As I used to walk through Planet Fitness to go tanning after my workout, I noticed they added a red light therapy room. I had never heard of “red light therapy”, but I was familiar with the low-level laser therapy, and light box therapy. Red light is considered a low level light because it works at an energy density that's lower compared to other
forms of laser therapies. Through emitting red, low light wavelengths through the skin, red light therapy helps jump-start the process of tissue recovery naturally. It also increases blood flow and stimulates collagen.
Red light therapy has shown promise for treating symptoms of joint pain and osteoarthritis, as well as helping with hair loss and wounds associated with cancer treatments. It also helps improve acne, wrinkles, and skin discoloration. There is still more research that needs to be done on this treatment, but currently there are virtually no known adverse side effects. Instead, it provides an ever growing list of many anti-aging benefits.
Research conducted by NASA, teamed with the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, has shown that red light technology can help reduce the symptoms experienced by cancer patients, including many of the adverse side effects caused from radiation and chemotherapy. Red light therapy has been shown to positively affect skin cells through regeneration of fibroblasts, keratinocytes, and modulation of immune cells, which are all found within the skin tissue.
The use of red light therapy is growing in popularity to reverse signs of aging on the skin. A study in 2014 showed that it's a safe alternative to help increase intradermal collagen. Your skin is the largest organ in the body, so you should be doing everything you can to take care of it. Clients treated with red light therapy noticed a significant improvement in their complexion, skin tone, texture, and reduced signs of wrinkles. Patients with rosacea have also found relief using this therapy because often times, their skin can not tolerate the higher heat laser therapies.
Red light therapy helps to combat depression and fatigue. Light improves health, immunity and recovery. I used to always think the tanning bed had the same positive effects, but red light therapy is a much safer alternative. Light has the power to stimulate specific chakra zones in our body. The color red is said to stimulate the first chakra, because it correlates the most with our survival instinct. This could be the reason for the red light giving us more energy, and the ability to act quicker, while also motivating us.
Although some say that blue light is more effective when treating acne, red light is believed to penetrate deeper into the skin, which helps to reduce acne and other skin disorders by reducing inflammation and speeding up the healing process.
Red light therapy is well tolerated by most individuals, but results can vary. It is important to be aware of how your own skin reacts to being exposed to red light before considering it as an anti-aging treatment, and to help improve your skin!