How Red LEDs Can Make Your Skin Look Years Younger

Kimberly Langford

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red light therapy deviceIt's not easy to keep skin looking young and fresh. Those long days in the sun can create dark areas and premature wrinkles, and poor dietary habits can dehydrate your skin. Even your skin care treatments may be doing more harm than help. Harsh cleansers can strip skin and leave it vulnerable to sun damage, and patients with darker skin tones may lose pigment during laser surgery, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgical Treatment.

Fighting the advancement of time on your skin with endless creams and procedures may seem like an impossible uphill battle, but you may just be using the wrong weapons. Red light therapy might be just the thing you need to keep your skin looking young and vibrant.

What is Red Light Therapy?

Red light therapy devices use gentle red LEDs ("Light Emitting Diodes") to reduce visible signs of aging and improve skin texture. Red light therapy products are also often used to medically treat skin disorders like psoriasis, acne, eczema, and even neonatal jaundice. Many salons and skin care professionals use LED red light therapy devices, and consumers can take advantage of the convenience of effective in-home treatments as well.

How Does Red Light Therapy Work?

The LEDs in red light therapy devices stimulate deep cellular regeneration and research has shown that they have the ability to grown skin cells by an overwhelming 150-200% when exposed to certain wavelengths of red light. Treatments are gentle and non-invasive, and only take about 20 minutes every few days. The frequency of the light sends signals to the body to convert light energy into cell energy, which enhances circulation and stimulates collagen production.

What Can Red Light Therapy Treat?

Red light improves the look and feel of aging skin in a variety of ways. It can heal redness and inflammation associated with sensitive skin and acne, and it also improves the skin's texture and tone. The production of collagen minimizes the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, large pores and crow's feet. The treatment even fades bruising and lightens age spots.

You still need patience and persistence to succeed with red light therapy, but the time commitment is well worth it to keep your skin youthful and glowing as the years march on.

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