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Let’s talk LED…

Let’s talk LED…

I get many clients and followers sliding into my DMs each week wanting to know if [insert at home LED device here] is legit and able to deliver results. 

What does ‘legit’ mean?


When asked if they’re legit, I assume people want to know if LED treatments are proven, and if in my professional experience of more than 20 years, I think at home LED devices are a sound investment. 

Short answer. Yes. LED light therapy is ‘legit’. But it is so much more than blue, red, yellow LED lights.  

Long answer? Buckle in… 

The only proven LED wavelengths to produce results on skin are red 633NM, blue  415 n and near Infra-red 830 nm  If these wavelengths ( 633/415/830nm)  aren’t being advertised then it isn’t proven to be effective, and in my opinion, not worth it. 

Think of it like this: other advertised wavelengths or LED colours are like trying to call someone on 1800 444 but dialling 1800 443. You’re close, but not getting exactly who you want to talk to. 

I believe that science and green beauty can work in unison. The tools I bring into the salon are based in proven science and being effective. Then, when combined with the high quality ingredients in the small batch products we use in salon, we are seeing results like never before. 

The reason I chose to purchase and use the Dermalux LED machine at Kindred is because it is the only machine on the market that can deliver all three clinically proven wavelengths at the same time. This means down time is less and we can target treatments more effectively. 

What does each wavelength or light colour do?

Good question. 

  • Red or 633nm is for rejuvenation. This wavelength accelerates cell renewal and repair. It boosts collagen and elastin making skin firmer and smoother.
  • Blue or 415nm is for blemish fighting. The blue wavelength destroys bacteria that cause spots and helps prevent breakouts. 
  • NIR (Near Infrared, colourless) or 830mm is anti-inflammatory. Exposure to this wavelength kick-starts the skin’s anti-inflammatory process supporting it to repair, reduce irritation, redness and pigmentation. 

You still want to buy an at-home LED device?

I get it. The appeal of slipping into your PJs and doing an LED treatment while scrolling through Netflix - it’s tempting. So, if you are going to invest in an at-home LED mask device always check the NM and if they’re only stating the colour of the light think of this as your first red flag that it may not be the saving grace you’re looking for. 

And if you do really want to invest in an at-home device, I’ve been eagerly watching what the team at The Light Salon are doing with their machine. At $750 - $900 AUD it is a steep investment, and won’t replace your salon sessions but I’m impressed with their application. Also - not sponsored, just a fan of what they’re doing!