Most skin care professionals would agree that having the right equipment is essential to getting superior results from facial treatments. On that note, they should also think about introducing equipment that helps create an opportunity to offer wellness-related services. Consider this information – according to the Global Wellness Institute's Global Wellness Economy Monitor, the wellness industry was worth $3.72 trillion in 2015.
That figure can be broken down into a number of categories, but it is worth mentioning that "Beauty & Anti-Aging" account for $999 billion and "Spa Industry" represents $99 billion. Based upon these numbers, it is clear that public interest and investment has decidedly prioritized being better over simply looking better.
This investment is good news not only because professionals can appreciate the ways in which society as a whole benefits from this philosophy, but also because the aesthetics industry is well positioned to provide options that enable professionals to serve clients in a more comprehensive, holistic way.
Chances are that skin care professionals are familiar with the many benefits associated with LED light therapy. If not, they include, but are not limited to, providing energy to the cells to boost the production of collagen and elastin to support and strengthen skin and connective tissue, stimulating blood circulation to deliver oxygen and nutrients where needed and to help relieve pain, accelerating the healing process by triggering certain growth factors involved in tissue regeneration, reducing inflammation by downregulating specific inflammatory mediators, and eliminating or improving acne via a photo-biochemical process that destroys P.acnes bacteria.
If skin care professionals take a second look at the benefits listed above from the standpoint of overall health and wellness versus treatment of the skin, it is clear that, for the most part, LED has a much farther reach than previously considered. These foundational health benefits, along with LED's reputation for being completely non-invasive and pleasantly soothing, make a strong argument for offering full body LED bed treatments in the spa. In fact, many spas have begun using LED beds along with body wraps, serums, and masks in order to better address specific client concerns while boosting results.
Overall Health Benefits
Numerous studies have shown that specific wavelengths of light have the ability to release nitric oxide from cells, making it bio-available for multiple purposes, including vasodilation (widening of blood vessels), neurotransmission (cell signaling), and improved immune function. Nitric oxide is a naturally produced gas that, like ATP, dramatically declines with age. This decline can contribute to a number of age-related illnesses, including strokes, heart attacks, and dementia. Studies also indicate that LED delivered at specific wavelengths can help reduce oxidative stress, a well-known contributor to cellular damage and degenerative disease.
Keeping the Client Satisfied
Because LED helps relieve joint pain, muscle soreness, and spasm, it is of interest to everyone from seniors to athletes. Offering services that not only improve the appearance of the skin, but also provide comfort, relaxation, and overall health benefits represents an important shift in the way professionals respond to changing consumer interests. Utilizing technology like the LED bed helps skin care professionals respond in a way that shows they are listening.