Does Red LED Light for Anti-Aging Really Work?

I recently started using LED light for anti-aging. It’s a kind of product that I admit to having made fun of when I first heard of it.

Turns Out, it’s Not Snake Oil

A few years ago, a friend of mine told me she was using LED light therapy for a skin condition. I consider myself to be relatively open minded, with a positive attitude. Still, shining a light on your skin and hoping for results seems like a technology-based version of snake oil. Yet, I now have my own red LED light for anti-aging and I realize my friend was truly on to something.

LED light for anti-aging first appealed to me because it sounded a lot more pleasant than laser, micro-needling, dermabrasion, peels and other treatments that can be as painful as they are expensive. I’ve been seeing a lot of articles in magazines about hand-held devices and masks. I even looked into a few more academic and medical sites about them. As far as I understand it, there’s actually some science to support all this.

Which LED light for Anti-Aging to Use

As I looked into the LED light for anti-aging I’d want to buy, I found out there are a ton of possibilities. They range from around $40 to $300 and higher. They’re all pretty much based on the same principles.

Light emitting diodes (LED) is pretty much a powerful kind of light bulb. The ones meant for medical and cosmetic use are made to shine certain specific wavelengths. For instance, hospitals are using blue LED light for treating some kinds of infections and even treating babies born with jaundice. For combatting signs of aging on the face, it’s all about seeing red!

From what I’ve read, red LED light for anti-aging can help to reduce inflammation (redness and puffiness), improve circulation to the area and build collagen. My device is actually a combination of red and infrared lights.

What do I Think?

The package says that the wavelengths penetrate right into the skin cells deep down to stimulate collagen and elastin. This helps to address fine lines and wrinkles and encourages overall skin health. At the same time, it combats swelling and redness from inflammation.

I’ve used my LED light for anti-aging for about 8 weeks now. I’m really enjoying it so far. It’s calming, pain free and comfortable. I don’t trust claims that say they won’t hurt the eyes, so I wear tanning goggles regardless. I’ve noticed that my skin has a far more even look to it. I’m prone to red blotchiness and that seems to have all but cleared. To me, my skin seems firmer. I plan to continue using it.

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