You may soon find yourself standing closer to twinkling LED lights for reasons other than that they're pretty. You may find that they make you pretty too. As unbelievable as it sounds, according to both NASA and the FDA, it’s true. LED light has been scientifically shown to not only promote healing, but it has been proven to be an effective treatment for wrinkles as well.
In an effort to save money, NASA changed the way astronauts grow fresh food in space by replacing traditional grow lights with lights powered by LEDs. When the astronauts returned, NASA observed that the astronauts lost less muscle mass than usual and began conducting experiments on LEDs. What NASA discovered was nothing less than a breakthrough. Not only did LED light speed healing, but it prevented painful mouth sores from developing in children undergoing chemotherapy. Further research led to the FDA approving LED light for the treatment of wrinkles, acne and other skin conditions.
Certain spectrums of light have longer wavelengths that allow the light to penetrate through the skin and stimulate cells in a way that significantly speeds up the healing process. As skin ages, the ability to heal slows, which may cause conditions such as wrinkling. LED therapy is a cosmetic treatment commonly available and administered in doctor’s offices. Home devices have also been approved by the FDA for those desiring LED light therapy in the privacy of their own homes.
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