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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:


Advantages

- 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

- Detoxifying

- Doubles the lymph flow

- Better absorption of products in your usual routine


For anti-ageing:

- 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

- Irritability

- 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.

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