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Seeing the Light: Being LED-savvy Can Set Your Spa Apart

By Rick Krupnick January 2007 issue of Skin Inc. magazine

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If you are like most of your colleagues, you’re constantly on the lookout for new and exciting technologies to offer your clients that demonstrate just how ahead of the knowledge curve you are. One such technology that is garnering a lot of buzz within medical, esthetic and consumer circles is light-emitting diode (LED) therapy. This treatment offers a new technological advancement that provides a quick, painless and effective way to attain younger, healthier-looking skin.
     By knowing how to effectively capitalize on LED therapy, you can increase your clients’ satisfaction and add to your business’ bottom line.

From stoplights to skin care
     Most likely, you encounter LEDs on a daily basis without even realizing it. Found in various types of electronics, such as traffic lights, cell phones, digital clocks and remote controls, LEDs quite literally light the world. 
     Recently, scientists from Light BioScience have discovered that certain LEDs can be used to stimulate collagen production in order to produce healthier, more radiant skin. Because LEDs don’t use filaments for illumination, they give off a low amount of heat, thus providing a safe and noninvasive skin care treatment.
     Before purchasing a 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.

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. 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.

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