A Brief Intro to Low Level Light Therapy

Can colorful lighting have a real impact on your skin? It might sound like something out of a science fiction novel, but the future really is here. Low level light therapy (LLLT) or LED therapy is a popular procedure that might sound a little too good to be true—but you can feel and see its benefits right away.

You’ve seen the hype but might still be a bit lost on what LLLT is (and what all of those Ls even mean). Here’s an introduction into this growing procedure, its rich history and what it can do for you.

The History Behind LLLT

Low level light therapy is the name you’ll hear thrown around the beauty and esthetics industry, but if you want to get technical, you can also call LLLT photobiomodulation. But who has time for that?

In 1967, just seven years after the invention of the ruby laser, Hungarian scientist, Endre Mester, started playing around with the effects of light on skin and hair. Mester found that when he shined certain laser light on the backs of shaven mice, their hair would grow back quicker than their unshaven friends. That made Mester think—what would happen if this light was applied to humans?

Mester’s human trials showed immense promise for LLLT as a healing tool. Patients with non-healing skin ulcers finally saw skin regrowth. From there, LLLT has seen a lot of development with research and improvement from NASA. Fast forward to today, where LLLT is used on a lot more humans than shaved mice. It’s also been FDA approved for more than a decade, and it’s only getting more popular from here.

What LLLT Is

Today’s LLL therapy consists of applying red, blue, yellow or green light energy to the skin. It’s a painless, non-invasive cosmetic procedure that can be done in just 30 minutes.

If you have skin problem areas, chances are, you’re a candidate for LLLT. It can treat fine lines and wrinkles (red light), acne (blue light), rosacea, skin redness, flushing (yellow light), hyperpigmentation (green light) and various joint, muscle and pain conditions.

 

Where to Get LLLT

Since LED therapy can be used to treat such a wide range of conditions, many professionals practice using this valuable tool in their treatments. For those looking to target their fine lines, acne, and more (or those just looking to pamper their skin), seek out an esthetician who will know your skin needs.

Schedule your LLLT session with us today to shine a light on what light therapy can do for your skin.

Visiting a Licensed Esthetician Is the First Step

Whether you’re looking to fight the signs of aging or erase your acne scars, skin care companies offer hundreds of lotions and washes and salons provide countless treatment options for you to choose from. While you want to heal and rejuvenate your skin, it might be difficult choosing what’s best for you with all the products and treatments on the market.

But fortunately, you don’t have to make that decision alone. The first step to restoring your skin is seeking professional help from an esthetician. These licensed professionals have a wide variety of products available and know how to treat specific concerns.

With an esthetician’s consultation, he or she can analyze your skin and choose the best treatment option for you. Here are just a few of the treatment options your esthetician might choose to bring your skin back to life:

Facials

Not only can facials relax you, but they can also treat acne, improve blood circulation or fight signs of aging.

Facials involve specially designed washes, lotions and sometimes masks, so it’s best to get them done professionally and at least once a month to exfoliate dead cells that have been regenerated.

Peels

Peels are one step above facials. They involve chemicals to exfoliate and remove the top layer of your skin to show new, untouched skin. Peels help remove deep facial wrinkles, deep acne scars, severe sun damage and severe skin discoloration.

Microdermabrasion 

Coined the “lunchtime facial” because you’re in and out in as little as 30 minutes, microdermabrasion is best for minor skin problems and early signs of aging.

The non-invasive, painless treatment uses a spray of microcrystals to remove the dead and dull surface layers. It helps treat oily skin, enlarged or clogged pores, fine lines, mild acne scars and mild complexion problems.

Microneedling  

Hundreds of tiny needles pricking your face might not sound appealing, but microneedling is virtually painless and reduces wrinkles, fine lines, scars, stretch marks, sun damage and pigmentation.

Microneedling uses fine needles to create hundreds of invisible puncture wounds. This stimulates the body’s natural healing process and induces collagen production to strengthen the epidermis.

LED Treatment

Low level light therapy is the application of light energy to the body to obtain therapeutic benefits. It produces a natural photo-biochemical reaction similar to the process of plant photosynthesis and has a wide range of benefits, such as reducing fine lines and wrinkles, improving uneven skin tone and reducing pore size.

You don’t have to make a decision today if you’re searching for options to help your skin look its best. With a wide array of treatments, an esthetician can help you make the most informed decision for your skin. Visit a licensed esthetician today and get your skin back to a glowing you.