Wrinkles and fine lines are natural signs of the aging process. However, that doesn’t mean the average person accepts them without resistance.
One study showed that 30 percent of women under the age of 35 regularly use products to prevent wrinkles, including 20 percent of women under the age of 24. Are you worried about wrinkles, either wrinkles that have already popped up or ones that might pop up in the future?
When it comes to combating and preventing wrinkles, there are lots of strategies that can help, including red light therapy. Discussed below are the benefits of red light therapy for wrinkles, plus tips on how you can experience red light therapy at home.
What Is Red Light Therapy?
Red light therapy is a unique treatment modality that is often used in medspas and other wellness facilities.
Red light therapy uses special LED lights or lasers to expose the skin to -- you guessed it, red light. On the entire visible light spectrum, red light has the longest wavelength (and violet has the shortest).
Exposure to red light helps to increase the body’s production of adenosine triphosphate (or ATP). ATP is a compound that provides the cells with energy.
The best red light therapy option for face wrinkles is the 300W RLT device by Sun Home Saunas as it's designed for targeted areas.
What Causes Wrinkles?
Several factors contribute to wrinkle formation, including these:
The skin naturally loses elasticity and becomes more fragile with age.
Natural oil production decreases, which dries out the skin and contributes to the presence of wrinkles. Fat decreases in the deep layers of the skin, too, which also causes the skin to become looser and saggier.
UV Light Exposure
Exposure to ultraviolet (or UV) radiation from the sun also speeds up the natural aging process. UV light breaks down the connective tissue of the skin, including collagen and elastin fibers located in the deep layers of the skin. With support from this tissue, the skin becomes less strong, less flexible, and more prone to wrinkles.
Smoking accelerates normal skin aging by decreasing collagen, which contributes to wrinkles.
Repeated Facial Expressions
Repeated facial movements and expressions like squinting and smiling also contribute to fine lines and wrinkles. Grooves form beneath the skin’s surface every time you flex your facial muscle, and over time, these grooves become permanent as the skin loses flexibility.
Red Light Therapy Benefits for Wrinkles
How does the increased ATP production from red light therapy help with wrinkles? The following are some specific benefits that red light therapy offers to those who want to prevent or combat wrinkles:
Faster Healing and Rejuvenation
When ATP production increases, the cells have more energy to carry out the body’s natural healing and rejuvenation processes. This can combat many of the issues that contribute to wrinkles, including damage from UV light exposure and the natural elasticity loss that comes with aging.
Increased Collagen Production
A loss of collagen is one of the primary contributors to wrinkles as people get older. By exposing the skin to red light therapy devices, you can increase your body’s collagen production and increase the elasticity of your skin. This, in turn, helps to minimize the appearance of existing wrinkles and prevent new ones from forming.
Improved Moisture Content
Finally, red light therapy has been shown to increase the moisture content of the skin over a 6-week period. This, in turn, helps to prevent dryness and the wrinkles that result from excessive dryness.
Reduced Sun Damage
Excessive UV light exposure contributes to sunburns and other types of damage, all of which speed up the aging process. Red light therapy, on the other hand, can improve skin tone and facial smoothness. It’s especially helpful when it comes to combating wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes.
How to Use a Red Light Therapy Device at Home
The best results from red light therapy come from consistent exposure.
You can go to a medspa or a dermatologist’s office to get regular red light exposure, but that’s not convenient or realistic for the average person. This is why investing in an at-home red light therapy device is a better option for most people.
These days, there are lots of at-home red light therapy devices worth considering, including portable, tabletop devices that can be used in your house or on the go, and large red light panels that can be added to a sauna to provide a two-for-one experience.
No matter what kind of device you prefer, here are some tips that will help you get the most out of your red light therapy treatments:
Start with just a 5-minute session to see how red light therapy affects your skin. Most people do not experience any negative effects from these treatments. However, it’s still best to be on the safe side and start with short treatments.
Do It Daily (or Almost Daily)
You’ll see the best results from red light therapy if you use your device daily (or at least several times per week).
You won’t experience benefits after the first few sessions; it takes a few weeks or months to see noticeable improvements. Stick with it, though, and you’ll be rewarded.
Make It Part of Your Routine
Consistency is key, and it’s easier to be consistent with red light therapy if you make it a regular part of your routine. For example, sit down for your treatments at the same time every day and pair it with another activity, like meditating or listening to a podcast, to make it more enjoyable.
Protect and Preserve Your Skin
Finally, make sure you’re taking steps outside of the house to protect and preserve your skin. This includes wearing sunscreen whenever you go outside, even when it’s not hot and sunny outside.
Enjoy Red Light Therapy Wrinkle Reduction Today
Now that you know more about the benefits of red light therapy for wrinkle reduction and prevention, are you ready to give it a try?
Invest in a red light therapy device today so you can enjoy the benefits of this treatment from the comfort of your own home. Check out Sun Home Saunas’ collection of products today so you can find the best one for your needs.