Do At-Home LED Skincare Devices Actually Work?

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Published: March 11, 2021

The definition of skincare routines is expanding. On top of a cleanser, serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen, many people are now including gadgets such as at-home LED light therapy devices into their routines. But does this technology actually work, is it safe, and how can it actually help our skin?

What is LED Light Therapy?

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LED stands for “light-emitting diode.” LED light has been around since the 1960s. It was first developed by NASA for plant growing experiments in space. Soon, these LED lights showed promise for wound healing and tissue growth. It has now made its way into skincare treatments due to its ability to heal and rejuvenate the skin.

LED light therapy uses the visible spectrum of light to penetrate the skin. Each color, such as red or blue light, penetrates the skin at a different depth. Just as the skin absorbs skincare, so too does it absorb LED light, which triggers a biological response in the skin, leading to anti-aging or anti-acne effects.

Although you might be scared to put light of any kind for an extended amount of time on your skin, you shouldn’t be: LED contains none of the UV rays that cause damage to our skin. Unlike the rays from the sun, your skin can actually benefit from exposure to this type of light.

Is it Safe to Use?

Unlike other procedures such as chemical peels, laser treatments, and microneedling, LED light therapy does not harm or burn the outer layer of the skin. It’s safe to use on all skin types and tones. Do not use LED light therapy if you have active skin rashes, though, or if you are currently using Accutane or any product that makes your skin more sensitive to light, such as acids or retinol. You should avoid LED light therapy if you have epilepsy or suffer from seizures. When in doubt, it’s best to talk to your doctor about using LED light therapy.

What’s great about LED light therapy is that there is no downtime after a treatment. Unlike some other in-office treatments, there’s no discomfort, either: you’ll simply feel a deep warmth wherever it’s used. In fact, you could use LED light therapy in conjunction with in-office treatments such as peels and laser treatments to help boost healing.

What’s Up With the Different Colors?

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Different wavelengths of LED light target different types of skin concerns. The longer the wavelength, the deeper the penetration into the skin.

Red Light

Most at-home LED skincare devices offer a red light setting. Red light is used to treat wrinkled or sagging skin by penetrating the deeper layers of the dermis.

Red light stimulates the mitochondria so that cells function properly. It triggers cells in the dermis to increase collagen and elastin production, reversing photoaging and leading to smoother, younger-looking skin. In fact, a 2014 study revealed that red light led to an improved complexion and increased collagen in its users.

Blue Light

Blue light, on the other hand, is used to target oily skin and acne.. Blue light is meant to make the sebaceous glands less active, leading to less oil production and, in turn, less acne. Blue light also kills acne-causing bacteria without irritating the skin, which can help treat severe acne, such as cysts.

While red and blue light are the most popular (and proven effective) LED light offerings, there are a few other colors used:

Green Light

Green light targets dilated capillaries and hyperpigmentation to reveal brighter, more even-toned skin. This wavelength targets melanocytes to slow down the production of melanin.

Amber Light

Amber light is known for soothing redness and rosacea and calming swelling and inflammation. It also boosts collagen production.

How Can it Benefit Me?

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Depending on the wavelength, LED light can target a host of skin issues, including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne-causing bacteria on the surface of the skin
  • Redness and inflammation
  • Wound healing
  • Rosacea
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Acne scars
  • Dull skin

But Do They Actually Work?

The simple answer is yes, they do, but you shouldn’t neglect your regular skincare routine in favor of LED treatments. Having a good skincare routine in conjunction with using at-home LED skincare devices will make it more likely to get the results you want.

Is There a Difference Between In-Office and At-Home Treatments?

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If you opt for an in-office procedure, one session will take about 20 minutes. It might take around ten sessions to see the results you want.

Instead of booking an in-office LED light therapy treatment, you can now use one of the many at-home LED skincare devices to achieve similar effects at home.

The main difference between in-office and at home LED treatments is that in-office treatments are stronger than their at-home counterparts. It may take longer to achieve your desired results from at-home treatments alone.

That doesn’t mean that at-home treatments are useless, though: at-home LED skincare devices make it easy to get similar results without having to make your way to a professional. Bonus: they’re a great way to introduce an aspect of relaxation into your routine.

How Do I Do it At Home?

At-home LED skincare devices can come in the form of masks or wands that emit LED light in the desired wavelength.

Pay attention to the instructions on your device of choice. Generally, an at-home LED skincare device is easy to use and doesn’t take much work.

Masks are simple: just slip them on and relax for the recommended amount of time. Wands require a bit more effort, though, because they have to be held over your skin for a certain amount of time.

Woman using LED mask

Which Device Should I Use?

Here at Bionyx, we offer a host of LED devices from Jelessi to help you achieve your desired skincare results.

Jelessi Torche V2+

This powerful device gives you smoother, more radiant skin. It emits red LED light, which is known to target fine lines and wrinkles for firmer, younger-looking skin.

How it works:

This device is meant to soften fine lines in the face and neck. It works by delivering controlled amounts of LED to the skin to stimulate all of its layers, from the epidermis (the top layer of skin) all the way down to the hypodermis (the very bottom layer of skin). The Jelessi Torche V2+ helps boost collagen and elastin production while stimulating blood circulation to encourage a smoother, younger-looking complexion.

This device helps with product absorption, too, so it’s best to follow this treatment with a serum before finishing off with your moisturizer.

Here’s how to use it:

After cleansing and drying the skin, using the device, apply light pressure to the skin and gently massage the device in circular motions for three to five minutes over each treatment zone. Return the device to the charging port and finish off with the rest of your skincare routine.

We recommend using this device four to five times a week for the best results.

Jelessi Photonix-3 Neck Solution

It’s well-known that the neck area can betray one’s age. Luckily, this device specifically targets wrinkles in the neck and chest area. It aims to tighten and tone these areas with two unique functions that stimulate the growth of fibroblasts and boost collagen production for a firmer, smoother decolletage.

It works in two ways:

The Jelessi Photonix-3 Neck Solution has two settings. The first one is a Massage Mode meant to trigger the production of collagen and elastin.

The second setting is a Magnetic Heat Lifting Mode meant for sagging and wrinkled skin. This setting helps restore the fibroblasts in the skin, leading to a younger-looking complexion.

Here’s why fibroblasts matter:

Fibroblasts are cells in the dermis responsible for making the extracellular matrix and collagen, which form the structural framework of tissues. Fibroblasts also play a critical role in wound healing.

The Magnetic Heat Lifting Mode in the Jelessi Photonix-3 Neck Solution stimulates the fibroblasts in the skin to produce collagen for smoother, firmer skin.

How to use it:

After applying your favorite skincare product on your neck and shoulders (perhaps a serum or a cream), turn on the device and place it against the skin. When the device begins to pulsate, select which mode you want to use. Move the device over your skin in gentle, upward motions. Finally, turn off the device. You can follow up the treatment with another layer of serum or cream.

We recommend using the device two to three times per week for the best results.

Jelessi Torche V2+ Amber Light

Unlike its counterpart, which is meant for anti-aging, the Jelessi Torche V2+ Amber Light uses amber LED light and heat technology to target hyperpigmentation, inflammation, large pores, and oil production, for a smoother, brighter complexion.

Here’s how it works:

Amber light has a shorter wavelength, which penetrates the top layer of the skin and is effective on skin issues involving redness, such as rosacea. While it doesn’t penetrate deep enough to stimulate collagen and elastin production, it can aid in reversing photoaging and hyperpigmentation. It is also heralded for its soothing properties. Amber light stimulates red blood cell production, too, which plays an important role in wound healing.

How to use it:

This device works similarly to the Jelessi Torche V2+. That is, after turning it on, use the device to apply light pressure and gently massage the skin in circular motions for three to five minutes over each treatment zone. Return the device to the charging port and finish off with the rest of your skincare routine.

We recommend using the device four to five times per week for the best results.

Jelessi Photonix-2 Jade Eye Wand

The skin around the eyes is much thinner and more delicate than the rest of your skin. If you’re worried about wrinkles or puffiness around the eyes, the Jelessi Photonix-2 Jade Eye Wand is the device for you. This eye wand has two unique features—a Blue Relief Mode and a Magnetic Heat Lifting Mode—to help target wrinkles, darkness, and puffiness around the eyes.

It works in two ways:

The Blue Relief Mode uses blue LED light to brighten the skin and reduce puffiness around the eyes. The jade stone in the device has a naturally cooling effect, which helps with depuffing. It also helps stimulate blood flow to the area.

The Magnetic Heat Lifting Mode uses red LED light to stimulate collagen and elastin production, leading to a smoother undereye area. It also increases product absorption, which is why we recommend going in with your favorite serum or eye cream after your treatment.

Here’s how to use it:

After cleansing the area around the eyes, press the left button and choose the desired setting. Wait around one minute for the metal head to heat up. Next, apply your favorite serum to the metal head and massage around your eyes for around five to seven minutes. Finally, turn off the device and clean with a cloth. You may follow up with another layer of serum, as this treatment increases product absorbtion.

We recommend using the device two to three times per week for the best results.

Consistency is Key

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Unfortunately, nothing works overnight. While you might notice a glow to your skin after an LED light treatment, it’s going to take a few sessions before you start seeing the results you want.

Your device is going to be an investment, so it shouldn’t be hard to keep using it consistently. Remember, it may take up to a month of treatment before you see significant results.

It’s also important that you keep up on your treatments even after you start seeing results. You might notice a loss of collagen or an increase in acne if you don’t. So make good use of your LED skincare device, and keep using it for optimal results.

Make sure you’re not neglecting other aspects of your skincare routine, either: these devices should supplement, and not replace, your other products. It’s a good idea to invest in good skincare products to use alongside your LED skincare devices.

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