5 Reasons You Should Be Using Red Light Therapy
Skincare has dominated the world of social media in recent years. As trends come and go, one is here to stay – red light therapy. Previously only utilized in clinical settings, red light therapy is another skin-loving treatment you can now enjoy from the comfort of your own home. When you invest in a device that uses the proper wavelengths of light (such as 633nm red and 830nm near-infrared), has optimal energy output, and has passed necessary safety clearances (like we have here at Omnilux), the results are much like the ones you would achieve via clinic. At Omnilux, we believe in maintenance and accessibility. Whether you’re looking for unlimited treatments, or are looking to maintain results between visits with a licensed skincare professional, red light therapy is a wonderful way to achieve both short and long-term skincare goals.
With all of the benefits of red light therapy, ranging from soothing inflammation to combatting the effects of photoaging (i.e., sun damage), it’s no wonder it’s taken the skincare community by storm. Given the hype surrounding red light therapy, it’s important to understand the mechanics of how it works to treat a cascade of skin concerns.
But first, what is red light therapy?
Red light therapy uses tiny LED bulbs to emit red and/or near-infrared light into the skin. Red light therapy often comes in the form of a panel that can usually be found in professional settings, like our Omnilux Medical unit. However, due to consumer demand for at-home skincare solutions, this form of light therapy can now also be found in portable masks (like the Omnilux Contour, Clear and Men devices). The light is applied either directly to the skin or close to the skin for a short period of time.
During this time, the red and near-infrared light works by stimulating the mitochondria within each skin cell, giving the cells more energy. With this newfound energy, the skin can better repair itself. This leads to increased collagen and elastin production, reduced inflammation and redness, and plumper, firmer, more youthful-looking skin.
Here are our top five reasons you should be using red light therapy.
1.) It has a multitude of anti-aging benefits
Red light therapy is often in the clinical spotlight for its anti-aging benefits. Since it helps to aid in new collagen and elastin production by stimulating fibroblast cells, it reduces fine lines and wrinkles and may help improve sun spots by unifying skin tone and texture. In fact, 96 percent of users in our clinical study reported their fine lines were less visible after only four weeks!
Since red light therapy boosts cellular energy, it helps the cells to grow and repair themselves, leading to plumper, healthier, and younger-looking skin. Red light therapy is also a wonderful treatment alongside other cosmetic procedures, like Botox, microneedling, lasers, and fillers! In fact, it can help significantly reduce downtime after these procedures by decreasing bruising and swelling. It’s perfectly safe when used in conjunction with other treatments.
2.) It soothes inflammatory skin conditions and decreases inflammation
Red light therapy is a popular choice amongst many for its ability to soothe inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis. It can also be used to treat chronic inflammation, aid in wound healing, and can even provide relief from joint pain, such as arthritis.
Red light therapy works by decreasing chronic inflammation present in the body and helps increase blood flow to damaged tissue. This helps to soothe the skin, while reducing symptoms like itching, burning, pronounced redness, and dryness. Unlike other popular treatments, red light therapy helps to heal the skin barrier from the inside out. Treating deep within the tissue makes for long-lasting results.
3.) It reduces visible signs of sun damage
From painful eczema and rosacea flare-ups to sunspots and hyperpigmentation, red light therapy helps to drastically improve the skin’s appearance by kicking your cells into high gear to accelerate the healing process.
Remember how we mentioned that red light therapy stimulates the mitochondria? Well, when red and near-infrared light is absorbed into the skin, the mitochondria (A.K.A. your skin cell’s battery) is able to convert the light into energy. This creates a cascade of biochemical reactions like increased collagen and elastin production. The result? Calmer, firmer, more balanced, glowing skin. See, science can be fun!
4.) It’s the #1 treatment for sensitive skin (according to Women’s Health Magazine)
One of red light therapy’s best qualities, compared to other cosmetic treatments like chemical peels or microneedling, is that it’s fabulous for sensitive skin! One-hundred percent natural, red light is responsible for reducing inflammation and sensitivity-related redness. What sets red light therapy apart is that it utilizes the skin’s own healing process to strengthen itself from the inside out. This FDA-cleared treatment helps to fortify the skin barrier to ensure skin health for the long haul.
Since it is so user-friendly to the proud members of the sensitive skin club (most of us at Omnilux can relate!), we won the Women’s Health award for Best Tool For Sensitive Skin with our Contour Face mask!
5.) It's 100% natural
We've mentioned it a few times, but it's important to reiterate that red light therapy is a totally natural, non-invasive treatment that produces (dare we say it again) very natural and noticeable results. This makes it ideal for those wanting to take a more holistic approach to their anti-aging or acne-clearing journeys, or for those looking to combine more aggressive therapies (like injectables or chemical peels) with the soothing properties of red light. Whatever your personal skincare regimen entails, adding red light therapy from a trusted source like Omnilux can be an excellent way to give your skin some much deserved TLC.
Red light therapy devices are not created equal. At Omnilux, we pride ourselves on our commitment to science and research, demonstrated not only through more than 40 peer-reviewed papers and our world-class Scientific Advisory Board, but through our patented technology which has remained the gold standard for both medical and aesthetic treatments for over 20 years. Currently, you can find Omnilux in over 5,000 dermatology and aesthetic offices globally. Now, you can shop our products for your own quality LED device to use at home!