31st Jan 2020
LED light therapy is something I’d only tried in a skin clinic environment, but how well would it work when the device came home with me?
The first time I had an LED light therapy device on my face was in Renaissance Skin Clinic in Howth after I had an Image facial. The machine, which was huge and, I’d imagine, more effective than an at-home one, not only relaxed me post-facial (it’s like being cocooned) but also had a placebo effect in that I thought it would help the skincare that had just gone before penetrate. That’s not exactly what LED light does, but it does indeed do something.
How do they work?
LED bulbs emit coloured wavelengths of visible light that penetrate the skin at a cellular level, causing various reactions. Different colours do different things, for instance, red light is useful for stimulating the skin to produce skin-firming collagen, green light can fade pigmentation, and blue light kills acne-causing bacteria.
At-home LED masks are made with fewer bulbs than ones you might find in a clinic, and tend to deliver less energy and density, but can still be effective. You can use at-home ones for about 10-15 minutes a day, and while I was testing this one, I used it daily, I wouldn’t recommend using it every single day personally, as I think you can overstimulate your skin sometimes.
I tried this Current Body one
which sells for €426 normally (but it’s on sale at the moment for €360!).
What should I expect?
I personally found this mask best for brightening my skin. My complexion was just a lot more even after use, however my fine lines were still as visible as ever — I’m due some Botox soon.
The brand did their own clinical studies which found that use of the mask helped reduce visibility of wrinkles by 35% in a month, while 95% of users said their skin tone, texture, firmness and tightness got better.
How do I use an LED light therapy mask?
The recommended usage is 10 minutes per day, three to five times per week, and you can use it on bare skin or with their Hydrogel mask (which I did make use of for optimal results).
I also found it really comfortable on my skin, although wouldn’t be going about reading like the gal in the picture. Close your eyes, chill out. It adds to the experience.
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