THV Extra: Red Light Therapy makes way into salons as anti-aging therapy

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Is a red light bulb the secret to reverse the signs of aging? So many have said they will do whatever it takes to keep looking young, and the popularity of botox, plastic surgery, creams and facials is proof.

Some swear that red light therapy works magic. This new form of light therapy was discovered by NASA after researchers initially proved the light rays helped heal wounds and burns, but now it's said to reduce wrinkles, age spots, stretch marks and even eliminate acne.

Two Arkansans agree with those claims.

"I just loved it from the first day I started," Connie Bennett exclaimed. For her, red light therapy is just routine. With goggles on, bulbs bright, the 49-year old steps in for her twice weekly session. "I really have seen results in the firmness of my skin and the skin tone, the dark spots and the fine lines and wrinkles that come with age, lovely, but I've really seen a difference."

At West Little Rock's Planet Beach (, this form of therapy is one of the most intense and one of the most popular. Infrared light penetrates the skin and boosts circulation.

"This promotes the body's production of collagen and elastin, which gives a nice smooth, even and firm skin," Owener Mark Campbell explained. "The collagen plumps the skin and the elastin tightens and firms the skin."

Red Light Therapy has been used in a medical setting for decades to treat cancerous skin lesions, and researchers at the Cleveland Clinic noticed the added cosmetic benefit that's now found its way into salons.


Bennett said no matter what research says, she has seen results, and so have her friends and family.

"Yes, they can't put their finger on it," Bennett said. "But they'll say, 'Ya know you just look refreshed, you look younger, you look like you feel really good.'"

39-year old Mindy Van Kuren also sits under facial red lights a couple times a week.

"I have a bad skin gene," Van Kuren explained. "So, I noticed a huge depletion of my blemishes. My skin was a lot cleaner, my pores were a lot smaller, wrinkles were not as noticeable."

Campbell claimed it's not just helping lessen wrinkles. He says he's seen cases where the light diminishes scars

Van Kuren claims a mole she's had all her life, disappeared after months under the red rays. She has no plans of stopping this therapy, and Bennett agrees.

"I will continue," she said. "Yes, a couple times a week, from here out, yes. I just love it; I highly recommend it."

There are few, if any, side effects of this therapy. The biggest is the on-going commitment of time and expense. If you're light sensitive, pregnant or epileptic, it is not recommended for you.

Researchers are also discovering even more benefits to red light therapy for cancer patients; they said it's effective in relieving pain. More information:


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