Light therapy is a skin treatment that improves your skin’s condition by directly exposing it to light. Depending on if LED light or UVB light is used, light therapy can improve a variety of skin conditions. For example, it can slow signs of aging and improve conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Let’s look at what these light treatments do and how they can affect and improve your skin.
What are the Different Types of Light Therapy?
There are two main types of light therapy skin treatments: UVB phototherapy and LED light therapy. UVB phototherapy is also called ultraviolet light therapy. The purpose of using ultraviolet light therapy is to decrease the local immune system on the skin. By decreasing the skin’s local immune system, it can reduce the effects of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and vitiligo. For example, the UVB rays used in phototherapy can reduce the pain and the thick, scaly skin that psoriasis causes people to endure. It can also reduce the amount of skin that psoriasis covers. With vitiligo, however, the UVB rays stimulate the skin’s pigment-producing cells, called melanocytes, in patches where the condition has made the skin grow lighter. Overall, UVB light therapy provides the best results for these chronic skin conditions.
LED light therapy, on the other hand, works best for less severe skin woes, such as acne and anti-aging concerns. This type of light therapy uses three different types of LED light to treat different conditions: blue LED light, red LED light, and yellow LED light. In general, LED light therapy treatments emit infrared light onto the skin, creating heat. Each type of LED light provides different results, though. For instance, blue LED light kills bacteria, which helps get rid of acne. Red LED light, meanwhile, promotes circulation and improves collagen synthesis. And yellow LED light stimulates the skin’s collagen and elastin to reduce redness and healing time in the damaged parts of the skin. These forms of light therapy are less intense than UVB phototherapy, but they reduce redness and acne and keep your skin healthy.
Where and How Should You Receive Light Therapy?
While you can purchase LED light boxes to perform light therapy at home, it’s best to receive light therapy at a spa from a professional esthetician. When you receive professional light therapy at a spa, you have access to your esthetician’s knowledge and experience. They can help you determine whether you need blue light therapy or red light therapy to heal and improve your skin. If you use LED light therapy devices, you’ll have access to that light therapy technology, but you won’t have your esthetician’s knowledge and experience to help you administer those treatments. Similarly, you should consult an esthetician for UVB phototherapy because it treats very intense skin conditions, so a professional should administer those treatments on your skin. Letting a professional esthetician administer these light therapy treatments will improve your short- and long-term results.
Schedule a light therapy session at our student-run SalonSpa today! We can administer the treatments you need to heal your skin.
When you receive light therapy at our SalonSpa, you provide our esthetics students with real-world professional experience while they provide these treatments under our experienced instructors’ supervision. Our students earn this experience after they’ve completed their required classroom hours, so they’ve already mastered their techniques due to our hands-on teaching approach. While you offer our students professional experience, our SalonSpa provides you with esthetic treatments administered with industry-leading products and equipment from our professional partners, including PCA SKIN, Dermalogica, and bt-Gear. Overall, when you schedule skin treatments at Brillare, you receive excellent care from our esthetics students as they start their beauty careers on our SalonSpa floor.
When you receive professional light therapy at a spa, you have access to your esthetician’s knowledge and experience. They can help you determine whether you need blue light therapy or red light therapy to heal and improve your skin. If you use LED light therapy devices, you’ll have access to that light therapy technology, but you won’t have your esthetician’s knowledge and experience to help you administer those treatments.
Schedule Your Light Therapy Treatment Today
If you think you could benefit from light therapy, reach out to Brillare Beauty Institute today to schedule a treatment. We can provide the right treatment for your skin so you can have the clear and healthy glow you deserve.