Are at-Home LED Facial Devices Worth the Hype?
LED facial tools are the newest trend in skincare. But are they worth it?
From futuristic maskscosting upwards of several hundred dollars online to budget-friendly options at your local drugstore, LED facial tools are the newest trend in skincare. Butare they worth it?
What is LED Therapy
While LED (or light-emitting diode) therapy was formerly a treatment you could only get from an esthetician or doctor, personal LED therapy devices are everywhere now.
From full-coverage face masks reminiscent of a stormtrooper to small wands that can be used on specific areas, light therapy no longer comes with a hefty price tag.
While at-home LED devices are relatively new, LED therapy itself has been around for decades. The use of therapeutic LEDs was first discovered by NASA to stimulate wound healing and recovery in space by initiating cell turnover.
Fast forward to today and LED therapy is one of the most commonly performed aesthetic procedures due to its ability to penetrate deep within the skin where our everyday topical products can’t reach.
How LED Light Therapy Helps Skin
Recent studies have backed up the science behind LED therapy for the skin, too.
In as little as three weeks, red light therapy has been proven to improve acne, psoriasis, redness, and dark spots when participants used an LED device for 20-minutetreatments 3 times per week.
Different skin concerns can be targeted depending on the color of light being emitted.
Red light therapy, for example, uses various wavelengths to target the cells responsible for skin cell renewal, namely elastin and collagen.
Blue light therapy fights acne as it’s absorbed by the oil glands where it kills acne-causing bacteria where it starts.
Strictly speaking, there’s not much that LED therapy can’t treat. With consistent use LED therapy has been found to improve the following skin concerns:
● Signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin
● Redness and inflammation
● Dark spots
● Dull and congested skin
● Uneven texture
● Enlarged pores
Are at-Home Treatments Worth It?
The biggest misconception about at-home LED treatments is that they aren’t as strong as those you would get from a professional.
In reality, there’s some truth to that, but don’t dismiss at-home LED devices just yet.
Professional treatments are more intense and spaced out over several sessions with at least a week in between, not to mention they're done under the care of a trained professional.
At-home devices can be used more frequently–some can even be used daily with one session taking as little as 10 minutes. Simply put, you don’t want your at-home LED facial tool or mask to be professional-grade.
So, are at-home LED facial devices worth it?
Absolutely! Don’t let the fact that they may not offer the quicker, more intense results of a professional treatment deter you from adding an LED tool to your skincare routine.
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain from trying out an at-home LED device.
LED therapy offers anti-aging benefits, kills acne-causing bacteria, and can improve the overall tone and texture of your skin. What’s not to love?
*Ablon, G. (2018, February). Phototherapywith Light Emitting Diodes: Treating a Broad Range of Medical and AestheticConditions in Dermatology. The Journal of clinical and aestheticdermatology. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5843358/.