Red-light therapy is a non-invasive service that involves exposing the body to a combination of red and infrared light. The red-light device emits safe wavelengths to deeply penetrate the skin to stimulate cellular regeneration and growth. Since this treatment is on a cellular level, it can be used to ease a myriad of symptoms for ailments, injuries, and aesthetically improve skin. Light panels can easily be customized to target the needs or aesthetic goals for the user. Session length can vary for each individual, but just ten minutes of exposure gives the body an ideal dose of natural light to begin cellular stimulation. Red-light therapy sessions are safe, healthy, and FDA-approved.
What is the difference between red-light therapy and tanning beds?
Red light therapy and tanning lights differ in the type of light emitted by the device. Tanning beds use UVA and UVB light to increase melanin production to darken the skin.. The lights emitted from tanning beds can be harmful and have been directly linked to skin cancer when overexposed. On the contrary, red-light therapy uses red and near-infrared light to deeply penetrate the skin and stimulate cells to replenish themselves. Red and near-infrared wavelengths do not have any of the negative risks that UVA and UVB exposure do. Red-light therapy focuses on healing the body from the inside out.
How often should I have red-light sessions?
Since red-light therapy can be used to ease symptoms for a variety of ailments and injuries, the frequency and dosage can vary based on individual needs. The average recommended use is 3-5 sessions a week, with each session lasting between 10 and 20 minutes. Clients typically tailor their session time and frequency to their specific needs or aesthetic goals.
The frequency and dosage of light exposure is also dependent on the wavelengths produced by the device. A red-light session will produce optimal results if the device emits wavelengths between 650nm to 800 nm. When beginning your sessions, it is best to slowly introduce your body to shorter sessions. Exposing the body too quickly to longer sessions of red light could cause skin irritation, temporary redness, and skin tightness. If these symptoms appear after use it is best to lower the frequency of the device or lengthen the time in between sessions.
Consistency is key to achieving the best results with red-light therapy sessions. While there is an improvement with each session, the most noticeable results will appear in 8 to 12 weeks of consistent use.
The following links provide scientific research supporting the effects of red-light therapy:
A study to determine the efficacy of combination LED light therapy (633 nm and 830 nm) in facial skin rejuvenation: Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy: Vol 7, No 3-4 (tandfonline.com)
Red Light and the Sleep Quality and Endurance Performance of Chinese Female Basketball Players | Journal of Athletic Training (allenpress.com)
Adipose-derived stromal cell cluster with light therapy enhance angiogenesis and skin wound healing in mice – ScienceDirect
Low‐level laser (light) therapy (LLLT) for treatment of hair loss – Avci – 2014 – Lasers in Surgery and Medicine – Wiley Online Library