When I first heard about LED lights I thought it sounded like a plot line from the Sci-Fi Chanel. Turns out that red and blue LED (Light Emiting Diode) lights can actually produce physicial changes in the skin. Studies have shown that the wavelengths of red LED lights apparently activate fibroblasts in the skin, This is very good news because fibroblasts stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin which are essential for smooth firm skin.
Anti-aging LED treatments are offered in spas and doctors offices and need to be used in a series of appointments. This can run into quite a bit of money, so I was delighted when the FDA approved a handheld home LED device. This week I went to the International Beauty Show and stopped at the LightStim booth which was offering a 50% off show special on their well known LED devices. I was in.
The LightStim red/amber LED anti-aging device promises to produce real results in 6-8 weeks. It needs to be used 3 minutes a day in each area at least 5X a week. It can reduce fine lines and wrinkles including crow’s feet around the eyes smiles lines that run from the nose to the chin and worry lines on the forehead.
During the 6-8 week treatment period, the skin should be washed with a mild cleanser. At night, a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid is recommended. During the day the skin should be protected with zinc or titanium oxide sunscreen. To prevent irritation, I will need to avoid using Retin A, vitamin C serums, and any retinol products. However I can continue to use my beloved Clarisonic and in fact the ultrasonic cleanser is reported to work beautifully with the red LightStim LED.
Its a big leap of faith for me to give up my tried and true Retin A for another anti-aging tool- even for a few weeks. But before I can start, I need to do a test for light sensitivity. Following package directions I will position the device at my forearm close enought to feel the warmth, but not touching the skin. If the skin turns red and and redness lasts more than 2 hours I’m light sensitive– and I can return the device for a refund. If problems don’t develop, then I’m good to go.
The before and after photos of LightStim are impressive. If you have tried red anti-aging LED lights I would love to hear about your experience. Did it help? Were you light sensitive?