Since young, I’ve been taught to avoid the sunlight at all costs. We all know about the damaging UV rays which cause our skin to darken and age faster. And you continue to expose your skin to the harmful UV rays, pigmentation and sun spots will start to appear. As such, it seems that light, in general, is bad for the skin. Or is it not?
Some types of light may be beneficial for the skin
It turns out that not all kinds of light is harmful. UV-free LED lights at certain wavelengths are clinically proven to boost the skin’s health and treat certain skin conditions.
In the last couple of years, the use of light therapy in facials has been gaining popularity among beauty salons. There are even light-emitting facial masks, sold in the market, which you can use in the comfort of your own home.
I have heard about such light therapy facials before but I have not tried it personally until a few days ago when I visit Indulgence Beauty for my monthly facial sessions. During my facial session, I got to try their LED light treatment using their LED light machine.
Do LED light facial work? Read on to find out.
LED Light Facial Treatment
Before the LED light treatment, my facial therapists went through the basic facial steps of cleansing, steaming and extracting of blackheads. Once the basic facial routine is completed, she started the LED light treatment with the application of a hydrating gel on my skin.
1. Applying a thin layer of hydration gel
According to her, the LED light emitted will enhance the penetration of the hydration gel into the skin. The gel also serves to hydrate the skin during light therapy treatment as the skin can get rather dry due to the light radiation.
2. Putting on light protective goggles
It is important to put on a pair of light protective goggles as the light emitted from the machine is intense.
3. Bask under the ‘LED Light’ for 15 minutes
Once the therapist turned on the machine and switched to this yellow LED light, I just had to stay motionless for the next 15 minutes until the machine beeps.
There is absolutely no discomfort at all. I only felt a slight warm sensation on my skin as the light hits on my face. While I was undergoing the treatment, I had a quick conversation with my therapist about the LED light machine itself. Apparently, the machine can emit 4 types of coloured-light – red, blue, green and yellow. Mine was a yellow light treatment. Perfect! It’s exactly what my skin needs – a burst of light to add glow to my dull-looking skin.
What’s the difference between the various types of coloured LED lights?
Yellow light is used for photo-rejuvenation and brightening of the skin. It helps to even out the skin tone too.
Blue light is used in the treatment of acne due to its anti-bacterial properties. It also helps to calm and soothe sensitive skin.
Red light promotes collagen production, shrinks
Completing the facial with a mask
The facial ended off with a soothing mask which furthers toned and brightens the skin.
What’s my verdict?
First and foremost, I likened the fact that this treatment is non-invasive and pain-free. As for whether the light really helps to rejuvenate and brighten my skin, I can’t really tell at this point. Secondly, my skin looks clearer all thanks to the combination of the extraction, LED light treatment and the mask. As such, it will probably take a few more light therapy sessions before I can see actual results. And the same goes for most facial treatments, as usual.
Have you tried LED light facials before? What is your take?