This is the year of SUPER fun activities! Whoop, whoop. Just moved to Tampa and life has been glorious! Lots to do, lots to see, it’s been epic. I promised myself that I would do more things this year than I’ve ever done. Whether it be trying new skincare regimes or new restaurants, it’s all the time. Just time for some fun after having lots of responsibilities over the last several years.
One of those fabulous new activities is red light therapy! I visited Tan Spa in South Tampa for a fun afternoon of trying their latest and greatest. Read on if you’re down to try something new this year too! It’s about time we treated ourselves, right!? MUAH!
(I could not see myself when taking the photo so I apologize for my general awkwardness… I’m good for awkwardness on the daily, but this stole the show yesterday!)
What Is Red Light Therapy?
Red light therapy, often known as just RLT is a technique which uses red low-level wavelengths of light to target the conditions of the skin. We’ll get into the extensive benefits later, but it commonly targets wrinkles, scaring, persistent wounds, among other amazing things.
In the good old 1990s (when hair was big & I LOVE Texas high hair), RLT was used by smarty pants scientists to help grow plants in space. These gurus found that the red light stimulated the plant causing it to grow nice and big. It was then that RLT was further studied to see if it could increase the energy inside human cells, similar to how it did to the plants.
#CheekyConfidential In 1903 physician Niels Ryberg Finsen won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his successful treatment of smallpox and lupus with red light.
Red light therapy has been relatively ignored by the US and western Europe until most recently. However it’s been used in a clinical setting since the 1980s in Japan, China, Canada, and other major countries.
How Does It Work?
According to Healthline.com (cause I wasn’t about to butcher this sciency explanation)…”Red light is thought to work by producing a biochemical effect in cells that strengthens the mitochondria. The mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell — it’s where the cell’s energy is created. The energy-carrying molecule found in the cells of all living things is called ATP (adenosine triphosphate) By increasing the function of the mitochondria using RLT, a cell can make more ATP. With more energy, cells can function more efficiently, rejuvenate themselves, and repair damage…The light emitted by RLT penetrates roughly 5 millimeters below the skin’s surface.”
#CheekyConfidential Red light therapy is an FDA approved therapy!
Benefits of Red Light Therapy
- Promotes wound healing & skin repair
- Reduces psoriasis and similar skin ailments
- Stimulates slow healing cuts/wounds
- Builds collagen
- Improves skin complexion
- Helps to diminish scarring
- Relieves pain and inflammation
- Improves the health of joints
- Prevents cold sores from recurring
- Improves hair growth – which I don’t need on my body….
- Helps carpal tunnel syndrome
- Helps to mend sun damage
Though there is no evidence that RLT treats the following conditions, I did stumble upon references to ’em in a variety of articles –
- Treats depression
- Reduces cellulite
- Boosts the immune system
- Treats acne
- Aids in weight loss
- Reduces pore size
- Treats cancer*
* Please do not go off me and consult a doctor.
#CheekyConfidential Studies indicate that red light therapy is safe during pregnancy. I still recommend checking with a doctor or midwife to ensure that it is safe for you & the nugget cooking in your belly.
How To ‘Do’ Red Light Therapy
I would recommend doing this on a weekly basis. But that all depends on how your spa is set up. So for me, I have a one-time monthly fee that includes spray tanning & a variety of their spa services. So it’s super affordable and easy to do. However, these can cost anywhere from $20-$35 a visit & sometimes more, so just see if you can get a package deal. There really is the science to back it up and I’ve heard from several Cheeky’s already saying they have it at their gym, etc. and they are obsessed!
For at home red light therapy, I would recommend doing daily! Never hurts!
Other Popular Light Therapies
This goody is for the treatment of acne without irritation. It essentially reduces oil production & prevents future breakouts.
Near Infra-Red Light
This is the most deeply absorbed wavelength! It helps improve fine lines & wrinkles, reduces inflammation, improves skin’s elasticity and ultimately helps heal and help those suffering with cystic acne.