I’ve heard about many facial massagers and other tools but never wanted one. When I’ve heard about infrared light therapy for the first time, I was hooked. But my main concern was: is infrared light therapy safe to be used on my face?
Is Red Light Therapy Safe?
Infrared light is safe, non-invasive, and painless. It’s completely natural and effective, without any adverse side effects. 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.
How Does Red Light Therapy Work?
You expose your skin to a lamp, device, or laser with a red light. A part of your cells called mitochondria, sometimes called the “power generators” of your cells, soak it up and make more energy. This helps cells repair themselves and become healthier.
What Is Red Light Therapy Good For?
Red light therapy is used to
- improve skin complexion and build collagen to diminish wrinkles
- promote wound healing
- repair sun damage
- improve the health of joints with osteoarthritis
- improve hair growth
- diminish scars
There are many infrared light therapy devices – from in-salon treatments to small home devices.
My First Red Light Facial Massager: Avorla
I bought my first infrared light facial massager on Amazon just a few weeks ago. It is Avorla Red Light Facial Massager (affiliate link), a new device produced by Avorla Beauty.
You might have seen this device in my article about the best health and beauty gifts for her.
After delivery, I found that the charger doesn’t fit into our plugs because it’s made in the US and we live in Europe, so we had to buy an adapter.
Length: 17 cm long
Weight: 180 g
Made of stainless steel
How often you should use this device
The instructions for use say you should use it 3 times a week for the first month and then once a week.
One area should be treated for 5-7 minutes.
The instructions of use also provide pictures showing you which directions you should move it around your face and neck.
Should You Use a Serum before the Massage
Surprisingly, the instructions for use say that it should be used on the skin without any lotion or serum. Creams and serums should be applied after the treatment.
It is best to be used in the evening, after cleansing your skin thoroughly. Then you just turn the Avorla on and start massaging your face and neck with it. As soon as the device touches your skin, the red light turns on and the head of the wand starts warming up.
My First Impressions and Experience
Using the Avorla Red Light Facial Massager for just two weeks, I’m very satisfied with it so far.
The heat produced by the device is very nice, not too hot.
The wand vibrates a bit but it’s more like buzzing, very light vibration.
It takes about 25 to 30 minutes to work on your entire face and neck.
It was very surprising for me that even though I use it on my face without any serum, lotion, or cream (as instructed), the skin doesn’t feel dry after I finish with the treatment.
When I turn the device off and put it away, I apply my matrixyl serum and rosehip oil with retinol.
You can see the device live in this video I made on my YouTube channel. It’s in the second half of the video, you can see the unboxing there as well as the facial massager itself.
Can you use red light therapy every day?
When you start using your red light therapy device, it’s natural that you would like to speed up your results and see your skin rejuvenated and having fewer wrinkles, and a plumper complexion.
So you might be tempted to use the red light facial massager every day.
However, it is not recommended to use it once a day or even more times a day. The skin needs some time to regenerate and work on the processes inside, initiated by the irradiation, so it’s better to do your home therapy every other day or every three days.
Everything needs its time.
What Is This Therapy Good
What I am particularly interested in is skin rejuvenation. Aging doesn’t only mean wrinkles, the worst thing is that the skin is sagging and loses its elasticity. That’s why we get a double chin and sagging jowls.
You might have heard of LED light therapy but there are so many new technologies and these new ways of skin therapy are still a bit controversial.
For instance, I’ve heard from one expert, that galvanic skin treatment (the galvanic spa system or galvanic iron) is very bad in the long-term.
I’ve found a few studies proving the effects of red light and infrared light therapy. You can find the links at the end of this article. I would especially point out the results of one study I was very impressed with.
A randomized controlled clinical trial was conducted in 2012 to determine the effects of red and near-infrared light treatment in the reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, and collagen density increase.
The subjects were between 27 and 79 years of age, 86% women, 14% men.
The subjects were treated with an RLT device twice a week, with 30 treatments in total.
Results were assessed using clinical photographs and ultrasonography scans demonstrating the collagen density before and after the treatment.
And the results were amazing.
The treated subjects experienced significantly improved skin complexion and skin feeling, as well as skin roughness, and ultrasonographically measured collagen density. The blinded clinical evaluation of photographs confirmed significant improvement in the intervention groups compared with the control.
No adverse effects were experienced.
I’ve also found the information that the application of infrared light to body tissues causes the release of nitric oxide.
Nitric oxide is known to improve circulation at the site of the treatment, which speeds up the healing process.
It is also known to stimulate collagen production, and it also stimulates the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which ultimately provides the chemical energy needed to improve cell function.
So that was just a bit of science behind this therapy.
I’m expecting to see the results on the wrinkles on my face as well as the increase in the collagen and elastin in the bottom layers of my skin in a few months. It would be nice to have my skin rejuvenated earlier, but seeing the results in the study mentioned above, it does take several months.
I will definitely make a follow-up with my results using the Avorla red light massager after a few months. If you want to keep updated, subscribe to my YouTube channel.
Do you have some questions I haven’t covered in this article? Let me know in the comments, I’ll be more than happy to answer them.
Continuous irradiation with a 633-nm light-emitting diode exerts an anti-aging effect on human skin cell https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25503577/
Controlled clinical trial: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3926176/
Combined 633 nm and 830 nm LED treatment of photoaging skin https://www.researchgate.net/publication/6805609_Combined_633_nm_and_830_nm_LED_treatment_of_photoaging_skin
Avorla Red Light Therapy Wand on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2UqjxMz