Here’s a question often asked by Estheticians, which we usually respond with a question of our own: “how well do you know your client’s skin?”
Each colored filter used with one of our light therapy systems is designed to target a certain layer of skin. However, just like most instruments meant to serve a specific purpose, each person’s skin type might react differently to the colors.
Examples of light color penetration
How Red Light Rejuvenates the Skin
Red light is a very popular color when it comes to light therapy. It is known as the healing color, because it typically helps rejuvenate the skin, smoothing out the area by getting rid of damaged cells and replacing them with newer ones. Here’s how it’s done:
- Light penetrates the skin. The wavelengths from each color determines how deep the light penetrates through the skin
- Cells in the penetrated area will be activated, which starts the rejuvenation process
Why Yellow Light Works Great for Anti-Aging
Yellow light targets the layer just above what red light can. There’s still a lot of debate as to what the best use of this color is. Some people absolutely love it and some people find it ineffective and sometimes even irritating.
Those who love the results of yellow light finds it helpful in reducing brown spots, which is usually the result of aging and not being able to have the distribution of melanin as your skin used to when you were young. Yellow light is also said to have such a nice effect, because it keeps brown spots away much longer.
You didn’t think brown spots could disappear forever, did you? Think of a tan. When you get a nice glow, how long does it take before it goes away? That’s because your skin’s cells have an average life span of 28 days before it’s replaced. As you treat it with light therapy, your skin distributes melanin more evenly.
When you start to use light therapy, you may notice your brown spots spreading out, which might have you concerned and sometimes thinking it really isn’t working, but making it worse. This is actually a sign that it IS in fact working.
During yellow light therapy, the melanin cluster that causes brown spots are actually spreading out. It’s working to get rid of those dead cells to create a healthier melanin distribution.
Green Light is Great for Reducing Inflammation
Those who don’t like yellow light, may stick with the red light option and perhaps alternate between that color and the green light. Green light is often used to reduce inflammation and can be very effective on acne. However, because it penetrates deeper into the skin than blue light, it may activate cells just below the surface.
Blue Light Helps Kill Bacteria
Blue light therapy focuses on the surface of the skin, which is the reason it is a very popular treatment for acne. Acne is caused by bacteria, which the blue light helps to tackle.
Most Estheticians with clients who receive repeat services become familiar with their skin type and knows what works for them. A good Esthetician will ask you a series of questions and then follow up with you to make sure your treatment has gained your expected results.
Light therapy is a very effective add-on and a secret weapon for most Estheticians. All their treatments are enhanced and it’s all seen in the result of repeat business.