Photon therapy, which treats the skin using wavelengths and LED lights, was not originally invented for facials. In fact, developed by NASA, the diode technology was intended for space shuttle experiments on plants.
When it was subsequently discovered light emitted from the diodes was beneficial in combating a wide range of skin conditions, photon therapy was born. In the beginning, only top beauty therapy clinics and spas were equipped to deliver the treatment. It was expensive too – out of reach to all but the rich and famous.
Like many new technologies, the equipment has got cheaper as demand increased. You can now buy your own LED light therapy equipment to use at home. Face masks and hand-held devices are available from a wide range of outlets. They retail for anything from £20 up to around £500. So, with professional treatments costing around £40 to £60-a-time, buying your own equipment will save you money and inconvenience.
How Does LED Light Therapy Work?
Scientists discovered that, while intended to study the growth of plants in space, light wavelengths are capable of treating damaged skin, including wounds. For example, wavelengths from red light are beneficial in treating the signs of ageing. A blue light is commonly used to treat acne, however there are exceptions for those on certain types of acne medications.
Modern devices intended for use in the home offer a range of wavelength settings, each with its own light – so you can treat any number of skin conditions in complete privacy. It is worth noting that LED light therapy does not use ultraviolet rays, so it it is considered safe by medical experts. In fact, it’s a good alternative to painful skin peels and cosmetic surgery.
Available Photon Light Treatment Colours
Although the number offered will vary from product to product, these are the colours available and what they are each claimed to treat:
- Red – used in anti-wrinkle and anti-ageing treatments. Considered to repair damaged skin to reveal a more youthful appearance.
- Blue – used to minimise the the effects of acne and treat skin damaged by common conditions.
- Violet – used in the healing process to treat damaged skin. Popular with those who suffer from breakouts and acne.
- White – used to even the skin tone and diminish age spots. It is also said to reduce fine lines and firm the skin.
- Green – used to treat stress.
- Yellow – used to improve the texture of the skin to leave it looking smoother. This light is also recommended by some manufacturers as being suitable to treat ringworm.
Cost and Time Involved
The LED light therapy products in our shop start at under £33.
Experts recommend the units are used for 20 minutes at a time. The graphs below outline some of the benefits. If you’ve fancied giving light therapy a go, there’s never been a better time!