Light therapy is just one of the many new treatments that are available right now. And if you do not think you have heard of it, there is a good chance you have seen it in the form of a somewhat terrifying mask on Instagram that lights up the whole face and makes someone look like a Storm Trooper.
That being said, despite its unique design, there is a reason why people have swapped peel face masks for something a little more sci-fi, and if you want to find out why you should be investing in this switch, too, then read on!
What is Light Therapy?
Light therapy is a broad term and perhaps more well-known as something that offers treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), but light therapy can be used for many things, including improving the skin.
A few different colors can be used, which all are claimed to do different things and have different effects on the skin. For example, a blue light is said to help clean bacteria off the skin, a red light is said to penetrate deeper into the third layer of the skin, helping cell regeneration and collagen production, and an orange light could brighten up dull skin and improve skin tone.
Help Treat Acne
Acne is a common skin problem all over the world. It affects 40 to 50 million people in America alone, and while it is not dangerous as an issue, it can significantly affect people’s mental health and confidence.
A face mask with a blue light setting can be used to penetrate the skin and kill the bacteria that causes the acne. It can also have some anti-inflammatory properties too, which could help lessen the appearance of acne that is present.
Improve Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Many people are on a never-ending pursuit to remove any signs of aging, but along with this pursuit can come significant risks.
Not only can certain surgeries and treatments cause problems or make matters worse, but they are not cheap either and can cost a significant amount of money for something that may need multiple rounds.
The red light in light therapy (aside from infra-red) is the color that penetrates the skin the furthest, offering benefits such as increased elastin production, increased circulation, decreased inflammation, and also helps with healing. There are limited side effects when using this treatment over more traditional options such as Botox or fillers, and if you purchase your own device, it is a one off cost for you to conduct the light therapy treatments in your own home.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
As with undertaking many new routines, it is always worth giving a device and your skin time to adjust together. On average, it is recommended to wait 4-6 weeks for your skin to start showing signs of improvement, but it could take longer – or a shorter amount of time! All skin is different but be consistent for the most accurate results.