What is red light therapy?

RLT works its magic by delivering safe, concentrated wavelengths of natural light into your skin (around five millimeters, to be exact), where it’s absorbed by your cells. This “stimulates the production of collagen, elastin, and fibroblasts,” says Rhonda Klein, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in Connecticut. That in turn enhances a little something known as ATP, the source of energy for every cell in the body (read: natural energy sans a 3 p.m. caffeine crash). “RLT also boosts circulation, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to your cells and tissues,” Klein says.

Translation? When your cells are hit with the red light wavelengths, a host of regenerative effects occur, leading to potential benefits like younger-looking skin, enhanced muscle repair, and diminished scarring.

It's not just any red light that delivers this performance-optimizing boost, however; two wavelengths of red light in particular—660 nanometers and 850 nanometers—deliver the best biological response, explains Michael Hamblin, M.D., an associate professor at Harvard Medical School. The former, 660 nanometers, is more quickly absorbed by the skin, making it the go-to for cosmetic treatments that address signs of aging, while 850 nanometer wavelengths penetrate deeper into your body to help with muscle recovery, joint pain, and full body health.

What can Red Light Therapy Treat?

Because Red Light/ Infared Therapy works on a cellular level, it can be used to treat many ailments. Some of the most sought after treatments are: 

  • Fine lines and wrinkles

  • Cellulite/Fat Reduction

  • RA

  • Pain/Inflammation 

  • Seasonal effective disorder

  • Fast wound healing

  • Ligament/Tendon healing

  • Bone fractures

  • Acne

  • Sports Injuries

  • Anxiety/Depression

  • Wound healing

  • Foot/Heal pain

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Bursitis