Posted in Uncategorized, tagged acne, blue LED lights, blue light therapy, blue light therapy for acne, LED lights, led therapy, red led lights, red light therapy, what is red light therapy on June 6, 2012 |
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I passed the skin sensitivity test for Lightstim LED lights with flying colors. This week I began actually using the device to reduce signs of aging. The instructions for LightStim were super simple:
1. Gently place the LED device against the skin in the area to be treated.
2. Hold the device on that spot for 3 minutes.
3. Repeat again every night for at least six to eight months.
During the treatment period, I can’t use retinoids or exfoliating scrubs. However Clarisonic and LED lights are a great combo so I can continue to use one of my favorite beauty tools. I also need to be extra compulsive about using a sunscreen since these lights can increase suseptibility to the sun.
This FDA approved LED device can be used on all facial wrinkles. But before investing the time zapping all the wrinkly spots on my face I’ve decided to try my red/orange lights on the “mrionette lines” at the side of my mouth. According to the published research, the wave lengths of red LED lights stimulate fibroblasts which in turn reve up collagen production. FYI blue LED lights are effective for acne control. They reduce breakouts by zapping the inflammatory bacteria that build up in the follicles. No bacteria, no acne.
I was a little anxious about placing the lights directly on my skin. Not to worry. I felt a tiny tingling , but no discomfort. I had planned to do the treatment sitting on my couch while watching TV. However my kitchen timer really wasn’t accurate under 10 minutes, so I changed plans. I set myself up in the kitchen and used the digital timer from my microwave. Standing in the kitchen was not a comfy as my couch so I put a new timer on my to-do list.
According to the Lightstim instructions, it will be six to eight weeks before I will start to see changes. This is a big committment. Not only do I have to stop using retinoids, I have to wait two months to see changes and patience is not one of my virtues. I love the instant impact of IPL, Pelleve and glycolic peels, so waiting two months does not come naturally. But LightStim is less than $300 and can be used every day for several years. IPL is about $500 /session while Pelleve clocks in at $1500. If LightStim can truely build collagen in all the right places it certainly would cerrtainly stretch my beauty budget.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged led light red, led light therapy, LED lights, led therapy, led treatments, red led light, red led lights, red light therapy, skin light, skin rejuvenation on April 25, 2012 |
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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?
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