Red light therapy continues to grow in popularity and is a highly sought after treatment by professionals and laymen alike. But, what’s the real magic behind this seemingly all too simple technology and what can it do for your skin?
It has been known for centuries that light has immense soothing properties but it was just within the last century that NASA discovered red and infrared LEDs not only offer therapeutic powers but also significantly reduce pain and accelerate healing. These discoveries sparked study after study into further benefits of red light therapy.
Scientific research has proven that LEDs (light emitting diodes) in very specific wavelengths create positive reactions at a deep cellular level. Do to the high content of blood and water within the body, LED wavelengths are readily absorbed into skin and tissue where they increase cellular energy, stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis, boost circulation, accelerate healing, kick start repair processes, drive more oxygen to the treated area, and much more.
So, what do all of these reactions mean to you? If your skin is treated with yellow, red, and/or infrared LEDs your skin will begin to act more youthful, repair past damage, and beautify the skin from the inside out.
As these changes occur overtime your skin will look more radiant, youthful, and healthy. The benefits are many and the list only seems to get longer and longer as more and more studies are performed revealing the power held within LEDs.
Benefits of Red Light Therapy for Skin
1. Reduces lines and wrinkles
2. Diminishes pore size
3. Evens out skin tone
4. Fades age spots
5. Tightens and firms the skin
6. Reduces redness
7. Eases the signs of rosacea
8. Accelerates the healing of blemishes
9. Helps with sunburn redness, pain, and inflammation
10. Smoothes the texture of the skin
11. Stimulates collagen and elastin
12. Reduces swelling
13. Promotes a healthy glow
14. Fades scarring
15. Makes the skin look younger
Red light therapy offers a powerful yet gentle means for drastically improving your skin without risk, pain, or downtime. It’s widely available in spas, salons, dr.’s offices, as well as at home with units designed for personal use.
When looking for a high quality and effective home unit you will want to make sure it has LED wavelengths within proven ranges (for example yellow at 590 nanometers, red between 625-660 nanometers, and infrared at 880 nanometers and above.) Each set of wavelengths penetrate to different depths within the skin and tissue. The higher the nanometer range the deeper the penetration.
There are a great number of home units on the market and that quantity continues to grow as more and more individuals discover the vast number of benefits red light therapy offers. So, how do you know which ones you can actually trust?
First off, this therapy is an investment in your skin, beauty, and confidence. If a unit seems exceptionally inexpensive it probably won’t give you what you are looking for. You will pay more for a unit that uses high quality LEDs in the correct nanometer ranges. There are a few systems on the market that have proven track records, come from reputable companies, and have actual testimonials from real people as to the effectiveness of the device.
You will also have the option of a handheld unit versus a hands free panel system. The main thing to consider here is which style of device are you more likely to remain consistent with? A hands free panel system will treat your entire face and you will need to keep your eyes closed. A handheld unit allows you to keep your eyes open during the treatments but you will need to move the device to different sections of your face.
There is evidence suggesting that the handheld units are more powerful than the panel systems due to the fact that the LEDs are closer together and the wavelengths don’t scatter as readily because the head of the unit is directly on the skin.
These are exciting times with red light therapy giving you the opportunity to easily improve your complexion with powerful healing LEDs. It’s a simple technology to operate, is extremely beneficial for your skin, and the home systems now make it more affordable and convenient.