In an effort to appear younger, people use a variety of creams, lotions and other formulations to minimize or eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. Some may opt for dermatological treatments that involve Botox® injections, chemical peels or microdermabrasion. Some choose more drastic measures that include cosmetic surgery. However, professional medical treatments must be repeated and become costly. Recovery time is another consideration. LightStim is an affordable, non-invasive alternative that has FDA approval and has been clinically proven to provide visible results. It is also safe to use on all skin types.
The LightStim device is similar in appearance to a hand-held shower head. The three-inch diameter head features 72 LED lights that emit light in amber, light red, red and infrared wavelengths. The wand is ergonomically designed for comfortable holding, and the light weighs less than 1.5 pounds. The unit plugs in, so there are no batteries to replace or recharge. The LightStim also features a built-in three-minute timer. If the device is left on for 30 minutes, another automatic timer turns the light off. The package includes the light, a small bottle of PhotoSerum and a convenient carrying bag.
Before undergoing LightStim treatment, users must thoroughly wash the skin on the area receiving phototherapy. The manufacturer recommends applying the PhotoSerum, which is especially designed to enhance light absorption and help boost the skin’s ability to repair itself. However, many have used the light without the serum and have also achieved satisfactory results.
The non-invasive, painless therapy requires holding the light on each affected area for up to three minutes. The process should be repeated twice a day. The FDA-approved light is safe enough to be used daily until achieving the desired results. The LightStim does not emit harmful UVA or UVB rays. Each treatment provides a slight, soothing degree of heat. However, the amount of heat emitted is not enough to damage skin. The varied colored lights on the LightStim were carefully chosen for a specific purpose.
Amber or near-infrared lights function at a wavelength of more than 700nm. As skin ages, the amount of collagen and elastin decreases. The volume loss causes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Amber lights stimulate collagen and elastin production, which increases subdermal volume and plumps skin.
Non-visible infrared lights emit light at a wavelength of 750nm or higher. Along with encouraging collagen and elastin production, the invisible light penetrates deep into the skin where it contacts arteries. The blood vessel linings are then stimulated to release nitric oxide gas, which causes the vessels to dilate, thus improving blood circulation. Studies indicate that following 30 minutes of exposure to infrared light, blood flow increases by up to 400 percent, and the effect lasts for several hours. With increased blood circulation, the skin receives oxygen and nutrients that aid in cellular repair and healing.
Visible red light ranges from 630 to 700nm on the wavelength spectrum scale. The light has the ability to penetrate skin at depths of eight to 10 millimeters. Red light also stimulates collagen and elastin production along with RNA and DNA synthesis, which enables cells to replicate. The new cells replace cells damaged by aging, the sun or scarring. Red light additionally triggers the immune system to release compounds known as cytokines, which reduce inflammation.