Welcome to Klog Chat, a series where we ask you to tell us how you do skin care and beauty. This week we want to know: Have you ever tried LED light therapy for your skin?
The 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show doesn’t air until Sunday, December 2, but because it was filmed last week, the backstage beauty secrets are already circulating around the Internet.
Hi Klog readers, Sarah here. It’s no secret (see what I did there?) that the models who walk in the show, like Josephine Skriver and Jasmine Tookes (seen above), spend weeks preparing. In addition to killer workouts, this prep involves lots of fancy skin care treatments.
Now, I’m well aware that many of these girls already have amazing skin – they’re young and are well, models. Still, every year I find myself poring over every beauty-related detail I can find in the hopes of discovering some game-changing trick.
Of course I never do since the “trick” is usually to have access to top facialists and this year was no different; most of the models paid visits to Georgia Louise and Mzia Shiman, skin whisperers to the stars, before the show.
However, there is one skin tip that a mere mortal like myself can take from the Angels and that’s that LED light therapy is where it’s at.
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Both Georgia Louise and Mzia Shiman incorporated the technique into their pre-show facials. Basically, the light is able to penetrate skin and and depending on the color used, can treat acne or fight signs of aging without downtime. Blue kills bacteria making it the perfect zit-zapping treatment, and red helps stimulate collagen and elastin for a more youthful complexion.
Louise revealed to vogue.com, “Particularly for the models prone to breakouts, it’s great for diminishing inflammation, as well as detoxifying the cells and brightening the skin.”
Shiman combines LED light therapy with an oxygen infusion (it creates an angel-worthy glow and supercharges serums), and told refinery29.com, “In all my years of using this technique, since I started with the Angels in 2010, there has never been an instance of skin irritation, redness, or adverse reactions, because the approach is focused on de-puffing and hydrating the skin — gently.” She even uses light therapy on models’ bodies to help reduce inflammation.
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While you may not be able to book appointment with Georgia or Mzia, there are a growing number of at-home LED light therapy devices to choose from if you, like me, want to get in on this technology.
At the more affordable end, there’s this one from Neutrogena that’s only $30. A more splurge-y option is the $435 Dr. Dennis Gross SpectraLite Faceware Pro. For just acne, the Foreo Espada rings in somewhere in the middle at $149.
Because I’m a total LED light therapy newbie, I’d love to hear about your experiences with it.