The “Light” in Red Light Therapy
Red light therapy (RLT) is a treatment that may help skin, muscle tissue, and other parts of your body heal. It exposes you to low levels of red or infrared light. Infrared light is a type of energy your eyes can’t see but your body can feel as heat. Red light is similar to infrared, but you can see it.
The “Light” in a Tanning Bed
Most sunlamps and tanning equipment emit UVA (ultraviolet A rays). UVA rays are sometimes known as “tanning rays” and are less likely to cause sunburn than UVB rays. However, that does not make UVA radiation safe.
Effects on Your Eyes
UV radiation from tanning equipment can affect the eyes. The internal and external structures of the eyes are sensitive to UV exposure and require proper protective eyewear, such as specialty safety goggles. Ultraviolet radiation damage to the eyes can result in eye-related diseases such as cataracts, snow blindness, or certain eye cancers.
Red Light Therapy
RLT may actually be beneficial for your eyes! RLT is being recognized for its effects on the central nervous system and the retina. Although RLT is relatively new as a treatment for macular degeneration (the loss or blurring of vision in the center of the eye), studies show promising results.
A 2020 study that tested brief RLT treatment over a period of two weeks in people over the age of 40 found that red light therapy treatment improved color and contrast vision by 20% on average and up to 47% in younger people.
Effects on Your Skin
Tanning beds with UVA rays can cause many skin problems for those who use them. People are usually after that “sun-kissed” look when they visit a tanning salon but in reality, skin cancer and premature aging are more likely to occur. Tanning causes the skin to lose elasticity and wrinkle prematurely.
The use of tanning beds over time will result in “leathery” looking skin, but this effect may not show up until many years after using tanning beds.
Red Light Therapy
The effects of red light therapy on the skin are promising. Many researchers say that more clinical trials are needed to prove the effectiveness of RLT, however encouraging results are being seen with the treatment of wrinkles, acne, redness, scars, and other signs of aging.
Red light therapy appears to be safe and is not associated with any side effects when used as directed. This therapy is not toxic, not invasive, and not as harsh as some topical skin treatments.
Other Potential Benefits of Red Light Therapy
Standards have yet to be established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concerning RLT, however, according to some research and experts, RLT may be a promising complementary therapy for a range of health and skincare issues.
Possible health benefits of RLT include…
- May improve skin concerns and address hair loss
- May lessen pain
- May help with injury recovery and enhance sport performance
- May improve brain health
- May aid wound healing
- May lessen the side effects of cancer treatment
Other Potential Harmful Effects of Using a Tanning Bed
- The risk of melanoma of the skin increases by 75 percent when tanning bed use starts before age 35.
- Premature aging
- Immune suppression
- Eye damage
- Allergic reactions
The major difference between tanning beds and red light therapy is that one destroys your skin from the outside in (tanning beds), and one may improve your skin from the inside out (RLT). The promising benefits of red light therapy are intriguing and becoming more widely investigated by those in the medical community.
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