Using Red Light Therapy to Improve Skin
by Blake Cooley on Aug 19, 2021
If you are dealing with dull skin from being stuck inside working all day, red light therapy may be just what you need to bring some vitality back to your skin. Keep reading to learn more about red light therapy, its uses, and its benefits.
What is Red Light Therapy?
In the past few years, you may have heard about or noticed Red Light Therapy popping up all over the place. Red light therapy, scientifically known as photobiomodulation (PBM), is a non-invasive therapy that utilizes specific low-level wavelengths of light to produce various effects. There are various uses of red-light therapy due to its effects on our body’s cells.
How does Red Light Therapy Work?
Red light therapy works by using this low-level wavelength of light to target our cells, thereby increasing mitochondrial function and improving the body’s ability to produce cellular energy. When applied to skin cells, it can help act as food and nourishment for your skin and cells to encourage healthy skin.
Red light therapy, specifically between the mid-600 nanometer range and 800 nanometer, is considered most effective for therapeutic skin benefits. To get started, it is recommended to begin with 10 to 15 minutes daily of red light therapy exposure.
How can I benefit from Red Light Therapy?
While red light therapy can be beneficial to everyone, those who lack time spent in natural light or spend lots of time indoors at work or home may benefit most. Even for those who are spending time outdoors, red light therapy can assist individuals who have certain skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.
There are numerous skin benefits that can be achieved by starting a red light therapy routine. First, red light therapy has been shown to improve collagen production. Collagen is an essential component of great skin, as it makes up 70% of the protein in your skin and 30% in your body. With age, we naturally lose collagen, which causes a reduction in the elasticity of the skin. Using red light therapy can help stimulate collagen production and help your skin remain smooth and firm as you age.
Have dark spots or areas of concern due to hyperpigmentation? Red light therapy can help encourage skin cell production and reduce inflammation. This can, in turn, help reduce dark spots, which may be caused by melasma, sun damage, or acne scars. In addition, red light therapy can help with other commonly seen skin concerns, such as scars, stretch marks, or wrinkles. In a study conducted on red light therapy, researchers found that about 74% percent of participants saw improvement in fine lines and wrinkles after using red light therapy over eight weeks.
Incorporating a red light therapy routine into your skincare routine can be another way to target your skin concerns for individuals with specific skin conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis. Red light therapy can help target commonly seen symptoms associated with these skincare conditions, such as flakiness, redness, and other signs of inflammation. Red light therapy may also help encourage faster healing.
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