ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Red Light and Lumiere Light Therapy-Effective Anti-Aging Treatments

Updated on October 14, 2013

Red light therapy and lumiere light therapy are a form of photorejuvenation; a category of ‘anti-aging’ processes doctors use to combat wrinkles, blemishes and chronic skin disorders. Photorejuvenation skin treatments include thermal, chemical, and intense pulsed light, such as lasers, and blue or red (infrared) lights. Light therapy sessions are non-invasive and usually do not cause side effects. It is also an outpatient procedure requiring little or no downtime.


How it Works

Light therapies have been used for various medical applications for several decades, but only recently for cosmetic applications. Red light therapy, like laser therapy or other light therapy, works by penetrating skin layers with measure wavelengths of light, causing controlled damage to underlying skin cells, stimulating the healing process and producing new skin cells.

The popularity of red light therapy and similar treatments has exploded, but some cosmetic surgeons caution that no photorejuvenation therapy is intended to be a substitute for more invasive procedures.

Rather, it is suggested photo rejuvenation procedures be used as a supplemental therapy to semi-invasive chemical peels and the like. Patients should also keep in mind that it may take several sessions to get the desired results. In addition, each patient will be different, so of course results may vary.


Source

Thermal photorejuvenation such as red light therapy works well for crows feet, lines and wrinkles, and is an excellent method of eliminating visible vascular lesions. Established benefits include:

-Help with rosacea

-Elimination of acne and scarring

-Reduction of eczema

-Help for visible vascular lesions

-Stimulates healing process by damaging cells, which stimulates collagen production

Other red light therapy benefit claims are:

-Healthier looking skin

-Better (younger looking) skin tone

-Slows melatonin production

-Improves skin moisture content

-Restores natural collagen ‘activity’

-Tightens pores

-Increases circulation to skin cells

There are a host of others including ‘lessens skin coarseness,’ ‘reduces overall redness’ and ‘helps sun damaged skin,’ but these are redundant. Suffice it to say that this therapy really has, well, therapeutic value in the clinical setting. Numerous home therapy lights are on the market, some with FDA approval. However the home red light consumer may need to spend additional time under their lamp to make up for the weaker output.


To Lumiere, or Not to Lumiere?

Lumiere light therapy is based on LED lighting. That is, ‘light emitting diodes.’ A cosmetic treatment touting the anti-aging benefits of all other light therapies combined, lumiere light therapy treatment is non-invasive, non-thermal (unlike red or blue therapies,) and non-laser.

An average 20 minute session under ‘lumiere’ lights is supposed to combat wrinkles, fine lines and crow’s feet, as well as firming skin, tightening pores, lightening age spots and even diminishing those dreadful under-eye dark circles.

Lumiere and infrared (red) light therapies are backed by clinical research (one example here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16414908) and the technology is constantly improving.

Perhaps one day we can all maintain smooth, tight skin, free of blemishes with a regular appointment at the light therapist. As the doctor said, though, photorejuvenation and other non-invasive therapies should only be one aspect of our anti-aging regimen.

Using natural skin maintenance practices daily, we can have healthy, glowing skin, and a healthier body. See the sidebar below for natural skin maintenance tips!

Top 5 Skin Maintenance Tips

1.) Use a soft, natural fiber dry skin brush before showering. Using small, gentle circles in the direction of your heart, brush your skin from head to toe. Avoid thin, broken or irritated skin.

2.) Eat a healthier diet. Skin suffers when we do not drink enough water or eat enough fiber. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains improve digestive health, which leads to healthier skin.

3.) Exercise! Exercise improves circulation, which improves muscle tone, removes toxins and reduces stress. All of this adds up to better looking skin.

4.) Skip the Sugar. Extra sugar causes a process called glycation, in which a sugar molecule bonds with proteins or lipids without hormonal controls. This is bad, as it interferes with important biomolecule activity. Bottom line? All that extra sugar causes wrinkles and sagging.

5.) Eat good fats. Omega-3’s, olive oil, fats from unsalted almonds and other nuts. You can also get your good fats from fresh fish such as sardines and salmon, or put some flaxseed in your cereal. Good fats are essential, and essential to healthy skin, so eat some every day.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • MosLadder profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Montgomery 

      6 years ago from Irvine, CA

      You are welcome!

    • vityas cold laser profile image

      vityas cold laser 

      6 years ago from www.low level laser therapy vityas.com

      Thank you!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)