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Red Light Therapy

I bought a chandelier yesterday.

Of course that has nothing to do with this post, but I just thought you should know.

I also was oddly motivated to reorganize and clean my room, and then go on to clean the rest of the house. Perhaps this is fitting since I’m turning 23 on Friday. Perhaps the older you get, the more you “enjoy” cleaning?

While reorganizing my room, I decided to take my bed off its frame. I’ve been wanting a new frame…

One that was white, one that was iron (so the chinchilla couldn’t chew it), and one that I could string twinkle lights through like a douchebag.

But another reason I took my bed off its frame was so the chinchilla couldn’t poop under the bed anymore.

Margaret Thatcher was definitely not pleased with the change.

So more about what this post is about…

Planet Fitness is now offering Red Light Therapy at its gyms.

‘Red light easily penetrates the dermis and can help with a variety of skin conditions, such as acne, rosacea, scarring and eczema, as well as improving skin quality,’ says Jo Martin, clinical director of Mapperley Park Clinic and an expert in light therapy and laser treatments. ‘The heat and light boost circulation, bringing more blood and nutrients to the area,’ she explains.

‘It also instigates the release of chemical messengers called cytokines. As more cytokines are released, collagen-producing cells called fibroblasts leap into action. If healing is required, then the skin will heal; if it is already healthy, you will get a plumping effect from the extra collagen created.’ [Source]

So yeah, I was pretty surprised to see two huge Red Light Therapy rooms in my gym, because, you know, my gym doesn’t even have stair masters. I also guess it’s a little weird to have these right next to Planet Fitness’ tanning beds (although a lot of tanning salons offer red light therapy now.) Destroy your skin in one bed and repair it in the next?

I’ll probably eventually try out the red light therapy–especially since my skin has been pretty prone to acne lately. But I do wonder how effective the treatment is if you’re still using a tanning bed.

Have you ever tried red light therapy? Were you pleased with the results?

Oh look at this. An entire post without any pictures of me. How unusual. Lucky you.

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  • Hannah April 10, 2012, 7:43 pm

    I’ve never heard of red light therapy. Honestly, when I read the title of the post I thought your were going to start talking about the Red Light District. Ayup.

    What a pretty chandelier! Makes any area classy.

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