September skincare tips from Laura Ferguson, co-founder of The Light Salon
LED skincare is currently at the centre of a beauty tech revolution which all began with The Light Salon. They launched the UK’s first-ever LED facial bar and went on to develop Boost, a range of at-home devices we’re proud to stock here on A Little Find. We spoke to The Light Salon co-founder Laura Ferguson about why September is the ideal time to reset your skincare rituals, and to get the lowdown on light therapy.
Why does our skin need a reset in autumn?
After a summer of sun-exposure and the oxidative stress that comes with holidays and parties, September is the ideal time to give our skin a little extra attention, to help prolong that summer glow we all love so much, and to prepare for cooler months to come.
Autumn's a crucial time in the diaries of skincare experts because it brings a more forgiving climate for our skin. At this time of year, we don't have the extremes of hot or cold weather, drying air con or central heating. It’s also a hiatus between the summer and winter party seasons, meaning we have more time to establish new rituals, and are in a ‘back to school’ mood. Resetting our skincare rituals now will strengthen our complexion ahead of winter and create a foundation for good skin health in the months ahead.
What’s your go-to skincare ritual?
I always start with a thorough cleanse, of course. Our Boost Enzymatic Cleanser uses PHA’s and enzymes to dissolve dirt and dead skin. They’re technically exfoliants but they’re extremely gentle, leaving your skin smooth but not at all stripped. This is particularly important at the end of summer when our skin barrier can be compromised due to over-exposure to the sun.
I’ll then give my skin a spritz of our Cleanse & Recovery Spray, which has been described by fans as a miracle product. It uses an amazing ingredient called hypochlorous, which is antimicrobial and balances the skin – especially useful if you’re prone to blemishes like I am. This product’s perfect as we transition between seasons – it’ll help prevent your skin from becoming overly sensitive or problematic.
Then it’s on with my Boost LED Face Mask. 10 minutes of doing nothing and letting the light work its magic. As well as giving my skin a cellular workout, LED is actually proven to increase serotonin levels and decrease cortisol, so it’s an amazing way to balance your mind. As the days become shorter, I find this becomes even more useful.
I’ll then press on our Hydrating Peptide Serum, which is packed with peptides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, to lock in the post-LED glow.
Can you explain how LED works?
LED [Light Emitting Diode] therapy is a non-invasive treatment that works at a deep, cellular level. Delivered at the correct intensity, specific wavelengths trigger your skin cells to renew and replenish themselves more efficiently and effectively.
Red 633nm wavelengths target and restore the surface of the skin. They reduce inflammation and redness, and plump the complexion. Near-infrared 830nm wavelengths are absorbed deeper than the dermis, triggering your skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin, which keep it firm and supple.
What are the benefits of light therapy?
Every skin type can benefit from LED and the light’s absorbed and used by your body differently depending on its particular needs on any given day. You can use our Boost LED Face Mask, Collar or Bib to target hormonal acne, scarring, wrinkles, dullness, pigmentation, loss of elasticity and rosacea.
LED also helps to relieve joint pain and muscle spasm because of its anti-inflammatory properties. We developed the Boost LED Patch so you can apply the light wherever you need it on the body. People use the Patch to speed up recovery from sports injuries, help with menstrual cramps, and to relieve arthritic pain.
And from a wellbeing perspective, this is a deeply relaxing ritual, not just because you’re dedicating 10 minutes of your day to yourself, but because the light affects serotonin and melatonin levels, promoting a sense of calm and a good night’s sleep.
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