Red Light Therapy: Anti-Aging Fountain of Youth?

In Beauty by Wendy Michaels , on Monday, January 16, 2012, 8:42 AM (PST)
Fix your skin with red light therapy (?)


Red Light Therapy New Skin Care Trend

For anyone looking to tap into the Fountain of Youth, check out the latest trend to fight aging: red light therapy.

Mmmhmmm. Raise your hand if you've spent loads trying to recapture your youthful complexion.


Now raise your hand if you've had only minimal success with them. Yeah. Me too.

But, hey guys, red light therapy comes with the backing of science ... so it must work, right?

NASA used red light to help heal wounds and burns, plus it's been used successfully to treat skin cancer.

So far, it sounds better than any anti-aging product that some celebrity is shilling on late night infomercials.

Read: Anti-Aging Innovation Tricks Skin Cells

The visible red light is shown to heal and rejuvenate skin, as Jo Martin, clinical director of Mapperley Park Clinic and an expert in light therapy and laser treatments, explains: "Red light easily penetrates the dermis and can help with a variety of skin conditions, such as acne, rosacea, scarring and eczema, as well as improving skin quality."

She further notes, "The heat and light boost circulation, bringing more blood and nutrients to the area. It also instigates the release of chemical messengers called cytokines. As more cytokines are released, collagen-producing cells called fibroblasts leap into action. If healing is required, then the skin will heal; if it is already healthy, you will get a plumping effect from the extra collagen created."

Read: Simple Routines for Gorgeous Skin

Where do I sign up?

Check your local spa to see if they offer red light therapy or look online for at-home devices that are said to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles after using just minutes a day.



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