LED Light Therapy – lighting the way to healthy looking skin.

It might sound like new ‘space-age’ science but using the power of light to heal and strengthen the body actually dates back to ancient Egyptian and Greek times. In fact the Greeks, who were the first to document both the theory and practice of solar therapy, dedicated an entire city called Heliopolis (City Of The Sun) to light therapy; famous for its healing light temples, in which people could ‘bathe’ in light filtering through coloured crystals; each colour able to treat a specific ailment.

Over time, light has been used in various ways to treat a host of diseases and ailments, from acne, eczema and psoriasis to neonatal jaundice and even depression but it wasn’t until the 1990’s, when NASA started investigating the use of LED light to maintain healthy growth of human cells in astronauts while in space, that using light to regenerate and repair the skin from the effects of ageing became mainstream.

What is LED Light Therapy? LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, a low intensity light source that can convert electrical energy directly to light without firstly creating heat. LEDs do no produce harmful ultraviolet light but emit low light wavelengths within and beyond the visible light spectrum. Think red, yellow, blue and green… each colour is a wavelength of light and each wavelength can penetrate the skin layers at varying depths to stimulate specific responses in the skin.

How does LED Light Therapy work? The light is absorbed by receptors in the skin cells, where it is used to fuel repair and rejuvenation of damaged or malfunctioning cells. The light energy stimulates the skin cell’s production of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) an organic compound that provides the energy that drives many processes in living cells and a key element in cellular regeneration. As we age, the body’s production of ATP declines. The stimulation of ATP production within the skin cells accelerates the production of collagen and elastin while boosting circulation and accelerating wound repair. It helps to treat acne by regulating sebum production and reducing the number of active p-bacteria and inflammation in the skin.

LED Light Therapy is perfect if you are wanting to minimise the visible signs of ageing, reduce breakouts or control acne, reduce pigmentation and brighten the skin or repair the skin’s protective barrier to help manage the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis and other skin sensitivities. What’s my colour?

While each colour has its own attributes, in most cases an LED light therapy session will include the use of two or more colour combinations in varying sequences, to treat your individual skin concerns but will most likely always include the red LED as part of the treatment.

Red & NIR (near-infrared) Light: With its ability to penetrate deep into the dermal layer of the skin, red and NIR LED lights work synergistically to improve the skin cells' activity by accelerating metabolism and reducing oxidative stress to allow for peak cellular function. Red LED light stimulates the production of collagen (plumping) and elastin (firmness) as well as improving circulation, leading to a smoother and tighter looking skin. While NIR light penetrates deeper to trigger wound healing and decrease inflammation.

Blue Light: Proven to have antibacterial properties, blue LED light has been shown to alter the microbiome of the skin by reducing sebum production in the sebaceous glands and controlling the numbers of acne causing bacteria on the surface of the skin.

Yellow Light: Improves the exchange of oxygen in the cells, helps to reduce pigmentation and increase lymphatic drainage, improves facial flushing, redness and swelling. It’s calming and soothing effects is ideal for sensitive skins and calming skin issues such as rosacea.

Green Light: Regulates melanin production and controls hyperpigmentation, helping to fade freckles, brown patches, age spots and sun spots. Green light also calms and reduces redness, promotes healing and stimulates cellular growth.

Where can I have a treatment?

If LED Light Therapy sounds like a plan for your skin, then visit the skin experts at Brazilian Beauty. They’ll start with an in depth skin analysis and consultation to determine your skin’s individual needs then create a customised treatment plan that you can use on it's own or in combination with other skin treatments such as microdermabrasion, dermal skin needling, skin peels or customised facials.