One of the latest beauty trends on the market is red light therapy, and I hope it sticks around forever.
Last winter I was diagnosed with dermatitis, and was also told to restrict myself to very few products on my skin (natural and traditional). Everything that my skin came in contact with, it seemed, caused a reaction.
One thing I noticed was that the warm, summer months seemed to naturally heal my skin. But once the weather got colder, my dermatitis started to flare up again. I kept hearing from others with this condition that traditional tanning (in moderation) works wonders. The thought of exposure to harmful UV rays scared me until I stumbled across the benefits of red light therapy and decided to give it a try. I am so glad I did!
The History of Healing Light Therapy
Light is energy, and light therapy in general is not a new phenomenon. Most of us feel great in the presence of sun (this, of course, should be done in moderation, and with proper protection). Light therapy has been used in holistic practices for years. A common practice in light therapy is referred to as Colorpuncture. This is where you use light to stimulate acupressure points instead of needles. The originator of Colorpuncture is German scientist and naturopath Dr Peter Mandel, who said, “Light is life. This is not a belief system but something that is confirmed by science. Specifically, light is present in the communication between cells in the body, and illness occurs when the cells can no longer speak the same language.”
How LED Red Light Therapy Works
LED Red light specifically is considered to give overall vitality to the body. It is FDA -approved for anti-aging and skin conditions. NASA is known to use red light therapy in treating wounds.
Red light can penetrate the skin up to 10mm and converts from light energy to cellular energy, once absorbed into the body. The reaction helps to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. Red LED light therapy is more eco-friendly than using incandescent or fluorescent bulbs because they can produce the same amount of light but do so while using a small fraction of the energy.
Benefits of LED Red Light Therapy
Red LED light therapy can be used for the following:
- smooth skin
- sun damage
- collagen stimulation
- smoothing overall skin tone
Where you can get LED Red Light Therapy
I first discovered red light therapy at Planet Fitness. My monthly ($20) membership includes amenities such as massage red light therapy which they call Total Body Enhancement. Tracie Martyn Skin Care Salon in New York City offers a RF RedSculpt Radio Tightening treatment. Her service works to realign collagen deep in the skin, with gentle heat waves.
You can also purchase red light devices to use at home. My personal favorite is RejuvaliteMD by Trophy Skin With array of 120 amber, yellow, red and infrared lights it provides benefits in 5 min.
Results vary depending on age, time used and individual skin conditions. I have personally seen a huge difference in my skin since using LED red light therapy. If anyone has used LED red light therapy, I would love to hear your thoughts. Until next time, love and lipstick!
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