Light is powerful in many ways and encompasses many forms. Some lights simply illuminate, while others react, interacting with their surroundings and changing them.
Red and infrared light have many healing properties that can enhance your physical and mental health. Both forms of light are widely used as treatments today. Although often mistaken for the same thing, red light and infrared light operate at two different and distinct wavelengths and offer different advantages. Let’s delve into the distinct differences between red and infrared light to better understand and use them to your advantage.
Light waves are a form of electromagnetic radiation, the electrical and magnetic forces produced by electric currents. On the electromagnetic spectrum, infrared light is between visible light and microwaves, having a longer wavelength and lower frequency than visible light. Red light is the beginning of the visible spectrum and has higher energy, higher frequency and shorter wavelength than infrared light. In between red and infrared is near-infrared, which provides a middle ground, giving you the characteristics of red and infrared wavelengths: longer infrared wavelengths and higher visible light energy.
The human eye can only receive electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths around 380 to 700 nanometers. Red light belongs to the visible light category on the electromagnetic spectrum (wavelengths that the human eye can detect) and radiates between 620 and 750 nanometers. Infrared light has longer wavelengths and is invisible, but they can be detected by the heat they produce.
The wavelength of light not only determines how visible they are; They also affect how deeply red and infrared light penetrates a surface. The longer wavelength of infrared light allows it to penetrate deeper into the skin, reaching the subcutaneous layer – the deepest part of the skin. The red light reaches the dermis (the penultimate layer of the skin), penetrating the epidermis and surface.
Because red light and infrared red light reach different layers of the skin, they provide different functions. The subcutaneous layer of skin houses fat cells, blood vessels, and nerves. Infrared breaks down fat cells and toxins, detoxifies your body and increases blood flow. The heat produced by infrared rays also soothes the body, leaving you relaxed and comfortable.
Red light mainly promotes collagen production, repairs damaged skin cells and reduces inflammation. It stays on the surface of the skin. Red light can reduce wrinkles, fade pigmentation and scars, and keep your skin looking youthful.
Red and infrared light are lights that heal the skin, mind and body and bring you a wealth of benefits. Understanding the differences between red and infrared light can allow you to find the treatment that best suits your needs.
SGROW’s Red Light Therapy Panel uses near-infrared light to give you the combined benefits of red and infrared light. As an intermediate wavelength on the electromagnetic spectrum, near-infrared wavelengths can target both the surface layer of the skin and the lower, deeper subcutaneous layers.
Near-infrared light gives you the benefits of red and infrared light, ensuring you don’t miss a thing and get care that meets all your needs. With SGROW’s red light and near-infrared technology, you can use the properties of infrared to detoxify and repair damaged skin cells, and the properties of red light to rejuvenate your skin. Near-infrared light gives you the best of both worlds.