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LED Light Therapy Treatment

LED light therapy in the beauty industry isn’t exactly new – it’s been around for some time now, especially for treating difficult conditions such as Psoriasis (known as Red Light Therapy).

In recent years though it’s been increasingly used in the aesthetics industry and has proven really quite revolutionary for a number of skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, pigmentation and for skin rejuvenation in general. Research has already shown that skin cells which are energised function far better than their rather stagnant peers, to the extent they can renew up to 200% faster. That’s a huge boost to the skin’s regeneration and repair process, resulting in healthy skin and a great glow.

How is the treatment applied?

The treatment is applied in a relaxed clinical setting, using masks and exposure to low-level light therapy (LLLT). You’ll also wear goggles to protect your eyes from the brightness.

The light has been clinically assessed and is delivered at therapeutic doses to best treat particular facial skin conditions. Treatments the LED therapy can help with include aging skin, pigmentation, rosacea, acne and detoxifying the skin.

Although there are different brands of LED light treatments around, here at Vale Laser Clinic we are big fans of Dermalux LED Phototherapy. There is no downtime with this painless and rejuvenating therapy. In addition, it can be used in conjunction with other beauty treatments at the salon. Clinic

During your treatment, you can enjoy sitting back on a chair relaxing for 30 minutes, wearing the mask,under the canopy, with your face exposed to various different coloured lights – each promoting a particular skin enhancement. And, as well as receiving a boost to your skin’s condition, you’ll also feel a bit brighter mentally. That’s because light does make us feel happier and more alert.

Different light colours for different skin benefits

But, getting back to the skin benefits…

  • The Blue light mode, for instance, is used to help with acne. That’s because it destroys bacteria. It also improves skin clarity and has a calming effect on other skin conditions.
  • The Red mode is all about restoring glow and vitality to the skin. That’s because it energises cells, which in turn speeds up elastin production, as well as increases hydration for smoother firmer skin.
  • The near-Infrared mode offers rejuvenation benefits and reduces pigmentation. It also promotes healthy skin and calms any skin irritation problems.
  • The Tri-Wave therapy is for accelerated results, thanks to its multi-wavelength treatments tailored to your own specific skin condition.

Long-term benefits

And the best bit? The benefits of the Dermalux light therapy go on working long after the treatment has been completed.

A course of 12 treatments is standard and should be taken in as short a timescale as possible in increasing intensity. Then it’s just a case of maintaining that vital skin glow with your usual skincare regime.

Get in touch To find out more aboutDermalux LED Phototherapy you can contact Emma and the team here at the Vale Laser beauty clinic. We offer free skin consultations

The Eyes Definitely Have It

The skin around our eyes is incredibly thin – 0.5mm thick compared to 4mm for the skin on our heels. And for that reason alone, it’s incredibly important to look after it.

Other reasons? Aging causes the skin to lose its elasticity and to sag, resulting in the dreaded eye bags, dark circles, fine lines and even causing our eyelids to drop. Other factors that affect healthy skin are fluid retention, genetics and even facial movement. And, yes, it can be rather depressing to look in the mirror as we age and see these less-than flattering developments.

But the good news is that there are lots we can do about them. Take two revolutionary new treatments – Mesoestetic Global Eyecon and HIFU Eye Treatment – for instance. There’s also a range of eye creams perform well too. But first, what are Mesoestetic Global Eyecon and HIFU Eye Treatment? We explain both below:

Mesoestetic Global Eyecon

This is a painless form of treatment designed specifically for the delicate eye area, which combines peels and a trans-epidermal solution (microneedling). The course involves six sessions – divided equally between peels and microneedling – and there is no downtime. Not only that, but @mesoestetic.uk: “[the treatment is] achieving visible and cumulative results after the first session.”

The Eyecon Periocular Peel combines anti-aging, anti-fatigue and depigmentation products – Azelaic, Salicylic, Lactic, Phytic and Citric acids.

The Periocular Solution is the next stage and involves increasing the circulation in the eye area using microneedling and the sterile fluid containing depigmenting and decongestant action.

Once the course has been completed a Crystal Fiber Eye Mask is applied. Containing hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and cucumber extract it helps to cool, refresh and calm following treatment. It also has depigmentation, moisturising, decongesting and rejuvenating properties.

HIFU Eye Treatment

A non-invasive process, which has also been carefully designed for the delicate eye area, the HIFU Eye Treatment involves probes and ultrasonic energy to stimulate the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin. The probes bring heat to the sarcolemma layer and outer membrane of the skin, tightening it and making it more supportive to the rest of the skin layers.

The benefits of this treatment, apart from the excellent results with fine lines, eye bags and other eye ‘problems’ is that it can be used on all types of skin, even sensitive. The treatment itself is long-term and needs only to be repeated every 6 -12 months for maximum results. Again, there is no downtime.

Get in touch

With so many advanced treatments appearing on the market thanks to ongoing research into the aesthetics market, it can be difficult – and, in fact, downright confusing – to know what’s best for you. That’s why we always recommend having a chat with ourselves first so we can point you in the right direction. To maintain healthy skin around the eyes, it may be that an eye cream, rather than a treatment, is all you need. You can book a free skin consultation with myself (Emma Griffiths) and the team here via Instagram.

What Is Purging?

Skin purging is another name for your skin reacting to certain chemicals in creams or treatments, mainly retinols and beta hydroxy acids. Because they are xfoliants these ingredients quickly take off the top layer of dead skin cells, meaning new ones regenerate sooner than they would normally. As a result, It brings any congestion  to the surface of the skin, irritating it and causing breakouts.

Purging is temporary

Just as purging is caused by speeding up dead skin cell removal by exfoliating, the breakouts are also ‘sped up’ in that they don’t last as long as a typical skin breakout. And, in fact, a retinol-etc induced breakout is good as it shows that the product you have just put onto your face is actually working as it should.

Can you stop purging?

You can’t really prevent purging but you can lessen the chances of it happening in the first place by slowly introducing your new Product. If you have a new retinol serum then maybe just use it once in the first week, building up to twice in the second and then, if your skin is coping well, three times in the third week. Eventually, you should be able to use the product every day.

There are certain chemicals that are more likely to cause purging in susceptible individuals than others. These include salicylic acid.

What does a skin purge look like?

A purge often results in types of acne, such as pustules, blackheads, whiteheads and cysts – all of which are referred to as ‘inflammatory acne.’

When sebum (excess oil) mixes with dead skin cells, bacteria can build up inside the pore. To deal with this your body sends white blood cells into the pore to fight the bacteria. Chemicals such as retinol cause exfoliation to happen. It doesn’t attack bacteria but rather removes the inflammation, allowing the skin to clear itself up.

@FeminaIndia: “Purging gets all the nasty stuff out of your skin all at once, leaving only the goodness behind. Think of it as a deep cleanse.”

Difference between a purge and a breakout

It could be that the new product is clogging up your pores, causing a breakout rather than a purge. If the problem with your skin is still persisting a month later then this is a breakout. Purges should only last two to three weeks at the most.

Purges are caused by using exfoliants, such as retinols, alpha and beta hydroxy acids, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Breakouts are the result of sunscreen, hydrating oil and make-up.

How to treat a purge The way to make a purge less obvious and intense is to continue to keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Don’t touch any of the pimples or break out areas with your fingers, and wear SPF factor when outside (especially if it’s in the summer when the sun is at its most intense). In fact, really try to limit your exposure to the sun. It’ll be worth it though if you really are keen on maintaining healthy skin.

Glow From The Inside Out — Healthy Skin Starts In The Gut

An unhappy gut can affect a lot more than just your bowel movements. In a recent article by @Refinery29, Dr. Megan Rossi, founder of The Gut Health Clinic, highlights gut health as an indicator of overall health. “Check in with your gut even if your symptoms don’t appear to be obviously gut-related. You’d be surprised how many of our ailments go back to our gut health,” she says.

Moodiness, fatigue, and thyroid issues are just a few of the things that could indicate an imbalance in your gut microbiome. Your skin will suffer, too. Studies show that spots, rosacea, and eczema can all be exacerbated by what’s going on in your gut. 

So if you’re struggling with problem skin, try combining a good skin care routine with a gut health overhaul. Eating a balanced diet is the first place to start. 

Eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, and whole grains

Plant-based foods — like pulses, beans and whole grains — are high in fibre and nutrients. Eat a good variety to promote healthy digestion and healthy skin.

Try lacto-fermented foods

Think sauerkraut, kefir, and kimchi. Research shows that eating lacto-fermented foods can influence your mood and your skin by reducing systemic inflammation. 

Snack on probiotic yoghurt

Some experts say that consuming live yoghurt or probiotic drinks will encourage more microbes to grow. Just be sure to choose products that aren’t also full of gut-depleting sugar. 

Avoid processed foods

According to many studies, eating lots of fast food and animal-derived fatty foods can lead to greater levels of destructive gut bacteria. The message is clear: stick to what’s natural for a healthy gut. 

More tips for a healthy gut and healthy skin

Eating a balanced diet is just one of the lifestyle factors that affects gut and skin health. Keep things moving through your digestive system by exercising daily. Experts recommend 30 minutes a day. Keeping stress and anxiety to a minimum is also important. 

Because the brain is directly connected to the stomach, stress can wreak havoc on your gut health. It can both delay the emptying of stomach contents and speed up the passage of material through the intestines. Think about when you get a bout of diarrhea or repeated urges to wee before big presentations or events. 

Finally, remember that antibiotics kill off both good and bad bacteria. That means that a course of meds can leave your immunity at an all-time low. If you have to take antibiotics, try balancing things afterwards by eating probiotic yoghurt. Your stomach and skin will thank you taking pro biotics to balance the gut biome should be taken all the time,  don’t need to refer to yogurts all the time, as have probiotics in the clinic is supplement format.  Live cultures create a healthy envirnment

Pairing a healthy lifestyle with a good skincare regime and the right aesthetic treatments will give you the best results. Here at Vale Laser Clinic in St Athan Village, we pride ourselves on delivering evidence-based skincare solutions with a personal touch. From premature aging to acne, clinic director Emma Griffiths is on hand to offer expert advice on the right treatments for you. Book a free skin consultation today and start your journey towards a glowing complexion.

Give Your Skin A Fresh Start

The decorations are down and Christmas is done for another year. Whether you overindulged over the festive season or not, the New Year is a popular time for taking a look at how you want to live your life in the coming months. And what better place to start than with your skin.

Great skin and hair are an important part of how you feel about yourself. At Vale Laser Clinic we make sure our clients have glowing, radiant skin by offering a range of chemical peel treatments.

All our peels are by AlumierMD and can be used to treat a range of different skin conditions – many of which tend to flare up with the harsh winter winds and cold weather.

How does a chemical peel work?

Chemical peels use acids to exfoliate the skin. But don’t be alarmed, these acids are specially formulated to remove just enough of the skin so that the damaged cells are removed. This allows the ‘good’ unblemished skin underneath to come to the surface.

The acid works by lowering the pH of the skin which, in turn, loosens the dead skin cells, improving exfoliation and stimulating new cell growth.

The parts of the skin affected by a peel are the epidermis (the outer layer) and the dermis (the deeper layer where the nerve endings, hair follicles and sweat glands lie). A light to medium peel will remove the top layers of the epidermis. In some cases, a stronger medical peel will also take away a small section of the dermis too.

Who are chemical peels good for?

Anyone can benefit from the skin brightening and rejuvenating effects of a chemical peel, since it will improve both the texture and tone of the skin.

But peels can also be used to treat and improve specific skin conditions. These include: acne, rosacea, scarring, enlarged pores and hyperpigmentation. In the case of acne, a medium-deep peel would be required while hyperpigmentation requires a deep peel.

How many sessions an individual requires depends on the extent of the initial skin damage and what type of peel they have in the first place. Acne can take up to eight weeks before there are significant results. A standard peel provides instant results; it can be a one-off treat or repeated every two to five weeks. The bonus with regular peels is that your skin adapts to the process and learns to rejuvenate itself.

Tips on having a chemical peel

  • Afterwards you must apply an SPF cream or sunscreen on a daily basis to protect the new skin layer from the sun
  • Expect some ‘downtime’ after a deep peel
  • Pre-treatment solutions can accelerate results of the peel
  • Post-treatment skins and balms will soothe the skin

Get in touch today

If you are considering a peel and haven’t experienced one before then do come into the salon in St Athan Village, near Cardiff for a consultation and skin care advice with one of our skin therapists.

Alternatively, we also provide online consultations. We can answer all your questions and discuss the various Alumier peels that we offer. Make 2022 the year of great skin. Contact us on 01446 750 880 or via email: Skin@valelaserclinic.co.uk.

Winter Skincare – More Hydration and Stimulation

Now that winter is here, (please delete the text in blue) It’s important to step up your skincare routine. That’s because cold weather is tough on our skin.

Both plummeting temperatures and a lack of humidity draws moisture from our skin with the end result, it dries it out. And, if that wasn’t bad enough, the winds add a further chill factor while indoor heat can be the final straw and even make our skin start cracking (hello eczema and psoriasis).

Yes, it’s enough to want to head to the sun for a long winter session. Unfortunately, that’s not available for the majority of us. But, what we can do is look after our skin and make sure it’s as healthy and glowing as possible.

At Vale Laser Clinic we have a team of skin experts who are happy to pass on their specialist advice during client consultations and treatment sessions.

Our skin treatments are non-surgical and, as such, non-invasive. This makes them painless but still very much effective. Here are specialist areas of expertise:

Skin rejuvenation

This treatment helps remove red veins, pigmentation and balance uneven skin tone. By stimulating the collagen and elastin in your skin. The result is firmer, smoother and therefore younger-looking skin. The procedure can be applied to the face, neck, chest and hands.

Laser red vein removal IPL Red vein treatment can also help with embarrassing problems, such as red flushing (rosacea), thread veins, spider naevi and even red spots (including port wine stains). This is achieved through using an Intense Pulse Light (IPL) which is absorbed by the haemoglobin in the blood and heats the offending veins and spots until they are destroyed and the vessels cleared. The results are nothing short of miraculous – as if the blemish hadn’t existed in the first place.

Other areas we work on include liver spots and age spots. These tend to have too much melanin. The IPL can also cause this to coagulate and within a few days your skin will be clearer and brighter. We can also help with problems concerning enlarged pores and acne scarring.

It’s possible to see results from within 2-3 sessions of IPL care. If the problem is particularly small then it may even take just a single session.

Winter skin care tips

  • Even in winter you still need an SPF cream with protective levels of UVA for this time of year.
  • The winter months are great for booking your treatments to stimulate new collagen and restore skin glow, such as microneedling or laser treatment.
  • Now is the time to think about laser hair removal so you’re all ready for spring and summer ahead.
  • Keep your skin hydrated with specialist winter products such as a good moisturiser and gentle cleanser

Get in touch today

If you have an annoying skin problem you would like cleared up – or even if you just want to give your skin a brightening treatment to combat the winter weather – then do get in touch. We’re based in St Athan Village, just outside Cardiff. You can book an appointment today right here.

How to Care For Stressed-out Skin


It’s fair to say that over the past year and a half, we’ve all experienced our fair share of stress. Being unable to see loved ones, social distancing in supermarkets, worry over the future – there has certainly been a lot on our minds.

Whatever your skin type, that stress can often show up in our skin – especially when it’s exacerbated by mask-wearing.

From the dreaded ‘maskne’ to creeping fine lines, here’s our best beauty advice on how to care for skin that’s more than a little stressed out.

Acne & ‘Maskne’

Increased stress levels lead to a boost in the stress hormone – cortisol. This can lead to increased oil production – a nightmare for those who already have greasier skin.

All kinds of skin types can suffer from acne. Couple excess oil with a mask, and you have a recipe for clogged pores and acne – hence the newly-coined ‘maskne’ epidemic.

Even those who don’t normally suffer from spots have found themselves breaking out around the jawline and lower cheeks where masks have been against their skin.

One of the best ways to combat ‘maskne’ is to ensure that your mask is clean every time you use it. You might also opt for a silk mask, as it’s a more breathable material.

If you don’t already use one, adding a mild cleanser to your evening routine can help to keep pores free from oil. A gentle moisturiser that helps to repair the skin barrier is also a must – we love Environ’s Skin EssentiA range.

And whatever you do, don’t pick! Picking at spots can spread the acne bacteria, as well as leading to scarring.

If you’ve found that your acne has become quite serious and doesn’t seem to be responding to a gentle skincare routine, you could try a skin peel.

Our acne treatments target the acne bacteria and exfoliate the clogged pores without harming the surrounding skin.

You’ll generally see results around three times faster than you would with prescription antibiotics or topical treatments.

Target fine lines

More worried about some newly-appeared fine lines than acne? Stress can cause changes to the proteins in your skin, reducing its elasticity.

As we age, our collagen supplies deplete naturally – but stress can accelerate this process leading to prematurely aged skin.

If you want to target these fine lines, our HIFU treatment – High Intensity Focused Ultrasound – can stimulate the deep layers of the skin to produce a tauter appearance. It simultaneously boosts collagen production, leaving your skin bouncier and plumper.

Microneedling is considered the gold standard for stimulating collagen production. Tiny needles penetrate the skin causing the body to produce more collagen and elastin, which heal your skin and have anti-aging benefits. Radio frequency microneedling uses a gold plated needle device to gently penetrate the skin and works well on uneven skin, whether caused by acne, scarring or wrinkles.

Stress-free skin for everyone

Whatever your skin type or complaint, there are a few skin tips that help to combat the signs of stress for everyone.

The first? Stay hydrated. It’s not a quick-fix – but then the best beauty advice never is. Healthy skin comes from consistent care – and that includes both a good skincare routine and drinking enough water.

Water helps our immune system to function, and staying hydrated prevents your skin from drying out and cracking, which can lead to infections (including acne).

Though not quite as crucial, an at-home facial has plenty of benefits. You can opt for a DIY face mask such as our popular Anti-Pollution Masque. Choosing something that will target your specific skin concerns is a bonus – but honestly, the greatest benefit of an at-home facial is the soothing stress relief it brings.

Similarly, any activity that decreases your stress level – whether it’s getting out into the fresh air or nailing a spin class – can help to combat skin stress. Remember your SPF – this is the first rule of Anti aging protection!

Lower cortisol? Fewer problems.

There’s one final all-rounder that’ll do wonders for your skin health (and your overall health): getting enough sleep. Your skin produces collagen when you sleep, and those who sleep 7-9 hours per night typically had more moisturised skin that was less prone to damage.

Say hello to Lumina 2!


Because of the overwhelming demand for hair removal treatments and living up to our title of:

Best For Hair Removal in Wales 

as featured in The Sunday Times Style Magazine, 

I’m delighted to open appointments for our second LUMINA IPL machine from Lynton Lasers. 

Lumina 2 lives in our second treatment room and as both Myself, Carly and Charlie are fully qualified on all IPL treatments, we can more than double our availability for Hair Removal and Skin Rejuvenation treatments. 

To celebrate, we are offering 2 EXCLUSIVE Hair Removal Deals

As always, there are certain terms and conditions for special offers.

  • NO TAN in the area being treated
  • Test patch required 7 days before first treatment
  • First treatment must be in May 2021
  • One treatment a month through to December 2021
  • Minimum 4 weeks between treatments
  • No refunds, exchanges, credit
  • Offer subject to availability
  • Treatments with Charlie and Carly

If you are a client of ours and you know someone who is interested, don’t forget our MENTION ME referral scheme.

Mention Me Referal scheme business card

Covid Safe Procedures


Please read the following carefully to make sure your appointment runs as smoothly as possible.


– If this appointment is for a virtual consultation or follow up call, please make sure you are following us at www.instagram.com/emma_valelaserclinic and so we can use the video messaging, please drop us a DM to make sure we can call you. 


We want to reassure you that we have implemented COVID Secure Measures throughout the clinic to minimise the risk of infection and transmission of Coronavirus. These enclude:

– Enhanced Infection Control


– Staggered scheduling of appointments

– Social distancing

– Staff training

– Reduced client access

– Paperfree consultation and treatment forms


– Hand sanitiser is available at the enterence door, please make sure you are wearing your face covering before coming up stairs. The Track & Trace Check In is located on the wall as you come to the stairs. 

– Please arrive at the time of your appointment. If you are more than 10 minutes late, your appointment will be cancelled. If you arrive early, please wait in your car until your appointment time, please don’t come in to wait in the clinic as this may break the social distancing guidelines. 

– You should attend your appointment alone. Unfortunately friends/family will not be able to accompany you.

– When you arrive, you will be able to walk straight into the treatment room. Please allow your therapist to close and open doors for you. 

– Personal belongings that you bring into the clinic should be limited to a mobile phone, purse/wallet and a drink. You will be asked to place these in a tray. Please leave large bags and coats in your car where possible. 

– Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer clients any refreshments, although you may provide your own. Bathroom facilities will also not be available. 

– You are required to wear a face covering at all times. This will only be removed when you are lying on the couch for any facial treatments. 

– On arrival in to the treatment room, you will be asked to wash your hands using soap provided. There is a pedal bin for hand drying tissues. 

– Payments will be taken by credit/debit card or bank transfer. Payment terminals will be sanitised between clients. 

We are following WAG guidelines, but please be assured that we will be our usual chatty selves so please don’t be put off by the new normal. 

If you or a person you live with has symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19, or if you have been in direct contact with someone who has symptoms, YOU MUST NOT COME TO THE CLINIC. You should contact us immediately so that we can reschedule your appointment. 

If something unexpected pops up, you can rescedule on line here up to 24 hours before your appointment. If its less than 24 hours, pleaser call us on 01446 750880 so we can offer the appointment to someone else. 

Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you for your appointment,

Emma, Carly & Charlie x

Demalux Flex LED Light Therapy



LED Phototherapy for visibly radiant, rejuvenated and refined skin.

Dermalux LED Phototherapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses clinically proven therapeutic light energy to trigger the skins natural rejuvenation and repair processes without pain or downtime.

From the first treatment, Dermalux instantly boosts the complexion to restore vitality and glow. A treatment course offers cumulative benefits and can be targeted to specific skin concerns for the face and body with lasting and visible improvement.

We believe everyone deserves beautiful skin. Discover the benefits of Dermalux as part your essential skin health regime.


Our skin has the ability to absorb light energy and use it to stimulate or regulate essential cell processes. LED Phototherapy is the application of beneficial wavelengths from the visible and infrared part of the light spectrum which have proven skin enhancing benefits. Skin cells that are energised function better and can renew up to 200% faster accelerating regeneration and repair.


Dermalux uses unique combinations of clinically proven Blue, Red and Near Infrared wavelengths to boost collagen production, increase hydration, calm redness and irritation and blitz blemish causing bacteria. As the light triggers a whole cascade of skin enhancing processes, the benefits continue even after the treatment has finished.


Dermalux is a relaxing, pain free experience with proven mood enhancing effects. Enjoy some luxury me-time as your skin absorbs the energising light to kick start cell regeneration, calm irritation or restore radiance. Each treatment last up to 30 minutes and with no downtime, you can simply get up and glow!


Dermalux is essential part of any skin care programme to optimise and accelerate results and provides the foundation to beautiful skin.


An intensive course of 12 treatments taken in close succession is recommended for optimum cell activation. Supercharge your skin for visible and lasting improvement. Once completed follow with maintenance treatments.


Individual treatments energise the skin to instantly revitalize a dull complexion, restore luminosity or calm irritation. A perfect boost before a special event or as part of an on-going maintenance programme.


Upgrade your favourite facial treatments with Dermalux for superior and longer lasting results or to calm sensitivity. Your Dermalux practitioner will advise you on the best combination for your skin.



Blemish fighting blue light destroys the bacteria which causes spots and improves skin clarity without irritation. It also has a calming effect for problem skin conditions.


Rejuvenating Red light energises cells to accelerate renewal, boost collagen and elastin production and increase hydration for smoother firmer skin. Ideal for restoring vitality and glow.


Regenerating Near Infrared light offers advanced rejuvenation benefits, promotes healthy skin, calms redness and irritation and helps to reduce pigmentation.


For enhanced and accelerated results, Dermalux therapy uniquely delivers multi- wavelength treatments which are tailored to your skin condition.