Did you know that any single frequency of light will stimulate healing? And that different wavelengths of light will promote healing at different rates, and also affect various body tissues in different ways?
Red light for instance, will heal the skin specifically, and stimulate the growth of new collagen to make the skin more firm, plump and smooth. Blue light will heal at a deeper level – in fact, babies born with jaundice are sometimes treated in hospital by putting them under a blue light which heals their body tissues, and clears the blood. Blue light is also used to heal acne, as it kills germs.
And green light is soothing and healing on inflamed, red skin.
In fact, each wavelength has not only it’s ability to make the body heal faster, but each has it’s own specific benefits on top of that. So while any single wavelength is useful for healing, it’s useful to know what the additional benefits are, and how best to use them to get the maximum benefit.
After all, what is aging but deterioration of the body? And if these light sources can promote healing to reduce or wipe out that deterioration, of course it will make you look younger! As well as healing acne, stretch marks, scars, strains etc. And when you look in the mirror and see that you look younger, don’t you immediately feel better too? I know I do!
I could waffle on for ages about the scientific background, but I guess most people will be interested in the bottom line – how will it work for me, and how do I apply it? So that’s where I’ll start.
Light therapy can be applied in so many different ways, it’s difficult to know where to start! Looking around my own home, I have 7 different light-application gadgets, and I use 5 of them on a regular basis. As always, I’m only going to discuss things I’ve actually used myself, or that have been recommended by friends and colleagues. I’ll also tell you what hasn’t worked for me, or why I wouldn’t use a particular gadget again. And in some cases I have maybe a basic model, and because it’s been so good, I’d definitely recommend the latest, most advanced version. I have everthing from small, cheap, hand-held facial wands, up to fullsize body treatments, and they all have their uses.
I’m going to start with the most expensive – this is my overall favourite, and is how I got started on the light therapy trail. I saw an advertisement for what looked like a full-body sunbed, but with claims that it’s red light stimulated the skin to grow new collagen – healing stretch marks (I had terrible ones, the bane of my life since a teenager!) , scars, and then rejuvenating the skin, making it plumper firmer and more elastic, and so look younger. Well that was it, I had to try it!
It did all it said – and more. I started at 3 treatments a week, and the changes were dramatic. My skin even looked a much better colour, and people started to compliment me on how well I was looking. (For us ladies only, there an extra, unadvertised benefit. It completely rejuvenated , how can we say this delicately, my chest area? My boobs filled, lifted and firmed, and I went up a bra size. Result!! The funniest and most gratifying moment was when my ex turned up to collect some stuff, and stared at my chest in complete confusion. I was wearing quite a close fitting dress, and you could see him wondering whether I’d had a boob job in the few weeks since he’d seen me last! I just smiled sweetly and let him leave wondering whether he’d made the right decision, and how he could have got it so wrong. A very gratifying moment!)
A word of warning though – healing is an energy-intensive process. Although 3 sessions a week brought fantastic and speedy results, over time I realised I was getting very tired. I’ve always had problems with low energy, and rejuvenating at this rate just drained my energy to much. So I had to cut back to once a week, and for me, that’s actually plenty. You have to see what suits you, as we are all different!
I’m currently looking into specific products that I can recommend for purchase as sadly the one I have is not longer available. Since they are expensive, in the thousands, it’s important to get it right. I’ll keep you posted!
So on to the much more purse-friendly options!
Next is infra-red. A longer wavelength than the red light collagen-producing light, infra-red is well known for promoting healing in deeper tissues, and is often used by physiotherapists for healing strains and injuries. It also boosts the metabolic rate and has many health benefits. There are so many infra-red gadgets on the market, I can’t possibly mention them all, but there are 3 I have at home which I can comment on personally.
The first is a simple lamp, it’s light, easy to use, and you can direct it on the face or any body part that you need to strengthen and heal. I found it great for thickening the underlying tissues of the face and so lifting it and filling the face out, making it look younger. It’s also recommended if you have a cold, apparently, to heal the sinuses and clear the cold virus! Very cheap, and for me it was great to have when I need just as an extra treatment on the face (or chest).
(This is the nearest I can find to mine , the design is a little different)
The next is a combination gadget – infra-red light plus vibrational massage. Obviously wonderful on injuries or sprains, but I also incorporate mine into a lonce-a-week beauty treatment where I use it on my upper arms to strenghten and firm the skin where it can become loose weak and saggy over time. Really makes the upper arms look younger! I also use it on my face, but in a rather different way from use on loose body tissues. On the face I simply press, lift and hold, covering each part of the face in turn, rather than move it over the skin in a smoothing motion as I would do on the body. It has an obvious and immediate lifting and firming effect. Be careful not to drag the skin!
This one looks rather more advanced than mine, I’d love to try it!
For link to Amazon UK infra-red massager click here –
This is the exact one I have, love it!
And the third is an infra-red sauna. I have mixed results with this. On the one hand, it certainly does what it says on the tin – it heals body tissues at a deep level, is great for detoxing and for skin conditioning. So for that, I love it! But I did find I felt somewhat strange while using the version I had, which was the portable one. I later found it gives off a strong magnetic field, and it has been suggested that I may react badly to those – some people do, and I may be one of them. I can’t say for sure, but for the moment I’ve put it to one side while I look into getting a better one. My friend already has, and is delighted with hers! She had a similar problem with her portable one that I had, but since changing to a permanent one, she hasn’t looked back.
For a link to the Amazon US portable infra-red sauna click here –
For a link to the Amazon US full size version click here –
For a link to the Amazon UK portable infra-red sauna click here –
For a link to the Amazon UK full size 2-person infra-red sauna click here –
And lastly we have hand held wands for facial use. Some of them incorporate other functions like a microcurrent to exercise the facial muscles, or super-fast tiny vibrations to tighten and firm tissues. Nowadays, they often have several light colours to choose from too, so you can change from red to blue to green at a moments notice, and without changing gadgets midstream. Great for travelling! And very effective. I have two, and love them both! Again, the ones I have are no longer listed so I’ve chosen the nearest equivalents. They are upgraded all the time, so these are likely to be even better than the ones I have.
For link to the Amazon US facial EMS and light wand click here –
(this is the exact one I have, it’s great!)
(this is an updated version of mine)
For link to the Amazon UK facial EMS and light wand click here –
(this is the exact one I have, it’s great!)
(this is a more advanced version of mine)
Whew! I know that’s a lot, but honestly I could have covered so much more, and I probably will at some stage. Any questions, of course, please do ask – or if you want to give me feedback on how they have worked for you, or suggest alternatives, I’m all ears! It’s great to be able to help each other……
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