What is “Red Light Therapy”?
Red Light Therapy is an increasingly popular type of treatment for skin care, with light along the red wavelength being used to generate a range of health and beauty benefits.
How does Red Light Therapy work?
Infrared light, which has a stronger wavelength than other types of light, penetrates the skin to a depth of about 8 to 10 mm, allowing it to be absorbed.
Once it has been absorbed, the light energy is converted to cellular energy, which stimulates the body’s natural healing processes on a cellular level. This results in a wide range of benefits, including:
- Reduced inflammation
- Increased production of collagen
- Improvements in the ability of cells to heal and clean themselves
- Increased lymph system activity
What is Red Light Therapy used for?
Red Light Therapy is being used in both beauty and health applications, thanks to the many benefits it produces in the body.
It’s a popular tool for anti-ageing, thanks to the increases in collagen and healing process it stimulates. Wrinkles often occur due to a decrease in collagen production as part of the natural ageing process.
Acne and spot treatments using red light therapy are also popular. The treatment reduces the inflammation of spots, but it also affects the underlying composition of the skin.
When skin cells are stressed, for example by a spot, levels of Mitochondrial Nitric Oxide (NOmt) increase in the skin. The NOmt affects the natural ability of cells to heal by reducing oxygen levels. Red light therapy forces out the NOmt, to promote cell regeneration and oxygenation.
Red Light using LEDs
Using LEDS rather than incandescent, fluorescent or laser light provides a range of additional benefits. In fact, NASA use LEDs for the red lights they use in space because of these benefits.
- Red LED light has a tighter wavelength span than other types of bulbs, meaning that they emit the useful wavelengths without wasted energy
- There’s no heat produced by LED lights, making the treatment safer, and more comfortable
- LEDs are tiny, which means they can be incorporated into handheld devices, like our Compacts and Pens, making them more suitable for home use
- LEDs last longer and are more eco-friendly than other types of bulbs, using far less energy to produce the same results
Does it work?
In a word, yes. Red light penetrates the skin, unlike topical skin treatments, making it more effective at creating changes in the cells that encourage them to heal themselves naturally.
The wavelengths used in our products have been clinically tested. In independent anti-ageing trials, results showed improvements in skin appearance in 86% of those using our Compact and Pen in conjunction with their daily skincare, 79% of those using the Compact and their skincare, and just 36% of those using their skincare alone.