Everything You Need to Know About LED Light Therapy
Have you been hearing about LED light therapy everywhere but have no clue what it is? Have you been wondering how on earth light could be the solution to your skin issues?
If you’re clueless, you’re in the perfect place!
What exactly is LED light therapy?
First things first, let’s understand what it means. LED stands for light emitting diode. It is a computer chip covered in clear resin that produces visible wavelengths or colours of light energy. This technology was initially developed by NASA for experiments with plant growth and later showed promising results in wound healing (😲 I know right?!). LED light therapy is now used by numerous professionals as a skincare regiment or part of a facial. Many at home devices have also been developed, such as the Omana LED Mask, and are rapidly gaining in popularity.
How does it work?
LED light is shone onto the skin and the cells use that light energy and convert it into fuel to do their job. Each coloured wavelength has a specific frequency which determines which layer and part of your skin the LED light will work on. For example, the Omana LED mask has three different light settings:
Red Light: Treats the outer layer of the skin or epidermis. The light energy is used to stimulate collagen production, blood circulation and increase cell metabolism. This makes it perfect for use as an anti-ageing treatment as these benefits ultimately help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It is also known to help individuals suffering with rosacea.
Blue Light: Targets your sebaceous glands. When sebaceous glands become overactive, they produce more oil than necessary which leads to acne. Blue LED light helps kill the acne producing bacteria and slows down oil production which makes it a great solution for acne prone skin.
Orange light: Works in a similar way to the red light. It stimulates cell production and improves micro-circulation. This leaves your skin radiant and glowing and helps with pigmentation and skin texture.
How much light therapy do you need?
The Omana LED mask is recommended to be used for 20 minutes daily. If that sounds like too much, you can always adjust how much you use it depending on your schedule. That’s the best thing about having an at home device! Just remember, as with any skincare routine, consistency is key. You will start to notice results after a few weeks of use, depending on how many sessions you have had.
How does it feel?
The short answer - like nothing! The first time I tried light therapy, I just couldn’t believe that such a painless and non-invasive treatment could reap such huge benefits on my skin. Many users report it as calming and refreshing because all you have to do is lie under a light with your eyes closed for 20 minutes. For me, this was also a perfect opportunity to fit in a daily dose of much needed 'me time' !
Is it safe?
LED light therapy is extremely safe to use. It uses light technology, with no Ultraviolet (UV) rays, toxins or harsh chemicals. Any possible eye damage due to light is also eliminated as professionals will always cover your eyes - the Omana LED Mask has in built sunglasses for protection.
So, are you convinced yet?