Treat Problem Skin/Acne
Combine: Salicylic Acid + Blue LED
Salicylic Acid is considered to have aspirin-like, anti-inflammatory properties and is a popular ingredient in acne treatment formulas. Salicylic Acid is one of several beta hydroxy acids, and works as a keratolytic by exfoliating the skin, "causing the cells of the epidermis to shed more readily, preventing pores from clogging up, and allowing room for new cell growth" (source). It is considered especially effective because of its ability to penetrate the follicle, clearing the pores of debris at a deeper level and reducing blockage and in turn, acne flare ups and breakouts (source). It is also well documented that salicylic acid can improve skin thickness, barrier functions, and collagen production.
Blue LED light wavelengths pass to the skin and produce singlet oxygen that can destroy acne-causing bacteria. These targeted bacteria that produce the inflammation associated with acne are known as propionibacterium acne's, or "P. acne's". P. acne's releases porphyrins, which are naturally occurring molecules in the body. When porphyrins are exposed to certain wavelengths of light, free radical damage is produced, which destroys the bacteria.
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Firm Sagging Skin
Combine: Ultrasound + Matrixyl 3000
Ultrasound (ultrasonic ) is high frequency sound waves, between 800,000 Hz and 2,000,000 Hz. As the ultrasound waves pass from the treatment head to the skin they cause a vibration of the surrounding tissues, particularly those that contain collagen. You will not actually feel vibrations on the surface of the skin and the device will not feel hot against the skin.The vibration massages the surrounding tissue, which then increases oxygen to the cells and aids in the removal of waste. The skin is should feel instantly energized, rosy and firm.
The antioxidant matrixyl 3000 is made by combining two peptides, palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapepide-7. It outperforms Vitamin C (and unlike some of the Cs, it doesn't irritate) by stimulating the matrix molecules - collagens 1,3, 4 and fibronectin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. According to clinical trials, matrixyl 3000 led to a 33% decrease in wrinkle density, a 23% decrease in the volume of wrinkles and a 20% decrease in the depth of wrinkles.
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Repair Deep Wrinkles
Combine: Copper Peptides + Hyaluronic Acid
Copper peptide promotes collagen and elastin production, and also acts as an antioxidant. It also promotes production of glycosaminoglycans. Clinical studies have found that copper peptides also remove damaged collagen and elastin from the skin and scar tissue because they activate the skin’s system responsible for those functions.
The effect of Hyaluronic Acid on the skin is at the level of promoting the formation of collagen, the fibers that firm the skin. Hyaluronidase, an enzyme that breaks down collagen fibers, is produced by free radicals and UV radiation. This breakdown of collagen fibers can cause premature wrinkles and sagging of the skin. Therefore, reducing the free radicals is a major key to reducing the Hyaluronidase enzyme and promoting normal levels of Hyaluronic Acid in the skin (Source). Hyaluronic Acid also exhibits water-binding and water-attracting attributes fill up the spaces between the connective fibers collagen and elastin in the dermis. This allows skin to say supple and prevents wrinkles from forming in dry skin.
Combine: Red LED light + Vitamin D??
Red LED is for plumping the skin. Even NASA has recognized that it is therapeutic for the skin and can help heal wounds. It’s a must to help retain or jump-start collagen production, stimulating the body’s tissues to convert the light energy into cellular energy. Most researchers agree that light therapy increases production of ATP (the energy engine of cells) and the modulation of reactive oxygen. It may also work by targeting water layers on elastin, reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles.
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Brighten Dark Spots
Combine: Green LED + Vitamin C
Green LED light helps with skin discoloration. There isn't as much independent research behind green LED as there is for well-documented red light), but theoretically, green light targets melanocytes, melanin-producing cells located in the bottom layer of the skin's epidermis. According to Sirius, it inhibits the production of excess melanin, prevents it from traveling to the skin’s surface, and breaks up melanin clusters to diminish existing discoloration.
There have been huge advances in the formulation of vitamin C and its derivatives. The good news is that these new forms of vitamin C are stable, powerful and relatively gentle – certainly when compared to plain vanilla ascorbic acid. Although prized for its antioxidant qualities and its well-known role in boosting the immune system and synthesizing collagen, it is a tricky ingredient that can be unstable and drying. If you choose the right vitamin C for your skin type, it can repair DNA damage and fade hyperpigmentation and corrects rosacea.
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