Let’s face it: no one wants to get old. No one wants the wrinkles, the gray hair, the crow’s feet or the liver spots. For years plastic surgery was the most popular way to fight the signs of aging.
Then came Botox.
Today, people are looking to use more natural alternatives and less invasive treatments that will provide the same benefits as surgery. One such treatment that is quickly gaining in popularity is Light Therapy.
What Is Light Therapy
Light Therapy or photo rejuvenation is basically the use of various wavelengths, or colors, to trigger a healing response in the skin. Different wavelengths can be used to treat different conditions, the most common of which are anti-aging and acne.
Light Therapy has been found to be a highly effective treatment for reducing inflammation, speeding healing, and increasing circulation, as well as many skin conditions including psoriasis, vitiligo, scleroderma and others. Light Therapy treatments are sometimes referred to as Light treatments, red light treatments, blue light treatments, or even by the name of the manufacturer of the equipment.
How LED Light Therapy Works
Each light wave (or color) penetrates the skin differently and has a different effect. The two most often used wavelengths in skin care are Red and Blue. Red Light Therapy stimulates the production of collagen, which is what gives young skin its plump look. It can minimize fine lines and wrinkles, treat sun-damage and stretch marks. In addition, red light therapy’s anti-inflammatory properties may also work to halt rosacea progression and build collagen, thickening the skin and adding protection to surface blood vessels.
Blue light therapy works like an antibacterial agent and kills the bacteria deep in the skin that is responsible for acne. Then, to follow up, red light therapy is used in order to reduce inflammation and reduce acne scarring.
Is Light Therapy Safe?
One common misconception about light therapy is that it is the same as laser therapy, but is NOT. Lasers use a highly focused beam of a specific light frequency, and can generate enormous heat and energy at the focal point. Light therapy treatments do not generate any heat, so there is no risk of burning. In addition the treatments require no surgery, no harsh chemicals, no numbing creams, and no recovery time.
In addition, light therapy has been extensively tested, evaluated and validated by hundreds of universities, medical labs and even NASA. There are thousands of reports and documentation written on light therapy. It has been used for years in numerous medical procedures, medical spas, the offices of aestheticians and dermatologists, and by consumers around the world.
Light Therapy is commonly available and administered in doctor’s offices, although home devices have also been approved by the FDA. Depending on the type of light therapy machine, treatment can take anywhere from five minutes to thirty minutes.
While Light Therapy is quickly becoming recognized as one of the safest, quickest, and most affordable ways to achieve younger-looking skin, it works best when used in conjunction with a well-balanced skin care routine. In fact, a local esthetician uses their products in conjunction with our VersaClear system, giving their clients great results. Be sure you check out how they do that HERE.
In addition, consistency and patience are also key virtues to have when it comes to Light Therapy treatments as several sessions are needed before results begin to appear.