Red Light Therapy
Some call it the “fountain of youth”.
Whether you want better skin, to lose weight, reduce cellulite, decrease fine lines and wrinkles, stronger bones, improved blood circulation, or even just higher quality sleep, red light therapy is the latest craze (not just amongst celebrities) that offers all that and more.
Keep reading to find out why red light therapy is, at the very least, worth a try.
What is Red Light Therapy?
Red light therapy (RLT) is a treatment where the skin is exposed to specific wavelengths of red and infra-red light to stimulate the cells of the body.
Here’s an interesting and simple way of demonstrating the power of red light: Take a flashlight and hold a finger or your hand in front of it. What color does your finger or hand have now? Yup, red! This shows the red light’s ability to transmit easily through our body tissues.
Side-note: Red light therapy has many different names and is, at times, referred to as Low Level Light Therapy or Low Level Laser Therapy, Cool/Cold Laser Therapy, or LED Therapy.
The Benefits of Red Light Therapy
The list of red light therapy benefits is very long.
These benefits can be split into 3 main categories: Fat reduction, skin rejuvenation & anti-aging effects, and overall health benefits.
Let’s dive into it...
#1 Fat Reduction / Rapid Inch Loss / Weight Loss
#2 Skin Rejuvenation & Anti-aging effects
Boost collagen and elastin production
Tone and tighten the skin
Improved skin tone
Help with fine lines and wrinkles
Spot reduction on the arms, neck, breasts,
saddlebags, inner thighs, buttocks, knees
Improvement of chronic skin conditions such as:
Pain & itching
In essence, red light is good for your skin
and helps improve overall skin health.
#3 Overall Health Benefits
Boost the immune system
Increase Vitamin D
Better mood :)
Detoxify the body
Increase blood circulatioon
Bone health & repair
Stem cell activation
Increases overall physical performance
Speeds up recovery
“Extremely relaxing” (that’s an actual quote from a Red Light Therapy client)
Furthermore, RLT has been found to help with:
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Traumatic brain injury
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Rejuvenate Your Skin
“My body and skin have never looked or felt this good.”
“My cellulite is drastically less visible”
”my age spots disappeared”
The Science of Red Light Therapy
For one, you have to understand what light really is - an electro-magnetic wave.
Two, the light we as humans are able to see is actually only a tiny, tiny part of the entire, so-called "electro-magnetic spectrum".
Outside of that spectrum, you'll find radio waves (used for radio & TV), for example, or X-Rays. The difference is simply the length of the wave (see picture).
Now, here's where it gets interesting...
Within the visible light spectrum as well as slightly outside of it, there are two very specific wavelengths, that are part of the red light and infra-red light category, have been found to produce all these incredible health benefits (i.e. fat reduction, skin tightening, decreased inflammation, wound healing, bone repair, muscle recovery, etc).
These specific wavelengths are 635nm & 880nm (nm = nanometers).
So, what's so cool about these two wavelengths?
The answer: They're able to penetrate deep into the skin, all the way down to our subcutaneous fat layer, organs, and bones, causing positive changes in your body. Much of these positive effects are due to how light actually interacts with our mitochondria which is a crucial component of our cells
Red Light Therapy Studies
The amount of research that has been conducted over the past, few decades is staggering. There are thousands upon thousands of studies proving the effectiveness of red light therapy.
From studies showing improved cognitive function or bone health to reduced inflammation, neck pain reduction, how RLT helps with depression, etc. And that's why RLT has becoming increasingly popular because demand is not just driven by a bunch of bold marketing claims, but a mind-boggling amount of scientific evidence.
Red Light Therapy For Weight Loss
Contour Light®, which is the #1 red light body sculpting device on the today's market, conducted an IRB-Approved Clinical Trial, with 118 participants lost an average of 2.49 inches with just one Contour Light® session. These results are publicly available on the Clinical Trials Official Government Website
Learn more about how red light therapy can help you lose weight and drop inches fast and safely here. (We actually guarantee results or you get you money back.)
Red Light Therapy Fat Emulsification
Red Light Therapy To Shrink Fat Cells
Quick, Little History of Red Light Therapy
Intentional sunlight exposure has been practiced for thousands of years.
If we go way way back, we find that the Egyptians, for example, used so-called “helio therapy” or the greek physician Hippocrates actually prescribed frequent sun exposure to his patients because he had noticed that the greeks were, generally, happier than northern Europeans (who had less sunlight throughour the year).
1666 — Isaac Newton discovered that light consists of many different wavelengths.
1879 — Thomas Edison came up with “light on demand” in the form of the light bulb.
1893 — For the first time, red light was used as a medical therapy to treat small pox and then lupus.
1917 — Einstein laid the foundation for invention of modern lasers
1956 — The discovery of phototherapy lead to the successful treatment of infants with jaundice
1962 — The LED (light emitting diode) was invented by Nick Holonyak, Jr., the so-called “Father of the LED"
1993 — In the early 90’s, the production of LED’s became more affordable which accelerate the entire process from here on out. In the same year, NASA actually discovered that red light increased plant growth and then that wounds could be healed through red light. This triggered massive research in the field of red light therapy.
2008 — The scientific journal Photomedicine and Laser Surgery published a crucial study on how red light affects our mitochondria which plays a big role when it comes to our immune system as well as reducing inflammation.
2012 — It was found that RLT is able to promote quality sleep
2013 — It was found that RLT improves cognitive function
2016 — As initially expected but now officially confirmed, study after study found that RLT reduces inflammation in the body
2022 — The demand for RLT has exploded! From at-home devices to extremely-effective red light fat reduction treatments, the future of Red Light Therapy is here.
Is Red Light Therapy safe?
The short answer is, yes. RLT is 100% safe.
That said, please note, that this statement exclusively refers to the use of LED-based red light therapy devices (which is what we use), but not at-home low level lasers or infra-red heat treatments where burns can occur, for example.
Red Light Therapy Devices
Today, there are various devices and types of devices available to take advantage of the wonderful benefits of red light therapy:
Full-Body Wraps (which is what we use)
Clothing (yes, even special red light therapy clothing is available)
It goes without saying that some devices are better than others. As always, you get what you pay for.
Another thing to keep in mind is that, depending on the goal, proximity of the LED to the skin does make a big difference as well. For example, for the purpose of fat reduction, you want the light to emitted as close to the skin as possible. Hence, the full-body wrap which wraps directly around your waist, thighs, legs, arms, etc. There are also a lot of very interesting quality wall systems available such as Joovv or Mito but be prepared to pay $1000-$10,000 for such a system.
Or, on a side-note, you could just visit us and only pay $79 for your red light therapy treatment :)
Celebrities Swear By Red Light Therapy
Outspoken (famous) proponents of red light therapy:
Furthermore, RLT is used by Elite Pro Athletes, Leading Skincare Professionals, World-class Fitness Trainers, and Natural Health Leaders.
Red light therapy can be found in clinics, wellness centers, chiropractic offices, weight loss clinics, medical spas, and athletic departments all around the world. And, in fact, many healthcare professionals have adopted it as an integral part of their treatment protocols.