There’s a new craze happening in treatment rooms all over the world which involves clients taking selfies of themselves with glowing plastic masks on. Once upon a time the monthly facial was a time to lay back, relax and listen to ocean waves. Not any more. Our celebrity facialist and Skin Warrior, Emma Bennett has been trying out new treatments to share
With the advancements of technology and clever product designers, the LED phototherapy mask is fast becoming THE treatment of the moment and turning a facial into a scene from a fantasy movie, set in 2060. However, once you have tried and seen the results for yourself, you’ll start to understand why the likes of the Kardashians and super models are jumping on the ‘Tron’ facial bandwagon.
I’ve personally been using a LED mask within my treatments for sometime now, and I can honestly say that I don’t know what I would do without it! So I was really excited to be given the opportunity to put the new LED mask from www.slimfitclinic.com to the test. This mask is more powerful than mine so I wanted to see if that extra power makes a difference.
Firstly, I tried it on myself. If it doesn’t impress me, it goes nowhere near my clients.
The mask is lightweight and comfortable. I chose the Red light for anti ageing and within 5 minutes I can feel myself nodding off under the gentle warmth of the lights. After 20 minutes the treatment is over and I apply a serum and moisturiser and go to bed. So, the morning test. My skin looks alive and slightly plump. When I apply my make-up I notice my pores look more refined and I’m happy to use a little less. I still look like me but just a relaxed, well rested, glowing version.
The client tests. I chose 5 of my regular clients all different ages, lifestyles and skin concerns. I developed a bespoke facial for each of them and added in 20 minutes of the LED therapy. After 3 treatments all the clients felt their skin had improved, directly after the treatment but also around day 3 they reported firmer skin. Clients with breakouts reported spots were less and seemed to go faster, skin was overall less oily.
So what is it?
Phototherapy or LED light therapy was originally developed by NASA to aid plants to grow in space. LED Phototherapy is clinically proven to treat a wide range of skin conditions, such as acne, pigmentation and ageing by naturally stimulating the skin at different depths depending on the colour of light used. It can help rejuvenate or resolve problematic conditions.
Claims to aid?
- Skin Rejuvenation: fine lines, complexion and texture
• Acne, problematic skin
• Rosacea, redness and flushing
• Inflammatory conditions
• Accelerated healing
How does it work?
Red light at 630nm (nanometres) stimulates skin rejuvenation, new collagen and elastin.
Near infrared at 830nm is the most deeply absorbed wavelength and plays a part in healing and targets the inflammatory process, great for calming after treatments.
Blue 415nm light is well known to be powerful against the bacteria that causes acne (P. acnes) – a photodynamic reaction kills the bacteria.
Green LED Light
Green light therapy typically falls in the wavelength range of 515 nm to 520 nm and has a calming effect on the complexion. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the surface of the skin which is particularly great for treating dilated capillaries and rosacea, it can also help with hyperpigmentation and sun spots.
Is this treatment right for me?
If you have any skin concerns then this type of treatment is worth a try. The versatility of LED Phototherapy is greater than many other advanced skin treatments as you can be any skin colour, age and even have most medical conditions and still be safe. The only condition is that I would err on the side of caution with epilepsy, due to the lights being very bright (consult your doctor).
Cost and commitment?
Most LED treatments are incorporated into facials so treatment costs will depend on each location. Typically, treatments can range between £50-£195 and depending on the condition you are treating you, would need approximately 4-6 treatments to make a visual difference.