Beauty and youthfulness are things we can’t stop seeking. And by this, we don’t mean getting under the knife or going extreme to get unnatural results. But rather embracing our own natural beauty and taking the ultimate care of it. And one of the most popular beauty innovations that have been used for centuries is Red Light Therapy that is known for its ability to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, improve circulation and repair damaged tissues which leads to improved skin texture.
So, What Is Red Light Therapy & How Does It Work?
Red Light Therapy uses a natural and low wavelength of light for therapeutic benefits. It mostly utilizes a low wavelength of light that is bio-active and can directly affect and improve cellular function.
The red light penetrates to your top skin layer and into the deepest layers called the dermis where our collagen, elastin, and other essential proteins reside. After the red light photons get absorbed, they convert into energy. This energy stimulates collagen and elastin production, improves oxygenation and circulation, repairs damaged skin cells, and decreases inflammation and bacteria which results in an overall glow.
What Are The Benefits?
1 || For Acne
As we mentioned, one of red light therapy benefits is to reduce inflammation which is often linked to acne. It works by calming redness and decreasing inflammation, bacteria, and excess oil production. People with sensitive skin have an impaired skin barrier which can get worse with some topical treatments. That is why dermatologists recommend non-topical treatments such as red light therapy.
2 || For Anti-Aging
Red light therapy is known for its anti-aging ability. This happens by increasing the production of skin’s building blocks such as collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. This leads to fewer wrinkles, fine lines, and smaller pores size.
3 || For Hair Loss
If you suffer from a mild to the moderate condition of hair loss red light therapy might be a good option. While it might not work for everyone, it has shown effective results in some patients. It works by increasing blood flow in the scalp, which stimulates metabolism in hair follicles resulting in growing more hair. It is recommended to resort to this method in the earlier stages of hair loss and less severe cases because once the hair follicle has been scarred, it is unlikely to be effective.
4 || For Wounds
As mentioned before, red light therapy helps in improving circulation, blood flow, and oxygenation which fastens the healing process of any scars and wounds you may have.
At Home Or Professional, What Is Better?
Red light therapy is something you can do professionally or at home. Both have a wide range of device options from a single or tri-panel handheld wand, mask to a full-body bed or stand-up panel.
While both will give you effective results, the at-home version may be less potent than the professional version. If you decided to go with a home version, make sure to read a lot about the devices available before you buy one, as there are so many options in the market.
As for the cost, professional treatment could range anywhere from $25 all the way to $200 for individual treatment. At-home devices on the other hand can range from $65 to $600 depending on factors such as light energy output (irradiance), the surface area covered, the frequency emitted in nanometers, and the variety of features and treatments the device offers.