A few years ago, former Friends star Jennifer Aniston admitted the key to her youthful looks had little to do with super-fruit smoothies or mindful meditation but was down to her obsession with ‘laser porn’, an intense skin rejuvenation treatment using lasers. You have to love her honesty.

She went on to explain how the lasers caused the top layer of dead skin to fall off, revealing fresh, younger-looking skin beneath. Far from shocking us, this revelation had us reaching for the phone.

Advanced skin rejuvenation treatment using lasers has taken off: Celebrities from Gwyneth Paltrow to Kim Kardashian have been open about going under the ‘light’ and the number of beauty salons offering cosmetic laser therapy is on the increase.

Third Space’s Pearl Antoniou explains the science behind it:

“Skin rejuvenation is a low-level laser treatment that removes skin layer by layer with precision. The new skin cells that form during healing give the skin a tighter, younger looking surface. Some mild swelling and redness, which subsides after a few hours, are the only side-effects,” says Antoniou.

Before undergoing this type of treatment it is worth spending some time reading up on the different methods available as some clinics can be a little woolly about the facts. For example, intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments should not be confused for lasers. These are not as strong and, although more budget friendly, will not deliver the results as quickly as lasers will.

In essence, there are two types of laser therapy: ablative and non-ablative. Ablative laser resurfacing destroys the top layer of your skin to expose the lower layers and encourage new growth. Non-ablative techniques encourage new growth in a less aggressive way, without completely removing the top layer of your skin.

Ablative laser resurfacing most commonly uses either a carbon dioxide or an Erbium:YAG (a type of metal-enriched crystal) laser. Non-ablative facial resurfacing uses a variety of techniques, including intense pulsed light that targets the pigment in your skin to remove areas of discolouration or infrared lasers that treat wrinkles caused by sun damage by encouraging new skin to grow.

Fractional resurfacing, which is what is on offer at the Spa at Third Space Canary Wharf, is a technique in which a laser is used in conjunction with other treatments in certain parts of the problem area, rather than all of it. This targeted approach is completed over several weeks – typically four to six sessions are needed.

Common skin problems such as stretch marks, acne, scars and wrinkles can all be treated with fractional resurfacing techniques.

According to Antoniou, this approach is much more effective at keeping wrinkles at bay than using anti-ageing creams and lotions. “ Whilst there are an endless list of topical creams on the market, there is nothing that can rejuvenate your skin like a laser treatment and it is one of the therapies (unlike botox) that the celebs will admit to indulging in,” she adds.

Having been warned repeatedly about the dangers of sunlight to our skin, it is clear that not all light is created equal. Light therapy is becoming a major player on the skincare scene and should be embraced for it’s therapeutic qualities. If it’s good enough for Aniston, maybe we should all let it glow.

The Spa at Canary Wharf is offering 30% off on any three-session courses booked for fractional rejuvenation. For more information go tohttps://www.thirdspace.london/canary-wharf/spa/ or call 0207 970 0912