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Being LED-savvy Can Set Your Spa Apart

By: Rick Krupnick
Posted: June 9, 2008, from the January 2007 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Before purchasing an LED device, however, it’s important to do your research. Know what you are buying, what the device is cleared to do by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and what allowable claims it can make. Nina Curtis, esthetician and owner of The Nile Institute in West Hollywood, California, says, “I let my clients and prospective clients know that I use a device with pulsating amber lights, as opposed to red or blue lights. I explain to them the FDA-cleared benefits of this color choice and how it really sets my treatments apart from what’s out there.”

Scientific research and clinical studies conducted by Light BioScience have shown that certain pulsating amber-colored lights are most effective in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, diminishing pore size, and decreasing redness while producing overall healthier-looking skin. This specific LED photomodulation treatment provides estheticians with a cutting-edge technology that is safe, fast and effective.

Adding LED to the menu

Incorporating LED therapy into a spa menu is not as challenging as one might think. Luckily, LED treatments are versatile and can fit into several different categories. They are the perfect complement to any anti-aging spa treatment. LED photomodulation sessions have been shown by physicians to help reduce redness and skin irritation, so they are the ideal post-treatment for procedures such as photofacials, microdermabrasion and chemical peels. LED treatments also can be a great add-on to waxing services because the light can help to calm and soothe waxed skin, causing the redness to subside more quickly than it would on its own.

Curtis offers clients LED photomodulation as an add-on to her signature hour-long facials. “My protocol is first to cleanse and remove excess oil on the surface,” she explains. “Then I exfoliate to remove any dead skin cells. Because these cells are made up of protein, they will reflect light away from the skin, so exfoliated skin readily absorbs the beneficial light. After light therapy, I finish with the facial massage, mask, moisturizer and everything that I use in my signature facial.” Curtis also markets a lunch break skin-rejuvenation facial that includes cleansing, exfoliation, LED photomodulation, moisturizing and sunscreen application. “My clients are out the door in less than 30 minutes, so they actually can still eat lunch after their facial,” she adds.

Most LED treatments are also great for stand-alone purposes. A client doesn’t always require this service when receiving other treatments. Estheticians should recommend LED therapy as a way of attaining and maintaining healthy, collagen-rich skin. One of Curtis’ longtime clients began using LED therapy treatments, and, after only a few weeks, her friends started commenting on her appearance. Curtis says, “People were asking her, ‘Have you lost weight? Something’s definitely different. You look great!’ The overall change was the result of the LED photomodulation improving the tone and texture of her skin.”