Does having a pimple pop up right before your Bumble date make you see red? If not, maybe it should! Red Light Therapy is showing promise when it comes to trying to maintain a healthy complexion, especially during those moments when Mother Nature seems to add insult to injury. However, the possible benefits of a daily dose of red light waves are more than just skin deep. Evidence is mounting that red light therapy might help people deal with certain autoimmune conditions, inflammation, pain and more.
So What Exactly is Red Light Therapy?
Red Light Therapy is also known as “low-level laser therapy” or LLLT. Other names for it are “lightbox therapy” and “photobiomodulation.” It uses certain red light waves to stimulate mitochondrial function, which in turn stimulates the production of ATP. ATP is stored in and supplies energy for all the cells in your body. Every last one of them!
When Red Light Therapy is employed, the light waves hit the surface of your skin and penetrate just enough to stimulate hair follicles, all skin layers, and circulation. Nerves and blood vessels are also touched by the light waves.
This Means That Regular Short Exposure to Red Light Therapy (Even Just 5 Minutes a Day) Might Result in Some Positive Changes, Including:
- Enhanced collagen production to enhance skin elasticity.
- Reduced wrinkles.
- Decreased acne.
- Improved appearance of stretch marks.
- Better healing from surgical and other skin wounds.
- Possibly resolve and prevent some skin conditions like eczema, cold sores, rosacea and more.
- Stimulated hair growth.
- Improved circulation.
- And, scientists are also looking into whether LLLT is useful for pain management and in aiding individuals dealing with certain autoimmune troubles, like thyroid issues, cancer and more.
If you’re interested, there are expensive ways to get your red light on, in addition to more economical methods. Some health practitioners and spas offer Red Light Therapy. There are also red light machines that are meant for home use. A full-body Joove Light might be your thing. If that doesn’t suit your needs, there are plenty of other options out there big and small. Explore what’s out there regarding these special waves and be prepared to wave “Hello” to a healthier you!