To this day I’m still amazed by the incredible (and proven!) benefits and uses of red light therapy:
A 100% natural, painless technology you can use safely at home when ever you need it.
When I purchased my first red light therapy home device, it was solely for the purpose of fighting new wrinkles, lines and skin sagging that was really bothering me.
But since then I’ve discovered so many more jaw-dropping uses for red light therapy that I only wish I knew about years before.
What Is Red Light Therapy?
Red light rays are part of the sun’s light spectrum. Red light rays are visible, while infrared rays are invisible and felt as heat.
Red light therapy uses wavelengths of light between 620 nm and 800 nm. Popular wavelengths used in research and in-home products are 630 nm and 660 nm.
Regardless of claims of only “specific wavelengths” being effective, the whole range of visible red light wavelengths is effective and beneficial. In fact, many devices today are including two or three of them instead of just one.
Red light therapy is a natural, alternative therapy with a long list of benefits and uses and no known adverse side effects were in the last 14 years.
Below you’ll discover how you can use a simple red light therapy home device to make you look younger, heal your skin, relieve your pain and even detox your entire body.
The Proven Benefits of Red & Infrared Light
Since NASA’s “accidental” discovery about the wound healing abilities of red light therapy (also knows as Low Level Laser Therapy and photobiostimulation), many studies emerged, proving the amazing benefits of red light therapy, including:
1. Faster and Better Collagen Production – Red light rays were proven to boost collagen production – Responsible for the elasticity, firmness and fullness of your skin.
More than a few studies have proven that red light therapy reduces wrinkles and fine lines, evens and tones your skin and makes it firmer.
2. Increased Blood circulation and the formation of new capillaries – This has a powerful effect on both skin problems and for pain relief!
It can bring an immediate healthy glow to the skin and the circulation boosts healing of muscle and nerve pain.
3. Increases lymph activity – Boosting lymph activity can reduce swelling and puffiness.
4. Promotes release of ATP – This provides energy to the cells to make the most of the added blood flow with oxygen and nutrients. This allows for better detoxification and cell repair.
28 Incredible Uses for Red Light Therapy at Home
Here are the many versatile uses for your home red light therapy device (or infrared heat pad):
Red Light Therapy for the Skin
1. Acne and Acne Scars – Red light therapy is proven to reduce facial redness, caused by acne blemishes and Rosacea.
One of the best benefits of red light therapy is wound healing and reducing inflammation, which makes it an effective natural method to reduce acne scars (or surgical scars, any type of them).
(For this purpose, a high quality handheld device will be enough.)
2. Anti Aging and Wrinkle Reduction – If you feel that the crow feet near your eyes and the fine lines on your forehead just don’t seem to vanish even after a prolonged use of the newest anti-aging cream, you should consider showing your wrinkles the red light, literally!
Red light skin therapy is proven to reduce wrinkles and fine lines (including crow’s-feet and under eye wrinkles) by promoting collagen and fibroblasts production.
The result is a clearer, brighter and firmer skin, while in long-term the skin is able to revitalize its texture, tone and natural glow.
(Collagen cells grow slowly, so be patient, and expect to see “before and after” results at about three months of consistent treatment.)
3. Eczema & Psoriasis – The anti-inflammation properties of low-level laser therapy makes it beneficial for reducing appearance of Eczema and Psoriasis.
4. Athlete’s Foot
5. Stretch Marks – Though red light rays can not eliminate stretch marks completely, they are capable of eliminating the skin redness around them when they first appear.
6. Sun Damage and Hyperpigmentation – Red light therapy can even your skin and repair sun damage and hyperpigmentation.
7. Herpes & Cold sores – Infra-red light therapy – just three minutes, twice a day for three days, has been proven to eliminate a cold sore.
The wavelength improves the cells’ ability to withstand the virus and prevents damage to the DNA of the affected cells.
8. Wound Healing – Many studies have shown that Red light rays can heal a wound 200% faster. This is especially important for diabetics. Red light therapy can close even a chronic wound.
Depending on a few factors, it can take about 4-8 weeks of consistent treatment to fully close a non-healing wound, without any side effects.
But think of the small cuts, scrapes, bruises, insect bites, or burns you might encounter on any given summer day. The faster you can close an open wound the less chance you have of a potential infection.
Some more uses for red light skin therapy:
9. Bed sores
10. Dermal Ulcers
11. Oral Lesions
12. Surgical Wounds
14. Pressure ulcers
15. Oral Mucositis
Red Light Therapy for Pain
The proven ability of infrared light therapy to dramatically relieve pain (no matter the cause!) it truly stunning.
Having your own infrared light therapy device at home can replace your use for pain killers entirely – No matter if it’s muscle pain, nerve pain or joint pain.
Infrared light is proven to reduce inflammation, and block pain caused by nerve problems.
(The longer the wavelength, the deeper it penetrates.)
Low level laser therapy causes the smaller arteries and lymph vessels in your body to increase in size (vasodilation). This allows for natural clearing of inflammation, swelling and edema to be cleared away from the injury site.
The benefits seem to be cumulative – It may take several treatments (treatment is about 30 minutes, no recovery time) with the best infrared home device for the results to become evident.
Notice that if you need red light therapy mostly for pain, I would suggest to get an infrared heating pad (this one is the best in my experience) – Instead of a handheld device, which won’t cover a big areas like your back or legs.
Just see how jaw dropping uses you can have for your own affordable and cost-effective infrared light therapy device:
1. Joint pain and Arthritis
2. Back pain, including lower back pain and shoulder pain
4. Herniated and bulging discs
5. Knee pain
6. Post surgical procedures
7. Foot pain (Plantar Fascistis)
9. Neck Pain
10.Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
12. Spears, tears and bone breaks
13. Sport Injuries – Laser therapy has been adopted as an essential pain management tool by athletic trainers in most major league sports franchises in the United States, as well as by many Olympic teams.
5 Major league pitchers, for example, use lasers as part of a normal warm-up routine, and many athletes use them as part of rehabilitation.
Red Light Therapy for Hair Growth
It was in 1967 when a Hungarian scientist discovered that exposed, shaved mice experienced faster hair regrowth.
Today, the most commonly used wavelengths for treating hair loss with red light therapy are in the range of 630 to 670 nanometers (nm).
Visible red light is capable of being absorbed by the molecules of the hair follicle and can stimulate the growth or re-growth of the hair following a natural biological reaction.
The primary target of LLLT and red light hair loss therapies are individuals who have temporarily lost their hair due to issues such as stress, surgery, medication side effects, or other conditions, such as male pattern baldness or menopause.
(Here’s one study proving LLLT of the scalp at 655 nm significantly improved hair counts in males with androgenetic alopecia.)
The first FDA approval of a hand-held LLLT device for the treatment of hair loss was in January 2007. This was specific to androgenetic alopecia (male pattern hair loss). This was a laser device at 635nm.
In 2009, the FDA first gave its approval to a similar device that could treat alopecia in both men and women. The device at that time was 655 nm.
To treat hair loss with red light therapy at home you can use a simple red light therapy bulb and shine it on affected areas for a few minutes every day.
But, if you want to go for laser, like in the study, you can give the HairMax Advanced Laser Comb a try.
(By the way, red light therapy does not cause hair to grow in places where it has never existed.)
Risks and Side Effects of Red Light Therapy
Unlike laser therapy or other forms of photo therapies, red light therapy does not involve exposing the skin to UV light, and therefore carries a ‘non-significant risk’ to the skin and the eyes, according to the FDA.
In study after study all over the world, there are no reported adverse side effects from red light therapy. There are some precautions you should consider before beginning your treatment, however.
See my post – Is Red Light Therapy Safe?
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To this day I’m still amazed by the versatile and endless uses of a simple red light therapy home device, and I’ve just realized that I use my red light handheld device and infrared heating pad every single day.
Red light therapy is 100% natural, risk-free, non invasive, painless, requires zero downtime and safe for all ages, skin types and all people.
Can you name one health tool that has these qualities?
Most importantly, it’s cost-effective, can easily be administered at home and can save you thousands of dollars on your medical and beauty expenses.
Have you ever tried using red light therapy? What have you used it for and what were your results?
To your health & happiness,
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