Skincare devices: holy grail or marketing scam? The camps of thought can be quite divisive on social media. You’ve likely heard them all: “…real results come from real medical devices!” to “…you can damage your skin at home!” or, “It’s a scam that does nothing.” While some aren’t wrong on certain devices, I get why. Not all are created equal when it comes to results. However, if there is one type of at-home treatment that’s worth the squeeze for everyone, it’s LED light therapy. Here’s exactly why LED Light Therapy is the one device worth spending money on.
It’s Safe For All Skin Types
This is the foundation of its holy grail status. Many other devices take a higher level of understanding of skincare to ensure safe and proper results. It’s why the derma roller gets so much shit on the internet. I don’t think it deserves the full wrath of cancel culture, though…More on that in another beauty article here, so stick around. LED light therapy simply penetrates into your skin at different levels (depending on light color) and triggers biological processes that aid the skin in healing and rejuvenation. It treats quite a few skin problems: dullness, scarring, sun damage, rosacea, eczema, dermatitis, and other inflammatory skin conditions. Let’s unpack…
Red LED Light
Red LED helps jumpstart your skin’s natural collagen-producing process by acting on fibroblasts in the skin. This is the color to use if you’re looking to achieve bouncier skin and reduced scarring from acne. It’s the one that will also help with combatting fine lines and overall signs of aging as a result of the collagen boosting process. It also helps reduce inflammation, which makes it an added boost after a night out.
Blue LED Light
Some studies show Blue LED helps reduce activity in your sebaceous glands, which in English, means helps you produce less oil. While I have noticed less oily skin myself over the past couple years of consistent use, it could be due to other products or lack thereof…The more you powder your skin or strip it, the more oil it produces! I have noticed that my acne has settled after 3 months of using blue light daily since I invested in the Dr. Dennis Gross mask. While it won’t attack and kill your whiteheads outright, it WILL help more acne from forming due to the fact that the blue light helps kill bacteria.
More Won’t Hurt You…Kind of.
Moderation is paramount for skincare, especially on active ingredients and your treatment tempo. However, a double treatment of LED light therapy isn’t going to damage your skin. It’s just not going to speed things up faster, so stick to once daily for about 3 minutes, and you’re good. If your skin is sensitive to sunlight, it’s best to consult with your doctor before investing in it.
You’ll See Results with Consistent Use
Consistency is key with any part of your regimen, but even more important for this. Not going to lie, it takes a bit longer (over 3-4 months to be exact), but when you stay on it, people will fucking NOTICE. It’s the je ne sais quoi of skincare secrets: you’ll appear twice as rested and youthful, yet no one will be able to put their finger on why.
My Favorite LED Light Therapy Tools
After a couple of years of using a handheld device, I decided to upgrade to the wearable one. If you’re one of those people that feel like your skincare devices are a waste of money because you’re too lazy to use them or forget, get a wearable. You can multitask for those 3 minutes to make coffee, respond to emails, or fire up the TV to relax. While I am blown away with the results of my pricier one, there are a couple more affordable ones that get the job done. This is my full list of bangers!
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