Summer is a wonderful time of fun and friends, vacations and family. Everyone is more relaxed and laid back, taking in every moment and enjoying it. As summer draws to a close and the comforts of fall peek around the corner, people are naturally drawn back to their “normal” schedule. With this, inevitably comes the realization that we have over-indulged over the summer. We’ve had too many barbecued cheeseburgers, too many margaritas, too much potato salad and too much sun.
These days, we are constantly being expounded to on the importance of sun safety. The Cancer Society has been diligently reminding everyone to “Slip Slop Slap” for years, and it’s rare to see young children playing outside during the summer months in anything other than full- body UV-protectant swim wear. We all know the importance of protecting our skin, but yet, many still long for our summer tan.
A summer tan may make you feel carefree, but its effects can have long term consequences for how your skin looks. UVA & UVB rays combine to attack the youthfulness of skin in a number of ways, most notably destroying collagen, that “magic” substance in our skin that keeps the wrinkles away.
Light therapy has shown incredibly promising for skin rejuvenation. This study not only showed that light therapy is beneficial for the treatment of wrinkles, acne scars, and UV damage, it also indicates that light therapy may actually be able to prevent future UV damage.
Light therapy has clinically proven its ability to grow, heal and rejuvenate damaged tissue (here, here and here). ‘Rejuvenate’ means to ‘make youthful; return to an appearance of youthfulness’, and this is exactly what light therapy does. Light therapy increases circulation and the formation of new capillaries, which means more oxygen is able to be delivered to the skin cells. Increased oxygen = beautiful, healthy, ‘glowing’ skin. The great thing about this is that you can see these results immediately after a session.
Light therapy also reduces swelling and puffiness. (Can you say ‘Goodbye, under-eye bags!’?) It does this by increasing lymph system activity and making it more efficient over time. Better lymph flow allows the body to drain excess fluid that causes swelling and puffiness, resulting in healthier, less puffy skin overall. While some people may experience a noticeable difference in puffiness immediately after a session, it may take several sessions before you notice a difference if swelling has been severe or prolonged.
Light has been shown to increase the body’s production and synthesis of collagen and fibroblasts. (See studies here and here.) Collagen, remember, is the ‘magic’ substance responsible for the elasticity, firmness & youthfulness of skin. Collagen grows slowly, however, so patience is required as it will take about 3 months or so of consistent treatments to see a noticeable “before and after”.
Polychromatic Light Therapy can help you reverse the damage of too much summer sun. In just 20 minutes a day, you may be able to:
- Create an immediate healthy glow
- Smooth overall skin tone
- Reduce wrinkles, including crow’s feet, under eye wrinkles, forehead wrinkles, and laugh lines
- Speed the healing of blemishes like acne and rosacea
- Reduce puffiness and swelling
- Repair sun damage
- Reduce redness, flushing, and broken capillaries
- Fade scars and stretch marks
- Bring more moisture to your skin
- Prevent hair loss & stimulate regrowth
For more information on how polychromatic light systems can benefit your health and beauty, contact us.
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