Health Briefs Red Light Therapy

Published on October 31st, 2020 | by Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.

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Red Light Therapy has Multiple Health benefits

Our skin is the first organ that light waves meet when encountering our body. It protects us and uses light waves for our benefit, such as absorbing ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun to replenish our stores of vitamin D.

Skin plays a huge role in keeping our whole body healthy. Our skin aids in boosting immunity at a surface level by fighting off allergens, toxins and carcinogens. It helps to regulate body temperature, protect us from heat and cold and prevent dehydration. The deeper layers of the skin store vital nutrients, water, fat and metabolic products. Good blood circulation brings nutrients to the skin and removes carbon dioxide and waste products. Proteins delivered by well-circulated blood help cells when the skin is injured. Also, our skin is central to how we perceive ourselves and how others view us. Having healthy skin effects our self-esteem and overall mental well-being.

Red light therapy works to benefit our bodies from head to toe. This simple, non-invasive treatment can be done in a wellness center or with home-use panels that deliver red and near-infrared wavelengths of light to the skin and cells, enhancing cellular function. These specific wavelengths stimulate the mitochondria to optimize the cell’s production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) energy, while reducing inflammation and oxidative stress. This creates greater balance in the cells, which helps our bodies look and feel better inside and out.

Several clinical trials offer promising skin benefits of utilizing red light therapy. Increased fibroblast production stimulates both collagen and elastin to start replicating more readily, helping to repair damages to the skin caused by UV light and other factors. Increased circulation between blood and tissue cells and greater mRNA production protects cells from damage. Red light therapy can help in wound healing due to reducing inflammation, stimulating new blood vessels to form and increasing fibroblasts and collagens. Reducing oxidative stress and inflammation decreases redness and scarring due to acne, rosacea, burns and hypertrophy.

Red light therapy was found to help decrease the sebum (oil) production and change some of the cellular behavior that leads to acne. It can also benefit our complexion and facial texture. Studies has shown a reduction in fine lines and wrinkle severity, improved feeling of the skin and overall rejuvenating effects, with no side effects or harmful UV rays.

LightpathLED, located at 209 Main St., in Fort Lee, is offering home-use devices and 45-minute introductory sessions for $25 this month. For appointments and more information, visit LightpathLED.com.

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