“That’s one small step for man … one giant leap for mankind.”
You may have always assumed this famous phrase was uttered by Neil Armstrong – the first man to walk on the moon. And you’d be right. However, with the technology used by LED light therapy being one and the same of that used by NASA (seriously – they used it to help plants grow during space shuttle missions!), we think it more than applies to this, too.
Allow us to explain.
What is LED light therapy?
Having slowly dominated the lighting world, LED – which stands for Light Emitting Diode – is doing wonders for the beauty arena, too.
Originally developed to fast-track the healing of wound and scars by the U.S Navy in the 1990s, its ability to rejuvenate skin – giving it a healthy glow – was actually a happy coincidence.
That’s because the light energy provides the fuel needed for skin cells to produce collagen and elastin – the superheroes responsible for that highly sought-after plumped look. In fact, the light rays are thought to penetrate the skin by up to 10mm – significantly more than any cream or serum.
As a result, LED light therapy benefits include treating hyper-pigmentation, acne and rosacea, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improving uneven skin tone and texture, reducing pores, and brightening, tightening and plumping the skin.
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You may have heard that different colours treat different conditions. That’s because they boast different properties. Blue light, for example, is used for acne treatments as it is absorbed by the sebaceous glands (responsible for producing oil-based bacteria) – resulting in a stand-off between the two that sees the acne-forming bacteria defeated from the inside, whilst red light is used to stimulate collagen and elastin – thereby improving elasticity, plumpness and overall appearance. The two can even be used together to help target scarring and inflammation.
The NASA connection
Independent research over the years from organisations such as NASA has continued to show that light applied to the skin in the correct wavelength stimulates communication between the cells, resulting in skin rejuvenation. And if it’s good enough for NASA, it’s good enough for us, too – right?
LED light therapy dangers?
As with much else, risk-free is never a foregone conclusion. However, as cosmetic treatments go, LED light therapy – which is suitable for most skin types, colours and conditions – is pretty much as safe as they come.
That’s because it’s pain-free, non-invasive (no direct contact is ever made with the skin) and requires no downtime – with many describing the treatment like a relaxing sunbathing session.
Vitally, however – unlike a relaxing sunbathing or tanning bed session – it does not contain harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, which is where the potential dangers would come in. As a result, it won’t cause burns – like other light-based treatment might.
That said – like everything else – you must always take precautions before undertaking any kind of treatment. Eyes must be properly protected at all times with appropriate shields, whilst there are certain people who may need to avoid it, such as those with especially light skin, skin rashes or an active skin disorder. If you use Accutane for acne it also may not be the treatment for you as this drug can increase your skin’s sensitivity to light and may even cause scarring.
Whilst side effects are rare, they may exacerbate existing skin-related problems, which is why talking to a professional therapist before undergoing any treatment is absolutely vital and is also why we would always recommend an in-salon procedure – conducted with special equipment by those who have had LED light therapy training (like us!) – instead of trying to do it by yourself at home.
Other than that, the only real danger is that once you start, you won’t want to stop!
What do we use?
The news just gets better as here at Lovoir Beauty we’re proud to use the award-winning Celluma Pro LED light therapy machine, using NASA technology and boasting more medical certifications than anything else on the market.
Featuring an innovative, flexible design, it’s perfect for getting to targeted treatment areas, enabling unparalleled results every time.
Quite simply, it’s so out of this world we like to think that even Neil Armstrong would have approved.
5,4,3,2,1 – blast off any skin concerns you have today!
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