPY WORK?
The colour and light emitted from the LED device produces precise wavelengths, which penetrate the skin at various depths.
The wavelengths stimulate certain skin responses, whether it be increasing cellular activity or encouraging faster healing. Controlling these wavelengths comes down to choosing which colour of LED light is used.
WHAT COLOUR LED DO I NEED?
Red light: Boosts collagen in the skin, which plumps and firms, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Blue light: Kills acne-causing bacteria to minimise current breakouts and prevent new ones from forming.
Green light: Can help to reduce pigmentation for more even-toned skin.
Near Infrared Light: Repairs cells and optimises cellular functions to speed up healing and improve appearance of scars for healthier skin overall.
HOW TO USE AN LED FACE MASK
Always use an LED mask or device on clean, dry skin.
If you need to hydrate your skin, it’s best recommended to use a hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate and plump up the skin. Different settings will often require different times, so read all instructions carefully and adhere to the treatment times.
THE BEST AT-HOME LED FACE MASKS AND DEVICES
Dr. Dennis Gross Spectralite Faceware Pro, $696 at MECCA
Déesse Pro Mask Next Generation, approx $1,900 at Shani Darden Skin Care
NuFace Trinity Device and NuFace Trinity Wrinkle Reducer Attachment, $507 + $239, at MECCA
LightStim For Wrinkles, $340 at Adore Beauty
FOREO UFO 2, $395 at Adore Beauty
Peppy Co Led Light Therapy Mask, $179 at Peppy Co