If you follow me on Instagram it won’t be a surprise to you that I use an at home laser mask or am always running off to a salon version. I’ve had some form of acne since I was eleven and decades later it doesn’t look like it will ever leave me. Sometimes this can be attributed to stress, then it is obviously because the air is quite polluted or other times it is hormonal. My skin is sensitive, and I get red marks that can last a year despite my everyday routine. Fortunately, my skin rarely scars so that is a blessing. Laser facials have changed my life these past two years and I thought I would share everything I have learnt about laser facials to help you.
Healing with laser light was first developed by NASA for their astronauts. It was discovered that specific light waves could kill bacteria (blue) and also help to promote healing (red). Further investigation has determined that light can reduce pigmentation (green), refresh mature skin (yellow) and boost collagen (white).
Try A Good Cheap Product First.
At home treatments can be expensive and you also need to see if this product works for you. Neutrogena has a great Light Therapy mask at a lower price point. It has 16 lights that emit 8 red and 8 blue light waves. This means you are getting healing and bacteria killing at the same time. The draw backs of this device is that it limits the usage, however youtube can help you with hacks for this. Also you have to have both lights on even if you don’t need one and you can’t adjust the time. Because there are only 16 lights I found I did have to do this everyday to make a difference.
Research Before You Invest.
When you are ready to invest more you can find light masks on the market from £200+. The key here is to think about what you want from your mask as it will last a long time. I wanted all five light options, with the ability to choose, more lights (at least 100) and to set a timer. At the time of researching I settled on MZ Skins Light Therapy mask. It is sold here in London so any issues I knew I could get in contact with them quickly.
In Salon Treatments.
These are the dream and much stronger than any at home treatment. Lots of salons will offer LED therapy as part of facials, but the ones who know where the money is at allow you to book just the LED light for a 20minute session. Walk in, walk out. No need to even take your top off. Just sit in the chair, meditate and get on with your day.
My Personal LED Light Facial Routine.
I started with the Neutrogena Light Therapy mask and it worked great. I had to use it everyday and after two years it broke and only gave me the red light. I kept using it but realised that I needed the blue light to keep breakouts at bay. My skin went crazy and I had soooo many breakouts that I booked a salon course. I went once a week for five weeks and everything healed up and pimples went away.
Then I invested in MZ Skins Light Therapy mask that has 150 lights. I find I can use this 2-3 times a week, 10 minutes per coloured light. As it is a bit stronger I also find I’ve had hardly any breakouts and can use just two colours, blue and white. I still get pimples but the way they behave now is much different. They literally appear within a few hours and if I pop them, because let’s be honest we all do!, they are ready and there is no scab or mark. Now I treat myself to a salon treatments every 4-6 months when they are on special.
Hope this was helpful and you are on your way to better skin too. Read more about my skincare routine here. PF xo