I recently trialled four LED Light Facials thanks to The Light Salon in the Leeds Harvey Nichols. Being a blogger definitely has it’s benefits…don’t get me wrong, it can be hard work keeping up with it…but treats like this do tend to make up for that!
The Light Salon is on the first floor of Harvey Nichols, tucked away at the back. I went along for my first LED Facial Therapy session with curiosity. I’d Googled it, but I wasn’t quite sure what to expect! Would I be laid down? Sat up? Stood up? All I knew is that the facial would be for 11 minutes. Quick and handy for a lunchtime visit.
You can watch this quick video of my experience with LED light facials…
Tracy from The Light Salon is fab
Tracy from The Light Salon met me and talked me through her previous experience doing skin treatments such as peels, fillers, injections etc. and said since doing the LED Light Facials, she turned her back on all of those both professionally and personally and decided this was the route to go down for great skin.
You know when someone with great skin tells you what they do? This was one of those moments for me… Tracy has ridiculously good skin, very smooth and luminous. When she told me how she was, I choked. Literally, I choked. She looks a good ten years under her age. I know this all sounds like a bit of a cliché, but it’s absolutely true. I felt good about going into the treatment after seeing Tracy’s skin and hearing that she now just uses these rather than any other skin treatment (apart from a good skincare routine, naturally!).
We’re the only skin rejuvenation or light bar in the country to use industry-leading Healite II technology, which naturally boosts the skin’s collagen production, correcting and healing as it goes.
LED Light Facials: My first experience
I sat in the chair for the first facial and Tracy moved the LED therapy machine towards me. To be honest, I was pretty nervy about how close the machine was. I tend to get claustrophobia and can get a bit anxious when I feel trapped in a place. I had a stern word with myself, but felt fairly tense throughout it. The lights do flash quite a bit, whereas I’d expected them to be more still. For the first facial I had lighter eye covers than the goggles that Tracy later gave me. I much prefer the goggles, because these stopped me from focussing on the flashing lights so much and allowed me to relax more.
The experience is basically you sat in a comfy chair while the lights get slowly more warm. By the end you definitely feel like you’re under strong sunshine (without the dangers).
Before the LED machine is turned on, Tracy preps your skin and after it’s done it’s thang, Tracy then massaged a few serums into your skin (including ones with hyaluronic acid and copper) to increase the benefits. A bit of SPF and a lovely quick facial massage later and I was on my way.
I didn’t reapply my makeup after, but you can easily as there’s plenty of space and mirrors.
Thorough the day, my skin felt a little tingly…whether it was all in my head or not, I felt like things were going on under my skin.
I had a ByTerry makeover in Space NK after my first treatment and she remarked, having worked on my skin previously, that my skin seemed a lot better…asking me if I’d changed my routine at all. It was great to get feedback from a pro (Helen at ByTerry is bloody good at makeup) that my skin was responding positively already.
How the treatments progressed
For my second LED Light Facial, I took my niece as she was in Leeds with me. This time, she kept me talking (along with Tracy) during the treatment and I felt a lot more at ease. For me, it was just getting comfortable with the process and my brain figuring out that I was ok with the machine so close to me. I knew what to expect and I felt a lot more relaxed.
As the treatments progressed, I thought it felt better too. My pores seemed tighter. The skin just above my cheekbones, which usually got more dry than the rest of my face, felt much better.
I get hormonal acne, which you can see in the video. This didn’t change that much I’d say from the treatments. I was having the rejuvenation LED Light Facial, not the acne one though.
Would I recommend them?
After four treatments, I can honestly say that I believe my skin has improved because of them. It’s also good to hear that Caroline Hirons (one of my skincare expert go-to’s) thinks they are worth it (I spotted that she includes them in her own facial treatments) and I definitely feel that I could see the benefits for myself in my own skin.
I do recommend them and will be continuing to have them myself!
If you’d like to book an LED Light Facial for yourself, give The Light Salon in Harvey Nichols a call on 0113 204 8888 (ext 5078), or go to their website (you can book online).
Step into the chic seclusion of The Light Salon in Harvey Nichols, sink into a lounge chair and simply bask under a lamp of soothingly warm near-infra-red light (the opposite of damaging UV). The results within just one treatment were impressive; my skin immediately looked decidedly more even and radiant.
— Grazia, Sophie Qureshi
* Please note, all four treatments were complimentary. My opinions, as ever, are all my own.