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Red Light Therapy for Cellulite

Cellulite is one of the most common skin complaints. So common, in fact, that for many women (and even men!), it’s just a fact of life. You may have tried all the creams, completed all the dry brushing, and even bought the very best exfoliators… only to find that those stubborn marks remain. 

While it’s always great to embrace the skin you’re in, cellulite can affect your body image and your confidence. Fortunately, you don’t have to learn to live with dimpled, sagging skin. Red light therapy offers a natural, gentle way to shrink, smooth, and lessen those unsightly marks, all while improving your skin’s texture and tone.

Sound interesting? Continue reading to learn how infrared treatment can smooth and tone cellulite.

What is cellulite?

Around 90 percent of women and 10 percent of men have cellulite. This irksome condition is instantly recognizable – dimpled, lumpy, and rough-looking skin (also known as ‘orange peel’). It’s hard to miss and even harder to treat.

Orange peel skin usually shows up where we store our fat, i.e., stomach, butt, thighs, and buttocks. Yet, while it may appear in our trouble spots, it’s not actually fat. 

Cellulite occurs when there’s a breach in the barriers between the various levels of the skin. If you think of your skin as scaffolding, there’s a lot of structural work going on beneath the surface – first, there’s the layer closest to the skin’s surface and then a deeper layer of fatty tissue.

If the fatty tissue breaks through and bulges around the connective tissue holding it in place, it shows up as the pocked, uneven skin we know as cellulite.

So what causes cellulite? While it’s typically hard to pinpoint one specific cause (as cellulite can occur for all sorts of reasons), here are some common culprits:

  • Aging – as our body’s first line of defense, our skin takes a lot of wear and tear over the years. The older we get, the more damaged our skin becomes.
  • Sun damage – harmful UV rays can penetrate our skin and damage it.
  • Loose skin – the skin’s texture naturally changes throughout our lives, directly influenced by how well we look after it. Loose skin means loose connective tissue, which can contribute to cellulite.
  • Diet and lifestyle – we are what we eat, and unfortunately, people with a poor diet are more likely to have cellulite. The same is true for smokers, people who are mostly sedentary, and anyone suffering from obesity.

While cellulite is perfectly normal and painless, it can have a huge impact on our self-esteem. Being self-conscious can make activities like swimming, going to the beach or the gym, and even simply wearing summer clothes a nerve-wracking, embarrassing, and daunting experience. 

The good news is that cellulite is treatable. Whether you’re dealing with mild, moderate, or severe cellulite, exposing your ‘cottage cheese’ skin to infrared light can help it look and feel significantly better. 

What is red light therapy?

Red light is light with longer wavelengths than blue or white light. It’s safe, painless, and doesn’t damage the skin like UV rays. You don’t have to worry about burning or over-exposure – infrared light is gentle and well-tolerated. In fact, studies show it can actually provide a powerful boost to skin health, encouraging our cells to repair, restore, and rejuvenate.

In a red light therapy session, users sit under an infrared light source to expose the body’s affected part to the healing rays. The type of red light used generally falls in the so-called therapeutic window between 650 and 850 nm. 

It’s worth mentioning that red light treatment goes by a variety of names. You may have also heard it referred to as:

  • Low-level light therapy (LLLT)
  • Photobiomodulation
  • Laser therapy

Whatever you prefer to call it, red light therapy is becoming a well-recognized medical tool for many common health issues (from insomnia to arthritis). And yet, as we’ve mentioned, one key area where it’s really proving its worth is in the treatment of skin. 

Red light helps with various skin conditions, including acne, psoriasis, eczema, stretch marks, and, yes, cellulite!

Does red light therapy really work on cellulite?

When you sit under an infrared lamp, there’s a lot more going on than you’d think. This unique therapy improves cellulite in several ways:

1. Red light therapy tones, smooths, and firms skin

Our skin relies on collagen, the building block protein of our connective tissue. Collagen is what keeps our skin supple and elastic, so it can bounce back from any damage and retain its soft feel and texture. When cellulite forms, it’s often a sign that we don’t have enough collagen. 

Red light stimulates collagen production, leading to an increase in intradermal collagen density. The result is firmer, thicker skin with less cellulite. 

2. Red light therapy helps with weight loss

While weight isn’t the only predictor of cellulite (plenty of slender women and men have it), obesity is one of the popular suspects when identifying a cause. Carrying around extra weight puts a strain on every part of the body, including the skin.

Red light can help target fat cells, shrinking the adipose tissue to make us leaner and more toned. In one study, participants noticed a reduction in their body fat and a better body shape, indicating that red light also helps tone and contour those areas most prone to cellulite by firming up the skin. 

3. Red light therapy improves circulation

Poor circulation may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to cellulite, but this common issue does play a role in cottage cheese skin.

Our circulation is vital to our survival. Blood rushes around our body, delivering oxygen and nutrition as it goes. Our skin needs a healthy supply of blood and nutrients to stay strong and elastic. 

Red light significantly improves skin blood flow, reducing your risk of developing cellulite, as well as encouraging existing orange peel skin to repair itself.

4. Red light therapy helps damaged skin cells regenerate

There’s plenty of evidence that blasting our skin with red light sends a powerful message to our cells… to repair and heal.

In one study involving over 100 volunteers, those exposed to infrared light reported improvements in skin complexion and feel and a reduction in visible lines and roughness. 

Why? Because the longer wavelength light penetrated the skin to stimulate the cells active in regeneration and repair – fibroblasts, keratinocytes, and immune cells. Switching these all-important cells ‘on’ encourages repair deep within the skin layers for lasting results.

How do I use red light on cellulite?

Whether you’re researching red light therapy to help beat cellulite before it develops or looking for an effective remedy after you’ve already noticed bumpy skin, the treatment is widely available and accessible for everyone.

You can drop into a salon or spa that offers the treatment (some people like to combine their red light therapy with a relaxing session in an infrared sauna) or seek a therapist who can give you targeted treatment on a specific area. You can also choose a portable LLLT device to use at home. 

LED lamps, wands, or handheld torches… there’s plenty to choose from so you can pick a product that matches your lifestyle and your budget. If you want to venture into something a bit more innovative, there are also many wearable technology options (such as an LED face mask) specifically created for skin issues.

How often should I use LLLT?

One study suggests using LLLT twice weekly for six weeks if using red light to firm skin, tone trouble zones, and lose weight.

That said, it’s always imperative to develop a treatment plan that specifically works for you. The best therapy is the one you’ll do consistently, so if two sessions a week don’t suit your schedule, aim for something more manageable.

Red light is gentle (and generally very low-risk), so there shouldn’t be much of a concern about overexposure. Just be sure to carefully follow the instructions if using a device, and consult with your primary caregiver if unsure whether the treatment is right for you.

In conclusion

Conventional skin rejuvenation treatments for cellulite, such as cosmetic surgery and other medical procedures, are generally time-consuming, expensive, and carry some degree of risk. There’s the trauma of surgery, which is often accompanied by pain, inflammation, and some serious recovery time. Or you might try creams or supplements…, but these are often unreliable, with a minimal noticeable difference or results.

By contrast, red light treatments are a tried and tested holistic alternative that can bring genuine results. Quick, non-invasive, and very convenient, infrared is a natural route to firmer, stronger, healthier skin. 

Best of all, you don’t have to rely on medications or medical interventions – by stimulating your own innate self-care mechanisms, you’re letting your body do what it does best… heal!

Red Light Therapy for Stretch Marks

Our skin is a visible reminder of what we’ve been through in our lives. Trauma, injury, pregnancy, disease… even what we’ve eaten and where we’ve lived – it all shows up on the body in the form of lines, scarring, lumps, bumps, sunspots, and, yes, stretch marks.

While true beauty comes from within, there’s no denying that imperfections on your skin can get you down. In some cases, it can really knock our confidence, causing anxiety, depression, and stress. 

If you’re looking for a gentle, natural solution for stretched skin, infrared light therapy (also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT), can help. This non-invasive treatment penetrates the skin to rejuvenate dermal cells, leading to silky smooth skin that glows from the inside out. 

Sound intriguing? Continue reading to learn how infrared light can erase marks and imperfections for healthier, happier skin.

What are stretch marks? 

Simply put, stretch marks are a type of scar caused when the skin expands too rapidly, stretching the proteins that make up our dermis and causing the skin cells to rupture and tear. The body activates its healing mechanism to close up the tear, but it’s working in a hurry – more concerned with mending the injury to keep out infection than how it looks. 

The result is a shiny, silvery area of scar tissue that may fade over time but is very unlikely to disappear completely. 

Stretch marks can be red or white. They may become irritated, sore, and/or itchy. While stretch marks generally occur on the denser parts of the body, such as the belly, thighs, and butt, they can happen anywhere.

Stretch marks are commonly associated with pregnancy but, the truth is, they can appear for all sorts of reasons – growth spurts, muscle gain, etc. Another common cause is weight loss or weight gain. Sometimes our waistline changes so fast our skin can’t keep up. 

Piling on the pounds in a short span of time can also stretch the stomach, giving those tell-tale tiger stripes, just as dropping weight rapidly (via dieting or weight loss surgery) can leave us with loose skin that struggles to tighten up.

How are stretch marks treated?

Remedies for stretch marks vary, and results are notoriously inconsistent. You might try any of the millions of cosmetics products on the market for scars – body scrubs that promise to eliminate stretch marks within weeks, supplements claiming to reduce scarring, special teas, and tinctures. And despite the plethora of available options, by the end of their treatment, most people find they’ve merely shrunk their wallets more than their stretch marks!

You may even have come across a diet that claims to banish stretch marks for good or a new workout routine to target those stretch mark-prone problem areas. Don’t be fooled – while healthy lifestyle changes do have the power to transform your overall health, the chances of them eradicating your scars forever is slim to none.

Ok, so what about medicinal creams? The most popular of these is retinoid cream for stretch marks. These ointments stimulate collagen in the skin cells but are only effective if used at the earliest stages and, even then, results can vary.

Some sufferers turn to cosmetic surgery, but this isn’t for everyone. Every surgery comes with risks; procedures can be expensive and require a lot of preparation and recovery time.

Thankfully, there’s a safer, non-invasive, less expensive treatment available – red light therapy. 

Who would have thought that simply sitting under a special red light-emitting device could reduce the appearance of stretch marks and encourage natural healing deep within the skin layers? In fact, in one study, infrared light treatment outperformed topical oils and creams – giving better, longer-lasting results when used to reduce stretch marks.

How does red light therapy help stretch marks?

Exposure to infrared light works on stretch marks in many different ways to ensure your skin gets an all-natural, healthy boost that leaves it feeling (and looking!) better than ever.

Red light operates on a lower wavelength than white or blue light, which means it can penetrate further into the skin without damaging it. Our cells respond well to this kind of light, taking in the energy to repair and restore any wear and tear– particularly to the skin.

So how exactly does red light therapy work for stretch marks?

1. Red light therapy repairs damaged tissues

Red light activates stem cells – the building blocks of our body that can repair and heal damage. Exposing our cells to LLLT can actually encourage tissue regeneration, helping with wound healing, acne, and scarring.

2. Red light therapy improves skin tone and texture

There’s a reason red light therapy is a popular anti-aging treatment. It’s clinically proven to reduce lines, wrinkles, and all those spots, rough areas, and pigmentation patches that occur as we get older. 

Given its established use as a natural cosmetic treatment, it’s no surprise that infrared light is showing tremendous promise as a way to smooth out scars like stretch marks, reducing that bumpy, uneven surface and making them less visible.

3. Red light therapy increases collagen production

Research shows that LLLT encourages our skin cells to release collagen – one of the most important proteins for skin health. Collagen is responsible for our connective tissue, helping keep our skin supple, flexible, and looking healthy.

4. Red light therapy restores skin’s thickness

Exposure to red light doesn’t just repair our skin; it makes it thicker and firmer. How? By increasing its elasticity and restoring the elastin fibers that make it strong and supple. 

Does it really work? Stretch marks before and after red light therapy 

Red light therapy really does lessen stretch marks and improve the look of the skin. But don’t just take our word for it…have a look for yourself!

Several studies confirm that red light treatment produces visible results… sometimes in just a matter of weeks. In one trial, both patients and doctors noticed the difference, with satisfied participants reporting better quality of life and more satisfaction with their bodies afterward.

How can I use red light therapy for my stretch marks?

Red light treatment isn’t just safe and effective; it’s also extremely convenient thanks to the number of available options on the market as this popular treatment enters the mainstream.

There are plenty of easy-to-use red light devices for you to choose from, from LED lamps to handheld heaters. Pick what’s right for you to get your therapy in your own home, on your own time. With home, personal devices, you can fit in a red light session after breakfast, while the kids nap, even when watching a movie. It couldn’t be easier! 

Of course, you always have the option to visit a salon or spa to get your treatment – if you prefer to have an experienced professional on hand to administer it. If that’s the case, there are plenty of salons now offering infrared saunas or appointments if you want to target certain areas and have a more one-on-one service.

You can also pop down to your local gym (more and more are starting to offer red light) to fit in your therapy after a workout. Planet Fitness now offers infrared therapy via its Total Body Enhancement machines, available at most Planet Fitness franchises. 

The machine, also known as the Beauty Angel, resembles a stand-up tanning booth. It’s an enclosed pod that lets the light hit all areas of your body at once, making Planet Fitness an ideal place to get your red light therapy for stretch marks.

Is red light therapy safe to use?

Infrared light is safe and generally well-tolerated, regardless of age or health. 

Also, if you’re pregnant and wondering if red light therapy will be safe for you and your baby, don’t worry. Studies indicate that this type of treatment is, in fact, safe during pregnancy, yet if you still have concerns, it’s definitely worthwhile to check with your primary caregiver.

Overall, red light therapy is considered low-risk with minimal chance of adverse reactions. It’s gentle, quick, and pain-free. At most, you may feel a relaxing warm sensation as the light gets to work. There’s no recovery time, no special preparation, and, best of all, no side effects.

In summary

Catch your stretch marks early with a blast of red light, and you may very well gain the upper hand on an otherwise nagging condition. Even if they’ve been hanging around for a while, this healing therapy can work wonders – reducing redness, smoothing lines, repairing damage, and giving you stronger, tougher, healthier skin.

So ditch the quick fixes that never measure up, and don’t rush into surgery or fall for the latest ‘magic’ cream – give your skin a regular dose of all-natural red light and watch those maddening marks melt away!

Infrared Light Therapy for Neuropathy

Neuropathy, or nerve damage, is a complex and pervasive condition that affects millions of North Americans. Symptoms can vary wildly, running the gamut from mild numbness in the feet to chronic pain.

If you’re struggling with neuropathy, it can feel like a daily battle to get symptoms under control. Managing neuropathy and improving a sufferer’s quality of life often requires a multi-faceted approach, including medications and/or surgery. As awareness of the condition grows, neuropathy patients are looking to more natural therapies to help them overcome and heal from the condition.

Infrared laser therapy is a non-invasive, gentle, and effective treatment for neuropathy. Using low-frequency, longer-wavelength infrared light not only helps with pain and inflammation but can actually encourage damaged nerves to regenerate and heal.

What is neuropathy?

If you think of your body as a map, the nerves are the highways–shuttling millions of messages around the body to where they’re needed.

There’s a lot of traffic flowing along those nerve highways; it’s a deluge of constant signals that control everything from your reaction to pain to your blood pressure levels.

Nerves can either be:

  • Autonomic – these are doing the heavy lifting behind the scenes, keeping track of all those involuntary functions we rarely consider, like heart rate, breathing, and digestion.
  • Sensory – sensory nerves are the ones monitoring how we interact with our environment. They let you know when something is touching your skin or if it’s too hot or cold.
  • Motor – our muscles move when our motor nerves tell them to. These are the guys at the controls, feeding signals to our muscles and helping us run, jump, grab, kick, and generally move through life.

Neuropathy is when our nerves are damaged. They might send the wrong messages, stop sending signals at all, or start firing spontaneously. A single nerve may be the culprit, or it could be several nerves from different systems going rogue.

With such a complex condition, it’s not always easy to pinpoint the cause. Nerves can go haywire for all sorts of reasons – disease, injury, autoimmune conditions, environmental toxins, vitamin deficiencies, hormonal imbalance, genetics.

Depending on the type of nerve affected, neuropathy can give rise to a whole host of different symptoms that can seriously disrupt quality of life.

Red light therapy for nerve pain and nerve damage

If you’re living with pain, you’ll try almost anything to escape it. The conventional treatment for neuropathy involves medications and/or surgery, depending on the cause.

Thankfully, red light therapy offers another route to relief. Red light therapy is a gentle, well-tolerated, and non-invasive method of controlling and alleviating nerve pain. Studies show exposure to infrared light can reduce chronic pain without any adverse effects.

In one trial, red light therapy was used to treat incurable, persistent nerve pain arising from a spinal cord injury. The treatment reduced sensitivity to pain and restored some motor function – suggesting that the infrared light wasn’t just acting as an anesthetic (but actually had a healing effect).

Further research confirms this, showing that infrared LEDs encourage wound healing and even nerve repair and regeneration.

Infrared light therapy for peripheral neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy occurs when the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord are damaged. It’s a broad term covering more than 100 different types of nerve damage.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, more than 20 million Americans suffer from peripheral neuropathy (an estimate actually assumed to be on the low side as many cases go undiagnosed).

Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are largely dependent on which types of nerves are affected. If it’s a problem with the sensory nerves, you could expect to feel numbness or unusual sensations. In extreme cases, it can interfere with the body’s pain signals, causing agony at even the softest touch on your skin.

Peripheral neuropathy in the motor nerves can cause cramps, twitching, and loss of reflexes. Autonomic nerve damage can show up as digestive problems, spikes in blood pressure, and respiratory issues.

Fortunately, there’s increasing evidence that infrared light therapy can help with some of the most concerning side effects of peripheral nerve damage – restoring sensation and motor function, as well as reducing sensitivity and pain.

Infrared light therapy for neuropathy in feet

Diabetes is the leading cause of peripheral neuropathy in the United States, and around 60 – 70 percent of people with diabetes feel it in their extremities, like feet and hands.

This type of neuropathy can cause a numbing, tingling, or burning pain in the feet. It is not pleasant, especially when you consider that we spend such a large part of our day on our feet. For a diabetic with severe neuropathy, simply taking a single step can be agonizing.

In a study of over 2,000 patients with peripheral neuropathy (just over half of whom had diabetes), those exposed to infrared light reported more sensation in their feet after treatment and a significant improvement in the pain in their feet – with some participants experiencing up to 67 percent less pain.

How to use red light therapy for neuropathy

At this stage, you may be intrigued by the potential benefits of red light therapy for your nerve pain and damage, but wondering, how exactly can I get it?

That’s the easy part–just sit under an infrared light!

The treatment is safe for all ages and, unlike UV light, will not damage the skin. It’s very soothing and relaxing; at most, you’ll usually feel a warm glow as the healing rays do their work.

The length of your session and/or how regularly you get your infrared depends on you – everybody is different, so it may take some experimenting. It’s generally safe for long-term use, so you don’t have to worry about overdosing on your red light therapy.

Last but not least, if your neuropathy leaves you tossing and turning at night, we have one more bit of good news. Red light therapy is even effective for insomnia and acts as a proven stress-reliever and mood enhancer.

As with any new form of treatment, please be sure to consult your medical professional before diving in. However, with the proper tools and preparation, it’s certainly worth considering infrared therapy as part of your holistic treatment plan for neuropathy.

We wish you the best on your journey to reaching a positive state of body and mind!

Red Night Light

Red light therapy is gaining ground as an effective, natural remedy for many conditions. These conditions include various issues (from eczema to arthritis), but one of red light therapy’s most successful applications has been treating sleep disorders.

Technically speaking, red light has a higher wavelength than either white, blue, or green light and emits at a lower frequency. 

But what does this mean for your health?

A red night light can be more soothing, less stimulating, and encourage the production of the ‘sleepy hormone,’ melatonin. This crucial hormone helps us drop off to sleep, stay asleep, and ultimately get a better night’s rest.

How to use a red night light to help your baby sleep

There are lots of milestones in a child’s life. For parents, the most important milestone is often the moment their baby or child starts sleeping through the night.

Babies need a lot of shut-eye to fuel their developing bodies and brains – with newborns requiring up to 17 hours a day. That said, it’s not always easy to make sure they’re getting it… which can lead to stressed babies, stressed parents, and a very stressed household.

If you’ve got a sleepless newborn, an irritable infant, or a toddler who tantrums at bedtime, don’t panic! The first step is taking a hard look at your baby’s room and making it a place where they’ll want to sleep, somewhere that’s naturally soothing and calm.

How you light your baby’s room can make or break their sleep habits – setting them up for a good night or ruining their rest.

While it’s best to limit the amount of ambient light around the house as you’re putting your baby to bed, a completely dark room isn’t always feasible. Some babies fuss in the dark and might even develop a phobia, while others might like a comforting glow while they nap. On top of this, it’s also just easier in general for parents to navigate the nursery if they have something to see by.

So what to do?

If you want the best night light for your insomniac infant, consider switching out the bulbs in your baby’s room for a red light night light – a low-frequency light that won’t disturb their sleep.

Red light and melatonin

We all operate according to an inner clock, even babies. Our hormones rise and fall throughout the day, with one, in particular, melatonin, letting us know when it’s time to sleep.

Do you know that drowsy feeling you get after dinner? The gradual sleepiness that comes on after the sun goes down? That’s melatonin doing its job.

Unfortunately, melatonin production is sensitive and can be thrown off by a number of factors – too much blue light from screens, not enough natural light during the day, etc. Melatonin levels can even get out of whack from season to season, surging as the winter nights darken and ebbing with the bright summer months.

Interestingly, babies typically start producing melatonin from 9-12 weeks (yet premature infants may take longer). While melatonin supplements are generally well-tolerated for adults, they are not advisable for babies or children. The good news – you can just as easily stimulate your child’s melatonin production by getting them a red light, night light.

Red light at night can help the body naturally produce melatonin and doesn’t interfere with REM sleep, ensuring that your child will not only get more sleep but better quality sleep.

Red night lights to comfort and calm

A sleepless baby is a miserable baby. When they wake (oftentimes shrieking at 3am), you’ll do whatever necessary to soothe them back to sleep…even if it means singing lullabies on loop until dawn.

Studies show that red light is a powerful mood booster, thanks to its calming effects. Red light also mimics the sunset, so babies become more in tune with their natural rhythms. This simultaneously helps create a peaceful, sleepy atmosphere.

The gently lulling effect of red light is even more important in the modern era, where our kids are more exposed to technology than ever before. 

Being constantly subjected to the blue light from our televisions, computer screens, and portable devices isn’t ideal for quality sleep. And even if your baby isn’t playing Candy Crush on their tablet (yet), if you have a screen on in the room they’re likely indirectly bathing in undesirable, stimulating blue light.

One way to potentially counter that exposure is by switching over to restful red lights at dusk. A red-lit room will always be preferable in the evenings to help everyone settle into a mellow mindset before sleep.

How to set up your red light baby room

Kids are naturally drawn to color and generally find a red-lit bedroom much more enticing than the standard brightly lit rooms they’re used to. With that in mind, parents shouldn’t run into too many problems switching it up.

There’s a number of red night lights available for nurseries with cute designs and features. Fairies, dinosaurs, animals…whatever your child is into, they’ll love their new night light.

Plug-in red night lights are popular, as well as standard red light lamps. If your child is old enough, you can even let them pick out their own – if they’re more involved in the process, they’re more likely to love their new red room.

If your child is still unsure, try making a game of it. Toddlers love storytime, so try telling them a fairy tale involving their favorite characters who (coincidentally) sleep in a red room. Create a blanket fort around your red lamp. Try cut-out stencils in star shapes or moons to see how the light can make patterns. 

A little imagination can lead to a lot more sleep!

Red light for parents and kids

We all want the best for our kids. Fortunately, red lights aren’t just great for your baby…they’re good for you too!

Stumbling into the baby’s room for a late-night feed, only to deal with a diaper disaster (or just struggling to get them settled again), is always jarring. A red night light in the nursery (rather than a glaring blue or white bulb) makes it more likely that you’ll be able to get back to sleep quickly and easily.

Parenthood is challenging enough without throwing sleep deprivation in the mix, so make it easier on yourself with a red light to strive for sleep success for every family member!

Conclusion

We all know sleep is important. Evidence is constantly mounting on exactly how important.

Good sleep hygiene can boost our immune systems, prevent disease, improve our thinking and memory, reduce stress, protect our heart health, and even help us live longer.

It’s even more important for children as bad sleep can affect their mental and physical well-being, starting from birth. As they age, poor sleep can negatively impact their school performance, their ability to make friends, and their physical growth.

A well-rested baby is a healthy baby, and a red night light can help as they develop into healthy kids, healthy teenagers, and healthy adults!

Full Spectrum Lighting for Depression

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Now that winter is coming up, the days are getting shorter and we will see less time that we can spend in the sun. There are even days when the sun won’t come out, which can make winter even harder. For some individuals, this is a time that is cozy and nostalgic. For others, winter is difficult and they may feel sad, tired, and unmotivated to do anything. No matter how badly winter affects you, everyone will notice a difference in their mood when they spend less time in the sun.

One safe and effective treatment that you can use to help with the winter blues, or SAD, are full spectrum lights. Let’s take a look at what the winter blues are all about and how full spectrum lights may be the cure that you need.

What are the Winter Blues

While we may call them the winter blues, this is technically something known as SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder. This is a type of depression that many people feel related to the seasons and occurs during winter. Those who suffer from it will start to display symptoms of sadness and depression that start with the cooler days of fall and go all the way through the winter months.

There are a number of symptoms that are common with SAD. Some of these include:

  • Lots of trouble concentrating on anything that needs to get done.
  • Having lots of sleep problems
  • Feeling agitated, sluggish, and struggling with your energy.
  • Feeling hopeless and depressed most of the winter.

The main cause of SAD is that we aren’t getting enough sunlight during the winter months. Direct sunlight is able to help us stimulate the hypothalamus, which is the part in our brain that is linked over to the internal clocks of the body. This helps control a number of things, including our sleep-wake schedule.

If we do not get enough bright light to help stimulate this part of the brain, it is likely that we will produce more melatonin, the sleep hormone, while decreasing how much serotonin is produced, which is the hormone that will make us feel good and can regulate our moods.

What is Full Spectrum Light?

When you use a full spectrum light bulb, you will notice that it will emit a light spectrum that is able to simulate the same spectrum that is found in natural sunlight. You can use this without worrying about any damage to the body and without any restrictions, but it is pleasant and beautiful compared to some other options that you use.

Because it will mimic the same wavelengths that you see in the sun, these full spectrum lights can be used to give you some of the same benefits that you will get if you spent your day outside in the sun. Since lack of direct sunlight will often cause SAD and other depression disorders, using the full spectrum light to help replace the sun can be the best way to help cure depression.

Will Full Spectrum Lights Help with Seasonal Depression?

This type of light therapy is able to help with SAD and other forms of seasonal depression. While it does need some more research to help see whether it is effective as a standalone treatment of SAD. If you are always working with a doctor for your seasonal depression, you will need to discuss using this type of treatment with them before you start.

These bulbs and light boxes are able to work well to make us feel better, and can work as a great treatment for those with mild forms of depression. If you do not feel great during the winter and you have some of the symptoms of SAD as well, then using some of these full spectrum lights can be the cure you need.

How Can I Use Full Spectrum Light?

One of the best ways to get all the healthy benefits from full spectrum lights is using a light therapy box. This is a tool that will provide striking white light using, in most cases, fluorescent bulbs. These bulbs will have a color temperature that is somewhere between 5000 to 6500K. This is the average color temperature that we will see with the sun at noon. They will often have a more energetic wavelength like the sun as well.

As you use these boxes, you will notice they have a very powerful light. They should not be used to keep your home illuminated because they are meant as a type of therapy. To see them work for SAD and other forms of depression, you need to spend about half an hour a day during the winter in front of the box. This allows your whole body to receive the right amount of simulation to see the benefits.

There are also full spectrum light bulbs that you can use if you do not want to work with the box. You can use these in the same way that you would a regular light bulb to help you keep your home nice and bright. But you will notice that the light is much brighter than a regular lightbulb. You can then turn on the lights and do what you would like around the home, enjoying the benefits of having more sunlight in your life.

Full spectrum light is an effective way to help deal with depression, especially during the winter months. Since so many people suffer during the winter because they are without the sunlight to help release happy hormones that make them feel good. Using this kind of light is a good replacement for the sun when you can’t get outside and enjoy the sun.

Even a few minutes a day under some of these lights will make a big difference and can cure depression during the winter without all of the harmful side effects of drugs and other medications. If you suffer from SAD or other forms of depression, it may be worth your time to discuss using full spectrum light with your doctor to see if it is a good treatment for you.

Red Light Therapy: How Often?

Red light therapy is a great type of light therapy treatment that can help with many health concerns from skin conditions to weight loss. It was originally developed by NASA to help grow plants effectively in space. Then it changed to becoming a therapeutic option that you can use to help make your life better. Today, there are even devices that you can use at home any time that you want.

Many people who are considering whether to use red light therapy or not wonder how long they will need to be under the light and how long they need to use the treatment to see and maintain their results. Let’s take a look at how to answer this to help you see how great red light therapy can be.

What is Red Light Therapy

Red light therapy is basically a treatment that you can use that relies on red color wavelengths to help heal the body. These wavelengths are able to penetrate the upper layer of the skin, providing it with energy and the ability to heal the skin. This promotes collagen growth and the reduction of wrinkles and fine lines around the skin as well. The treatment is safe and effective, without harmful side effects, making it the perfect option to choose.

Since this is a natural light without any UV attached, red light therapy is completely safe and will not cause damage to the skin. Right now it is most commonly used to help with a variety of skin conditions, though there is a growing body of research to see whether this type of therapy can be used to treat other issues like inflammation, help with weight loss, and more.

How Often Should I Do Red Light Therapy?

Once you have found the right specialist to help with your red light therapy or you have your own device, it is time to decide how often, and for how long, you should use the device. One recent study that was done to see how effective this therapy is on wrinkles, fine lines, and skin texture found that doing red light therapy for half an hour two times a week provided positive results and good satisfaction from the users.

The good news is that this type of light therapy is proven safe and doesn’t have any negative side effects. You don’t even need to worry about any downtime when the treatment is done. This allows you to experiment a bit to see what seems to work the best for you without causing any damage.

A good place to start is to do three to five sessions a week for up to a month to start getting the results that you want. After that first month, you can then reduce the number of times, usually two or three is fine, for another 12 weeks. You will need to keep using the light therapy for the long-term if you would like to keep those results. You can reduce to just a few times a week and still see this work. It is even possible to use the light therapy a few times in the same day.

Then you need to consider how long you should do each session. This will really depend on what you are using the red light for. The best thing to consider is the energy units of the device you have, or the joules, rather than the clock. So, if you are doing a session to get some more brain benefits, you need to go for a few thousand joules for each session. You can go until you get that much out of it and you are set to go.

If you are worried about getting the right amount of time and doing the therapy for a long enough time, you can always work with a specialist to make this a little bit easier. They can set up the sessions and the intensity to help you see all the results that you want, without you having to put in the work or worry about it at all.

How Long Should I Do the Red Light Therapy?

Another thing that you may want to consider when it comes to red light therapy is how long you will need to stick with this treatment. It is possible that you will see healthier skin after just one twenty minute session under the red lights. However, you should not stop right after you begin to see results, whether you see them after one session or more.

Most of those who choose this method will need to stick with the regimen for up to 12 weeks to see the full effects, though you should be able to see some results after just a few weeks. You then should continue on with one or two sessions each week to continue to see the results.

This may seem like a lot of work and like you need to continue on with the work for a long time. Since red light therapy is safe and effective to use, with no harmful side effects, it is fine to continue to use it for the long-term. You will never have to worry about overdoing it or whether it will hurt your skin or cause any damage.

Before using it though, make sure to do your research before you start this treatment and consider talking with with a specialist. This will help you to get all of the facts in place and make a good plan based on what you need and how you expect this therapy to work for you.

Red light therapy is a safe and effective option that you can use for any skin condition and many other health ailments that you need. In the beginning, you may need to do the sessions more often to help you see a change. Then you can lower how many sessions you need, and even the amount of time you spend under the light, to maintain the results without having to spend as much time to keep the benefits.