Article written by Bev May Sanderson, Founder - MAYSAMA
Red Light Therapy is a tried and tested modality for skin rejuvenation, bringing improvements in skin tone and texture, and a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. But what if you could supercharge your Red Light Therapy treatment?
Green tea is a powerful antioxidant, which can scavenge free radicals produced by your LED light, helping to reduce oxidative stress and extend the action spectrum of your red LED light device.
Mito Red Light partnered with UK skincare brand, Maysama, to test the theory that applying Maysama’s ‘green’ tea antioxidant serum before your Mito Red Light LED Therapy treatment can improve the outcomes for anti-aging, and the results are in!
Our new data confirms beyond doubt that combining Maysama Green Rooibos Pressed Serum with your red LED light treatment will enhance results for skin rejuvenation on average 2.6 times, relative to using LED alone.
Green Tea and LED
First, let’s recap why green tea has such a special relationship with Red LED Light Therapy. We know that Red LED Light stimulates mitochondria, the powerhouse of our cells, and helps increase cellular energy by speeding up the production of ATP. This process, known as mitochondrial respiration, also generates free radicals, which are important signaling molecules to drive cellular processes like cell proliferation, cell migration and protein synthesis.
Extended use of moderately intense LED light, however, can lead to a build-up of free radicals, which start to inhibit cellular processes and slow the efficiency of your red-light device. Our cell’s natural antioxidant systems, which include the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase, help to keep the number of free radicals in check, but supplementing our natural antioxidant defenses with topical antioxidants, light green tea, allow your red light device to work more efficiently for longer. This is because, unlike other antioxidants, green tea polyphenols target free radicals at the source, in the mitochondrial membrane where they are produced by mitochondrial respiration and the action of your red-light device.
Green Rooibos Tea
Maysama skincare heroes a special kind of ‘green’ tea called green rooibos tea, better known as redbush tea by its tea drinking devotees. Green tea, or Camelia sinensis, is native to China and India, whereas Rooibos comes from the plant Aspalathus linearis, native to South Africa. Like green tea, green rooibos is prepared from the fresh leaves, which have not been oxidized and has a high polyphenolic content, which corresponds to a high antioxidant capacity. Maysama’s Green Rooibos Pressed Serum is prepared from sustainably farmed rooibos and undergoes patented extraction, which increases its antioxidant potential 70-fold, making it probably the most pure and potent ‘green’ tea serum on the market.
To assess the synergistic action of green tea polyphenols with red light treatments, Mito Red Light and Maysama set up an extended product test using Maysama Green Rooibos Pressed Serum as a co-treatment with Mito Red’s 60 LED panel, with both red and near infrared wavelengths. A group of 16 volunteers, women aged 27 to 65, used the combination therapy for a period of 3 months, after which changes to skin were assessed.
Maysama Green Rooibos Serum was applied to split (half) face 15 minutes prior to a 10-minute treatment session with Mito Red red-NIR LED light panel. The protocol was repeated daily for a period of three months, after which the skin of the individuals was measured for reduction in erythema (redness), pigmentation, wrinkles and inflammation and changes to skin elasticity. The results are summarised in the table below;
Percentage change to Key Skin Parameters
If you were in any doubt, here is your answer! Pre-treating your skin with Maysama Green Rooibos Pressed Serum prior to your red light therapy session with your Mito Red Light LED panel, will more than double the outcome for skin rejuvenation!!!
Just look at the improved elasticity after three months at 55%!! And a reduction in wrinkles by nearly 30%. Skin tone is improved with a reduction to erythema (redness) by over 30% and pigmentation reduced by 23%. I think you’ll agree that deserves a high five!
Let’s take a look at each of the skin parameters in more detail.
Erythema is redness of the skin or mucous membranes caused by increased blood flow in superficial capillaries. Rosacea patients have increased erythema caused by flushing.
Our results show that continued use of Mito Red LED panel over three months can reduce erythema by 12.99%, which is great news for rosacea sufferers. But, better still, when combining your Mito Red Light Therapy treatment with Maysama Green Rooibos Pressed Serum, our data shows a further reduction to erythema, with a whopping reduction of 30.14% over the baseline. That’s more than twice as much as achieved with stand-alone red LED light therapy.
Hyperpigmentation is a common skin concern, caused by over production of melanin in the skin, and includes liver spots, freckles and melasma. Hyperpigmentation is generally caused by sun exposure but may also relate to acne scarring.
Melasma is a type of hyperpigmentation, caused not only by sun exposure but also, in part, by hormonal changes in the body, particularly during pregnancy. Melasma is particularly common in women of colour and can be a distressing for those trying to manage the condition.
Treatments for hyperpigmentation and melasma include sunscreen and topical creams containing prescription only hydroquinone, or tranexamic acid and other active ingredients. There has been some debate whether LED light therapy is beneficial in the treatment of hyperpigmentation. Our results confirm that red light therapy is beneficial to the treatment of this condition.
Results show that treatment with red and NIR light gave an average 8.7% reduction in melanin levels from the baseline value, relative to a reduction of 22.98% when combining the two therapies. Maysama Green Rooibos Serum is therefore an effective co-treatment with Mito Red Light red light therapy panel for the treatment of melasma.
[Mito Red] While we are certainly encouraged by these results, we do recommend reading our article for more information on this topic. Red Light Therapy & Hyperpigmentation
Fine lines and wrinkles associated with the aging process are often the target of anti-aging remedies. Loss of collagen and elastin in the face leads to loss of structural components that contribute to a less youthful appearance. Red Light Therapy has been used as an effective modality in clinics and at home treatment for the reduction of wrinkles for many years.
Results show that three months’ use of Mito Red Light therapy panel impact wrinkle reduction by 10.25% when using red-NIR LED light alone. But when LED is combined with Maysama Green Rooibos Serum, wrinkle reduction is impacted by 28.6%. That’s a massive 18.35% (2.79 x) more than when using LED alone.
Elasticity is a measure of the skin’s ability to stretch and then bounce back to its original form. The degeneration of skin tissue, or elastosis, is a key parameter for reversing the signs of ageing. Red Light Therapy has previously been reported to improve skin texture, so let’s look at what was achieved with our Mito Red & Maysama combination therapy.
With Mito Red Light’s LED panel volunteers saw an increase in skin elasticity of 19.77%, a considerable change to affect changes to the skin. When combined with Maysama’s rooibos serum this increased to an impressive 54.84%, nearly 35% (or 2.77 x) greater than using LED light therapy alone.
Inflammation is associated with ageing and disease and many skin conditions, like acne and rosacea, are inflammatory skin disorders. A reduction in inflammation is desirable to improve skin over all health and condition.
Our tests confirm that LED Light therapy alone can influence inflammation, with a reduction of 11.17% after 3 months treatment. And when combined with Maysama’s rooibos serum, inflammatin is reduced further by 15.74% relative to the baseline.
So, without a doubt, Mito Red Light and Maysama’s Green Rooibos Pressed Serum is the perfect pairing! With more than double the results for reduction in erythema and pigmentation, and nearly three times the outcomes for reduction in wrinkles and increased elasticity, this combination therapy is set to supercharge your Red Light Therapy treatment for skin rejuvenation.
In just three months you could be looking at 55% increased skin elasticity and nearly 30% reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. Skin tone is one of the factors that is said to age a complexion even more than wrinkles. Both pigmentation and erythema (redness) are key parameters which contribute to skin tone. Your Mito Red Light + Maysama combination therapy will bring you an improvement in skin tone, with 30% less erythema and 23% reduction in pigmentation. And last but not least, inflammation governs skin health and contributes to aging. Your Mito-Maysama combo therapy will reduce inflammation by 16% and insure that your skin stays healthy and youthful for the long term.
Already a Red Light fan?
Then pair your LED treatment with Maysama’s award-winning Green Rooibos Pressed Serum to more than double your results for anti-aging. Buy now to start your supercharged LED today.
New to Red Light Therapy?
If you are looking for an effective at home anti-aging treatment, then why not treat your skin to a Mito Red Light LED panel? Choose from our range of panels, from targeted treatments for skin rejuvenation, to a full-body panel for greater surface area and versatility.
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Supercharged Red Light Therapy is your super hero for skin rejuvenation. Start yours today!
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