Chances are, you’ve already seen the LED trend all over your Instagram feed. Hollywood’s finest, fromto , are all fans of the futuristic, yet somewhat scary looking, LED masks. But what exactly are those luminous veils, and what is it that they claim to do?
Unless you’ve been living under a beauty rock, you’ll likely have noticed that LEDs (Light-Emitting Diodes) are pretty big news right now. Besides being money-saving light bulb alternatives (seriously you need to get on board), LEDs have proved themselves as skincare powerhouses in recent years.
The masks are actually just a form of what is commonly referred to as LED light therapy – a treatment commonly used to minimiseand generally improve the condition and appearance of the skin. Although mostly broadcast on the ‘Gram as an all-new, at-home skincare trend, LED light therapy has been used in clinics as a powerful skin treatment for years.
And while devoted fans have been singing the praises of LED light therapy for some time, only recently have clinics started to notice signs that the benefits of a session could be more than just skin deep. Client feedback is starting to suggest that a short period of time spent under in-clinic LED lamps could have a dramatic impact on mood – lifting users’ spirits,and improving energy levels.
Is it too good to be true? We enlist the help of Pamela Marshall, Clinical Aesthetician and Co-Founder of, to reveal everything you need to know about using LED light therapy for both your skin and your mood…
What is LED light therapy?
LED light therapy is a painless, non-invasive skin treatment whereby a person’s face (or in some cases other parts of the body) is exposed to an array of Red, Blue and Near-Infrared LED lights. Pamela explains: “LED light therapy uses photon energy in order to regenerate cells, reduce, heal wounds, scatter , reduce acne and increase skin rejuvenation. Blue, Red and Near-Infrared work in combination with each other (or separately).”
How does it benefit the skin?
When used regularly, LED light therapy is thought to be able to reduce breakouts,symptoms, and other side-effects of inflammation. “Blue light triggers photochemical oxidation in order to kill bacteria on the skin, which is excellent for people with acne, or rosacea. Red light stimulates our fibroblasts for cell renewal and ATP regeneration. Near-Infrared has no colour but reduces inflammation and redness in the skin. It also speeds up wound healing and reduces pigmentation,” says Pamela.
Think is sounds too good to be true? “NASA has done numerous extensive studies using LED light therapy for plant growth in space. The success of this led NASA to trail Red LED light on wound healing specifically with cancer patients.”