TRIED & TESTED: RED LIGHT THERAPY FOR RADIANT SKIN

red light therapy

red light therapy

red light therapy

From all of my anti-ageing posts you’ve probably realised that I’m having a bit of a beauty crisis at the moment. Ok, crisis is a bit extreme but it’s definitely a turning point in my skincare…journey! I love women who age gracefully – Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Cat Blanchett – their beauty is genuine, effortless and graceful. But, I think you’ll understand that at 29 (yes, I’m still hanging onto those twenties for a few more months) I’m not quite there yet. I don’t deserve to be there yet! So, I’ve made it my beauty goal to delve into non-surgical (for now!) solutions, which brings me onto red light therapy.

Although I’m loving trying out lots of different anti-ageing moisturisers, serums, cleansers and what not, I think these crows feet need something a little more robust! I’ve been blown away by some of the skincare products I’ve been trying lately, but most of them only really reach the dead skin cells of the epidermis (service layer of the skin). Wrinkles are much more dedicated than this, they burrow deep! To really target them, we need to find something that penetrates the deep dermis layer. With that in mind, say hello to the Baby Quasar PLUS.

I first heard about this red light therapy tool from Kim Kardashian. Not personally obviously but she confessed to having been sent one and really saw a difference. Sadly, that was enough to convince me to give it a go (so easily influenced!) and have the handy little device shipped over from USA – where else?! And here’s how I got on…

red light therapy

WHAT IS RED LIGHT THERAPY?

There’s been a lot of press around this and blue light therapy (for acne and blemishes) but I wasn’t sure how it exactly worked. According to Quasar its deep red, light red and amber light is

designed for depleted collagen and weakened elastin around the eyes, brows and mouth, and anywhere in between. The amount of light emitted by Baby Quasar PLUS is 3-4 times stronger than any of our competitors. NASA studies have determined that red and infrared light therapy accelerates the growth of healthy skin cells by 150-200 percent.”

Er…sold!

red light therapy

red light therapy

THE RESULT

Although these pictures look like some James Bond villain is burning my eyes out with a laser, it’s actually less scary. I normally do close my eyes and Quasar recommends not to put it on your eyeball (obviously), I just opened them for a second to take the shot! In other news – I couldn’t believe how tiny the Quasar was – it’s so light and small but covers a large surface area with it’s red light. It’s recommended that you use the Quasar 5 days a week for 8 weeks and then 2-3 times a week thereafter. It’s quite a big commitment and it took me a while to get used to fitting it in my morning routine but it’s only 3 minutes per area (an alarm sounds and it turns off when the time’s up). I started by using the red light therapy around my eyes after i put my serum on and before my moisturiser, but became a little bit hooked and started progressing to around my mouth (damn you laughter lines!). To be honest I was a little rubbish keeping it up for 5 days a week, it was more like 3 times so it took a little longer to see results. But results I saw!

After around 4 weeks I noticed that my skin as a whole, felt more even and smooth albeit a little dry. This is common in red light therapy so make sure you follow it with a really hydrating moisturiser. My complexion looked tighter and more refined after a few weeks, especially around my jawline and mouth, which are key areas that don’t age so well. The lines around my eyes took a little longer to fade and, on week 8, there’s still more work to be done. But, they definitely look smoother and my under-eye shadows have all but gone. I admit, it’s quite a time-consuming practice, especially if you’re more of a get-up-and-go kinda girl in the morning but Rome wasn’t built in a day and I think laying the groundwork now will, fingers crossed, hold me in good stead when I do hit my 40’s and 50’s. I don’t judge anyone who goes under the knife or opts for more invasive procedures, hell, I might be sitting next to you in the waiting room in a few years! In the meantime, I’m really enjoying finding gentler alternatives like red light therapy. After all, what would Helen do?

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