Beauty & Anti-Aging
Not all of us were genetically blessed with flawless skin or luscious locks.
It seems that we are fighting a losing battle when we splash out on expensive creams and serums that claim to remove wrinkles, regrow hair, or miraculously heal skin conditions like rosacea.
Most of these have a minimal effect on our actual appearance, yet we continue to spend more and more on these beauty products.
Fortunately, red light therapy might just be the answer you’re looking for.
Of course, several factors including genetics, diet, and lifestyle all play a role in the ageing process. But red light therapy holds particular promise in delaying the signs of getting older.
Unlike topical creams that only work on the surface of the skin, red light therapy effectively stimulates the skin’s underlying tissue as well.
Red light therapy relies on a powerful combination of both red and near-infrared wavelengths. Red light, at a wavelength of 660nm, stimulates the surface cells, whilst near-infrared light stimulates cells slightly deeper under the skin.
More specifically, these wavelengths act on the mitochondria within the cells, which has an energizing effect on the skin and body.
Here are just some of the ways that red light therapy can help you to look younger.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Studies have shown that red light therapy can be effective at improving collagen density which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Collagen is lost naturally during the ageing process but red light therapy can help protect it as well as boost its production.
Red light therapy may prove beneficial at improving skin conditions like rosacea, acne, psoriasis, and eczema.
Although studies are more limited for rosacea, there is a strong indication that red light may improve skin conditions like acne and hyper or hypo pigmentation.
Red light therapy is said to improve these conditions by stimulating blood flow and reducing inflammation.
Scars and Blemishes
Red light therapy is thought to work scars and blemishes much in the same way as it does other skin conditions.
Red light therapy has also been shown to activate stem cells which enhances tissue repair and healing, leading to a reduced appearance in scars and blemishes.
Many studies have pointed to red light therapy as an effective treatment for hair loss.
Treatment with red light has been shown to stimulate hair follicle growth and significantly improve hair counts in males with androgenetic alopecia.
Red light therapy has shown to be an effective anti-ageing treatment. Whether it’s to improve the appearance of your skin or help stimulate hair growth.
For best results, we recommended that you use red light therapy in combination with other beauty procedures such as microneedling.
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Studies on Ageing and Beauty
1Wunsch, Alexander, and Karsten Matuschka. “A Controlled Trial to Determine the Efficacy of Red and Near-Infrared Light Treatment in Patient Satisfaction, Reduction of Fine Lines, Wrinkles, Skin Roughness, and Intradermal Collagen Density Increase.” Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, vol. 32, no. 2, 2014, pp. 93-100.
2Tsoukas, MariaM, et al. “Light-based therapies in acne treatment.” Indian Dermatology Online Journal, vol. 6, no. 3, 2015, p. 145.
3Sorbellini, Elisabetta, et al. “Coupled blue and red light-emitting diodes therapy efficacy in patients with rosacea: two case reports.” Journal of Medical Case Reports, vol. 14, no. 1, 2020
4Kleinpenning, M.M., et al. “Efficacy of blue light vs. red light in the treatment of psoriasis: a double-blind, randomized comparative study.” Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, vol. 26, no. 2, 2011, pp. 219-225.
5InformedHealth.org [Internet]. Cologne, Germany: Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG); 2006-. Eczema: Light therapy and oral medications. 2017 Feb 23 [Updated 2019 Mar 20].
6Avci, Pinar et al. “Low-level laser (light) therapy (LLLT) in skin: stimulating, healing, restoring.” Seminars in cutaneous medicine and surgery vol. 32,1 (2013): 41-52.
7Lanzafame, Raymond J., et al. “The growth of human scalp hair mediated by visible red light laser and LED sources in males.” Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, vol. 45, no. 8, 2013, pp. 487-495.