Never one to shy away from an innovative beauty treatment that doesn’t involve needles or scalpels, last week I checked out The Light Salon at Harvey Nichols in London, which left me literally beaming 🙂
OK, so that isn’t me in the chair, but you get the idea – there’s no stripping off and no medical environment, just a comfy chair and a mobile lamp that’s positioned over your face whilst you sit back and relax…

The Light Salon claims that this 11 minute (yes, just 11 minutes out of your busy day!) non-invasive, pain-free and relaxing treatment evokes the familiar feeling of lying on a sun-kissed beach, but with the benefit of improving luminosity, fine lines and wrinkles, collagen and elastin production, uneven skin tone, glycation (ageing process to you and me) and skin irregularities such as acne, dermatitis, rosacea and psoriasis. I don’t know about you, but I’ll take the beach over a seat in a department store on a rainy old afternoon in London any day of the week, but for the purposes of this blog spot and, for the sake of my skin, I’ll suffer the armchair 🙂

The Ethos

Founded by two friends and working mothers, Laura Ferguson and Hannah Measures, this ‘express skin bar’ has only just opened on the 4th floor of Harvey Nichols, and both were on hand to ensure my experience was a pleasurable one. Laura and Hannah’s ethos is all about ‘growing old gracefully’ (positive role modelling ‘natural beauty’ with minimal intervention) and, offering a revolutionary and affordable approach to express skincare, that delivers multiple benefits with minimum time commitment.

They’ve taken an ‘open plan’ approach with their salon styling and, whilst your armchair is discreetly screened off from the public, there is definitely an ‘express’ feel to the place.

The Treatment

As I settled into my comfortable chair, Laura, a trained beauty therapist, cleansed my face with a light cream cleanser and offered me a couple of eye pads, which I declined, as I wanted to ensure every inch of my face was drenched in this miracle light. For what felt like a lot less than 11 minutes (which is always the case when you’re enjoying something) my face was bathed in what can only be described as an intensely warming orange light, which did indeed feel like natural sunlight.

The Technology

This light, known as the Healite II, is the latest in LED light technology and delivers Near-Infrared (830nm) light, the opposite of damaging UV, to rejuvenate and repair the skin’s cells while encouraging the body’s own production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. A patented technology called Photosequencing delivers low doses of Yellow (590nm) light to the skin for one minute at the beginning of each treatment. This pre-conditions, treats and excites the outermost layer of skin and epidermal cells, ensuring maximum benefit is gained from the more powerful, Near-Infrared light for the following 10 minutes. Allegedly, this creates movement in the top layers of the skin cells that allow for better penetration of the Near-Infrared light. The treatment of these outer cells is essential in achieving the post-treatment visible glow. When the pre-set timer had clicked off (boo hoo, I could have sat there for another hour I’m sure), Laura applied a high end Vitamin C and hyaluronic serum and an SPF moisturiser. If you feel you need to replace the slap, a vanity unit is available for your make-up application but, to be honest, whilst I don’t wear much anyway, I had such a healthy after-glow that I felt quite comfortable going without.

For acneic, scarred or problem skin, be it adult or teenage, the Blue (415nm) light is used in conjunction with Near-Infrared (830nm). The Blue light treatment is a natural, effective skin health option that targets the follicle to kill p.acnes, which is the bacteria that grows deep inside the pores, where it feeds off sebum and can cause inflamed spots. The Near-Infrared light is then used to reduce the inflammation and heal the affected area.

This technology claims to have a multitude of benefits including…

  • Prevention, maintenance and rejuvenation of ageing skin

  • Smoothes fine lines and wrinkles

  • Boosts collagen and elastin production

  • Improves skin tone and texture

  • Brightens and energises tired skin

  • Aids cell detoxification, which helps in the prevention and treatment of glycation

  • Increases blood circulation and lymphatic drainage in the target area

  • Improves lasting hydration in the skin

  • Treats active acne, dermatitis, rosacea and psoriasis

  • Strengthens the skin and promotes skin health

  • Prepares the skin pre-UV exposure and repairs post

  • Improve and maintains bone density

  • Speeds up wound healing, whilst reducing scarring

  • Improves pigmentation

Whilst treatments are focused on the face, LED light therapy offers benefits throughout the entire body, energising the system through increased blood circulation during treatment, and promoting a positive mood.

The Result

As with all these types of treatments, one session is never going to work miracles, and the recommendation is for a course of ten (two per week) to produce optimum and longer lasting results. I have to say that immediately afterwards I definitely felt quite energised and had an overall sense of well-being, which is no mean feat given my tendency toward low mood. As for my skin, there was a distinct glow and luminosity that wasn’t there at the beginning of the session, and one which remained with me for the next couple of days, which was nice 🙂

The Cost

  • Single LED rejuvenation (590/830nm) facial  £35

  • Single LED acne (415nm) facial  £40

  • Optional 10% glycolic + vitamin E&F boost  £15

  • Optional crystal fibre mask  £15

  • Pre-Party Boost – 3 consecutive LED rejuvenation facials  £95

  • Intense skin rejuvenation package  £315 (10 x LED rejuvenation facials over 5 weeks)

  • Acne treatment package  £270 (8 facials over 4 weeks, alternating acne and rejuvenation LED facials)

Teenagers receive a 15% discount on all LED facials.

Healite II is available at selected aesthetic clinics throughout Australia.

Until my next treatment musing, let your light shine…