How To Prep Your Skin Before Red Light Therapy

How To Prep Your Skin Before Red Light Therapy

Medically Reviewed by | Heidi Wright, BSN, RN, PCCN

Just as a painter prepares a canvas, ensuring your skin is perfectly prepped can significantly enhance the effectiveness of red light therapy. 

At Mito Red Light, we understand that the key to maximizing the rejuvenating effects of this innovative therapy lies in the preliminary steps you take. That’s why In this guide, we'll walk you through essential tips and practices to prepare your skin for red light therapy. 

If you’re ready to fully absorb the transformative power of red light, keep reading. 

What's Red Light Therapy?

Red light therapy, also known as photobiomodulation, involves the use of red low-level wavelengths of light to treat various conditions. This type of therapy utilizes specific wavelengths to expose the skin and underlying tissues to red or near-infrared light. 

The technology behind this therapy is designed to target the skin at a cellular level, where the light can interact directly with cells without any invasive action.

Why Use Red Light Therapy for Skin?

When it comes to skin health, red light therapy offers a unique approach by interacting directly with the deeper layers of skin. These days, most of us find ourselves spending the bulk of our time inside, and this causes us to miss out on exposure to certain wavelengths of life that contribute to our wellness. 

Red light therapy can help make up for this lack, and this is the main reason why it offers such a range of potential benefits. 

Here’s why many are turning to this technology:

  • May Help Support Proper Collagen Production: May support the natural growth of collagen, which helps with reducing the appearance of wrinkles and supporting overall skin elasticity.
  • May Support Skin Clarity: Aids in clearing up skin issues, giving a clearer, more radiant complexion.
  • May Support Healing: Supports the natural healing process of the skin, helping to repair damage from scars or sun exposure.
  • May Help Support Even Skin Tone and Texture: Works to potentially help even out skin tone and refine skin texture, making it smoother and more uniform.

With such a broad spectrum of benefits, it’s no wonder red light therapy is becoming a go-to choice for those looking to enhance their skin health naturally and safely.

Why Is Skin Preparation Necessary Before Red Light Therapy?

Now that you're clued up on what red light therapy does and the stellar benefits it can bring, it's time to consider the importance of readying your skin for the experience. Here lies the ultimate question: why is skin preparation so important before red light therapy?

Enhances Light Absorption

Properly prepped skin allows for optimal light penetration. Any barriers such as oils, makeup, or dirt can reflect or block the light, reducing its ability to reach the deeper layers of the skin where it can do the most good.

Promotes Even Light Distribution

Clean, exfoliated skin ensures that the light is distributed evenly across the treatment area. This uniformity is crucial for achieving consistent results, especially when targeting specific skin concerns.

Minimizes Potential Irritations

By removing debris and potential irritants from the skin's surface, you reduce the risk of irritation that could be exacerbated by the light's intensity during therapy.

Optimizes Therapy Results

Ultimately, the cleaner your skin, the more effective each session will be. By starting each session with a clean slate, you ensure that your skin is primed to receive the full benefits of red light, making every minute of the therapy count.

How Do You Prep Your Skin for Optimal Red Light Therapy Results?

You now understand how important it is to prepare your skin. So, how exactly do we get our skin ready for action? 

Follow these steps:

1. Cleanse Your Skin

Start by gently cleansing your skin. This removes surface oils, sweat, and dirt that can obstruct the red light wavelengths, making it easier for the light therapy to make its mark.

2. Exfoliate Occasionally

Exfoliation isn't a daily necessity, but fitting it in once or twice a week before your therapy can do wonders. By sloughing off dead skin cells, you can let your skin absorb the light more effectively.

3. Go Bare

Skip the makeup and creams. You want the red light to meet your skin directly, not your foundation and moisturizer. The same goes for sunscreen — save it for after your session.

That said, though, there is some research to show that certain skincare ingredients can work hand in hand with red light therapy to support your overall results. Some studies show that green tea antioxidants combined with LED light may accelerate the benefits of light therapy, meaning adding antioxidants into your skincare routine could be the perfect way to get your optimal results. 

4. Hydrate

While we love all things topical, remember the influence of what you put inside your body. So, sip a glass of water before your session to keep your skin hydrated

5. Be Consistent

Knit these steps into a ritual. It isn't a once-off thing but a consistent practice. Remember, skincare is a marathon, not a sprint.

What About Post-Care After Red Light Therapy?

After you've prepped your skin and completed your red light therapy session, the care shouldn't stop there. Post-session care is just as pivotal to ensure that you get the most out of each use and prolong the positive effects. Here’s what you should consider once the lights go off:

Cool Down and Hydrate

Your skin might feel slightly warmer after a session due to the increased blood flow. Allow your skin to cool naturally. This is a good time to hydrate both internally and externally. Drink a glass of water and apply a gentle moisturizer if your skin feels dry.

Soothe Your Skin

If your skin feels particularly sensitive after your session, applying a soothing aloe vera gel can help calm any redness or sensitivity. Aloe's natural properties are great for nurturing the skin without clogging pores or introducing harsh chemicals.

Avoid Immediate Sun Exposure

Just as you would after any light-based skin therapy, avoid direct sunlight immediately after therapy. If you need to go outside, wear a hat or seek shade to protect your treated skin, especially if it feels sensitive.

Monitor Your Skin’s Response

Pay attention to how your skin responds in the hours and days following your session. This can help you adjust your pre and post-care routines to better suit your skin needs. If you notice any unusual reactions, consider adjusting the frequency or duration of your sessions.

Maintain a Skin Care Diary

Keep track of your red light therapy sessions, along with any skin changes or improvements you notice over time. This can be helpful to understand what works best for your skin and how to optimize the timing of your sessions. 

“Some concerns, like fine lines and wrinkles, might benefit from more frequent sessions, while others, like reducing redness, might respond better to a spaced-out schedule. Tracking your progress can help you discover the ideal timing and frequency for your specific skin goals,” notes Heidi Wright, Registered Nurse. 

“Witnessing positive changes firsthand is a powerful motivator. Keeping a log allows you to document improvements over time, reinforcing the effectiveness of RLT and encouraging you to stay consistent with your routine. Consider taking photos of the treatment area at regular intervals to visually track progress. This can be particularly helpful for concerns like wrinkles or blemishes,” Wright highlights

How Can You Stay Consistent with Red Light Therapy on the Go?

Keeping up with your red light therapy routine while traveling or on the go doesn’t have to be a challenge. 

Our Portable Devices offer the perfect solution for those who need portability without sacrificing power. Small enough to fit in your luggage but powerful enough to deliver effective results, the Mito Mobile lets you maintain your skin care regimen wherever you are.

Is Red Light Therapy Suitable for All Skin Types?

Yes, red light therapy is generally safe and effective for all skin types. The non-invasive nature of red light means it doesn’t cause burning or irritation, making it a safe option for sensitive, dry, oily, or combination skin. However, if you have specific concerns or a history of photosensitivity, it’s always a good idea to consult with a dermatologist before starting sessions.

What Should You Do if You Experience Any Skin Reactions?

While adverse reactions are rare with red light therapy, any new skin treatment can potentially cause unexpected responses. If you experience any discomfort or skin changes, it’s best to pause your sessions and consult a healthcare provider. Once you understand the reaction, you can adjust your approach under professional guidance, perhaps by modifying the session length or frequency.

How Long Does It Take To See Results From Red Light Therapy?

The time it takes to see results can vary depending on your skin type, the condition being treated, and how frequently you use red light therapy. Most users begin to notice improvements in skin texture and tone within a few weeks of consistent use. 

For the best results, it’s important to maintain a regular schedule. With devices like our MitoPRO+ Series, designed for both efficiency and power, sticking to a routine is easier and more effective than ever.

Ready To Transform Your Skin With Red Light Therapy?

As we've explored, prepping your skin for red light therapy is not just a step — it's a vital part of the journey towards achieving the best possible outcomes for your skin's health and appearance. By following the guidelines we've shared, you'll ensure that your skin is ideally primed to receive the full benefits of each session, enhancing everything from skin tone and texture to overall cellular health.

At Mito Red Light, we're committed to helping you maximize these benefits with our state-of-the-art red light therapy devices. Whether you're at home or on the go, our range of products are designed to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

Start your journey to healthier, more radiant skin today. Explore our products and find the perfect match for your skincare routine. With Mito Red Light, you're investing in a brighter, healthier future.


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