Red Light Therapy
What’s So Great About it?
We’ve been hearing a lot of hype about red and near infrared light and the benefits offered by red light therapy. And we’re learning that red light therapy is, in fact, beneficial in a variety of ways.
I’ve been using a red light therapy device for a year (inconsistently) and consistently, every day, for about eight weeks. I haven’t put enough time in to see visible benefits that I can display as before and after photos, but I will say that my skin has been looking healthier in general and feels SO smooth.
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What Are Red and Infrared Light
How Does Red Light Therapy Work?
Red light is absorbed by your skin, leading to skin rejuvenation and healing. Red light therapy is like photosynthesis for your skin and body. It essentially gives damaged cells the energy necessary to heal themselves with the help of specific wavelengths of light.
Red light (RLT) is thought to work by producing a biochemical effect in cells that strengthens the mitochondria. The mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell — it’s where the cell’s energy is created.
By increasing the function of the mitochondria using RLT, a cell can make more adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is chemical energy produced by the mitochondria. With more energy, cells can function more efficiently, rejuvenate themselves, and repair damage.
RLT is different from laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) therapies because it doesn’t cause damage to the skin surface. Laser and pulsed light therapies work by causing controlled damage to the outer layer of the skin, which then induces tissue repair. RLT bypasses this harsh step by directly stimulating regeneration of the skin. The light emitted by RLT penetrates roughly 5 millimeters below the skin’s surface. (credit: healthline.com)
Anti-Aging and Other Benefits for Skin
(Excerpted from a Vital Red Light Blog)
Both your skin complexion and skin health can benefit from red light therapy, which helps you look and feel better.
People are turning to red light therapy to address skin problems such as acne. In fact, it works well for a variety of skin conditions, from eczema to rosacea and so much more.
Red light therapy has an extensive list of benefits for skin, including:
- Reduces redness and inflammation
- Stimulates collagen production
- Smooths fine lines and wrinkles
- Prevents breakouts by killing acne-causing bacteria
- Minimizes pores by regulating oil production
- Improves the appearance of scarring by promoting skin cell healing
- Brightens skin and dark spots
- Smooths skin texture
- Helps with dermatitis, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis and other condition
- Enhances the absorption of skincare products
Other Red Light Therapy Uses
Red light therapy can be used for purposes beyond skin care. It’s purported to be effective for healing some types of injury and also muscle soreness. I have used red light therapy at times when my neck feels strained, and after a 10-minute session it’s felt much better.
Red light therapy may also help with sleep and relaxation.
Do Your Own Red Light Therapy Research
I’m not an expert in the science of red light therapy. I’ve done research that satisfies me regarding the safety and benefits of red light therapy. I always recommend that you do your own research when contemplating a incorporating a new treatment or considering purchasing a product.
The Vital Red Light website has a lot of information embedded on the web pages as well as in the informative blogs.
This National Institute of Health study about the benefits of red light therapy is interesting and readable.
My Reflections After Using Red Light Therapy
After using my Vital Pro device from Vital Red Light for several months, I’ve learned a few things.
I find it’s most comfortable to be about 18-24 inches away from the light when focusing on my face. The Vital Pro has a built in 10 minute timer that automatically shuts the light off after 10 minutes, which is the suggested amount of time to use red light therapy in one sitting focused on one area of the body.
When I began using the light, I placed it very close to my face – about 6 inches. After a few weeks I experienced very dry skin on my face. I can’t say with certainty that the dry skin was attributable to my being too close to the light – it could have been winter weather related. But I did reach out to the company founder Jake Kreuz to ask if it is something others have experienced. He related that it isn’t common but can happen when red light use is new. I started using the light device with a little more distance between the light and me after that and the dry skin did resolve.
I’ve noticed improved texture and brightness to my skin after 8 weeks of use. I expect to see more results as I bank more time with the red light.
In addition to focusing the light on my face, I also expose the backs of my hands during my red light sessions simply by holding them up so they are exposed to the light.
It’s recommended to use eye protection during red light use – it’s pretty intense. I just close my eyes, which works well for me since I’m using the time as a quiet start to my day.
Make It Easy
I keep my Vital Pro on my little desk. It keeps it in my view. Having the device constantly visible helps me stay committed to my daily sessions. I have a comfy chair at my desk and use my morning red light sessions to listen to guided meditations (multi-tasking!).
The Vital Pro model is very portable and stands under 15″ high. I’ve seen people using their Vital Pro model sitting on the floor and laying in bed. It easily adapts to your preferences. It does need to be plugged in, so your location needs to be near an outlet.
Stand Alone Red Light Panel Device vs. Red Light Mask
Another way to use red light therapy is with a mask device. With a mask, the use of the device is limited to the face. For that reason, I prefer the stand alone panel model, like I have, because of the flexibility it offers for targeting any area of the body.
Vital Red Light (and a Code for a Discount)
Vital Red Light was founded after founder Jake Kreuz’s was diagnosed with Lyme disease and he embarked on alternative and natural health solutions to help with recovery.
Vital Red Light currently offers three devices:
- Vital Pro (which is the device I have) – a tabletop model that’s very portable and great for targeting various areas of the body
- Vital Charge – a small hand-held device that’s perfect for travel
- Vital Elite – a full body light
The devices are well priced compared to other companies’ red light devices and come with a 30 day free trial and 2 year warranty.
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The sequence below shows the light at full power and then as the lights go out. The white lights are the infrared lights. They look like they are always off, but it’s only because our eyes can’t see that type of light.