How LED Light Therapy Works as an Anti-Aging Solution
One of the biggest challenges potential reVive Light Therapy® customers face is finding information about how light therapy works. How can a consumer make an informed decision about which product to buy? Even though light therapy isn’t a new phenomenon (it was developed decades ago by NASA researchers), skincare consumers may not be aware of this type of skin care technology, and some people find light therapy to be intimidating. Numerous studies prove light therapy’s effectiveness for acne treatment, pain relief, and wrinkle reduction, but they don’t always explain how light therapy works.
What Are the Main Layers of the Skin?
There are three primary layers of skin: epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis. These layers protect the body from the elements all while maintaining specific roles.
Known as the outermost layer of skin, the epidermis is the first layer of skin visible to the eye. Also, because it is the outermost layer it helps to protect the body by providing a barrier from unwanted bacteria and other harmful pathogens. It has three main duties including:
- Skin cell production
- Skin color
- Protective outer layer that helps keep body healthy
The dermis is the thickest layer of skin and it functions by providing flexibility and strength to the skin. This layer of skin also holds many responsibilities including but not limited to:
- Sweat production
- Transmitting sensations of touch
- Hair growth
- Oil production
- Provides blood flow to skin
The hypodermis is the bottom layer of skin, also referred to as the subcutaneous fat layer. This is mainly because it functions as storage for fat and in doing so helps to protect the muscles, bones, and organs under the skin from damage. The hypodermis keeps the skin functioning properly by:
- Connecting tissue to muscle and bone
- Guiding blood vessels and nerve cells to the rest of the body
- Helping to regulate body temperature
- Storing fat
How Skin Changes with Age Create Wrinkles
These three layers of the skin, the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis, work synergistically to keep the body safe and functioning. By a person’s mid twenties, the dermis begins to thin out, and production of collagen and elastin gradually decreases. The dermis has a harder time sustaining moisture to the epidermis and the hypodermis begins to lose fat. When the hypodermis is no longer a solid foundation to the dermis and epidermis, the skin starts to sag. This is the cause of wrinkles.
How Light Therapy Impacts Layers Of Skin
Aging skin is inevitable. But how the skin is treated can either speed up or delay the progression of wrinkles. From Botox® to creams and acids, there are several anti-aging treatment options—most of which are pricey and can take months to bring minor improvements without addressing the root of the problem: sluggish production of collagen and elastin mixed with poor circulation. Injections or creams don’t typically stimulate collagen and elastin production. That’s why many people turn to LED light therapy to rejuvenate skin to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Red light therapy has been shown to help delay the progression of wrinkles as well as reverse existing wrinkles. LED anti-aging devices are composed of three light spectrums, each responsible for different anti-aging properties.
Infrared (IR) light
Infrared light penetrates deepest (30-40 mm) into the dermis to stimulate the natural production of collagen and elastin. Collagen is the “glue” that holds skin cells together and plumps the skin. Where collagen growth is encouraged, wrinkles are eliminated and damaged tissues are repaired or replaced. Elastin provides elasticity—or snappiness—that causes skin to bounce back to its normal shape. As people age, lower levels of elastin cause the skin to sag. Infrared light also stimulates the release of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP provides energy to cells.
Amber light penetrates into the skin at a shallow level, which promotes surface healing of skin conditions like sunburns and rosacea. It also reduces the appearance of redness, swelling, and inflammation and flushes waste from skin to promote a healthier lymphatic flow and encourage cellular growth.
Red light therapy works by penetrating 8-10mm into the skin. This type of light therapy also increases circulation to promote a more vibrant, youthful complexion promoting anti-aging. This is achieved by helping the dermis retain moisture to ward off wrinkles.
What to Expect While Using Anti-Aging Light Therapy Products
Consistent use of light therapy devices, if they’re designed to treat signs of aging, will provide noticeable anti-aging results. Results vary depending upon wrinkle severity and lifestyle choices. After 12 weeks of diligent use, many users report:
- Minimized skin discoloration and age spots
- Enhanced complexion
- Reduced puffy eyes
- Improved skin tone and smoother texture
Below are images of reVive Light Therapy® customers and the results they experienced after 10 weeks of using our LED devices at home.
LED Light Therapy Doesn’t Have to Be Intimidating
With diligence and commitment, using light therapy can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles by promoting more plump, firm, youthful-looking skin. If you’re new to light therapy, we recommend trying the reVive Light Therapy® Essentials—Wrinkle Reduction & Anti-Aging device. Experienced users may prefer the dpl® IIa—Professional Anti-Aging and Acne Treatment Light Therapy, which will cover the entire face in a single treatment.
Experience the power of light therapy at home
Specific wavelengths of light have different effects, and can be used for a variety of applications — from destroying acne-causing bacteria to killing harmful germs on your phone. Our light therapy devices allow you to harness the power of LEDs in the comfort of your own home.See How It Works