Light It Up!

BY Amina Mohamed

What Carrie Bradshaw is to shoes, I am to practically anything that promises to boost collagen, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Consider me an early adopter of any and all treatments that bring out the most youthful you...especially if they can be done in the comfort of our own homes, with no downtime. Today I'm sharing everything I know about Red Light Therapy (RLT) - a concept I first came across 3 years ago via a Korean actress. I gave it a try, and never looked back!

We all know how seriously Koreans take their skincare regimens. Remember the whole "glass skin" phenomenon that took the internet by storm? I had seen Youtube video after Youtube video breaking down the step-by-step to porcelain-like skin. 

Amongst several products and treatments mentioned was RLT (a staple recommendation by many with flawless visages). With my interest piqued, I hopped onto Google to research and learn more. I was also keen to learn of side-effects because my initial thought was, "Wait, can't this cause cancer?" I so strongly associated red lights with tanning beds, so there obviously was that initial hesitation.

When it come to beauty, experimenting with treatments is fine as long as you're fully aware of the risks and side-effects because they all come with some. With that being said, my findings were overwhelmingly in favor of this procedure that promises young, fresh, acne-free, revitalized skin.


But What Is RLT?

Though viewed as controversial by many in the beauty industry, RLT is technique that uses "red low-level wavelengths of light to treat skin issues, such as wrinkles, scars, and persistent wounds, among other conditions."

In the early 1990s, RLT was initially "used by scientists to help grow plants in space. The scientists found that the intense light from red light-emitting diodes (LEDs) helped promote growth and photosynthesis of plant cells."

"The exact same red light was then studied for its potential application in medicine, more specifically to find out if RLT could increase energy inside human cells. The researchers hoped that RLT could be an effective way to treat the muscle atrophy, slow wound healing, and bone density issues caused by weightlessness during space travel."

But then I wondered, how does this help the vain amongst us? And with my favorite beauty guru like Shani Darden largely advocating the use of RLT in her facials and treatments, I was keen to try it myself and see if the process delivered on all it promised. 


I Put It To The Test:

While we can all understand the affects light has on our body at a basic biological level, RLT proves to be uniquely beneficial for our skin in its ability to promote and boost collagen production while delivering on a whole slew of other things.

I purchased my own at home kit, and got straight to it.

Here's what 5-15 minutes of RLT has proven to do for me over the last few months:

  • Rejuvenated my facial skin, while also smoothing skin texture and tone.
  • The red light actually did build up my collagen, which significantly reduced the fine lines and wrinkles I was starting to form.
  • I also saw the fading of minor acne scars, and stretch marks.
  • RLT definitely helps reverse sun damage.


In Addition:

It is also important to note that RLT is a safe, chemical-free, and natural treatment. There are no anesthetics or other drugs required in order to perform the treatment. It is non-ablative and non-invasive and requires zero downtime. You can use it for all skin types and is safe for all ages.

And while the beauty industry in abuzz with praise for liquid collagen shots, (which admittedly might work well for hair and nail health) there is little to no evidence that it in fact does anything to promote healthy cellular renewal for better skin; nor do topical versions of collagen for that matter. RLT is about as close as you’re going to get to turning back time, and it wins the "Let's Face It" seal of approval.

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