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Exploring Red Light Therapy-My previous articles have introduced the notion of longevity and being fit and healthy. They have discussed the ability to sustain a high quality standard of living well into one’s nineties. Whilst I will continue to research and personally take on board the rules of Blue Zone living, like most people I want to ensure that I look as good as I can, for as long as I can too!
About eight years ago I started to research red light therapy for skin rejuvenation. I wanted something that would boost my dwindling collagen supplies which was non evasive and was safe to use.
I didn’t want to pay for monthly treatments at a beauticians so I opted for an in-home device that I could use at my own convenience.
Beware though, although the cost of treatments at a clinic are more expensive, the initial outlay for the unit is not cheap. I considered it an investment however . I’d invested in myself. It felt proactive. It felt good!
The unit I purchased, came from Amazon, and is still available today.
The unit uses conventional tube bulbs within a casing on a stand that folds in at either side. The light therefore is able to penetrate all contours of my face.
HOW TO USE
After the initial treatment cycle has been completed , the instructions suggest using the unit once per week for 20 minutes. Since there are no known side effects it is safe to use more regularly and you should take your skin and its appearance as a guide. (The instructions do state that you should only use the unit once per day though) I place the unit on a sturdy table and pull my seat in as close as I can . The treatment distance is quite close 15 cm, so I like to be as far forward as possible. I place my elbows on the table , place my face towards the middle section and use the palms of my my hand on the ‘wings’ of the unit to push them closer to my face. There is also a facility to angle the unit to your desired gradient. During the treatment the light gets warm but not unbearable and it is a pleasant sensation which usually makes me want to nap ! This unit does not have the capacity to tan your face-with tanning being the enemy of collagen this would be counter productive!
The benefits of the unit are outlined by the manufacturer-
- Stimulates natural collagen production without injections or surgery
- 88% improvement in deep wrinkles
- Targets your face and neckline with 97% success rate
- Rejuvenate skin in as little as 3 weeks
- Collagen plumping in the comfort of your own home
I can personally confirm that the unit does work and count on this as one of the best current anti-aging products. I notice an increased plumpness to my skin. The texture of my skin improves and it appears healthier. The best results are immediately after use .The overall effects are however temporary and if I skip sessions then my skin reverts to its previous condition.
Pros– The treatment works! It does exactly what it says on the tin. Having used the product for over 8 years I can vouch for its efficacy. The treatment pleasant and non evasive.
Cons-The unit itself is cumbersome and not very portable. (For a solution , please see below) You have to sit at a table to use and that can be uncomfortable if you have back or neck issues. Obtaining new bulbs can be difficult and the initial cost of these is high- although they last for a few years.
I’ll probably update my unit in the next few years and have been looking at
This uses a range of colours of LED light to tackle myriad of skin issues plus the technology is more advanced and the longevity of the bulbs is increased. Husband please take note for birthday and or Christmas.
LED HANDHELDS- PORTABLE DEVICES
In the last few years, technology has advanced and I now own a small hand held red light LED device which perfectly complements the larger unit. I use this when I want to watch TV while treating my skin.I can sit on the couch and interact with my family instead of being the crazy cat lady upstairs on the scary light. It is an excellent size for portability and can be slipped into a bag for holidays- not that I pack light- ever.
THE SCIENCE BIT
Dr. Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, is a doctor of natural medicine and on his website drax.com accurately describes the science behind red light therapy so I don’t have to. Thank you Dr Axe . Truly indebted.
Please read below.
Anti-Aging Effects for Skin and Hair Loss
One use of red light laser therapy that’s growing in popularity is reversing signs of aging on the skin (i.e, wrinkles and fine lines). Results from a 2014 study published in Photomedicine and Laser Surgery demonstrated both efficacy and safety for red light therapy in promoting anti-aging skin rejuvenation and intradermal collagen increase when compared against controls. (7) Researchers concluded that red infrared therapy “provides a safe, non-ablative, non-thermal, atraumatic photobiomodulation treatment of skin tissue with high patient satisfaction rates.”
Subjects treated with red light therapy experienced significantly improved skin complexion, improved skin tone, improved texture/feeling, reduced skin roughness, reduced signs of wrinkles and fine lines, and increased collagen density as measured through ultrasonographic tests. Patients with rosaceaand redness have also found relief using LLLT, even those who are unable to tolerate higher-heat laser therapies.
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All in all, an excellent therapy in the wrinkle war.
Disclaimer-The information in my blog posts are not intended to replace the advice of a qualified health care professional.There is no intention for the information to be medical advice.