The Beauty and the Beam: the Magic of the Red Light Therapy


At first, like most people, I was skeptical. How can an eight-minute get rid of so many ailments- from age spots to dry skin and even acne? But since I first tried it, I've become a believer.  It sounds like I'm talking about a magic potion from a fairytale.  But guess what, it's just red LED light therapy. And before you go with the "what the…?", it's only a matter of time before it'll be the go-to treatment for celebrities and ordinary people like you and me.

LED light therapy has an established history of being a skin savior. The U.S. Navy SEALs began using it in the 1990s to accelerate wound healing and help regenerate damaged muscle tissues.
Since then, the treatment has been heavily researched to address several conditions popularized within the beauty community. Red light treatment is the most studied treatment and is well-known for increasing collagen and tissues.

However, different frequencies or wavelengths used with LED light treatment provide other benefits. These include red and blue light frequencies, which don't contain ultraviolet rays and are readily absorbed into the skin. Most users describe it as "warm and relaxing, allowing you to go into a meditative state of mind."

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Different than daylight

Unlike ultraviolet rays from the sun, which damage the DNA of skin cells, red light is completely safe. "Light emitted in this spectrum is perfectly safe," said Dr. Susan Bard, a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City. That means there's no tanning or burning when you are exposed to red light.

Red light penetrates the deeper layers of the skin and works at a cellular level. All living things need to make ATP cellular energy function and survive. Nearly all living things rely on natural light to power this process in our cells every day. Red and near-infrared wavelengths stimulate the mitochondria in your cells, the powerhouses responsible for taking light, oxygen, and the food we eat —  turning it into usable energy for our bodies through the process of cellular respiration. This in turn stimulates collagen and elastin proteins which repair and restore the skin texture- giving you that youthful glow.

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Uses of red light

Red light therapy's benefits doesn't stop at skincare. It is well-documented that red light can be used to:

  • Reduce pain
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Accelerate healing
  • Stimulate tissue regeneration
  • Combat autoimmune diseases
  • Combat brain disorders
  • Improve athletic performance
  • Improve eyesight
  • Increase heating
  • Reduce cancer therapy side effects

“The number of conditions red light can treat is ‘continuously expanding” said Michael R. Hamblin, PhD, a principal investigator at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School.

The short version

Light therapy delivers safe, concentrated wavelengths of natural light to your skin and cells, with no chemicals, UV rays, or excess heat. red and near-infrared wavelengths of light stimulate the mitochondria in your cells similar to natural sunlight, reducing oxidative stress, and increasing circulation, so your body is able to make more core energy to power itself.

At LTV, we believe in the benefits of light. We believe in healing without chemicals. With our lights, we want you to have the best version of yourself.

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