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I’ll be honest. I wasn’t exactly sure what red light therapy was until a company contacted me and asked me to try their face mask. Who am I to say no to that? So, I did a little research to see what this LED mask was all about and how it could help my aging skin.

First things first. What is red light therapy? We’ll use the acronym RLT throughout, so know that this means red light therapy.

What is Red Light Therapy?

Red light therapy (RLT) is a treatment that uses low-wavelength red light to reportedly improve your skin’s appearance, such as reducing wrinkles, scars, redness, and acne. It’s also touted to treat other medical conditions. Source: Cleveland Clinic

So it basically takes care of every skin issue you may have, which is pretty cool, I think!

Is Red Light Therapy Safe?

From what I can understand, it used to be only available in a doctor’s office (or dermatologist’s office) but is now available for home use, too! So, is RLT safe?

Yes and no.

It’s safe for most people, but for those with any conditions pertaining to the eye’s retina, you should probably stay away from it. If you still want to take a chance and try it, please speak to your doctor first!

Many women (and men!) these days are choosing to use RLT at home rather than spending money at the doctor’s office. And who can blame them!? A visit to an office can cost hundreds of dollars.

Let’s discuss the RLT benefits and then give you my honest review of my LED red light therapy face mask.

What Are the Benefits of Red Light Therapy?

So, let’s get to the good stuff now. What are RLT benefits? What does red light therapy do anyway? You’re gonna love this part!

Improves skin health

RLT has been shown to do the following:

    • increase collagen production
    • reduce fine lines
    • increase circulation between blood and tissue cells
    • improves the texture of the skin
    • reduce wrinkles

Those are just a few!

Dramatically Improves Acne

RLT is very effective in the treatment of acne. It helps promote healing and works to decrease the visibility of acne scarring. It also has anti-inflammatory capabilities.

RLT works deep below the surface of your skin to help soothe and repair tissue. If a chronic skin condition causes your acne, red light therapy might be the choice for you.

Speeds Up Healing

If you have any wounds or acne scarring on your face, RLT is excellent for speeding up the healing process. I mean, let’s face it, pardon the pun, but who wants a face full of acne scars (or other scars)?

Side Effects of Red Light Therapy

While discussing all the great benefits of RLT therapy, it’s also just as important to disclose the side effects.

Let’s go back to talking about who shouldn’t use LED therapy. Here’s a small list of people for whom this therapy may not be right. As always, please consult with your doctor first.

Who should not use red light therapy?

    • people who take medication that increases light sensitivity
    • if they have a history of skin conditions, including skin cancer and eye diseases
    • people with a history of systemic lupus erythematosus

You can see the list is small, but let’s talk about some possible side effects.

RLT is a completely natural process. It exposes the skin to levels of light that are not harmful — unlike UV light coming from the sun. Because of this, there is virtually no risk of side effects from undergoing RLT. However, a practitioner with little experience or someone exposed to too much of the treatment may cause tissue and cell damage. Products for use at home may also lead to misuse, causing damage to the skin, burns, or damage to unprotected eyes. Source: Medical News Today

 

Tips on how to use the LED therapy face mask

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The instructions are very basic, simple, and easy to follow. I feel they left out some things, so I’ll share them here now.

The mask runs for 10 minutes only and automatically shuts off after that time, which is great, but I don’t trust any techy gadgets ever. I put on a 10-minute meditation and listen to that while the mask is doing its job. When the meditation is over, the mask should shut off around the same time. You could set a timer or not be paranoid like Iva and just let the mask do its thing.

Make sure your face is clean, and if you’re going to use a serum or cream, PLEASE read the instructions carefully or Google to see which ones you can’t or can or absolutely shouldn’t use. Better safe than sorry.

Put it away carefully so you don’t damage the lights, cord, charger, or anything else. It feels a little fragile to me, but it’s only because it’s so lightweight you forget it has lights in it.

Make sure you won’t be disturbed by anyone or anything. This is your time. Take this time to be by yourself.

It is a little awkward at first to get on and make it sit properly on your face, but be patient. It may take a few times before you get it right. The goggles go under the mask, by the way.

Don’t expect instant results.

My Final and Honest Thoughts

I have to be honest; at first, I wasn’t sure if I could easily slip into a routine of putting this thing on my face. It felt weird and awkward, but now? I look forward to it. It’s relaxing and soothing. I get to listen to some nice self-love meditation, and I know it’s working on my skin.

So the big question now is, would I recommend trying a Red Light Therapy mask? Yes, I would, but please do your research as well. I’m not going to force you to buy something. And as always, check with your doctor first!

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