I could write all day long about the science behind LED skin therapy. My goal here is to explain the key benefits and why I love and recommend “light” therapy for most every skin type out there. There are many different brands of LED in spa land today; certain brands are far superior to others. Omnilux, by Photo Therapeutics out of the UK is the piece of equipment I will be referring to here. I have seen the results first hand and they have the scientific data to back up their claims.
There are many different colors used in LED therapy but the two most popular and effective are red and blue. Generally speaking, the red light is used for aging concerns and the blue light is used for acne.
Minimizes pore size
Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
Skin feels softer, smoother
Reduce the acne-causing bacteria in skin
Advantages to other treatments on the market:
Non-Invasive and safe
No down time
Non-thermal-(skin is not sun sensitive after the treatment, the opposite happens and cells are actually more protected.)
Great as a combination therapy with other treatments
Be prepared for an extremely bright light! Just relax and pretend you are sitting on a beach somewhere exotic (that’s what I do!) and relax. Visit the Omnilux website for before and after photos and call to find a clinic near you.
Since I have a small obsession with misting hydrating skin care products on my skin, I am always on the lookout for a good one. I have a spray toner at my desk so I can mist throughout the day, cool myself off when it gets hot and I never get on a plane without a mini spritzer in my bag.
One of my new favorites is Avène Thermal Spring Water. The Avène skin care line from France is targeted for sensitive skin types. The key ingredient is the thermal spring water from France’s Cevennes Mountains and is considered a fountain of youth.
The Thermal Spring Water can be used in the following ways:
- After cleansing
- After shaving/after waxing
- After exercise
- During travel
- Sunburn, burn
- Diaper rash
- To set makeup
Also great for:
- Post surgery
- Redness-prone skin / inflammation
- Keratosis-prone, scaly skin
- Eczema / atopic dermatitis
- Allergic reactions / sensitive skin / irritation
- Burning / stinging / itching / tingling
The UV index represents the amount of UV radiation that reaches the ground and ultimately puts us at risk. * See table below* This weekend in southern California we are at a UV index number of 12! Meaning, this weekend we have an extreme risk for over exposure to UV radiation. At this extreme level it will only take four minutes to get sunburned! Even if the temperature is not too high or it is cloudy, this risk to exposure still applies.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, you should try to avoid sun exposure mid day, wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen. To find out what the UV index number in your area is visit the EPA’s website: http://www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html
With a three day weekend and plenty of sun forecasted, most of us are planning to have fun in the sun.
Wear your sunscreen-Apply ½ hour before you go out and don’t forget to re-apply after swimming.
Drink lots of water-Especially if alcohol is involved (and I am assuming it is!)
Wear a hat-it helps protect you from the sun and you won’t have to worry about your hair!
Have a great holiday and don’t forget to take care of your skin!