The Collagen Connection: AntiAging Effects of LED Red Light Therapy on Skin

the collagen connection. AntiAging effects of LED red light therapy on skin

If you want to age well, it's ALL about our body's own filler....collagen! There's a huge industry that revolves around this single protein, and with it, lots of misinformation.  Collagen "in" (drinks, creams and supplements) doesn't equal collagen "out", due to our digestive system and skin barrier function. So apart from injectable fillers, what can you do to encourage your body to produce collagen?

Over 20 years ago, we realized the collagen stimulating effects of exposing the skin to the correct wavelength of LED light. The rest is history. We've been using this highly effective method for preventative aging ever since. Its safe, non-invasive, AND it works!

To put it simply, LED Red Light will....

  • stimulate the production of collagen to soften fine lines and wrinkles
  • improve skin tone and skin texture
  • soften and smooth skin
  • reduce discolouration and inflammation (such as rosacea)
  • improve the skins elasticity


LED red light therapy has been found to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin through several mechanisms. Here's an overview of how LED red light promotes collagen synthesis:

  1. Increased Fibroblast Activity: LED red light therapy stimulates fibroblast activity, which are the cells responsible for producing collagen in the skin. When exposed to red light, fibroblasts become more active and begin to synthesize collagen and other extracellular matrix proteins.

  2. Activation of Mitochondria: Red light therapy has been shown to enhance the function of mitochondria, the powerhouses of cells. This increased mitochondrial activity leads to an upregulation of cellular processes, including collagen synthesis. The energy from the red light photons is absorbed by the mitochondria, promoting their activity and ultimately supporting collagen production.

  3. Upregulation of Growth Factors: LED red light therapy can stimulate the release of various growth factors, such as transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β), which play a crucial role in collagen production. These growth factors signal fibroblasts to increase collagen synthesis and deposition in the skin.

  4. Reduction in Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs): MMPs are enzymes that can degrade collagen in the skin. LED red light therapy has been shown to inhibit the activity of MMPs, thus preserving existing collagen and preventing its breakdown. By reducing the degradation of collagen, red light therapy helps maintain and promote collagen levels in the skin.

  5. Improved Blood Circulation: LED red light therapy enhances blood circulation in the treated area. Increased blood flow brings oxygen and essential nutrients to the skin cells, supporting their metabolic processes, including collagen synthesis. Improved circulation ensures that fibroblasts have an adequate supply of nutrients to produce collagen effectively.

By combining these mechanisms, LED red light therapy creates an environment that promotes collagen synthesis and remodeling in the skin. The increased production of collagen helps improve skin elasticity, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and contributes to a more youthful and rejuvenated complexion.

At Glow Luxe, we are the experts when it comes to the collagen stimulating and inflammation reducing benefits of LED light. We have options for in-clinic as well as home.

CALL us today for a complimentary consultation at 250.590.5459 and get on the path to gorgeous, healthy skin! 

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