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A short burst of red light in the morning has been shown to improve declining eyesight, researchers report, potentially providing a simple, safe, and easy-to-use treatment for keeping our eyes sharper as we head into old age.
In tests on 20 participants exposed to three minutes of 670 nanometer deep red light in the morning between 8 am and 9 am eyesight improved by 17 percent and lasted (at a lower level) a week on average. In some of the volunteers, the improvement was as much as 20 percent.
“Using a simple LED device once a week recharges the energy system that has declined in the retina cells, rather like recharging a battery,” says neuroscientist Glen Jeffery from University College London (UCL) in the UK.
The mitochondria in the eye, often called the cell’s powerhouses, are key: The team already knew that they’re more receptive in the morning, and it’s these organelles that the red light is recharging so that they can produce more energy.
Photoreceptors in the retina, where mitochondria are collected most densely, are made up of cones (handling color vision) and rods (for adapting to low light). Here the team focused on cones, assessing color contrast sensitivity after exposure to the red light.
Follow-up tests on six participants, using red light treatment daily between 12 pm and 1 pm, didn’t result in any change in vision – confirming that mitochondria aren’t as responsive to deep red light in the same way later on in the day.
“Mitochondria have specific sensitivities to long wavelength light influencing their performance,” says Jeffery. “Longer wavelengths spanning 650 to 900 nanometers improve mitochondrial performance to increase energy production.”
Cells in the human retina start to age once we reach the age of 40 or so, and that aging is caused in part by the slowing down of the mitochondria power supplies. As the retina’s photoreceptors require more energy, they tend to age faster as well.
The simple, low-energy LED device used in the study may be an affordable eyesight treatment that people could quickly apply. It’s probably safe to use, too, as 670 nanometer infrared light isn’t much different from light found in the natural environment.
Developing a finished device for widespread use will take some time, however, and the researchers do caution that some of their data is “noisy”: the level of improvement did vary between participants, even those of similar age. Future studies could look more closely at other variables that might be influencing the results.
“This simple intervention applied at the population level would significantly impact on quality of life as people age and would likely result in reduced social costs that arise from problems associated with reduced vision,” says Jeffery.
The research has been published in Scientific Reports.
Why You Should Limit The Amount Of Time You Wear Sunglasses
Acquiring Vitamin D through your…eyes?
During the few short months of summer we experience here in New England we all do our best to get outside, enjoy the beautiful weather and “obtain our vitamin D”.
With all the research out there showing the benefits of vitamin D on bone health, enhancing mood, preventing sickness, preventing tooth decay, optimizing hormone levels, and preventing cancer we could all benefit from getting a little sun on our bodies. However did you know that getting a little sun in your eyes can actually be just as beneficial?
After recently reading an article (Why Light Matters) in an older edition of the popular family wellness magazine “Pathways”, I came across a write-up that addressed the importance of light, specifically full spectrum light, on the eyes.
Full spectrum light is defined as light that includes a balance of wavelengths from all colors of the visible spectrum including ultraviolet and infrared.
Although this form of light (aka “natural light”) is most commonly recognized as benefiting health when it strikes the skin, the same is also true when it strikes the eyes and plays a vital role in body chemistry.
According to two researchers, German Ophthalmologist Fritz Hollwich, MD as well as John Ott, Hon. D. Sci, the array of bodily organs and systems that depend on full spectrum light is astounding. “When the eyes are exposed to natural light the pituitary gland, thyroid, adrenal glands, ovaries, testes, pancreas, liver, and kidneys all function better.”
In fact, when studies were performed using full spectrum florescent lights vs. cool-white light bulbs (which allows strong yellow light but is deficient in most other wavelengths and contains no ultraviolet or infrared light) it was shown that “the development of the male sex organs was only one-fifth as great in hamsters under the cool-white light as compared to hamsters under full spectrum light”.
This is primarily due to the lack of vitamin D (which is naturally made in the body when exposed to sunlight) necessary to synthesize Testosterone, a steroid hormone.
Also interesting was another hamster study in which those hamsters without enough direct sunlight through the eyes, more particularly through the retina of the eye, had sleep disorders.
Since the hypothalamus was not stimulated due to lack of light, the pituitary and pineal glands could not be influenced to make proper body chemicals and this caused a disruption in the animal’s diurnal rhythms affecting proper sleep.
These same effects can be seen in people who are always indoors. A third and final study the “Pathways” article touched upon was one involving children. It mentioned that children under full spectrum lights in school had fewer cavities in their newly formed permanent teeth, whereas ten times as many children under cool-white bulbs had new cavities.
This study was also confirmed using hamsters and showed that hamsters placed under cool-white bulbs 12 hours per day for 15 weeks had 5 times more cavities and 10 times greater tooth loss than hamsters placed under a more natural full spectrum light. This again demonstrates the importance of vitamin D on bone health.
What all this great research seems to suggest is that natural aka full spectrum light (which contains ultraviolet and infrared light) is necessary for increasing and maintaining health despite the popular belief that these particular light rays are damaging.
In fact, in our society today, especially during the heat of summer, we do everything possible to avoid these rays- whether it is slathering toxic sunscreen on the largest organ of our body (our skin) or blocking our eyes with the newest and most effective UV light blocking sunglasses- all in an attempt to avoid what we have been brought up to fear- poor eye site and blistering sunburns leading to cancer.
Unfortunately, by doing these things we are actually being counter-productive to our bodies and purposely avoiding a means to good health because of the bad name UV rays have been given.
In fact, the article mentions that there has never been any research showing the health benefits of blocking UV light to the eyes yet it is impossible to find sunglasses that don’t block this type of ray.
In conclusion, the article recommends either getting outside for 20-60 minutes without wearing glasses, or functioning under full spectrum lighting indoors rather then cool-white lighting.
Also if you are unable to do either, the article further recommends that Vitamin D can be acquired through supplementation of distilled Cod Liver Oil which is high in vitamins A and D but has all the heavy metals removed or to check with your naturopathic physician.
Of course, getting adjusted regularly can help your body function better and allow all your hormones and body systems to work at 100% to make its own vitamin D when you are exposed to the ideal environment/light.
I thought this was an interesting article to share especially during these beautiful sun-lit days of summer and figured it may cause you to re-evaluate and perhaps question some of your everyday practices.
Wishing you a wonderful remainder of this awesome season and better health every day.
Dr. Denise Ingrando
The Neurophysiology of Light, The Five Pathways
During the 19th century the American surgeon, Dr. E. Babbitt, M.D., proved that treatment with colored light could achieve very significant healing results through its effect on the human energy field, the light receptive autonomic nerve fibers in the skin and via the nerves that connect the eye directly with the limbic system.
In the beginning of this century the East Indian genius Darius Dinshah, who had immigrated into the USA, introduced a system of color therapy that involves shining the color onto the body or body regions for about one hour per day.
The American physician H. Riley Spitler, M.D., after years of detailed research with colored light, concluded that light therapy applied through the eyes could augment the major control centers in the brain that regulate all body functions. Since the functioning of the eyes was directly dependent upon and mediated though the nervous system, this form of treatment directly affected visual function.
With treatments designed according to each individual’s physical and emotional make up, his treatments reduced stresses, both physiological and emotional.2 He developed several instruments and started the science of “syntonic optometry”.
He found that the optimum treatment time is twenty minutes a day for a course of twenty days. This should be followed by a pause of several weeks before another twenty-day cycle. He achieved impressive healings in the over 3,000 patients he treated.
Colored light, when beamed into the eyes with a projector-like device, can activate repressed memories from childhood – even from the intrauterine period or from a past life – which may now become available to work with in a psychotherapeutic way.
If nerve conduction is reestablished in these areas, memories which were isolated are reconnected with the synaptic network of the brain and can again be accessed and integrated by the conscious part of the brain. The detrimental effect of unremembered trauma on the body seems to disappear.
Memories connected to a physical or emotional trauma are held by circuitries in the limbic system, especially in the hippocampus and amygdala. These memories can be accessed with the correct color wavelength (for example, by using colored glasses).
The exact color accesses the patient’s problem – just like accessing a hidden file in the computer. Recommended treatment time with color glasses is one hour per day.
However, worn in a therapeutic session, a few minutes can be sufficient. The effect can be amplified by projecting light with an instrument into the eyes, and modulating the light with flicker frequencies. Several “syntonic” instruments are available today.
The effect can also be amplified and deepened by simultaneously using eye movements (example: Applied Psychoneurobiology) and/or tapping techniques (example: Mental Field Therapy). The quality of the light source (light bulb), the color filters and lens arrangements affect the therapeutic outcome. In our office we also use linear polarization filters to reach more specific regions within the brain.
I use the term “color coding of memories“. Memories are color-coded! Use the right code and the memory surfaces. To make the connection to the repressed conflict-material, the practitioner has to determine the exact correct color. Spitler, just like Dinshah, spent much of his life determining which color frequencies are needed to heal specific illnesses.
Several Methods Of Determining The Correct Color Are Available Today:
* Critical Flicker Fusion Test
* Color Visual Field Test
* Luescher Color Test
* Autonomic Response Testing – using muscle-tone biofeedback
* Steve Vasquez (Ph.D.) method – assessing emotional responses after color presentation
* Heart Rate Variability
* Kirlian Photography – used by Peter Mandel’s color puncture practitioners)
* Intuition and experience
Using The Known Physiological Effects Of Color:
Blue – activates the parasympathetic nervous system. Calms – amazing for hyperactive children.
Red – activates sympathetic nervous system.
Blue-Green – heals post-traumatic tissue-injuries.
Yellow – anti-depressive.
Yellow/Green – liver detox.
Magenta – brings deeply held conflicts and emotions to the surface.
Language Is Full Of Knowledge About The Connection Of Color And Emotion, For Example:
He’s got the blues (blue slows us down and makes already slow people depressed) I am in a black mood.
She’s green with envy (envy is a liver emotion and the correct color is yellow/green).
Red-Hot love (red brings out emotion in people – including sexual passion)
Colors Can Have Two Distinct – And Often Opposite – Effects. Because of the color-coding of emotions, treatment with color can either trigger the expected color-typical physiological reaction or instigate the release of a related color coded emotion or problem.
Take blue light, for example. Blue light will usually have a sedative effect. However, if for example a young man had been molested by his mother when he was a toddler – and she was wearing a blue bra at the time – blue may cause sympathetic arousal (distress) in this man until the trauma is healed.
1. The optic nerve travels from the retina, past the pituitary gland via the temporal lobe to the occipital lobe of the brain. This part of the visual system is dedicated to informing the conscious part of our brain of our surroundings – without interpretation.
2. It was discovered fairly recently, that there is an additional nerve bundle leading directly from the retina to the hypothalamus (retino-hypothalamic tract). This explains the effect of color on the ANS.
Blue stimulates the anterior hypothalamus, which harbors the main regulating part of the parasympathetic nervous system. This means that all colors in the bluish spectrum – from blue/green through blue to violet – normally have a sedating, digestion-activating, sleep-inducing effect.
Red simulates the posterior hypothalamus and therefore the sympathetic nervous system. Red provokes anger. All colors in the red spectrum – from magenta through red/orange to yellow – have a stimulating, sometimes even provocative, character.
Green mediates between both systems.
A side-branch of this nerve tract reaches the amygdala directly, bypassing the hypothalamus. The two corpora amygdaloidea are truly the color sensitive area of the limbic system and highly responsive to the color the eyes are exposed to.
A study demonstrated that each monochromatic color frequency excites specific neurons which are not stimulated by adjacent, but dissimilar, colors. Each frequency in the color spectrum therefore has its own specific neurological and psychological effect.
The neurosurgeon Norman Shealy, M.D.,PhD – discoverer and inventor of TENS (Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation) and the “spinal chord stimulator”, conducted a study investigating biochemical changes in the brain after beaming different colors into the eye (with the “Lumatron”).
Remarkable changes were evident in the concentration of neurotransmitters in the cerebro-spinal fluid: norepinephrin, serotonin, beta-endorphin, cholinesterase, melatonin, oxytocin, growth-hormone, LH, prolactin and progesterone.
These results explain why the treatment with color projection into the eye can have a profound effect on the hormonal system, the emotions, stress levels, sleep, brain function, and many other aspects of the patient’s biochemistry and well-being. The profound effect of light stimulation to the retina on the body’s metabolism has long been established through the work of the brilliant German ophthalmologist Fritz Hollwich, M.D., Ph.D.
4. A fourth nerve connection from the retina follows the lower optic tract, which is not used for vision and reaches the transpeduncular nucleus in the midbrain . This nucleus is also light and color sensitive. From here the signal travels via the superior cervical ganglion back via the brain stem to the pineal gland.
This pathway is – amongst other less understood functions – responsible for the circadian day-night rhythm and the melatonin production in the pineal gland when it gets dark. This pathway has been given much attention lately in research concerning the treatment of seasonal affective disorder.
5. A fifth, and maybe most exciting way in which color finds its way inside the body, i.e. the subconscious mind, the immune system, the limbic system, the nervous system etc – has only recently been discovered. There are more and more scientific hints that light can charge particles that travel in the lymph and blood as well as axonally inside the nerves .
Researchers at the University of Vienna, Austria, found that albumin is one of the proteins able to be charged by colored light – and able to deliver this charge to tissues far away from the site of exposure. Through the outer layer of the skin, light also affects pigments, fluorescent particles in the body fluids and inside the cells, that travel in the blood and lymph.
After being energized in a color-wavelength and frequency-specific way, they are transported to their target sites where the light-energy is discharged (116). These light discharges have an organizing and activating effect on cellular organelles and the cell metabolism in the target tissue such as the brain or inner organs.
This mechanism explains the effects of color-treatment via the skin – including the Dinshah Method, Peter Mandel’s Color Puncture and the effect which colors of clothing have on mood and the immune system.
A study showed that wearing black clothing immediately depresses the NK-cell activity and several other parameters used to judge the activity of the immune system.
Black is carcinogenic. The opposite is also true: wearing rainbow colors stimulates the immune system and the mood. A chiropractor in Santa Fe, who I worked with, treated many clients successfully for many severe illnesses by having them paint their toenails in specific colors (which he determined before). Wearing nail polish proved to be a truly medical intervention with many beneficial – and occasionally adverse – effects.
The German scientist Fritz Albert Popp PhD confirmed the prior research of Russian scientists and published many of his own papers, on the fact that all cells in an organism use subtle light emissions to communicate with each other constantly. Cells gossip, inform, celebrate and grieve. Only cancer cells behave differently: they do not emit light.
Recent research in stem cell therapy brought to light another astounding phenomenon: when cells are ill or in distress, they also give off “microscopic” sound signals. If the sound of a group of dying cells is artificially amplified, it sounds like a group of weeping and grieving women.
Injected stem cells (from embryonic umbilical chords) follow this signal and settle in the area to lend their support. Stem cells are compassionate. Cells care for each other.
A growing body of research on the physiological effects of light supports our position for the potential medicinal use of light and color.
The Eye Movement Method
This method originates to some degree in the scientific research of eye movements, and the clinical observations of the psychiatrist Milton Erickson. He discovered that the eyes wander involuntarily in a predictable direction when a patient tries to memorize certain events.
If a patient is prevented from looking in that particular direction she/he cannot remember that particular event. The eye movements open the synapse in the brain which makes the connection from the conscious part of the brain to the unconscious part, where memory is stored.
This phenomenon is also known during the REM phases of sleep. When we dream and process the memories from our day, the eyes move rapidly forth and back in directions which are determined by the content of the processed events. During this time emotionally loaded daytime memories are consolidated. Most often the eyes move sideways, forth and back, but they may also move up and down as well as in diagonal directions.
If a person tries to remember something that someone has said in the past (acoustic memory) the eyes will move involuntarily gaze to the left. If, for example somebody tries to remember a scene of a film (visual memory) the eyes will move to the upper left. Bandler and Grinder, the developers of Neurolinguistic Programming, observed Milton Erickson during his work and developed the following schematic:
As On The Face Of A Clock:
1.30 = Visual Memories
3.00 = Acoustic Memories
1.30 = Inner Dialogue With The Self
7.30 = Kinesthetic Sensation
9.00 = Acoustic Future Projection
10.30 = Visual Future Projection
The Diagonal Movement Shows Two Main Patterns:
1. Visual Memories/Kinesiologocal Sensations (Eg “My Past Is Depressing Me”).
2. Inner Dialogue/Inner Projection (Eg ” I Can’t Imagine Ever Being Successful”).
An Overview Of The Scientific Publications Over The Last Few Years Regarding Eye Movements Is Presented Below:
Eye movements in rhythmic patterns occur spontaneously if someone daydreams, visualizes, imagines, or if someone represses thoughts and feelings into the subconscious.
Eye movements also occur spontaneously in states of anxiety, intensive thinking and concentration. When a person works intuitively, or is creative, has feelings, meditates or reviews emotionally loaded events, these ‘thought patterns’ are always accompanied by eye movements.
The direction in which our eyes gaze determines whether we perceive the same object as ugly or beautiful. Eye movements determine the emotional coloring of what we observe.  In phobias, a similar phenomenon has been observed: depending on the direction of the gaze, the intensity of the fear fluctuates when the fear-causing object is looked at.
 From studies in neurophysiology we know that eye movements activate synapses in the brain and make a connection between the cognitive conscious part of the brain, conscious memories and the unconscious. These activated synapses are located in the hippocampus – square in the middle of the limbic system – the main storage house for unresolved conflicts.
During the APN treatment, the rhythm of the eye movements has significant impact for the success of treatment. Spontaneously occurring eye movements have a clearly defined meaning: on one side, emotional memories are repressed into the limbic system, consolidated and stored.
 On the other side there is an immolation of the intensity of feelings that accompany the memory. Many articles on these issues have been published in recent years, many of which were inspired by the work of Francine Shapiro (Ph.D.)
Eye movements stimulate the limbic system, especially the amygdala and the hippocampus. Repeated eye movements facilitate the neurological connection between the conscious part of the brain and deeply repressed conflicts.
These conflicts now become treatable. To access a suppressed memory the correct eye movement direction has to be chosen (in addition to the right rhythm). I consider the eye movement to be a secret code that opens the door to the unconscious. In APN we call this: The eye-movement coding of memories. Memories are also color-coded.
In 1971 I encountered eye movement therapy for the first time. After a significant motorcycle accident I was brought to an 89 year old, modest and friendly woman who was known as a healer in the area (Meersburg, Germany).
She told me that the method she would be using was passed on within her family and goes back to Franz Anton Mesmer (“mesmerizing”), who was one of her direct ancestors and had lived in the same town over 300 years ago.
She asked me to lie down on her kitchen floor guiding my inner attention to my skin lacerations, bruises and abrasions. She then took the crucifix chain off her neck and used it as a pendulum in front of my eyes asking me to follow the movements.
Then she washed my wounds with soap and water (which amazingly did not hurt). She repeated the pendulum treatment once more. After the treatment I was totally pain free and within two weeks all my wounds had completely healed without any scarring.
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Light therapy skin treatments—once available only at dermatologist and aestheticians’ offices—are now possible in your own living room.
INSTAGRAM SELFIES have given rise to many subgenres: the bedfie; the beach-legs selfie; the OOTD or “outfit of the day” selfie; the “felt cute, might delete later” selfie; and that staple of conspicuous self-care, the maskfie.
The more terrifying a beauty mask can make you look, the more effective the photo. Popular masks by South Korean brand Hanacure leave you looking alarmingly “aged” as if wearing crepe-like movie makeup. The latest photogenic scare tactic is the at-home LED shield, which has a Jason-goes-Jetsons look.
But these LED masks are not just “like” bait; the technology’s skin care application has legitimate roots. In the late 1990s, NASA scientists discovered that the light-emitting diodes (LED) they had developed to experiment with plant growth could also help heal astronauts’ wounds in space.
“LED is a high-energy light wave that is incredible, because, while you can’t feel it or touch it or see it, it actually acts like an ingredient on the skin,” explained New York dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross.
“I use the Déesse Pro mask three times a week,” said Emma Neville, 28, the curation and storytelling lead for retail company Hayneedle. She was introduced to LED by aesthetician Joanna Czech, who practices in New York and Dallas and has used light waves on herself for 16 years. “Joanna promised that it would help me stay 28 forever,” said Ms. Neville, “and while that may have been a slight exaggeration, my skin is noticeably more glowy.”
For those who find the Déesse Pro’s price tag untenable, a humbler option is the LED device designed by drugstore brand Neutrogena to specifically target acne ($35 for one light mask and a 30-use activator). Dermashine’s popular LED mask ($150) features seven different light colors (hues other than red and blue are purported to deliver benefits, too) you can cycle between.
But for cautious and time-crunched types, the version to spring for may be Dr. Dennis Gross’s SpectraLite device ($435), which has been FDA-approved for treating both acne and wrinkles. You need only use it for 3 minutes a day, just enough time to choose a filter and pose for a sufficiently scary maskfie.
Since scientific research revealed the many benefits of light therapy, skin treatments need no longer rely solely on OTC or prescription products. Although many may seek therapy from a licensed dermatologist or spa specialist, a number of consumer products provide cost-effective means of treating skin at home. Hand-held wands and light panels are a couple of options. However, light therapy masks offer a hands-free alternative. The masks are affordable and are designed to resolve a variety of skin conditions.
LED Light Therapy Masks Buying Guide
LED light therapy is a skin treatment with many benefits. Depending on the color of light selected, light therapy devices and treatments can target signs of aging and help prevent acne. Light therapy uses low-energy infrared light to penetrate deep into the skin. This type of light is non-damaging to the skin and helps skin cells regenerate.
Although you can get light therapy done in a professional setting, at-home options are available as well. They are more accessible and affordable than the procedures done in a doctor’s office. At-home options are less potent and less effective than those carried out by a doctor, but they are simple to use, and there’s no appointment necessary.
At-home light therapy won’t completely get rid of your skin problems, but it can be a useful ritual to help combat skin imperfections. It is generally thought to be a safe way to treat skin ailments without harsh chemicals, and the lighting does not incorporate UV light. At BestReviews, we researched and evaluated multiple at-home light therapy mask options. The fruit of our labor is this useful guide which can help you in your search for the best light therapy product for your skin.
Types Of Light Therapy Masks
There are several types of light therapy masks available to treat skin ailments. Different lights can target different problems. The two main options are red light and blue light therapy, but some light therapy devices also offer combined lighting treatments.
Blue Light Therapy
Blue light has been found to be an effective treatment method for acne, as it has the ability to kill bacteria that clogs pores and negatively affects the skin.
Blue light penetrates deeper than regular topical acne treatments to get at the bacteria that actually causes pimples. It’s a great way to prevent spots from appearing in the first place. Using light therapy on its own will not properly treat severe forms of acne, however.
Red Light Therapy
Red light therapy is a useful tool for reducing redness and inflammation and is particularly helpful for helping diminish the signs of aging. The particular red light wavelengths are able to target deep layers of skin and help encourage regrowth of tissues like collagen and skin cells.
Red light therapy is even useful for injured athletes or persons with chronic ailments like arthritis. The red light is able to reduce inflammation not only on the skin but deeper as well. Red light is also beneficial for those dealing with painful chronic skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
Combined Light Therapy
Some at-home light therapy options will allow the user to treat their skin using both red and blue light. Blue light can help prevent pimples from forming since it banishes bacteria while red light can minimize redness caused by acne and pimples.
When researching LED light therapy devices, you will see one or more of these “types” of lights:
Red + Infrared Light – This type of light will go the deepest into your skin. It will help to address the clarity and tone of your skin as well as the deeper bone and muscle. Great for elastin and collagen production, this type of light helps to heal skin with wounds and scars. (650NM)-Increased Blood Flow and Collagen Production
Amber Light – The amber light will penetrate your skin less and is better for those that have problems with skin pigmentation from things like sun damage.
Blue Light – The blue light is clinically proven to stop bacteria that cause acne, and when it is combined with red light therapy, it will also diminish acne scars and help speed up the healing process of your skin. (463NM)-Kills acne and Tightens Skin
Green Light – (527NM)-Improve Pigmentation, Anti-Aging
Yellow Light – (590NM)- Smoothes Skin and Reduces Redness
Purple Light – (600NM)- Relaxing, Improves Lymph Metabolism
Light Blue Light – (510NM)- Soothing,Can Help Allergies skin
White Light – (470NM)- Accelerate Tissue Metabolism
What Does LED Light Therapy Masks Help With?
- Skin Rejuvenation
- Hyper-Pigmentation, Skin Tone, Fine Lines
- Pain Relief
How Do LED Light Therapy Masks Work?
By stimulating the production of cells, thereby supporting your body’s natural ability to heal, a light therapy mask can provide a surprising list of benefits to your skin. For example, the right mask can work effectively to help reduce harmful inflammation.
When it comes to helping to eliminate embarrassing, unsightly acne, an LED light therapy mask basically works by delivering oxygen into the skin. As a result, it helps to eliminate bacteria that can lead to blemishes. And, as mentioned above, because these masks can help reduce inflammation, acne can heal more quickly once that inflammation is gone.
On top of that, an LED light therapy mask can also help increase the body’s production of collagen in the skin, thereby helping you appear more youthful, with smoother, tighter skin. In fact, this is why these masks work so well at helping to eliminate wrinkles and fine lines, while also improving overall texture and tone.
As mentioned above, when used correctly, a high quality LED light therapy mask that emits blue light can help kill the bacteria that cause acne, thereby helping you achieve clearer skin. But, if you are experiencing unwanted signs of aging on your face, such as fine lines and wrinkles, a mask that emits red light can help stimulate collagen production that will restore a more youthful look.
How Do You Use an LED Light Therapy Mask?
The best thing about an LED light therapy mask is just how easy it is to use. Of course, you should closely follow the instructions on the product that you choose so that you can rest assured that you will be using it correctly.
Generally, however, you can expect that all you’ll need to do is wash your face thoroughly prior to using the LED light therapy mask. Then, for many of these masks, simply relaxing with it on your face for anywhere from 20 minutes to a half hour could allow you to reap all of the benefits that the light provides to your skin. Of course, you can tweak this to suit your needs, or just follow the recommendations set forth in the instructions that come with your product.
The best part about using a light therapy mask is that it’s a fairly straightforward beauty tool. There’s no special technique or know-how required.
Just Follow Some Simple Steps To Begin Treatment:
- Power on the device, or plug it in to begin using it.
- Make sure to wash your face before starting a session with your mask.
- Wear the mask for approximately 10 minutes.
- Everyday use is suggested by most manufacturers to help keep breakouts and other skin irritation at bay.
Features To Look For In Your LED Light Therapy Mask
Depending on your particular skin concern, you’ll need to decide what kind of light is appropriate for you.
If you deal with acne and skin flare-ups due to bacteria, a blue light option is best for you.
If you have unwanted skin redness, sensitive skin, or concerns about fine lines and wrinkles, a red light is the way to go.
If you want a device that can handle all of these issues, choose one that can alternate between light colors.
The size of the light therapy device is an essential consideration for those who have limited storage space or who require a device that can travel with them.
Masks tend to be larger than handheld options and will need a power source and, if going overseas, a converter.
Many handheld light therapy devices can comfortably fit inside a makeup case, making them a great option for travel.
Do not engage in at-home light therapy if you have diabetes, lupus, or have ever had skin cancer. You should also avoid it if you take certain medications, including some antipsychotics, antibiotics, and melatonin. There may be other diseases and medications that make you ultra-sensitive to the light; if in doubt, speak with your physician before trying light therapy.
Think about where you plan to use your light therapy device. Is there an outlet nearby?
If you want a versatile option that you can use no matter where you are, a handheld, battery-powered device may be a better choice than a device with a power cord.
Keep in mind, however, that battery-powered devices will require new batteries every now and again.
Mask Or No Mask
At-home light therapy can come in several forms, including light therapy masks and handheld light therapy devices.
A light therapy mask allows you to target a large surface area at once, but you must put aside some time in your day to wear the mask for treatment. Most masks do have eyeholes, though, so you could catch up on your reading while you treat your pimples or fine lines.
A handheld light therapy device allows users to target specific areas of the face or random pimples that pop up out of nowhere. A smaller handheld light therapy device is an excellent choice for accessing hard-to-reach pimples on the face and body.
Most light therapy masks and devices are fairly inexpensive; you can find affordable options under $50. Purchasing an at-home light therapy device is undoubtedly less expensive than booking treatment appointments with a dermatologist.
Office treatments can cost up to $100 per visit, and specialists usually recommend between five and ten visits per year.
At-home options bring light therapy to the masses. And unlike some other products, price doesn’t dictate quality when it comes to light therapy devices.
If you’re shopping for a light therapy device, we advise you to choose a known, trusted brand and to look for a device that has been approved by the regulating bodies in your country.
Power Output – Instead of providing a unit of measure, many companies give you the power output for the entire device. They may also give you the power output that is recommended for the treatment duration instead of per unit of time. Be careful when you are comparing devices that you are comparing the same measurements.
Wavelengths – The average LEDs devices should operate between 600nm and 800nm.
Number of LEDs – You will find that the number of LEDs is not as important as the power output since the LEDs themselves are different from one another. So, it isn’t as important to pay as much attention to the number of LEDs.
Treatment Time – A less powerful mask will provide a longer treatment time per area. Look for a device with a short treatment time duration for each treatment area.
FDA Approval – LED device effectiveness is not guaranteed by FDA approval. However, FDA manufacturing controls are needed to be certain that the device is electrically safe and that the degree and type of radiation that is being put into your skin are safe.
Pros And Cons Of At-Home Light Therapy
Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of choosing an at-home light therapy device over professional treatment.
- No Wait At The Doctor’s Office
- Low Cost Up Front
- No Mess
- Easy To Use
- If Battery-Powered, You Will Need To Purchase Batteries
- Less Effective Than A Doctor’s Office Treatment (Maybe)
Q. Are There Any Harmful Side Effects To Using A Light Therapy Mask?
A. In general, no. But if you suffer from certain diseases, including diabetes, lupus, migraine, and skin cancer, you should avoid light therapy. Certain medications also prohibit the use of light therapy. Consult your doctor if you have any questions or doubts.
An important piece of advice for anyone who engages in light therapy is to be sure to protect your eyes. While the brightness of light therapy masks does vary, do not stare directly into the light for long periods of time. There are no harmful UV rays involved, but it’s unwise to subject your eyes to very bright light for longer than necessary.
Q. What’s The Advantage Of Using Light Therapy Over Topical Treatments?
A. Using light therapy to treat skin ailments produces less skin irritation compared to topical treatments. Light therapy is also mess-free since there’s no need to apply creams or gels on the skin.
Q. Is This Type Of Device A Useful Treatment For Cystic Acne?
A. No. Light therapy will not be able to treat cystic acne, but it may help with the inflammation and redness that accompanies this skin problem.
Q. If It’s Not Using Uv Light, What Kind Of Light Is Being Emitted?
A. The light used in light therapy products is LED light.
Q. Can The Light Therapy Mask Burn My Skin?
A. No. A light therapy mask cannot burn your skin. The light is just not powerful enough to do so. However, you should take precautions to protect your delicate eyes when wearing a light therapy mask.
Q. When Will I Start To See Visible Results?
A. It depends on the person. Results could become apparent within a week, but it may take longer. Remember that using a light therapy device isn’t a cure-all. You still need to take care of your skin in between treatments.
Q. Does Light Therapy Cure Seasonal Depression?
A. No. Don’t confuse light therapy masks with the light therapy lamps used for seasonal affective disorder. The latter devices attempt to simulate the sunlight that some people may be missing during the winter months, causing mild to severe depression. Light therapy masks and light therapy lamps are not interchangeable.