LED Light Therapy and Seasonal Affective Disorder
What is LED Light Therapy?
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. It is a special diode that emits light when connected to a circuit.
LED Light therapy uses specific colour wavelengths of light that penetrate the skin at varying depths to trigger biological processes for skin rejuvenation. An LED Light Therapy Facial is the application of an opera style mask to stimulate skin rejuvenation.
What does it do?
LED Light Therapy delivers energy to skin cells to boost collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, leading to wound healing and boosted tissue growth. LED light throws out light in all directions, therefore flooding the skin all over, covering every curve and uneven texture.
Our LED mask is an opera style mask with the choice of red light, blue light or combined red and blue sequences (purple) alongside infrared (invisible light) and has a wide range of benefits:
- Improves skin tone and elasticity
- Increase in enzyme activity, which creates protein synthesis
- Stimulates fibroblasts for cell growth
- Increase in hyaluronic acid for moisture retention
- Increase in circulation due to the increased formation of new capillaries
- Aids cell detoxification for a healthy look and feel
- Reduces the appearance of larger pores
- Plumper, more youthful looking skin
- Skin renewal and skin radiance
- Increases the effectiveness of your skincare products
- Improves skin tone by calming melanocytes
- Promotes wound healing
- Strengthens the skin
- Balances oil production and attacks P-acnes (the bacteria that causes acne)
- Scar reduction
- Soothes eczema, psoriasis and hypersensitivity
- The light will also activate the pituitary gland to help induce stress relief
- Relaxing and calming for the nervous system
- Minimal downtime unlike more aggressive treatments
For overall skin health:
- Freshens the complexion
- Gives a visible glow which lasts for up to four days
- Oxygenating for the skin
- Doubles the lymph flow
- Better absorption of products in your usual routine
- Increases the production of collagen and elastin
- Increases hyaluronic acid
- Increases plumpness and elasticity
- Brightened complexion
- Boosts the immune system allowing healthy cells to reproduce and aid cell detoxification
- Helps reduce glycation (excess glucose in skin fibres leading to build up of cells, dull appearance, reduction in plumpness))
For corrective treatment:
- Reduces bruising and swelling
- Calms inflammation (sensitive skin, eczema, psoriasis)
- The blue light targets the follicle to kill P-acnes (the bacteria that grows deep in the pores and feeds off sebum to cause acne)
- The red light for post treatment such as laser or peels
- The red light to boost healing after treatment and wound healing
In addition to this, the mask can also be especially useful in the Winter months to improve the mood for those affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern and usually affects sufferers the most in the darker, Winter months after the festive season.
Symptoms of SAD can include:
- A persistent low mood
- Feeling lethargic (lacking on energy) and sleepy during the day
- Craving carbohydrates or gaining weight
- Difficulty concentrating
- Finding it hard to get up in the morning and sleeping for longer than normal
- A loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
Your bodys circadian rhythm (internal clock) uses sunlight to time various important functions such as when we wake up, so a lack of natural light in Winter can disrupt the bodys natural rhythm.
How does the LED mask help with SAD?
The LED Light Therapy Facial is mood boosting for those affected by SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) because it releases serotonin. Serotonin affects your mood, appetite and sleep and we know that a lack of sunlight can lower our serotonin levels.
The facial treatment is best applied in a darkened room to enhance the psychological effects of light.
What treatments are available?
Our LED Light Therapy is available within the Skin Revival facial or as a 20 minute bolt on to any other facial we offer.
Autumn Seasonal Skin Changes
Have you noticed your skin feels different this month to how it felt six weeks ago?
The obvious visual differences could be the skin tone and colour if you have been away or tend to tan in the summer months. But perhaps you have noticed more dry skin particularly around the nose area? Or breakouts around the forehead and jaw line? Or rough skin around the neck area? Your hair could be looking dull and feeling lifeless and the skin on your body showing signs of dry skin or irritation.
As we transition from Summer to Autumn, we need to think about making a few tweaks to our skincare regime and general self care beauty routines.
Let’s start with the products we use from day to day. This applies to any product of any brand. Your skin's needs are not the same all year round, so we tend to change our products when we transition from hot weather into cold weather and then again from cold weather into the Summer months. This doesn’t mean throwing everything out and starting again, but for selected products it may be an idea to consider other options when they run out and need replacing next time.
A cleansing oil is luxurious and warms easily to melt make up and dirt from the skin. This is favoured to ‘remove the day’ in the evening, while the lipids in the oil cleanse will nourish and hydrate the skin. In Autumn and Winter, we tend to have fewer layers of suncream and sweat build up throughout the day, so we don’t necessarily need quite such an invasive cleanse. The cleanser will not need to work so hard. Always double cleanse in the evening. Once to remove the day and once to cleanse the skin. Remove your cleanser with a wet, warm (not too hot or cold) flannel and pat dry.
A morning option for a cleanser would be a gentle cream or calming foam (as long as the foam is soap free so it is pH balanced!) The morning cleanse is to simply wash away the night before and remove your night serums, so a single cleanse is usually sufficient.
We should exfoliate regularly, all year round, but it is common to get out of the habit in the middle of the summer for risk of ‘removing’ the tan. In our 20s, the skin cell turnover takes around 28 days, meaning we reveal fresh skin on the surface around once a month. As we age, this process slows down to 40+ days. Our skin needs a helping hand to speed up cell renewal, with an exfoliator. This could be an enzyme exfoliator, acid toner or with a gritty scrub.
Aim to exfoliate with grit or enzyme at least weekly and use an acid toner 3-4 times a week (some recommend every day but see how your skin gets on as daily may be too much). If you are experiencing seasonal breakouts or you find new dry areas and patches from weather changes and heating, pay more attention to these specific areas. Try to keep up a regular exfoliation routine to stop your skin from looking dull. Do not use a grit exfoliator more than twice weekly though as it can be too harsh on the skin and even cause breakouts.
Serums are packed full of specialist nutrients such as hyaluronic acid and peptides to give the skin an added boost and address skin complaints. In the winter, we want our serum to be rich and nourishing. In Summer we opt for lighter serums otherwise we tend to sweat it off, or perhaps in the hottest weather we only use a multi functional moisturiser with SPF. In colder months, we layer our skincare in the same way we layer our clothes, to give the skin maximum protection from the elements and provide a rich nourishment all over. You may like layering or prefer a one cream suits all, decide what is right for you or speak to your therapist about the best target serums for your skin.
Eye cream is essential for 30+ and a good preventative step for anyone 20+. During colder months, the outside elements can sensitise the eyes and home and travel central heating dries the eyes out, especially with the heating vents when driving the car. In Summer, the eyes have sunglasses for additional protection from the sun, wind and air conditioning and now they are out facing the harsh elements alone. Ensure you have a good eye cream to apply each day, after cleansing and before you moisturise.
Yes, this is still needed. Perhaps not as a standalone sun protection, but it certainly must feature somewhere in your routine, for example in your day moisturiser. UVA rays are present 365 days a year, whether the sun appears or not and these are the rays that age us. UVB rays are the rays we see in the sunshine that lead to a tan (or burn). A multi spectrum Sun Protection Factor will protect from UVA, UVB and the other outdoor elements, including wind and pollution. Check your day cream includes an SPF cover for the best protection from ageing.
You may find that during the summer a heavy night cream was too much with the heat and the risk of sweating. Now the nights are cooler, we need to take advantage of the overnight process where the skin works harder than ever to heal, restore and regenerate. If your skin feels tight or dry, apply a cream mask in the evening after cleansing, then rub the excess in before going to sleep. Alternatively, find a Vitamin A based or peptide based night cream to apply every evening to fight ageing and even out the skin tone and texture.
The skin needs a really good scrub now that we are layered up with clothing and more prone to dry skin. Aim to exfoliate the body twice weekly. You could use a luxury shower gel with exfoliating gloves for self care and pampering or use a gritty salt or sugar scrub on dry skin then rinse off in the bath or shower. Pay attention to knees, feet, elbows and hands, where dry skin builds up quickly. After exfoliating, apply a body lotion. The hands will need extra hand cream, so it may be an idea to keep one in your car or bag for when out and about. Wear gloves to protect the hands from wind and cold. Keep moisture in the feet by wearing socks rather than walking around bare foot on cold floors and apply a foot cream regularly.
Dry body brushing not only removes dead skin cells but also helps to detoxify the skin by increasing blood circulation and promoting lymphatic drainage. For glowing skin, dry body brush once to twice a week, but avoid dry brushing on the face because it will be too aggressive.
Change of Routine
With the darker evenings, it becomes a bit easier to schedule a pamper evening and apply hand cream, foot mask or face mask while we are settled in front of the TV.
As always, water and fresh air are the best prescriptions for not only skin, but overall health. Try to get outside as often as possible. We spend up to 80% of our lives indoors and in Winter are less inclined to venture out, but a stroll through the woods can do you the world of good for skin, body and mind.
We understand the skin changes season to season and want to help you feel your best in your own skin. Our therapists are trained in multiple skin brands and hold a deep knowledge of skincare ingredients. If you would like us to take a look at the products you are using to assess suitability or prescribe a recommended new product to add into your current routine, we would be happy to help.
Consultations All Year
Our comprehensive skincare menu has been designed by us, specifically to allow for seasonal changes. We do not have a rigid regime where we give you the exact same facial all twelve months of the year (unless you really want us to!). All of our facials feature plenty of massage and pampering but the products, machines, tools and procedures can be selected on the day, for what we feel your skin needs that day. Have you been having the same facial for a while? We can mix it up! Give your skin a new lease of life. Browse the menu on the Face page of our website and speak to your therapist to help choose the best appointment for you.