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LED Light Therapy —
Everything You Need To Know

LED Light Therapy — Everything You Need To Know

Straight from a dermatologist

Have you heard of LED Light Therapy? Many claim it’s the key to clear, firm skin. We reached out to Dr. Joshua Zeicher the Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC to get the low down and find out what exactly LED Light Therapy is and how it can improve your skin.

Keep reading to find out the answers to all of your most-asked questions. 

What Is It?

“LED light stands for light-emitting diode. This is the technology used to generate specific wavelengths of light” says Zeichner. In dermatology, research has suggested that this type of light therapy can actually provide some beneficial effects to the skin. Different types of light actually help to target specific skin concerns “For example, blue light may help lower levels of acne-causing bacteria, while red light has anti-inflammatory and collagen-building benefits.”

But, how exactly does it work? When LED Light Therapy is used it works by triggering biological processes that work to rejuvenate and heal the skin. For example, the red light triggers collagen production which improves the firmness and elasticity of the skin. For acne-sufferers, it’s a great option as the blue light has been researched to trigger endogenous photodynamic therapy (PDT). This therapy destroys acne-causing bacteria and prevents acne from forming in the first place.

Are at-home devices worth it?

It’s important to remember that in order to reap the benefits of LED Light Therapy the light-source used needs to be at a specific wavelength. For example, extensive research has shown that the optimal wavelengths for skin improvement are blue (415nm), red (633nm), and near-infrared (830nm). If the device you’ve purchased doesn’t reach these wavelengths the reality is that it’s likely not doing much for the skin.

But, there is some hope! According to Dr. Zeichner “at home devices typically are not as powerful enough as those offered in the office setting. However, they are likely to provide some level of improvement and allow consumers to maintain their benefits at home.” So, if you’re looking to maintain then these devices might be worth it but be sure to research first before purchasing. 

Here are some suggestions:

Looking to combat eye wrinkles? Try the Skin Inc. Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Glasses LED Light Treatment for Eyes. It features an easy-to-wear glasses style design so you can treat the eye area effectively. — $175

For an at-home spa experience, try The LIGHT SALON Boost Advanced LED Light Therapy Face Mask. It comes in a soft, pliable silicone design and utilizes red 633nm light to boost collagen production, minimize redness, and even skin tone. — $495

Fight acne the painless way with the LightStim for Acne LED Light Therapy Device. The handheld device uses LightStim MultiWave® patented technology to kill acne-causing bacteria and soothe redness and inflammation. — $169

What skin types benefit the most from this procedure?

Dr. Zeichner suggests “LED light therapy is most beneficial in people who have early signs of skin aging or those with mild acne.” This is because “once the severity of the skin condition becomes worse, it is often difficult to achieve meaningful results without professional treatment.” This is unfortunately the case with a lot of at-home devices. It’s important to always remember that these tools should be seen as supplements to your already healthy skincare routine and not a replacement.

Is it safe?

Yes! LED Light Therapy tools are cleared by the FDA and approved as safe to use. Zeichner says his only concern “would be in a patient. However, as with any new topical or device, if you develop any sort of skin reaction including skin allergies or worsening of facial conditions like rosacea then you should discontinue using the device right away.” Always listen to your skin and take note of any new or adverse reactions.

Long Story Short

Yes, LED Light Therapy actually works! But, it truly depends on the health of your skin and what kind of goals you are trying to achieve. At-home devices can only do so much so make sure to research before splurging on pricey devices.

Straight from a dermatologist

Have you heard of LED Light Therapy? Many claim it’s the key to clear, firm skin. We reached out to Dr. Joshua Zeicher the Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC to get the low down and find out what exactly LED Light Therapy is and how it can improve your skin.

Keep reading to find out the answers to all of your most-asked questions. 

What Is It?

“LED light stands for light-emitting diode. This is the technology used to generate specific wavelengths of light” says Zeichner. In dermatology, research has suggested that this type of light therapy can actually provide some beneficial effects to the skin. Different types of light actually help to target specific skin concerns “For example, blue light may help lower levels of acne-causing bacteria, while red light has anti-inflammatory and collagen-building benefits.”

But, how exactly does it work? When LED Light Therapy is used it works by triggering biological processes that work to rejuvenate and heal the skin. For example, the red light triggers collagen production which improves the firmness and elasticity of the skin. For acne-sufferers, it’s a great option as the blue light has been researched to trigger endogenous photodynamic therapy (PDT). This therapy destroys acne-causing bacteria and prevents acne from forming in the first place.

Are at-home devices worth it?

It’s important to remember that in order to reap the benefits of LED Light Therapy the light-source used needs to be at a specific wavelength. For example, extensive research has shown that the optimal wavelengths for skin improvement are blue (415nm), red (633nm), and near-infrared (830nm). If the device you’ve purchased doesn’t reach these wavelengths the reality is that it’s likely not doing much for the skin.

But, there is some hope! According to Dr. Zeichner “at home devices typically are not as powerful enough as those offered in the office setting. However, they are likely to provide some level of improvement and allow consumers to maintain their benefits at home.” So, if you’re looking to maintain then these devices might be worth it but be sure to research first before purchasing. 

Here are some suggestions:

Looking to combat eye wrinkles? Try the Skin Inc. Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Glasses LED Light Treatment for Eyes. It features an easy-to-wear glasses style design so you can treat the eye area effectively. — $175

For an at-home spa experience, try The LIGHT SALON Boost Advanced LED Light Therapy Face Mask. It comes in a soft, pliable silicone design and utilizes red 633nm light to boost collagen production, minimize redness, and even skin tone. — $495

Fight acne the painless way with the LightStim for Acne LED Light Therapy Device. The handheld device uses LightStim MultiWave® patented technology to kill acne-causing bacteria and soothe redness and inflammation. — $169

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is considered the golden standard when it comes to antioxidants as it fights hyperpigmentation AND increases collagen production. Along with retinol, this is another ingredient that has been considerably researched and proven to be incredibly effective. The water-soluble vitamin provides your skin with numerous benefits including UV-photo protection, prevents transepidermal water loss, and reduces hyperpigmentation by inhibiting melanin production. If you’re suffering from blemishes, it’s a great source to even your complexion and give you a gorgeous glow.

What skin types benefit the most from this procedure?

Dr. Zeichner suggests “LED light therapy is most beneficial in people who have early signs of skin aging or those with mild acne.” This is because “once the severity of the skin condition becomes worse, it is often difficult to achieve meaningful results without professional treatment.” This is unfortunately the case with a lot of at-home devices. It’s important to always remember that these tools should be seen as supplements to your already healthy skincare routine and not a replacement.

Is it safe?

Yes! LED Light Therapy tools are cleared by the FDA and approved as safe to use. Zeichner says his only concern “would be in a patient. However, as with any new topical or device, if you develop any sort of skin reaction including skin allergies or worsening of facial conditions like rosacea then you should discontinue using the device right away.” Always listen to your skin and take note of any new or adverse reactions.

Long Story Short

Yes, LED Light Therapy actually works! But, it truly depends on the health of your skin and what kind of goals you are trying to achieve. At-home devices can only do so much so make sure to research before splurging on pricey devices.

Keyword: Antioxidant Power

You may have heard the term superfood being thrown around all of the time especially when it comes to fruit or veggies. From antioxidant-packed Acai to nourishing Avocado, what exactly are superfoods, and why are they so amazing for your skin? Let’s dive in!

What are superfoods?

Well, according to Harvard, this trendy buzzword first makes its origins in the early 20th century during World War l. Clever food companies latched onto the term as a food marketing strategy to boost the sales of banana. But, this term isn’t just about marketing gimmicks. Fast forward to the 21st century and nowadays this label generally refers to a food source that contains multiple health benefits whether it be for your skin or something as crucial as lowering your blood pressure. While it may have started as a marketing strategy, superfoods now have the research to back up their benefits especially when it comes to your skin.

Superfoods = Antioxidant Powerhouses

Let’s keep it real — almost any fruit or vegetable can be seen as a superfood and while that bursts the bubble on crazed food marketing that doesn’t mean these ingredients aren’t worth the hype. In fact, we definitely believe in the hype! We’re sure you know by now that fruits and vegetables are amazing for the body. Their high doses of vital vitamins and minerals are an essential component to a healthy diet but what we love the most about them is their high antioxidant power.

Antioxidants are one of the most important parts of your skin and food routine as they work to combat free radical damage. Our bodies (including our skin) go through a lot of external and internal stress on an everyday basis from pollution, cigarette smoke, lack of sleep, and even poor nutrition, and these can impact our body negatively by triggering oxidative stress.

Oxidative stress occurs when your body produces more toxins than it can get rid of. As they accumulate in excess, it causes your cells to function poorly and can even result in cell death. This manifests in your outwards appearance as premature aging, loss of elasticity, uneven skin tone and texture, and beyond. The most effective way to fight against these free radicals is with antioxidants as they work as your cell’s bodyguards neutralizing free radicals and preventing cellular damage. Unfortunately, our bodies don’t produce enough antioxidants to fight free radicals on their own so it’s important to supplement this by having a diet rich in antioxidant foods as well as applying antioxidant-rich products.

Our Favorite Antioxidant-Rich Products

The Bitter Green Essence Toner is the perfect antioxidant edition for any routine. It comes jam-packed with 33 different antioxidant-rich green vegetable extracts. The potent green complex contains a purifying combo of artichoke, broccoli, and matcha green tea that hydrates and clarifies helping to smooth unwanted texture and protect skin from dehydration. This powerful blend provides the skin with a mega-dose of antioxidants that will nourish and soothe while safeguarding it from premature aging. Think of it as your bodyguard from environmental stressors that’ll keep your skin looking young and fresh.

LONG STORY SHORT

💚If you didn’t know, now you know that antioxidants are a must-have in your skincare routine. Not only do they provide your skin with healthy doses of hydration but they also work hard to fight premature aging leaving you with an ageless glow.

Straight from a dermatologist

Have you heard of LED Light Therapy? Many claim it’s the key to clear, firm skin. We reached out to Dr. Joshua Zeicher the Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC to get the low down and find out what exactly LED Light Therapy is and how it can improve your skin.

Keep reading to find out the answers to all of your most-asked questions. 

What Is It?

“LED light stands for light-emitting diode. This is the technology used to generate specific wavelengths of light” says Zeichner. In dermatology, research has suggested that this type of light therapy can actually provide some beneficial effects to the skin. Different types of light actually help to target specific skin concerns “For example, blue light may help lower levels of acne-causing bacteria, while red light has anti-inflammatory and collagen-building benefits.”

But, how exactly does it work? When LED Light Therapy is used it works by triggering biological processes that work to rejuvenate and heal the skin. For example, the red light triggers collagen production which improves the firmness and elasticity of the skin. For acne-sufferers, it’s a great option as the blue light has been researched to trigger endogenous photodynamic therapy (PDT). This therapy destroys acne-causing bacteria and prevents acne from forming in the first place.

Are at-home devices worth it?

It’s important to remember that in order to reap the benefits of LED Light Therapy the light-source used needs to be at a specific wavelength. For example, extensive research has shown that the optimal wavelengths for skin improvement are blue (415nm), red (633nm), and near-infrared (830nm). If the device you’ve purchased doesn’t reach these wavelengths the reality is that it’s likely not doing much for the skin.

But, there is some hope! According to Dr. Zeichner “at home devices typically are not as powerful enough as those offered in the office setting. However, they are likely to provide some level of improvement and allow consumers to maintain their benefits at home.” So, if you’re looking to maintain then these devices might be worth it but be sure to research first before purchasing. 

Here are some suggestions:

Looking to combat eye wrinkles? Try the Skin Inc. Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Glasses LED Light Treatment for Eyes. It features an easy-to-wear glasses style design so you can treat the eye area effectively. — $175

For an at-home spa experience, try The LIGHT SALON Boost Advanced LED Light Therapy Face Mask. It comes in a soft, pliable silicone design and utilizes red 633nm light to boost collagen production, minimize redness, and even skin tone. — $495

Fight acne the painless way with the LightStim for Acne LED Light Therapy Device. The handheld device uses LightStim MultiWave® patented technology to kill acne-causing bacteria and soothe redness and inflammation. — $169

What skin types benefit the most from this procedure?

Dr. Zeichner suggests “LED light therapy is most beneficial in people who have early signs of skin aging or those with mild acne.” This is because “once the severity of the skin condition becomes worse, it is often difficult to achieve meaningful results without professional treatment.” This is unfortunately the case with a lot of at-home devices. It’s important to always remember that these tools should be seen as supplements to your already healthy skincare routine and not a replacement.

Is it safe?

Yes! LED Light Therapy tools are cleared by the FDA and approved as safe to use. Zeichner says his only concern “would be in a patient. However, as with any new topical or device, if you develop any sort of skin reaction including skin allergies or worsening of facial conditions like rosacea then you should discontinue using the device right away.” Always listen to your skin and take note of any new or adverse reactions.

Long Story Short

Yes, LED Light Therapy actually works! But, it truly depends on the health of your skin and what kind of goals you are trying to achieve.
At-home devices can only do so much so make sure to research before splurging on pricey devices.