Sunlight — aka phototherapy — is a natural healer, proven since ancient times to effectively enhance the inherent function of the human body. That’s because low-level light (LED) is stimulating, not damaging. Light therapy helps enhance biological function, energize cells to behave in a more productive way, and visibly transform skin beyond what topical creams and serums can do. It has also contributed to the treatment of numerous medical conditions.
Our bodies crave a few things in order to live well including light, water, and the ability to uptake nutrients and to eliminate waste. This essentially makes you a plant with more complicated emotions. In fact, most light-based advancements stem from plants in the first place. NASA was intent on growing greenery in space and planned to do so through the help of a specially-designed, enclosed chamber controlled by LED in the absence of sunlight. When the experiment proved successful, NASA conducted further studies using LED to speed up wound healing in humans, enhance tissue regeneration and treat the bone loss experienced by astronauts. LED was so effective in zero-gravity space conditions, that it was also eventually used in high-atmospheric pressures (like submarines), making it a secret weapon of the Navy Seals.
How Light Works
Just as you’d treat a particular skin condition with specific medicine or targeted ingredients, you can treat it with specific light wavelengths (the distance between peaks of energy waves) of light. Of course, just because an LED device is powerful doesn’t mean it will provide the most effective treatment. The more sophisticated and extensive your light treatment options become, here’s what to remember:
- Too much light energy density can diminish positive effects.
- The shorter the wavelength, the higher the energy.
- The longer the wavelength, the more deeply penetrating into skin and body tissue.
- Not all energy can be seen (this is the infrared category).
- Light that can be seen by the naked eye has a full spectrum of colors from blue to red, and these colors affect physiological response. For example, blue is absorbed by certain cells in the body and red by others.
Shallow – Wavelengths in the blue range (shorter wavelength) only penetrate tissue to the epidermis and are used to treat acne by killing bacteria where it lives—in the outermost layers of the skin.
Deep – Red light and/or Amber (longer wavelength) deeper penetration is absorbed at the dermis level and is used to stimulate mitochondrial activity within fibroblasts. This encourages production of proteins like collagen and elastin to plump and firm the skin.
Deepest – Near infrared wavelengths penetrate subcutaneous and muscle tissue where they promote increased blood circulation and reduce pain and inflammation. They can diminish swelling and bruising and effectively promote wound healing.
Optimizing how, when, and in what form you receive your light is a major biohack to keep your cells healthy and repair from the inside, out. At Upgrade Labs, we utilize the most effective and efficient forms of LED light therapy with our Redchargers, or LED Light Therapy beds. Contact us today to book your first session!