Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and blue light from our screens are two major culprits of accelerated aging. However, a complete lack of light isn’t good for skin either.
The UVB Conundrum
Even though UVB light accounts for less than 5% of the sun’s rays, it is the primary cause of DNA damage and skin cancer. Long-term exposure to UVB light also contributes to fine lines, wrinkles, sunspots, and dark spots.
Even as the sun is considered to be one of the leading causes of the signs of aging, not all light is bad. In fact, many frequencies are exceptionally good at rejuvenating the skin. It does this by promoting collagen formation, restoring elasticity, and balancing skin tone, color, and texture.
Light-emitting diode (LED) therapy is a skincare treatment that uses various wavelengths of light, including red, blue, and green. LED is used to treat a number of skin conditions, with particular colors designated for specific conditions, including acne, inflammation, scars, or lines and wrinkles. The best part of LED therapy? It is safe for all skin types and doesn’t cause burns.
Also called Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy or photo-facial, this therapy delivers light to the skin in order to restore tone and texture.
Very rapidly, broadband light can treat sun damage, freckles, age spots, small blood vessels, skin elasticity, and uneven texture. How does it do this?
Light energy is delivered by a device that heats the uppermost layer of skin. This stimulates collagen formation and tissue restoration, resulting in a balanced tone and texture. Much like LED, broadband light therapy is relatively fast and completely noninvasive.
Not only we are we seeing light creating younger functioning cells via the mechanism of epigenetics, I definitely see that we could use light in many other applications in our bodies for promoting healing, maybe sometimes promoting just like a little bit of a controlled injury.”– Rachel Varga
Red Light Therapy
Red light or infrared therapy involves exposing the skin to low levels of red or near-infrared light. Unlike UVB, infrared light is not a source of heat or radiation, so it won’t tan or burn your skin. However, it does feel hot to the touch.
When the skin is exposed to infrared light, the mitochondria, our cells’ energy generators, begin to produce more energy. This helps the cells to repair and regenerate, spurring healing in skin and muscle tissue. Research shows that red light and infrared can help reduce wrinkles, acne, scars, burns, and other signs of sun damage.
About Rachel Varga
A Board Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist, Rachel Varga is an internationally recognized celebrity skin expert and trainer/lecturer for physicians and nurses.
With over 20,000 procedures performed, Rachel helps inspire others with her unique toolkit to navigate and strategize aging impossibly well – using the holistic “science of beauty” in one on one sessions for at-home and in-clinic skin rejuvenation.
Through education on skin care, skin and laser rejuvenation, non-surgical solutions, healing lifestyle and biohacking practices, Rachel helps inspire others with her unique toolkit to navigate and strategize aging impossibly well – using the Holistic SCIENCE of BEAUTY at RachelVarga.ca where one on one sessions for at-home and in-clinic skin rejuvenation are available.
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