Despite the tedium, the Baby Quasar at-home LED light treatment therapy ($449 in the TIA shop) does work — just don't expect to see the same levels of improvement as you would get in a spa.

As Marta recounts: "The process is excruciatingly boring. And it requires concentration. No snoozing off allowed. In a nutshell, you have to divide your face into six areas and spend two minutes per area. Then repeat the whole process with a different light setting and then go back over the stubborn areas using the green (continuous) light...

"Now let's be clear: the results are not on a par with my salon experiences with LED (which I think are amazing). But there is a very distinct improvement of my skin's texture. It is firmer, plumper and has a nice healthy glow. I've been using the Baby Quasar on my hands as well as face and here the results are even more impressive. After three sessions (one session is roughly half an hour), the clock has been turned back by at least a year."

And just in case you forgot: LED is light emitting diode with a low-level power output that uses red light (visible) and infra-red light (invisible). LED is much gentler than intense pulse light (IPL) or laser resurfacing. It works by stimulating the body's tissues to convert the light energy into cellular energy. It boosts collagen production and scavenger cells that remove excess pigmentation or scar tissue.