Creams, Treatments, Surgery – there are a lot of choices out there that claim to restore youthful skin. Which one works the best? What I learned firsthand about a new treatment that combines four disciplines in restoring youthful skin.
As we grow older, our skin becomes less flexible, drier, and slowly loses its ability to retain moisture. The amount of collagen, the major supporting protein, also diminishes. To combat these changes, Theralight, has found a way to combine the latest technology in science, engineering, medicine, and human physiology to promote a younger, healthier appearance as it revitalizes damaged skin.
Theralight was started in 2002 by a biological chemist who got involved with the effects light had on the skin. What he discovered was that certain cells react positively when affected by visible light. Unlike creams that only effect the top layers of skin, light therapy penetrates deep down in the skin where damage occurs. Everett Smith, an engineer, developed a way to harness visible light and create a therapy that rejuvenates, regenerates, purifies, calms, and tones the skin by helping skin cells do what they are supposed to do. Today, Mr. Smith and his wife Karen, own the company.
I accepted an invitation to experience firsthand how Theralight’s light therapy works. I have to admit, at first, I felt like I was back in my college physical science class as Mr. Everett reviewed with me the different colors of light and their wavelengths. Except this time, I also learned how each color’s wavelength plays a different role in skin rejuvenation and repair:
Blue Light: Purifying and Antibacterial (Mild acne, superficial skin cancers, warts, other viral problems)
Green Light: Skin discoloration and acne (Calming and anti-inflammatory)
Violet Light: Regeneration (acne)
Yellow Light: Toning and Redness (Restores tightness and aids in anti-aging)
Red Light: Rejuvenation (Repairs damaged collagen, filling in small wrinkles)
Depending on your skin concerns, you get to choose the light therapy that best suits your needs. For me, I wanted a therapy that addressed the fine lines and wrinkles that keep popping up due to aging. So, I was given red light.
A single treatment of light exposure takes about 20 minutes. Most regiments require 6-8 sessions to get on top of a skin issue. Because it is not a permanent cure, maintenance treatments are needed every 6-8 weeks to maintain the positive change with the skin. I think the factor that resonated most with me is that with light therapy there are no side effects and no permanent damage. You can’t say that about Botox or face lift surgeries.
Since I only had the one exposure, there wasn’t a huge difference to my skin regarding the wrinkles. But I did feel an immediate sense of firmness as well as my skin had a noticeable vibrant, natural glow that lasted for a couple of days.
Says Everett, “Light therapy is good fix – not a quick fix – to restoring youthful skin.” Patience is required. Currently, light therapy is available through dermatologists and estheticians. However, Theralight’s new machine, Baby Face, has been recently developed at a reasonable cost for home use. Because I don’t have any major skin issues (other than what natural aging is bringing on), I don’t see myself starting a Theralight regiment. But for someone who has given up on traditional treatments for taking care of their severe acne, rosacea, or psoriasis problems, light therapy would be a great alternative to get new and positive results.
The search for youthful skin will never end. But Theralight is a good place to stop and try.