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The Health Benefits of Red Light Therapy

by Jake Sol |

How Does Red Light Therapy Work?

Red light therapy (RLT) also known as photobiomodulation (PBM) uses laser level wavelength red and near-infrared light to penetrate deep into the skin for a healing effect. As your body soaks up the natural light, your mitochondria become activated in producing energy for a wide range of functions. What is most exciting is that red light therapy treatments are quick, convenient and can be done in the comfort of your home.

Red light therapy has been studied in over 500 human trials and 4,000 lab studies to date.  And this is only the beginning. Light therapy, has been clinically proven to do the following. All Vital Red Lights are third-party independently tested and have been proven to outshine the more expensive competitors in terms of irradiance and power. 

  • Decrease pain in joints and muscles
  • Improve symptoms from major depressive disorder an seasonal affective disorder
  • Fight skin aging and wrinkles while improving overall skin complexity
  • Lose fat, and improve the appearance of cellulite
  • Combat hair loss and stimulate hair regrowth
  • Build resistance to stress at a cellular level
  • Speed up and wound healing and lesions
  • Improve hormonal health in men and women
  • Optimize brain function and enhance cognitive abilities
  • Combat fatigue and improve overall energy levels
  • Reduce chronic inflammation and discomfort
  • Fight the root cause of aging
  • Find the full list of scientific resources here


Detailed Health Benefits of Red Light Therapy

Reduces Acne and Scarring

Acne is one of the most widespread skin conditions in the United States, affecting men and women of all ages. There are currently 50 million Americans suffer from acne annually – a scary statistic. Widespread mask usage due to COVID-19 is no help either, with masks tending to leave acne and irritation around the mouth, nose, and lips. The appearance of acne often results in poor self-image and has a tremendous impact on the lives of many. Red light therapy has been clinically proven to treat acne in both men and women across all age groups. Red light therapy can clear up acne and acne scars by increasing lymphatic drainage of the body. Red light and near-infrared light therapy are able to penetrate deeply into the skin, targeting sebum production while reducing inflammation and irritation. Red light therapy works to heal the root cause of your acne, rather than just being another topical treatment. Red light therapy allows people who suffer from chronic acne to combat these skin issues and enjoy clear skin. As of recently, RLT has grown increasing popularity for other skin conditions such as treating rosacea and eczema.


Enhances Health & Wellness 

A red light therapy device delivers the same red and near-infrared light that your body naturally receives from the sun. After millions of years of evolution, your body is capable of utilizing red and near-infrared light to help power its cells. A red light therapy device does not emit UV rays or heat, rather it emits a select spectrum of wavelength that is shown to penetrate deep into the skin. When the natural light is absorbed by your cells, it stimulates your mitochondria to function more efficiently. When your mitochondria function more efficiently, your body is able to perform! At a cellular level, red light therapy works to increase energy production, modulate inflammation, relieve pain, and help your body's cells regenerate.


Improves Muscle Recovery 

There are many professional athletes discovering the benefits of red and near-infrared light therapy. This non-invasive therapeutic modality has been clinically proven to aid recovery from a sports injury, reduce muscle soreness, improve sleep quality, and enhance overall athletic performance. Red and near-infrared light therapy is able to penetrate deep into the skin, increasing blood flow and jumpstarting tissue recovery. In recent years, red light therapy has been adopted in the health and fitness routines of many NFL, NHL, UFC, and MLB players. Research shows the application of light therapy promotes the growth of healthy muscle tissue or muscle hypertrophy as it is referred to, naturally increasing muscle size and bulk – as well as strength. Red light therapy plays a critical role in athletes’ recovery process.


Improves Sexual Performance 

Leading fitness trainers and health experts across the world have reported sexual performance gains from moderate usage of red light therapy. Clinical studies have shown that red light therapy can increase sperm efficiency in men and influence levels of sexual satisfaction in both men and women alike. Additionally, various studies have shown major improvements in male fertility and sperm mobility that can have an effect on sexual performance.


Increases Collagen Production

Red light therapy boosts blood flow, collagen, and fibroblast production while enabling new capillary growth within the skin after moderate use. The increased collagen and fibroblasts levels from red light therapy help reduce pore size, smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, and help to improve the overall texture of the skin. Clinical studies have shown that red light therapy increases collagen production and enhances collagen density for antiaging benefits across the board.


Improves Mood and Energy Levels 

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that affects approximately 5% of all Americans. Those especially susceptible to seasonal affective disorder are living in areas of the country that do not see much natural light during winter months. In recent years, more researchers and health practitioners are known to be using natural light treatments like red light therapy in order to combat seasonal depression, in conjunction with antidepressants and other forms of psychotherapy. Although not currently proven, red light therapy does have the potential to increase the mood of patients suffering from anxiety and depression. We are looking forward to seeing how red light therapy can potentially be used in this version treatment paradigm.


Reverses Skin Aging 

Red light therapy improves skin health while promoting tighter and firmer looking skin. The world’s top dermatologists and aestheticians alike have been using red light therapy for over a decade. Red light therapy, unlike other therapies, tackles the root causes of skin irritation by promoting blood flow and collagen production. A host of clinical studies have shown red light therapy to reduce fine lines, smooth the skin of roughness, and clear acne scars and burns. Red light therapy is a safe, effective natural skin treatment that is used every day by some of the world’s top skincare professionals in the world for wrinkles, rejuvenation, acne, and healing injuries and scars.


Reduces Inflammation 

Red light therapy has shown immense potential as a natural treatment for pain and inflammation without the risks of pharmaceuticals. Red light therapy alleviates chronic inflammation by increasing blood flow and by increasing the body’s natural antioxidant defenses. Recent research has highlighted red light therapy’s potential to have significant therapeutic effects on stimulating and enhancing the body’s natural healing processes.


Improves Wound Healing 

Red light therapy has been proven to speed wound healing, help reduce scarring, all while decreasing pain and inflammation. Study after study has shown red light therapy to be a safe and natural way to speed up the healing process for wounds, surgical incisions, burns, and scarring. Recently, more doctors have been studying the use of red light therapy to speed the patient’s recovery process after major surgery.


Improves Sleep and Circadian Rhythm  

One of the most surprising benefits of red light therapy is its effect on sleep and your circadian rhythm. Overexposure from bright artificial light (in your iPhone) and the florescent lightbulbs in your office cause a number of health problems. Overexposure to these forms of unnatural light throws off the body’s natural circadian rhythm, also known as the body's sleep and wake cycle. Red light therapy is used as a sleep aid to treat insomnia and other sleeping disorders, and aids as a nighttime light source because of its low color temperature.


Increases Melatonin Levels 

Red light therapy is used as a sleep aid to treat insomnia and other sleeping disorders. Clinical studies have shown that red light therapy can naturally raise your body’s natural melatonin production. The red light also aids as a nighttime light source because of its low color temperature. Red light in the evening can help improve mental health. This is because red light in the evening helps increase the secretion of melatonin which leads to better sleep at night. Better sleep at night leads to improved cognition and overall mental wellbeing.


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