Red light therapy is a technique that uses wavelengths of different shades of red light to penetrate the skin for therapeutic benefits. While it was originally developed by NASA, the technology was quickly developed for use on people once it was realized how effective it is. Now, pro athletes and prominent sports scientists advocate the use of RLT for benefits such as quicker injury and wound healing and reducing inflammation. Others have begun to realize the impact red light therapy can have on the skin, including unprecedented anti-aging benefits. Keep reading to learn 7 ways red light therapy can boost your anti-aging techniques.
7 Ways Red Light Therapy Can Boost Your Anti-Aging Techniques
Reduces Fine Lines & Wrinkles
Red Light Therapy comes in many different forms, particularly when it comes to at-home devices you can use yourself. Here is an infographic by oglf.org with some great information about different types of at-home red light therapy devices. But no matter the shape and size of the device or the area of the body that you’re targeting, red light works by penetrating your skin and encouraging your cells to renew and repair.
Fine lines and wrinkles appear as we age because the collagen and elastin in our skin gradually reduce over time, leading our skin to sag and wrinkles to appear. Red light works by encouraging the mitochondria in your cells to produce more ATP (energy-carrying molecules) which stimulates your skin cells.
As your skin cells are rejuvenated, your collagen is boosted and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is reduced. It doesn’t take long to start seeing the benefits of this regular therapy, and users swear by its ability to achieve results.
Red light therapy is highly effective for breaking down fat cells. The light causes cells in the skin to release the fatty component known as lipids. The fat essentially “leaks” from the cells as it is broken down and is drained from the skin.
In fact, up to 80% of fat cells in the skin can be broken down with just 4 minutes of red light therapy. Over a few sessions, you’ll quickly notice smoother areas on the skin where once there was cellulite, as collagen and elastin are boosted and fat cells are broken down.
Evens the Skin Tone
As we age, skin issues can come and go. For example, many people may suffer from outbreaks of acne that eventually fade as they transition to adulthood. Other people may suffer from rosacea, the appearance of chronic redness and sensitivity of the skin, particularly on the face, and this one can get worse as we grow older.
Red light therapy works on these conditions by stimulating cells to reduce inflammation at the sites of these issues. Over time, it can help to prevent flare-ups and soothe symptoms, leading to a smoother, more youthful-looking complexion.
During our youth, our skin produces tons of surface cells on our skin. That’s what helps to maintain a youthful, “dewy” appearance to the skin. But, over time, our skin slows down in the production of these surface cells, leaving skin looking more dull and tired.
Red light therapy can help you regain your youthful glow by encouraging your skin to start producing those all-important surface skin cells again on the face.
Collagen is the compound that provides structure to our skin. Getting older causes collagen in the skin to be reduced and this can be accelerated by environmental factors like smoking or exposure to UV light.
Red light therapy encourages better performance of all your cells’ main functions – including the production of collagen. This helps to plump up your skin and maintain a more youthful appearance.
Non Invasive Treatment
Serums and creams can be effective for treating the surface, but they do not penetrate the skin deep enough to treat the root issue.
Red light therapy is the best of both worlds as it is a non-invasive treatment (that you can even do at home yourself) that penetrates the skin deeply without causing any damage. So you get all the anti-aging benefits without surgery, pain, or side effects.
RLT Vs Laser Treatment
There are some laser treatments that have been used in the past to try and stimulate some of the same benefits as red light therapy. However, those laser therapies are more invasive and work by causing damage to the cells in order to stimulate them to repair and renew themselves.
RLT does not cause damage to the cells when it penetrates the skin, making it a far less invasive treatment
So, if you’re looking to add some foolproof technology to your anti-aging regimen, you can’t go wrong with red light therapy.