As LED light therapy grows in popularity all over the world, more and more ‘DIY LED therapy lamps’ are appearing online and in the shops. We take a deeper look at at-home LED light lamps and examine the difference between these and the professional systems you find in a clinic-based session.
Not All LED Lights are Made Equal
It is important to understand the difference between a cosmetic grade LED light lamp and those with a medical CE grade. This can become critical if you have skin damage or are using LED light therapy to ease the discomfort of certain skin conditions, such as:
Many sufferers of these conditions do find relief and reduced inflammation from LED light therapy from a trained practitioner. Also, thousands of women all over the world turn to LED treatments to slow down ageing of the skin by encouraging collagen regeneration.
Using a low quality cosmetic lamp can often lead to further damage and discomfort, especially if the skin hasn’t been correctly assessed or prepared. It is therefore advisable to seek the proper advice before using LED light on your skin.
Getting the most from LED light treatment
For the best and safest results, medical grade LED lamps with the highest quality diodes are used on the face, neck and body. These types of technologies are typically much more expensive than at-home cosmetic machines and are completely different in both precision and quality of light. Red and blue LED light is used in both professional and at-home lamps, but the difference in quality can be staggering.
The delivery of effective LED light also relies on the skill, precision and experience of the practitioner, who controls precise levels of red and blue light to critical nanometres. These professional lamps can hold these critical levels for the duration of the treatment, sitting at the required level throughout.
Cheap LED light lamps do not have the ability to maintain a steady, consistent level of power through the course of the treatment and this is often why these treatments fail. Without consistency at exactly the right depth in a highly targeted process, you will never achieve the same results as those you could expect from a professional unit with a trained practitioner.
Preparing the skin
Preparation is an important part of the LED light treatment you will find at Clinique Matrice. As an advanced facial specialist, Elaine understands how to prepare your skin after first ensuring its suitability for LED light therapy.
Exfoliating, for example, makes sure the skin is free from dead cells that could potentially hamper the LED light penetration depth. If you are using an LED light at home, always make sure you follow the manufacturers instructions, wear eye protection and never overlook careful preparation of your skin.
There are many factors that make LED light therapy an effective treatment, beneficial for both cosmetic requirements and medical conditions. However, getting the right levels of blue and red LED light is absolutely critical and understanding the difference between grades of machine is a necessity before you consider buying an at-home LED light unit.