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Red light therapy: a new trend in skin care

Red light therapy was created by NASA to heal and release pain, but now it’s found to help treat many different types of skin problems such as acne and wrinkles.

Red light therapy is now available for anyone to use at select tanning salons such as Tropical Tan of Lynnwood.

It is used as a tanning bed, but it doesn’t create a tan because the lights that are used are different than regular tanning bed lights,  there are no UV lights in Red light therapy beds.

This new treatment is a great way to keep skin looking just the way you want it to. “I think red light is worth the cost only if the customer follows instructions because if they don’t, they won’t get the results they want” says Jacquelin Hewitt, an employee of Tropical Tan Lynnwood.

Hewitt likes the effect of the red light and she sees a difference in skin moisture, acne, and the disappearance of dark circles.

The majority of people who use red light therapy also go tanning. However red light can be used on its own.

It is recommended that you go for at least three months to see a difference in using red light; it depends on your skin though, since some people see results in just one month.

Using red light therapy after tanning helps enhance the tanning experience, but tanning does not help red light work any better than it already does.

Red light therapy works by slowing down the aging process, while at the same time improving skin tone.

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When using a red light therapy bed it is important to use skin care products because they increases results by 70 percent. There are lotions and products sold for this in tanning salons that offer red light.

It is also very important to wear eye protection, such as goggles to make sure there is no damage being done to the eyes.

When receiving red light therapy it is also important to make sure that the skin is clean and all make up is removed for best results.

Brona Hagins, an employee at Tropical Tan of Martha Lake, says, “I would say, especially being a girl that you can’t go wrong trying it. Whether you want joint pain to decrease or your wrinkles to minimize until they completely vanish, it’s worth every penny. It’s quite amazing and no negative side effects are as good as it gets.”

Although NASA created red light, Mayo Clinic, National Institute of Health and the U.S. Military find it to be effective at repairing damaged skin, treating depression, relieving pain, treating wounds, killig bacteria and other beneficial results.

There are more benefits including the reduced appearance of scars, stretch marks, acne, broken capillaries, psoriasis and eczema.

Red light also helps the consistency of skin color and complexion, increases moisture retention, promotes collagen production, reduces pore size, increases oxygenation and restoration of skin’s natural cellular activity and can also help with chemo therapy side effects.

Since all skin types are different results may take longer to see than others.

For more information about red light therapy or if you’re interested in trying it, go in to any Tropical Tan salon, or visit

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