It’s time to drive out the darkness in your skin!
Light is a fascinating phenomenon that surrounds us every day. It’s a form of electromagnetic radiation that can be seen by the human eye and it’s responsible for allowing us to see the world around us.
One common type of light is ultraviolet (UV) radiation and it’s often cast in a negative light (pun fully intended) as excessive exposure to UV rays is known to cause skin damage, premature ageing, and even increase the risk of skin cancer.
However, not all lights are damaging for our skin and certain wavelengths are in fact therapeutic and can combat issues such as skin inflammation, dull complexion and dark spots.
Let us shed light on 2 of these safe, painless and non-invasive photofacials that will drive out the darkness and illuminate your skin from within.
1. Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Light Therapy
Thanks to Kate Moss and the Kardashians, LED Light Therapy has now become the holy grail of beauty treatments and rightly so with its plethora of amazing benefits.
Celebrities swear-by it as an instant perk-me-up before red carpet events like the Met Gala but did you know it was first discovered by NASA and was used to promote plant growth in outer space? This non-invasive treatment is now being used to improve the appearance of the skin, reduce inflammation, and even promote wound healing.
LED Light Therapy uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to deliver specific wavelengths of light to the skin for therapeutic purposes. Different colours of light have different wavelengths and, therefore, different benefits. Here are some of the most common colours used in LED Light Therapy and their associated benefits:
2. IPL Therapy
When one talks about IPL, the first thing that comes to mind may be hair removal. But IPL actually provides much more benefits to the skin, on top of inhibiting the growth of hair.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment that uses broad-spectrum light to improve the appearance of the skin. It is commonly used to treat various skin conditions, including hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and acne. Unlike LED Light Therapy that uses specific wavelengths of light, IPL works by delivering high-intensity pulses of broad-spectrum light to the skin. This causes the targeted skin cells to break down, and the body’s natural processes then remove them from the skin.
Different wavelengths of light target different chromophores (pigments) in the skin, leading to different benefits. Here are some of the benefits of IPL at different wavelengths:
When to use which?
Both therapies are very customisable and versatile to treat a wide range of skin conditions. Apart from their general differences, LED Light Therapy is recommended for regular maintenance, for example if you’re looking for a long-term anti-ageing programme, while IPL Therapy is recommended to treat more complex skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation and broken capillaries.
LED Light Therapy takes a gentler approach in treating skin woes without side effects and the results are progressive and buildable, meaning the more you do, the better your skin will look and feel. On the other hand, IPL Therapy is more intensive and targeted, hence fewer sessions are needed to achieve results.
Extra precaution needs to be taken for IPL Therapy as it may cause some short-term side effects such as redness and swelling, and if it’s not done properly, it may even result in burns. Do take note that it’s also not suitable for those with darker skin tones as they are known to cause hyperpigmentation to people of colour.
In summary, IPL is more powerful and versatile, while LED is more generic and cost-effective. The best treatment for you will depend on your skin concerns and goals, as well as your budget and availability. It’s always a good idea to consult with an expert to determine the best treatment plan for your skin.
When it comes to choosing the right treatments, we’ve got some recommendations for you:
LED Oxy+ Therapy
We call this the Red Carpet facial! If you want to illuminate your skin from within, this is the perfect treatment for you. Choose from LED Blue, Red or Infrared Light Therapy combined with Oxygen Therapy to boost circulation, eliminate signs of fatigue and leave your skin glowing with youthful radiance.
LumiGlow SmartSkin Buddy
Level up your self-care game and bring LED Light Therapy to the comfort of your home. Enjoy a spa treat wherever you are with this skintech device which integrates 7 technologies (LED Blue Light, LED Red Light, LED Green Light Therapy, Thermal Therapy, Cryotherapy and Sonic Vibrations) to tackle premature ageing, acne breakouts, skin inflammation and hyperpigmentation.
IPL Face Therapy
If you have a persistent skin condition that you would like to treat, try our IPL Face Therapy. It helps to reverse photodamage, break down hyperpigmentation, treat stubborn acne and stimulate collagen regeneration.
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