Go to the light.
You may have experienced the benefits of LED Light Therapy, or you’ve heard of it but haven’t embraced the light yet.
Well, for those in the know, it can indeed be said, LED Light Therapy has become as commonplace as chemical peels and cosmeceutical skincare for rejuvenating tired skin that’s showing the visible signs of premature ageing and sun damage.
But before you decide to go to the light, it might be helpful to know what LED Light is doing for your skin. Is it worth it?
Thanks to rising popularity, many new LED Light therapy machines have arrived on the beauty and skincare scene, including at-home devices.
With so much choice, how do you know what to look for in LED Light Therapy?
And, is an at-home device comparable to the medical-grade LED machines you’ll find in a skin or beauty clinic?
What is LED Light Therapy?
Like so many inventions, NASA plays a significant role in many innovations we now take for granted, including activating the collagen in your skin.
NASA initially used LED light therapy to replace natural light to stimulate plant growth photosynthesis.
But the research went beyond growing plants in space, and in time scientists linked LED Light with collagen synthesis.
How will LED Light Therapy work for you?
Okay, so you’re not a plant? What’s going on here?
The same technology that stimulates growth in plants can also activate cellular activities in your skin.
The light we’re talking about is not the damaging short waves emanating from the sun responsible for burning or ageing our skin.
Oh no, on the contrary.
We’re talking about the colour spectrums of light penetrating beyond the surface of your skin, reaching the dermis where they can influence collagen synthesis, along with other healing benefits.
Today I’m going under the light with MediLUX LED Light Therapy and their light spectrum for rejuvenating the skin.
One of the most exciting electromagnetic spectrums of light is the red light. Red Light has a wavelength of 633 nanometres (the way the length of a ray is measured).
Red light passes through the outermost layer of the skin known as the epidermis reaching the inner workings of the dermis, which is the middle layer of the skin.
Once here, the red light stimulates fibroblasts (the specialised cells that make collagen). And, as collagen is the protein providing strength and resilience to keep your skin firm, tight and wrinkle-free, this is excellent news!
How does red light do this?
Within every cell of your body is an energetic powerhouse known as the mitochondria and they’re responsible for giving your cells the energy to do all the things they need to do.
Just as they do in every other cell in your body, the mitochondria convert oxygen into energy molecules known as ATP (adenosine triphosphate) providing the energy for the fibroblast to keep making new collagen and elastin.
Mitochondrial enzymes speed up and activate the mitochondria to produce more ATP and give your cells energy from the foods you eat to power up your cells including those in the skin like your fibroblast cells responsible for collagen and elastin production.
LED Light enhances the cellular production of ATP with 633nm of red light, increasing cellular energy and influencing the fibroblasts to produce more collagen to firm, tighten and improve the overall appearance of the treated area.
Near-Infrared Light in a similar way to 633nm red light; however, near-infrared light has a longer wavelength on the electromagnetic spectrum of 830nm, providing the body’s deeper tissues with therapeutic benefits and providing an effective solution for rejuvenating ageing skin.
Near-infrared, when used in a clinical environment, stimulates fibroblast cells, creating new collagen and elastin and rejuvenates tired cells back into action.
With near-infrared light, you gain all the regenerative powers of sunlight without the counter-productive damaging effects of UV radiation.
But there’s more to the light spectrum than just red, and near-infrared light, meaning more LED light therapy colours.
The MediLUX Led Light Spectrum.
The MediLUX LED light therapy machine has five wavelengths that can target a specific area of concern.
Blue light targets acne, green light enhances the overall tone and clarity of the skin while yellow improves the surface quality and better hydration. And, the long-reaching wavelengths of red and near-infrared light activate cellular energy and trigger collagen synthesis.
#1 Blue Light 415nm – This is for those who suffer from acne and breakouts. The blue light reduces oil flow and reduces acne-causing bacteria. With regular sessions, there can be a reduction in breakouts and inflammation, leaving the skin noticeably clear.
#2 Green Light 520nm – Has an anti-inflammatory action on the skin, strengthens the capillary network to reduce skin redness and skin sensitivity, and assists in forming new blood vessels during the wound healing process.
#3 Yellow Light 590nm – Increases the energy supplied to the fibroblast cells to increase collagen production and reduces the destruction of existing collagen, soothes inflamed skin conditions such as rosacea, generalised facial redness and encourages faster wound healing in the skin.
#4 Red Light 633nm – Encourages circulation, lymphatic flow and ATP energy activation and stimulates collagen to firm and tighten the skin, helping to diminish fine lines and wrinkles.
#5 Infrared Light 830nm – Boosts ATP energy for deep cellular rejuvenation and collagen synthesis. Stimulates wound healing and blood flow in the subcutaneous layer of the skin, reducing skin and tissue inflammation.
How does the MediLUX LED Light Therapy compare with at-home devices?
With the swing in popularity for LED Light Therapy, you’ll find more and more at-home devices available to buy online. At-home devices are a great option when you can’t get to a skin clinic. Still, there are some essential things to consider before you make your purchase, such as differences in the level of intensity and the results that LED Light Therapy can achieve.
What’s important to note is that the number of LED Lights and the intensity behind them will vary greatly. Most at-home devices will have the necessary wavelengths of 630nm and 830nm, respectively, and most offer both red and infrared light, and some will include blue light for problematic skin conditions. These are essential features to take note of when making a choice.
Most at-home devices will have between 30 – 60 LED Lights on the device and are likely to be far less powerful, whereas an in-clinic device such as MediLUX LED Light Therapy Machine will have up to 300 medical-grade LED Lights.
It’s also worth noting. The power output is equally important, as is the quality of the LED lights used to light the device. A device could have upwards of 1500 bulbs, but with less intensity if it’s operating at a lower power output.
So with all this in mind, buying an at-home LED device can be a bit hit or miss unless you’re prepared to do your homework.
When researching, if the wavelengths, how many LED lights, and power output/supply is not made readily available to you, then you may want to reconsider your decision.
Specifications will make or break the longevity of your at-home device and any meaningful results from your at-home device.
The MediLUX LED Light Therapy is for professional use in skin or beauty clinics.
Each MediLUX LED light therapy spectrums can be used as a stand-alone treatment to manage your specific skin concerns. Alternatively, you can combine infrared light with any of the other wavelengths on the electromagnetic spectrum, providing you with firmer, smoother wrinkle-free skin that glows with radiant health.
Your skincare professional will determine what your skin needs based on your specific skin concerns.
And finally, if you’re looking for an uplifting, feel-good experience? Well, the zen-like zone the LED Light takes you to could be an excellent way to relax your furrowed brow naturally as it restores your skin. Or is that just me? Rest assured, once you climatise to the intensity of the light, it’s a pretty blissful experience.
See you next time,
*This article is sponsored by The Global Beauty Group