Hand held skin care devices have become even more popular to help address skin care problems at home. In fact, in the US, 75% of female consumers currently use, or are interested in trying, a skin care device. And, these devices continue to grow as technology fuels innovation and creates opportunity for women to get personalized, salon-quality treatments at home. When it comes to hand-held devices, one of the easiest to use and most effective, are one’s that use LED technology. This technology has been researched and studies for effectiveness for decades, and the newest devices are easy to use both at home and at the spa or skin care salon.
With this device, you don’t need an advanced degree in physics or even be a licensed esthetician to use one, but you do need good advice on how to use it. Be sure to consult with your skin care professional to make sure you are using the proper at-home skin care and to know when it’s time to go for a professional treatment at the spa or salon.
Here, we will answer all the most important questions about LED devices: what are they, how do they work, who are they best for and what kind of skin care should be used with them.
What is LED?
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, which is a tiny computer chip encased in glass. LED light works by sending energy-producing pockets of light into the surface layers of the skin. This form of phototherapy uses light with wavelengths between 390–1,100 nanometers (nm) and can be continuous wave or pulsed. The LED was invented in 1962, but these early LEDs weren’t able to produce enough energy to be efficient. Then, in the 1990s, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) developed LEDs that produced a very narrow spectrum of light that in turn allowed for their first clinical applications.
Within the past 15 years, a better understanding of photobiology and an increased demand for minimally invasive yet effective dermatologic treatments has led to a growing interest in LED devices. Research has found that differing wavelengths of light-emitting diode devices have many beneficial effects, including wound healing, acne treatment, sunburn prevention, phototherapy for facial skin, and skin rejuvenation. Studies have also found that wavelengths in the range of 390 nm to 600 nm are used to treat superficial tissue, and longer wavelengths in the range of 600nm to 1,100nm are used to treat deeper seated tissues.
Each LED wavelength or color of light provides a unique benefit to the skin. LED treatments can minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles, help reduce the appearance of dark spots and the visible appearance of sun damage and stretch marks, and reduce the appearance of redness and irritation from aggressive skin treatments as well as help improve the appearance of oily, problem skin.
One of the most important factors to consider is the skin care used in conjunction with the device. Advanced ingredients that are rich in nutrients and other beneficial factors for the skin will have their benefits enhanced by the usage of correct LED settings.
Seaweed has been shown to have the greatest bio-affinity to the human body, its chemical makeup close to the elements found in human plasma, and are a source of many important nutrients, including polyunsaturated fatty acids, enzymes and bioactive peptides. Essential fatty acids help maintain our skin’s barrier, and polysaccharides such as Alginic Acid, help to lock moisture into our skin.4
The Repêchage® Laminaria Digitata Seaweed Filtrate contains vitamins, amino acids and mineral electrolytes from Seaweed extracts that assist in electrically conducting solutions while protecting the skin, including sodium, calcium, and potassium.
How to Use LED
This device should be used in conjunction with skin care that addresses the skin concerns. The LED deviceshould never be used directly on the dry, untreated skin. You may first use a gel that contains seaweed extracts that include a electrolytes first on the skin in conjunction with the LED device for about 7-8 minutes to prepare the skin and assist in the flow of current while preventing burns. After this, a skin serum may be applied, as well as a sheet mask.
A serumshould be applied first to the skin, and then the LED device should be used above the surface of the skin. Afterwards, a corresponding sheet mask can be used, with the LED hovering over the surface of the mask.
With the Repêchage® LED Radio Frequency and EMS Skin Tightening Machine, the following LED light functions can be used to address individual skin needs in conjunction with .
Red LED Light Treatment (620nm) Mode 1: With this, Red LED light is used to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and enhance the moisturization of the skin. Press the LED selection button once to enter Mode 1.
This light treatment can be used in conjunction with Vita Cura® B3 Serum Complex and the Vita Cura® B3 Lifting Mask. These products are formulated Laminaria Digitata Seaweed extract, Niacinamide, a form of Vitamin B3, Hyaluronic Acid, Adenosine to help provide the appearance of youthful smoothness, visible lifting and firming, as well as other advanced ingredients such as Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract & Caesalpinia Spinosa Fruit Extract to create an invisible film on the skin’s surface for an immediate temporarily-lifted appearance.
Green LED Light Treatment (520nm): Green LED light is used to help lessen the appearance of dark spots or sallow, discolored skin.
This treatment can be used in conjunction with the brightening serums and masks such as the Biolight® Brightening Skin Correct Serum and the Biolight® Brightening Sheet Mask which utilize the latest biotechnology, including Alpha Arbutin and Diglucosyl Gallic Acid combined with exclusive Repêchage seaweed extracts.
Blue LED Light Treatment (415nm): Blue LED light is used to lessen the appearance of oiliness and problem areas.
This device can be used in conjunction with serums and sheet masks that address sensitive, irritated skin, including the Red-Out® Serum and the Red-Out® Soothing Sheet Mask. These utilize the blend of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids and antioxidants found in Seaweed extracts, Quercetin and Micro Silver, combined with skin softeners such as Allantoin, Aloe, Hyaluronic Acid and Mirabilis Jalapa extract to soothe the appearance of the skin.
Yellow LED Light Treatment (590nm): Yellow LED light is used to brighten the appearance of the skin. To help lift the appearance of the skin and enhance natural glow, you can use a high concentration of Seaweed filtrate, such as found in C-Serum® Seaweed Filtrate Face Serum, or Vita Cura® Opti-Lift Serum, which utilizes a three-dimensional biopolymer from Pure Almond Protein that helps diminish the appearance of crow's feet and other signs of premature aging. Follow with the Lamina Lift™ Hydrating Seaweed Mask. Formulated with the exclusive Repêchage® Laminaria Digitata complex, combining Seaweed, Orange Water, and Aloe, this convenient sheet mask also contains natural ingredients like Rooibos Tea, Licorice Root and Horse Chestnut extracts to help tone and brighten the appearance of the skin.
Pink LED Light Treatment (700nm): Pink LED light is used to reduce the appearance of sallow, dull skin.
The Triple Action Peptide Serum and the Triple Action Peptide Mask are hydrating, firming and brightening, with potent Seaweed and Peptides that help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps fight the visible signs of premature aging.
Flashing Pink LED Light Treatment: Pink flashing LED light is used to help deliver skin ingredients to the surface layers of the skin and can be used with any of the combinations of serums and masks listed above to enhance delivery of the ingredients to the skin.
These affordable treatments combined with the Repêchage® LED Radio Frequency and EMS Skin Tightening Machine can make a real difference in the appearance of the skin, and are easy to use. Consult with your skin care professional to see how you can enhance the efficacy of your skin care program with this new, space-age technology.
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