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Beauty and the beam (LED Light Therapy)

Vampire facials, microcurrent treatments, infrared saunas - just like every other popular skin care breakthrough of the recent past, you probably saw LED therapy first on Instagram, and it was probably in the form of that scary looking mask that Jessica Alba and half of the Kardashian clan love!

Even though LED - more scientifically known as Light Emitting Diode - therapy has been around for decades (NASA uses the technology in plant growth experiments on board the Space Shuttle in the ‘80s), it recently found its way into a very long list of Insta-worthy skin treatments for everything from severe acne to fine lines and dullness. And it’s no wonder: as with most things involving NASA, it is equally intriguing and effective. But how can a futuristic mask/machine that simply shines a light on your face be such an all-star skin saviour?

I have personally been a huge fan of LED Light Therapy for a while now for its ability to stimulate collagen and elastin production, reduce inflammation and accelerate the healing process. It is very much a non-ablative and non-invasive way of treating the skin; by working with the skin to encourage it’s own natural healing process.

Until it’s discovery by NASA (as previously stated), the only real and effective way of stimulating collagen production was either through the use of ingredients such as retinoids, or through controlled wounding, thus stimulating the body’s own wound healing response. LED Light Therapy is a safe, painless and effective way of stimulating collagen and elastin production, without any side effects.

For those of you who are not familiar with this type of technology, Light Therapy uses a number of LED bulbs (Light Emitting Diode) to deliver optimised light at a specific wavelength to stimulate a change within the skin, without the need for skin care ingredients or wounding the skin. Making it an effective treatment for all skin types, including hypersensitive and rosacea skins.

In a similar fashion to plants, our cells have the ability to absorb light and convert it into energy. This is best explained with the analogy of UV light stimulating an enzyme reaction that causes our skin to tan. Equally, different wavelengths of light have the ability to stimulate different enzyme reactions that each have a different effect on the skin.

Skin benefits of Red LED Light Therapy:

Red Light Therapy has a wavelength of between 620nm-700nm (nanometres - unit of measure for light) and is predominately used for its anti-ageing benefits because of it’s ability to stimulate collagen and elastin production.

Red Therapy also helps to strengthen the skin, thanks to the additional collagen production making the skin more resilient. Making it a very effective treatment for rosacea and reducing the redness that is associated with broken/weak capillaries. It also helps the skin to retain moisture.

Red Light Therapy is also extremely anti-inflammatory therefore reduces inflammation within the tissues and helping to accelerate the healing process, so is particularly useful for healing blemishes, repairing sun damage, fading scars and improving overall skin tone.

Skin benefits of Blue LED Light Therapy:

Blue Light Therapy has a wavelength of between 405nm-420nm and is predominately used for it’s anti-bacterial benefits and therefore used in acne treatments.

Blue Light at a wavelength of 415nm is absorbed by a molecule called porphyrin. Acne bacteria contain large amounts of porphyrin. The absorption of Blue Light by porphyrin creates singlet Oxygen (free radicals) which are released into the bacteria, therefore killing the bacteria.

Blue Light is also anti-inflammatory. However for the best results, Blue Light is used in combination with Red Light Therapy, for it’s additional skin rejuvenation and wound healing benefits.

Skin benefits of Infrared LED Light Therapy:

Infrared Light Therapy has a wavelength of between 700nm-1400nm and is essentially the same as Red Light Therapy, except it is invisible to the naked eye and penetrates much deeper into the body, therefore has the ability to promote healing of much deeper wounds or relief of deep muscular or joint pain.

At Hawkins Beauty Clinic, we love to stay on trend so that we can offer you all of the latest treatments available on the market - so of course we offer LED Light Therapy. We offer LED Light Therapy in two different methods - machine and mask.

Machine - Dermalux:

Our Dermalux machine may look like a scary contraption but believe me when I is AMAZING!

It’s large LED Light head allows us to not only treat the face, but the neck and décolletage as well. The fact that it does not sit on the face makes it perfect for clients who may suffer from claustrophobia and some clients actually find this more relaxing. With our Dermalux machine, we are able to offer Red Light Therapy, Blue Light Therapy and a combination of the two.

Mask - Déesee’s Pro LED Mask:

Our Pro LED mask harnesses the power of four different wavelengths - Red Light Therapy, Blue Light Therapy, Green Light Therapy and Near Infrared Light Therapy - with a choice of six different treatment modes, it is no wonder that it is used by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian-West.

A safe, pain-free and entirely non-invasive way to diminish dark spots, lessen scars, battle breakouts and stimulate collagen synthesis, this works to reverse signs of damage while helping your skin to become stronger, firmer, smoother and brighter.

The modes include; ANTI-AGEING (Red Light) to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and boost collagen in the skin. PURIFYING (Blue Light) to assist one killing bacterial that causes acne. BRIGHTENING (Green Light) to help alleviate pigmentation. POST-PROCEDURE (Near Infrared Light, Red Light and Blue Light) to help accelerate healing and reduce scarring. CALMING (Blue Light and Green Light) to help calm the skin and target inflammation.

Our LED Light Therapy treatments are offered in three different ways; a 10 minute session as an add on to a facial, a 30 minute session on it’s own or a course of six 30 minute sessions (BUY 5 GET 1 FREE).

In my last blog I briefly spoke about Hawkins Clinic re-opening and I’d like to just go over what was mentioned and add a few new details.

As you know, we will be re-opening for normal beauty treatments on Monday 6th July, however we will also be open on Saturday 4th July for aesthetic treatments with Dr Victoria Gauba.

The safety of our clients is of upmost importance to us so we have had to change a few things and implement some new compulsory measures, please see the following:

1. All treatments will be by appointment only, with a limited number of slots to avoid clients having contact with other clients.

2. We will be implementing a digital consultation system for all new and old clients.

3. Masks are compulsory for clients and they will be for myself and my colleagues.

4. All clients must come for their treatments alone, any unauthorised personnel will not be allowed on the premises.

5. Any coats or bags you will bring will not be allowed in the treatment rooms with you. They will be kept at reception, don’t worry they will be safe.

6. All clients will have to wash and sanitise their hands upon arrival.

We are working hard to create a safe environment for you all therefore, on top of our usual hygiene routines staff will be washing and sanitising their hands much more often that usual, while wearing gloves where possible. Professional cleaning will be taking place regularly on top of our normal cleaning and we will also be wearing PPE to protect ourselves and you.

We are very much looking forward to re-opening so keep calm and welcome back! Finally we have a light at the end of the tunnel.

Please tune in next week for my final lockdown blog. Xo

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