2020 was a very challenging time in all aspects of life, including the beauty world.
Closure of salons and clinics everywhere forced women to up-skill. With the help of youtube and home beauty kits we became our own beauticians, hairdressers and DIY clinicians.
While salons and clinics are now re-opening, many women are continuing their beauty routines from home with the help of portable beauty devices.
From hair removal lasers, microdermabrasion kits and red light therapy devices, 2020 was the year for skin and beauty gadgets to make a permanent place in our home beauty routine. Home beauty devices more convenient, more time efficient and cheaper in the long run. We are able to replicate treatments once limited to salons.
One of the most popular of these home beauty devices is Red Light Therapy (aka RLT). With the flick of a switch, red light employs therapeutic wavelengths to the skin cells. It works to improve skin elasticity, increase collagen, heal cuts and scars and much more!
By using specific wavelengths of light, it strengthens the mitochondria in your skin cells. No pain, no chemicals and no down time. As the saying goes, skin care truly begins on the inside!
So let's dive into some of our biggest beauty woes and how red light therapy can help!
Helps to Decrease Inflammation
One of the many benefits of using red light is that it reduces acute and chronic types of inflammation. It does this by increasing blood flow to damaged tissue. Clinical trials carried out have also shown that RLT builds up the body’s antioxidant walls. The natural anti-inflammatory effect of red light makes it the perfect treatment for skin healing and rejuvenation.
Increased Collagen Production and Decreased Wrinkles
Clinical trials show that RLT helps to boosts collagen and elastin. Collagen is a protein within the body that keeps your skin youthful and assists with joint, muscle and general health.
As we age, our bodies produce less collagen. RLT helps to restore and maintain a healthy balance of collagen. When collagen increases, fine lines and wrinkles smooth out, the size of our pores diminish, and the texture of the skin improves.
Now that's a win win!
Helps to Prevent & Treat Acne
RLT helps to naturally decrease oil production and bacterial levels in your skin. This means its incredible for preventing and treating acne. The best part is there is no drying effects or harsh chemicals required.
Wound Healing and Scar Reduction
RLT speeds up the healing of wounds and reduces the scaring by supporting tissue repair and regeneration. Red light stimulates the production of healthy skin cells which gradually replace the abnormal cells present within a scar.
Helps to Reduce Stretch Marks
A stretch mark is a type of scar that forms when our skin stretches or shrinks suddenly. The abrupt change causes the collagen and elastin to become irregular. As mentioned above with scarring, the key is to stimulate new collagen production to replace the abnormal cells.
Speeds Healing of Cold Sores
Studies have shown that red light therapy has positive effects on cold sores. RLT reduced the breakouts and pain associated with the condition and also speeds up the healing of the scar.
Decreases the Appearance of Cellulite
Nearly 90% of women develop cellulite at some point in their lives. There are a number of factors that influence the formation of cellulite which include age, diet, physical activity, hormones and genetics.
Red light increases circulation and elasticity in the skin. Once the skin increases in elasticity and thickness, the subcutaneous fat is more contained and less likely to push outward. This reduces the appearance of cellulite.
Reduction in Psoriasis Symptoms
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that involves a rapid turnover of skin cells. It is often characterised by painful irritation and rough skin patches on various parts of the body. RLT reduces itchiness and inflammation whilst helping speed up the healing process of the skin.
Consistency is Key
It’s important to note, just as you would apply a skin cream daily, RLT should be used consistently to help improve these skin conditions. This is why having a Red Light Therapy device at home is the ultimate beauty investment.
As well as these beauty benefits, RLT also provides a wide range of health benefits to help optimise your health.