How light-based therapies help improve skin
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Light-based technologies, such as red light therapy (RLT) and blue light therapy have been gaining popularity in recent years for their ability to help repair damaged skin, reduce wrinkles and treat conditions like acne and rosacea.
While many people are still unfamiliar with the technology, and may be skeptical about its efficacy, light therapies are increasingly important in the medical and cosmetic field because they’re non-invasive, safe and have high patient satisfaction rates.
Voni Savoy, owner and operator of SkinE Spa in downtown Rapid City, uses two different light-based therapies in her spa, including a red light therapy technology called Contour Light and an infrared heat wrap called Formostar.
Savoy’s spa emphasizes using the two technologies for weight loss, fat loss and body contouring, but she says her clients are often surprised by the changes they see in their skin.
“Everybody is different. Some clients say they can feel their faces getting tighter in the middle of their first treatment. Others come in for their second treatment and tell me that they noticed that their skin feels tighter and smoother,” said Savoy about the experiences her clients have.
Savoy’s red light machine uses flexible panels that sit close to the body and send light waves deep into tissue. This triggers natural biochemical changes in cells, including the stimulation of collagen production, elastin and tissue repair and the reduction of inflammation.
As a result, RLT is frequently used to treat skin conditions like acne, psoriasis and rosacea. It can also help reduce the appearance of scar tissue, dark spots and wrinkles, and generally helps promote circulation and brightens skins.
Savoy says, studies show that red light therapy is known to improve skin tone and complexion by stimulating production of collagen and elastin. “It is a way to look younger without fillers, chemical peels or surgery. The two treatments we offer; allow for increased collagen production and beautifies the skin through detoxification.”
Savoy’s infrared body wrap also helps rejuvenate skin, mainly by increasing circulation to the surface of the body, which can help enhance tone, brightness and also promotes cell activity like the production of collagen.
The process involves body wraps that distribute thermal infrared light. Invisible to the naked eye, infrared heat is actually within the same frequency levels as the heat produced by our own bodies. The infrared heat penetrates deep into the skin and muscle tissue and then radiates outward — creating the same effect as aerobic activity and increasing metabolism and circulation.
Savoy says the major benefit of this is that it helps with weight loss. A single 60-minute infrared body wrap session burns up to 1,200 calories. It also breaks down water molecules and fat tissue, releasing toxins and reducing cellulite. The breakdown of cellulite helps with loose skin as the treatment slims, smooths, sculpts, tightens and tones both skin and body.
On top of weight loss and skin benefits, the wrap radiates heat to ligaments and joints, relaxes muscles and improves blood flow to injured areas. This can help with conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, sciatica, cramps, joint stiffness and aid in injury recovery.
More information on the benefits of light therapies is available at SkinE Spa, located in downtown Rapid City and online at www.myskinEspa.com