The future is here! We may not have flying cars in 2020 but we do have plenty of futuristic innovations in the beauty field. Over the past few months, a revolutionary product has been making its rounds in the beauty world and just like the 10-step Korean skincare routine, this too is going to dominate your social feeds in the next couple of months.
Move over messy face masks and painful peels, LED light treatment is stealing the spotlight. While LED therapy has been around for a while, thanks to South Korea and famous celebs, now every beauty enthusiast has their eyes set on this hi-tech form of skin therapy. From LED eye masks to full-face LED masks, when it comes to this non-invasive skin treatment, the options are endless.
Confused about what exactly is this Terminator-like beauty trend? Keep on reading to know more about LED light therapy, as well as the benefits and drawbacks to this futuristic beauty routine.
To begin with, unlike regular skincare routines, LED Light Therapy, also known as Light Emitting Diode therapy, is a new-age skincare treatment, that uses different wavelengths of red and blue light to cure various skin woes. This treatment came about in the 1960s when NASA developed these lights for their plant growth experiments in space. It was not too long before people realized the benefits of it on the skin which led to the birth of the skin treatment. Over the past few years, LED light therapy has yielded great results when it comes to tackling skin problems, but this technology was only available to doctors and aestheticians until now!
However, keep in mind that this is no ordinary light. The unique advantage of this low-level light energy is that it penetrates deep into the skin and helps repair damaged skin tissue while eliminating the bad bacteria and germs.
Aside from its endless skin benefits, the other reason this new beauty gadget is gaining popularity is ‘coz you can achieve beautiful, healthy skin without going through excruciating pain.
Let’s face it---dealing with breakouts in your 20s suck and post 25-30, ageing is also added to the mix. There’s no doubt that finding products to treat either one or both these issues can be hard! If these problems are all too real for you, here’s where this high-tech beauty gadget comes to the rescue. Whether you’re a 20-year-old desperately trying to reduce breakouts and acne or a 40-year-old trying to minimize wrinkles and fine lines—LED light therapy is just for you. If you’re doing an at-home treatment, all you need is a good source of electricity. As stated earlier, the red and blue lights penetrate deep into the skin and target pimple-causing bacteria, repair damaged skin tissue and help keep the wrinkles and fine lines at bay. If you’re worried about long-term skin damage, don't be! Unlike your tanning beds or the blue light emitted from your phone and laptop screens, this light doesn’t damage the skin, nor do they contain ultraviolet rays, making it safe for daily use.
Want to get rid of wrinkles, acne and scars on the skin? Red light is what you need. We all know that by the time we reach 25, our collagen production starts to drop which results in loss of elasticity which eventually leads to sagging skin. Red light is said to reach deep into the epidermis and boost collagen production within the dermis, giving you healthier, younger-looking skin. But that’s not all! This light does way more than just increase collagen, it also aids in skin repair, lowers inflammation, eliminates wrinkles and heals damaged tissues. This red light also stimulates mitochondria to help boost cellular energy production and work against stressors that slow the body down. It also replicates natural sunlight, and increases blood circulation within your body, leaving your skin feeling rejuvenated and more alive.
When it comes to tackling acne, this pain-free procedure comes in handy. This light is said to kill germs and bad bacteria that have settled on the skin, which are the main cause of those dreadful breakouts. Aside from controlling breakouts, blue light therapy can also help get rid of other skin issues like reducing sebaceous hyperplasia, which occurs due to trapped sebum and leads to tiny, non-harmful, yellowish or skin-coloured bumps on the skin. This is common amongst middle-aged and senior citizens and is mostly present around the T-zone area. The blue light helps shrink these enlarged oil glands, which are present below the hair follicles and improve the overall texture of your skin. Blue light is also said to reduce sun spots and even prevent the growth of cancerous cells.
Just like any other skincare procedure, this treatment too has its fair share of drawbacks. Even though it’s safe to use on almost all skin types, those with open wounds or infections should avoid it as it could lead to further skin damage. In such situations, it’s best to consult your dermatologist. When it comes to LED Light Treatment at home, these devices are not as powerful as the ones used in the doctor’s office. While in-office treatments require at least 10 sessions, when it comes to at-home treatments, it will take much longer until you can finally see visible results.
Finally, LED light therapy can burn a big hole in your pocket. Unlike your regular face masks, this is way pricier, and the results aren’t guaranteed.
LED Light Therapy is the latest trend that is said to take over the beauty and skincare market in the next couple of months. But no matter how big or how safe this trend is, remember, when it comes to your skin, it’s always better to first get an expert’s opinion!
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