See the light: professional treatments for younger-looking skin
There's a lot more to light than risky sunbathing. It can be used top-to-toe to hold back the years and more, says beauty director Eve Cameron
My introduction to light technology came via James Bond. More specifi cally, by watching the eponymous villains laser beam working its way towards Sean Connerys nether regions in Goldfinger. How times have changed. These days, Bond would probably be coaxing Goldfingers lovely assistant to give him a little anti-ageing laser skin rejuvenation instead.
Lasers and other light-based technologies have been used medically for some years, but now its the beauty industry thats buzzing with light-based treatments whether its in the dermatologists office, at the spa or, increasingly, at home with DIY gadgets. Cosmetic companies are also pouring their scientific understanding of light and skin into new high-tech creams. With solutions on offer for everything from wrinkles to hair removal,
I spoke to leading experts and women whove undergone the treatments to discover what to expect and what really works.
Which to choose?
Lasers use a single beam of light. It can vary in strength, and be targeted to remove hair or age spots, for example. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) uses light of various wavelengths, and can also be targeted to address different concerns.
LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) produce red or blue light. Red has been shown to stimulate collagen for skin healing, while blue is antibacterial, so is often used to treat acne.
Before you sign on the dotted line...
Choose your practitioner carefully. Personal recommendation is always best, but the website of The British Association of Cosmetic Doctors (www.cosmeticdoctors.co.uk) and cosmetic aesthetics website www.consultingroom.com are good places to start. See a practitioner who has a variety of equipment and solutions rather than a one-size-fits-all machine.
Treatments to choose if you have:
Or why not try one of the latest skin illuminating creams
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