Microdermabrasion is a safe and effective method of exfoliation used to treat a variety of skin problems. It’s a minimally invasive procedure usually performed by a licensed skincare professional. Hand-held devices equipped with a vacuum for suctioning are typically used to remove the dead layer of skin. A spray of highly pressurized crystals can be blown onto the skin, or a diamond or crystal-tipped wand can be used to gently scrape away the dead skin cells. The process rejuvenates the skin tone and texture and improves its appearance. The cosmetic procedure received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration in 1996 and is safe, painless, and appropriate for all skin types. Microdermabrasion can be used for a variety of skin conditions, such as age spots or fine lines. The procedure may cause tenderness, swelling, or redness, but these side effects are mild and temporary. The number of sessions needed depends on the skin condition, and session times vary but are generally an hour or less. Microdermabrasion kits are also available for at-home use. Get to know the major health benefits of Microdermabrasion now.
Microdermabrasion improves blood circulation to the blood vessels close to the skin’s surface. Blood and lymphatic circulation in deeper layers of the skin may be improved by the procedure. The increased circulation provides more oxygen and nutrients to the blood cells. Cell processes are stimulated, and the overall health of the skin is enhanced. A newer method called hydradermabrasion maximizes blood flow to the skin. It combines microdermabrasion with dermal infusion of certain products. This method also enhances the skin’s elasticity and stimulates collagen production. Increased circulation adds to the glow of the healthy skin unveiled after the procedure.
WHAT IS LED LIGHT THERAPY?
Now that you know where light therapy originated, you are probably wondering exactly what LED light therapy is. In one sentence, it is a process that emits infrared lights on your face in different wavelengths or spectrums. What those wavelengths are is determined by the specific kind of treatment you’re looking for from LED light therapy.
If that sounds complicated, don’t worry too much, it is pretty straightforward. The light waves that are sent to your skin actually trigger certain reactions in your skin cells. These reactions are what, in turn, gives you the results you are trying to achieve. The reactions happen at the dermis layer of the skin. Your dermis layer converts the light into a fuel of sorts that the cells then use to do its job in healing the skin. Think of LED light treatment as a way to fill up your skin’s gas tank. LED light treatment speeds up your skins ability to perform its natural functions.
What kind of reactions will you get with the various light waves?
Red light helps increase collagen production. And since collagen is what makes your skin have that young supple look, this is one of the biggest benefits. The red light also increases blood flow to the skin and capillaries on the face. This promotes healing and rejuvenation, all things you want when it comes to having younger-looking skin. Red light is also used to treat scarring and rosacea. Why? Because the red light has the ability to deeply penetrate your skin, which means it gets past that first layer, stimulating healing through its ability to increase blood flow. Sounds pretty amazing!
Blue light treats acne. Why? Because it is able to generate a high energy form of oxygen that attacks the bacteria in your skin. And that bacteria is what causes acne. And considering the high rate of success researchers have found in clinical studies, blue light as an acne treatment has proven results!
Of all the lights, this is the most powerful, as it penetrates the deepest into your skin. White light is able to tighten your skin as its base layer and reduce inflammation. This gives your skin that smooth, healthy glow we all try so hard to achieve!
While amber light may sound similar to red light in its benefits, think of it as more of a targeted light treatment. Amber light stimulates collagen and elastin production. While red light may provide the same benefit, along with a wide variety of other benefits, amber light specifically targets the skin cells and tissue that play a key role in giving your skin the young look you’re going for!
HOW LED TREATMENT WORKS
If you’re interested in getting LED light treatment and decide to go to a professional, you’ll find it a relaxing experience. Typically done after getting a microdermabrasion or some other form of facial, the esthetician will administer the light treatment by, first, placing eye protection over your eyes (as lights shining quite close to your face would be rather bright. Obviously.) They will then place LED light panels a few inches away from your face for about 15 minutes.
The good news is, it is usually a pleasant procedure. While it certainly feels warm on your face, many find it relaxing to chill in front of the warm light. And, even better news, it is a painless treatment. Which means there is no cause to worry about getting any burns or other skin damage. It is a relaxing, safe, and effective way to actually enjoy some warm light on your face that isn’t packed with UV rays!