Benefits of Red and Near Infrared Light Therapy

Light therapy, also known as photobiomodulation, refers to the use of light at specific frequencies and intensities in order to affect our physiology. It supports fat loss and longevity in several ways. Light therapy uses red and near-infrared spectrum light to deliver safe, concentrated wavelengths of targeted therapeutic light to your skin and cells, where it reduces oxidative stress and inflammation, and stimulates cell regeneration by energizing the mitochondria. This improves cellular functioning and production, and the more cellular energy production, the better the body functions as a whole.


Light is a form of energy, and our bodies are just big energy systems. Our vision is based upon light interacting with photosensitive cells in our retinas. When light is absorbed by these cells, a photochemical reaction occurs converting light energy into electrical signals that are transmitted to the visual processing centers of the brain. When skin is exposed to red and near infrared light, the wavelengths target the layer of fat that sits just below the surface of the skin as well as cellular function of the exposed area.

Light therapy is not a new treatment. It has been around for decades since NASA heralded the exploration of the therapeutic effects of low-level laser therapy in the 1980’s. Since then, therapy using red and near infrared light has been incorporated in various medical and cosmetic treatments. A light source is placed near the skin, allowing the light energy (photons) to penetrate the skin. Once the light penetrates the skin, it starts a complex chain of physiological reactions to speed up cell rejuvenation, increase circulation, reduce inflammation, and help restore normal cellular function. The result? Increased metabolism, decreased pain and inflammation, and improved overall body functioning.


We use red and near infrared light to deliver wavelengths directly through your skin. The light is then absorbed by the cells, where it gives the mitochondria a boost and triggers increased production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). This increase in ATP creates higher functioning cells that stimulate the body’s natural processes. In addition to boosting your cells with increased ATP production, light therapy also affects adipocytes, or the cells that store fat. Studies show that exposure to light therapy causes the adipocytes to release triglycerides, resulting in reduced volume and a measurable loss of fat. 


Light therapy works from the inside-out to enhance mitochondrial function in cells. The health of every organ and cell in the body depends on the energy produced by the mitochondria in those cells. Because red and near infrared light therapy works to enhance mitochondrial energy production, wherever the light shines on your body, those cells will work better when the mitochondria in those cells produce more energy. This, in turn, leads to several skin and cellular benefits. And not only is it good for your skin and cells, but it also helps with acute and chronic pain by lowering inflammation.

Benefit of red and near infrared light:

  • Increases cell energy production
  • Antiaging effects on the skin
  • Boosts fat loss
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Increases antioxidant defenses
  • Speeds wound healing
  • Supports muscle strength
  • Improves hormonal health



Ari Whitten, Red Light Therapy

Hamblin, Ferraresi, Huang, Freitas & Carroll, Low-level Light Therapy: Photobiomodulation