LED light therapy is an important part of our signature facial because of what it does for your skin (a lot of amazing stuff), but it has other benefits too, especially in the winter. Did you know you can use LED light therapy for SAD? Winter depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a recurring form of depression caused by the shorter, grey days in the fall and winter months. The lack of natural light negatively affects some people’s circadian rhythm and mood. Symptoms can be mild—feeling irritable or a little down (who doesn’t feel this way when it’s still snowing in March?!)—to more severe, with strong feelings of depression, insomnia, changes in appetite and constant fatigue. While antidepressants can help, light therapy is a very effective alternative therapy.

How does LED light therapy work?

Light therapy mimics sunlight which helps with mood regulation, circadian rhythm and melatonin regulation—so you can actually get some sleep. The light stimulates retina cells in our eyes that connect to the hypothalamus in the brain, which manages our circadian rhythm. Traditionally, fluorescent or incandescent bulbs are used for light therapy, but LED light therapy for SAD is just as effective—and when combined with a relaxing facial? We have clients who say it works wonders for their mood (and of course, their skin).

In the clinic, we use a variety of LED light colours to improve skin’s texture, inflammation, redness and overall appearance. But LED light therapy can also be used for SAD. White light wavelengths have been recommended for SAD in the past, but new research shows that blue light is just as or even more effective. (It’s also great for killing acne-causing bacteria.)

We take mental health seriously, so obviously talk to your doctor if you’re struggling with feelings of depression. Investing in an LED light therapy box for your home might be a good option if your symptoms are severe. Need a little pick-me-up during the greyest days of the year? Try a Freeze Facial.