Over the past year we have introduced LED light therapy into our clinic, and we now use it after almost every treatment. After testing several different machines we decided to purchase a machine from Dermalux, a decision that we are very pleased with.
So what is LED light therapy? All my clients ask me this on their first treatment and then the results speak for themselves….
LED light therapy is a non-thermal, non-invasive lightsystem that increases cell renewal, rejuvenates the skin, reduces inflammation, kills bacteria and prevents acne
breakouts. And all you haveto do is lay under it!!
The narrow band light has the ability to penetrate the skin where it is then converted and used as energy, this energy is then used to accelerate the cell renewal process increasing mitosis and resulting in more healthy skin cells
. This process is very similar to the photosynthesis that occurs in plants.
Although this is a light treatment it is not in the damaging form of UV, therefor it will not cause any type of damage to the skin (or eyes) it will only have beneficial effects.
The LED light that we use comes in 2 colours red and blue,they can be used individually to target specific skin concerns or can be usedin combination to achieve the desired results.
Red LED light
- eczema & psoriasis
- anti aging
- reduce inflammation
Blue LED light
- preventacne breakouts
- reduces active acne
I would encourage everyone no matter what age, skin type
or concern to try LED light therapy. It may be a treatment that works for you on its own or you might combine it with others such as facials, microdermabrasion, peels, resurfacers, dermaroller or laser treatments. For information on clinics near you or more information on how it will help your skin just ask and I willbe hapy to help
Glycolic acid is one of the mostly widely used acids within skincare, as a derivative of sugar cane it has been around for many years. Glycolic Acid
is the smallest AHA
molecule, because of its small molecular size it has the ability to penetrate the skin.
Essentially Glycolic Acid is an exfoliator, however they way it works is much more advanced than your average scrub. Old dead skin cells
that sit on the surface of the skin are held together by binding lipids, Glycolic Acid breaks the bond holding the skin cells and the lipids together in turn desquamating the old dead cells. Glycolic Acid is often described as a PAC man eating its way through the skin cells.
The removal of the epidermal cells forces the stimulation of new cells to be produced within the dermal layer, Glycolic Acid can be used in a variety of ways; from small percentages in products to high percentages in skin peels.
Daily use of Glycolic Acid products will help to keep the skin smooth and radiant by reducing the build up of old dead skin cells. In order for a product to be beneficial it is advised that they contain between 15& 30 percent, it is normal to experience a tingling sensation once applied.
Glycolic Acid treatments are successful at treating fine lines and wrinkles, thickened skin, superficial scarring and dull sallow skin. It is also a suitable treatment for those people who want a ‘freshen up’ to their skin. Glycolic treatments come in many forms the most successful are peels containing between 30 and 70 percent Glycolic acid.
Salicylic acid is used very successfully to treat acne and acne induced inflammation. It is the only acid that has the ability to break through the excess oil that sits on the surface of the skin.
Salicylic acid works like a whirlwind cleaning out the pores, forcing any dirt, debris or bacteria
to the surface of the skin.
This is the part to remember it gets worse before it gets better, anything that is under the surface of the skin, whether that be a build up of oil, bacteria, dirt or skin cells has to come out in order for the break out to go.
As well as cleaning out our pores Salicylic Acid suppresses the activity of enzymes that cause inflammation, in turn reducing the redness and irritation of the skin.
should not be used everyday as they can be quite drying on the skin and cause a ‘flaking’ effect. When treating spots and breakouts apply the product directly to the area, when used to reduce oil a small amount can be applied to the whole face (max of twice a week).
Salicylic Acid is also used by professionals to treat acne in the form of skin resurfacers or skin peels, these treatments are more intense than at home products: they can feel warm/hot on the skin and may cause you to peel or flake afterwards. However a course of treatments can successfully banish unwanted acne!
Now before you rush out to buy some there a few things to remember:
- Although some products advertise that they contain Salicylic Acid, you need to consider the percentage of Salicylic within them. In order to for there to be enough active acid, there should be between 2% and 5% salicylic within the product.
- Salicylic Acid is a derivative of aspirin, therefore anyone with an allergy to aspirin should avoid use.
- Salicylic acid should not be used when pregnant.
- Always use a sunscreen in combination with any acid, this will prevent any sun damage/pigmentation occurring.
For advice on what products to use with this ingredient …. Just ask
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When it comes to choosing your skincare it’s really quite simple….. Read the ingredients. Forget the fancy advert with the hot model, it’s what’s in the jar that counts.
It might be easier to start with what to avoid :
1. Face wipes, they might be quick but that’s about it. Even the all singing all dancing cleanser, toner and moisturiser wipes are doing more bad than good. Step away from the wipes!
2 . Soap, the devil in the eyes of a skin therapist. Soap is alkaline and the skin is acidic so these two are never going to work together , we want to stabilise the ph of our skin not change it.
That tight feeling we get when we use these products is a little misleading, although you might feel clean your skin is feeling stripped and dehydrated.
Using a cleanser that does not leave you feeling tight and dry should always be the start of your skin care routine, toners are not always necessary. I’ll go into cleansers in more detail in a specific post