Still wondering about the Red Light Therapy phenomenon?
As seen on the Bulletproof Blog, Red light therapy, also known as photo-bio-modulation (PBM), has been around for around 40 years – ever since the invention of lasers.
“Red light therapy uses certain wavelengths of light to restore, repair, and protect tissue that is either injured, degenerating, or at risk of dying. While varying wavelengths affect the body differently, as far as healing with red light is concerned, the most effective wavelengths range from 630-670 and 810-880.”
But this is how it really works…
The PBM wavelengths affect bodily cells on a biochemical level by increasing mitochondrial function. This is the ability to produce energy in the cells. The more that the cells can produce energy, the better the body can function. When red light wavelengths are used on the skin’s surface, they penetrate 8-10 millimetres deep into the skin. So depending upon where the red light is used (head or knee, for instance), all of the surrounding skin layers, blood vessels, lymph pathways, nerves, and even hair follicles are affected.
The Benefits of Red Light Therapy (PBM)
Red light therapy works from the inside-out to enhance and increase mitochondrial function in cells. Therefore this, leads to several skin benefits. Red light reduces skin inflammation, smooths skin tone, repairs sun damage, fades scars and stretch marks, and even builds collagen in the skin which in turn reduces wrinkles. It also heals wounds and can prevent recurring cold sores or herpes simplex (some of us were burdened). PBM works on the lymphatic system to improve your body’s detoxification abilities by increasing blood flow. It may even stimulate hair growth in your hair follicles (check it out ladies!).