Red light skin therapy does wonders for your skin. It stimulates collagen production, improves nutrient absorption, and reduces inflammation. To further enhance the effects of red light and increase the benefits it offers, there are certain practices you can do before your therapy session. Here are five tips to prepare your skin for red light therapy to get the most out of this treatment.
1. Use Salicylic Acids, BHAs, and Retinols
Red light therapy increases blood flow and penetrates through to your deepest skin layer—the dermis. This improves your skin’s ability to absorb nutrients. Feeding your skin healthy vitamins before your red light therapy session increases the amount of nutrients your skin absorbs after and during the treatment. Use products rich in salicylic acids, retinol, vitamin C, and peptides. The more nutrients available, the more your skin absorbs during red light therapy, and the greater the results.
2. Don’t Wear Sunscreen Before the Treatment
Sunscreen is one of the most important steps in any skin-care routine. It prevents sun damage, reduces the risk of developing wrinkles, and more. However, it’s too good at shielding wavelengths. Red light therapy uses un-intrusive near-infrared wavelengths. Since red light is a lot weaker and more stable than sunlight, sunscreen also blocks them. Before using red light therapy equipment, make sure to cleanse your face and remove sunscreen. The goal of red light therapy is to get the light’s wavelengths to penetrate through, and sunscreen stops that from happening.
3. Use Gentle Exfoliants
Dead skin cells on your epidermis create a surface barrier. It makes it harder for your serums and other skin treatments to penetrate through to the dermis, which influences the collagen production, flexibility, and strength of your skin. Using gentle exfoliants—BHAs and AHAs—removes the dead skin cells and any other gunk in your epidermis. It creates a smoother and cleaner surface layer, allowing the red light to easily reach your dermis.
4. Stimulate Blood Circulation
Increased blood circulation allows nutrients and your white blood cells to travel faster and easier. As red light stimulates your skin cells’ mitochondria and increases energy production, it improves your blood flow. You can get your blood flowing with face rollers and massagers before the treatment to enhance the results of your red light therapy.
5. Maintain Your Usual Routine
Everyone’s skin differs, requiring varying attention needs. Many people spend years trying different products before finding a routine that works for them. Red light therapy offers a lot of benefits, but it’s just one part of taking care of your skin. Maintaining your usual cleansing routine and skin-care ritual to complement the red light therapy maximizes the results of both forms of treatment. It shouldn’t be one or the other. Your usual skin-care routine and red light therapy sessions should work hand-in-hand.
Before hitting the red light pod yourself or with a client, follow and encourage these five tips for red light skin therapy preparation. Red light therapy does wonders for the skin, but using it correctly and with a bit of extra help allows you to get even more from the treatment.