This treatment is not just for celebrities anymore, it’s affordable & there are even at-home contraptions for it! Have you heard of LED light therapy? We’re sure you’ve seen it… the creepy (often white) mask that gives a spooky glow to the human’s face behind it….Yes, yes that one! LED light therapy is a proven skincare regime to rid of fine lines, wrinkles, acne, age spots, dark spots, scars, dull skin, stressed skin – I don’t think we need to go on – you get the point. Basically it’s a cure-all for any and all gripes about our skin! But wait a minute… nothing is ever this good right – we are not gonna dive right into this like we did when the guy asked for our banking information to send 10 million dollars from his overseas fund without doing our proper research!! By the way, that money never made it to my account 😉
Let’s take a look at how it works first! LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, which is basically a computer chip encased in class-like resin (we had to look that up) that emits wavelengths of colors! When the light energy is the correct wavelength, the cells in the middle layer (the dermis layer) of your skin will convert into adenosine triphosphate which is what fuels cells to do their job. The cells in the dermis layer produce collagen & elastin. So now bringing it back full circle, the LED gives the cells the energy to produce the collagen & elastin like when we were (or are) 20 years old. Bada bing bada boom! The result!? A complexion that is plumped with brand new collagen & elastin that gives you a less wrinkled & tighter look.
When we first heard of it, we couldn’t help but associate LED’s with the bright colored lights that we see on signs…. Would this mask have different colors like there are in LED holiday lights? And if so, would one particular color do one thing & the other colors another? What do ya know, our thought process was right. Each color has a job when it comes to your skin.
- RED – stimulates collagen production & delivers the optimial skin rejuvenation
- BLUE – helps with acne & inflammation
- ORANGE – revitalizes the skin
- YELLOW – reduces the appearance of swelling & inflammation
- GREEN – helps with dark spots & sagging skin
- PURPLE – creates new cells
There are virtually no side effects to this treatment but it could cost ya! Though affordable in a sense, the amount of times you have to do is the real kicker. So I’ve read that it’s necessary two to 3 times a week – hence the celebrity status & it can cost $60-$150 per treatment. Let’s say you were preparing for your wedding or even your child’s wedding, this may be the best approach for perfect skin. But for the most part, that’s not really feasible for us normal folks without a big event coming up. So that’s where handheld devices come in. Like with anything, at-home devices aren’t often as strong as those items in a doctors office – HOWEVER… you just have to do it a few more times a week… you can still get the same results but it just may take you a little bit more time. That’s what really made us want to write this blog – isn’t it the worst when there is this awesome new treatment out there but it’s expensive & almost out of reach!?!? While on the hunt for one for Cheeky Complexion to try at home, we came across some winners –
LightStim (around $300) – this guy is solely used for collagen production & improved elasticity and tone. Promises results in as little as 6 weeks & you can even target your neck and chest area. I did see that despite it being the most popular item on QVC’s website it has mixed reviews… a lot of folks complained about it going bye-bye early on.
Baby Quasar (around $400) – there is a red and blue color option & they also have one specifically targeted for acne.
This one looks the most promising & is the cheapest LED Photon Therapy Light Treatment Facial Skin Care Mask (around $100) – this mask offers red, blue and green lights & covers the whole face. The only complaint I saw with this one was that it was heavy on the eye area which many readers solved by putting a few cotton balls in those spots. This device does not focus on the neck…. bit of a drawback. If the light is too bright for you, consider covering your eyes.
^ we ordered this one today… if you want to wait and follow along before making your decision I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop.
In addition, professionals often suggest you do some exfoliation before each treatment to help your skin ‘receive’ the treatment in the best way possible.
Interested in doing your own research? There are some things to consider –
- Power – LED lights are measured in nanometers (no idea what that is), so it says that using 415 nm blue lights and 633 nm red lights were successful in treating acne. Make sure the device that you purchase has enough power to do its job. I compared the handheld devices power strength with the ones used in esthetician offices so I could compare apples to apples.
- Surface area – while not extremely important, it can be annoying to have to hold a device for 30-40 minutes a day on your face and keep moving it around. First world problems, but it could be a hassle. Think about whether you’re interested in one that covers the whole face or one that can spot treat.
Let us know in the comments section below if you have any questions. Cheers to happier & healthier skin.