The lowdown on LED light therapy

by Lucy Acton

Lifestyle • 23 February 2022

It’s been a firm favourite in the beauty industry for decades and, with more home-use devices harnessing its power, LED light therapy is the topic on everyone’s lips. Originally used by NASA to assist with plant growth, the technology was soon adapted to be used in both salons and at home.

But how exactly does it work, is it safe and why should you care? We answer these questions, and more, in our lowdown on one of the sector’s hottest treatments.

What is LED light therapy?

LED light therapy - or light emitting diode - is an effective, non-invasive, pain-free treatment that involves exposing your skin to an array of coloured wavelengths. This triggers the body’s natural rejuvenation and repair process. When used regularly, LED light therapy can improve your skin and leave long-lasting results.

What does it do?

In short, it can be used for a number of skin conditions and cosmetic concerns. These include fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, rosacea, acne, eczema, psoriasis, and more. The LED light regenerates the skin’s cells, reducing inflammation, healing wounds, stimulating collagen and restoring radiance. Your skin will be left feeling plumper, fresher and more hydrated.

How does it work?

The treatment uses different wavelengths of light to stimulate the skin’s natural healing process. As the light is absorbed into the skin’s different layers, various reactions take place.

  • Red light therapy is ideal for treating fine lines, wrinkles and inflammation. It’s also extremely effective for tackling acne and rosacea as well as sun-damaged skin.
  • Blue light therapy is best-suited for acne as it helps to eliminate the bacteria that causes breakouts and reduces oil production. While it can be used on its own, pairing it with red light kills acne bacteria and promotes the healing process.
  • Near-infrared light is the deepest absorbed wavelength. It’s used to reverse signs of ageing, improve elasticity, stimulate wound healing and reduce inflammation.
  • Green light therapy is used to treat pigmentation, dark circles, sunspots and broken capillaries. Irritated or over-stimulated skin also benefits from it.
  • Yellow light therapy stimulates the skin’s rejuvenation process, reducing redness and wrinkles while boosting circulation.

Does it actually work?

Yes, we wouldn’t have created our very own range of LED products if it didn’t. As well as being loved by professionals in the industry all over the world, it’s also been used by Navy SEALs to help heal wounds. They reported improvements in those suffering with musculoskeletal injuries.

Are there any other benefits of LED light therapy?

The benefits are way more than just skin deep. In fact, it’s been proven to support the production of vitamin D. Users have also found that regular treatment lifts their spirits, reduces feelings of stress and improves energy levels.

What are the risks of LED treatments?

LED light uses longer wavelengths to penetrate the skin meaning cells are repaired, not damaged. As it doesn’t use UV rays, you don’t need to worry about burning your skin, and there’s also no scarring or downtime. It’s suitable for all skin types, including those suffering with sensitivity.

Where can I get it?

Or why not try the world’s most powerful home-use LED device - the Dermalux FlexMD? It can be used from head to toe by the whole family. It’s a serious, medical-strength treatment for acne, redness, pigmentation, signs of ageing, joint pain, scarring, muscle pain, large pores, and uneven skin tone. Just need to target crow’s feet, brow 11’s, wrinkles and fine lines around your eyes? The CurrentBody Skin LED Eye Perfector offers a hands-free anti-ageing treatment for just those problem areas.

Finally, there’s the CURRENTBODY skin LED Precision tool. It’s a handheld device that heals wrinkles, scars and stretch marks that you can use anywhere else on your body.

All devices use salon-grade technology to rejuvenate ageing skin, treat a range of skin conditions and also reduce superficial scars. So if you want to enjoy the perfect dose of LED light therapy from the comfort of your own home, shop our CURRENTBODY skin range now.

How can I enhance it?

To get more from your LED light therapy, be sure to prepare your canvas. The FOREO x CurrentBody collab helps you do just that. Use the FOREO Luna Play Smart 2 before your LED light therapy treatment with the CurrentBody Skin LED Mask for the best results.

The Luna analyses your skin to determine how much moisture it has and adjust your cleansing routine. When you follow with the LED mask, you’re penetrating deeper into the skin for more rejuvenation and skin-plumping effects. That’s because there is no residual dirt, oil or makeup hampering your light therapy.

Finally, to get even more from your targeted LED devices, try turning to green tea. That’s right! The same tea you enjoy in the morning can have an enhancing effect on LED treatments in significant concentrations. Start with a foundation from within. Our CurrentBody Skin Green Tea Tablets are packed with antioxidants that help fight environmental damage while improving your LED results.

Take one tablet a day and layer on with the CurrentBody Skin Green Tea Eye Cream to see an amplified improvement in your local treatments with the CurrentBody Skin LED Eye Perfector, for example. Banish fine lines and wrinkles faster with the added power of green tea versus LED alone.

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