Man using Helsi red light therapy lights for health and wellness

How to Use Red Light Therapy

Skin Exposure

Red light therapy will work most efficiently on bare skin, so we suggest avoiding wearing clothes, towels or make-up. (Thin fabrics are suitable if bare skin is not appropriate.)

Eye Health

Contact lenses should be removed if possible. The LEDs are very bright, therefore we recommend using the provided safety goggles, especially if your eyes are very sensitive to bright light or if you have an eye condition where you need to avoid light exposure. This is particularly true for when near-infrared (NIR) is active, as this is invisible to the naked eye.

Frequency for First-Time Users

We suggest starting with short sessions, particularly when targeting more sensitive areas of the body.

For first-time users, we recommend starting out with 2-3 minute sessions per area, and slowly working up to a 10 minute session (per treatment area) over the course of 2-3 weeks as your body acclimates to the Helsi Red Light Therapy.

Standard Use Frequency

We recommend no more than 15 minutes (per treatment area) in any one session, at a distance of 15 - 30 cm from your Helsi red light therapy lamp. The distance from the device will vary depending on the amount of LEDs in the device and their irradiance.

We suggest a minimum of 3 sessions per week. If more than one session per day is required, sessions should be at least 6 hours apart.

In addition, no more than 3 days per week should be skipped in order to maintain the positive effects. If you’re short on time, it’s better to have only one shorter session of a few minutes per day than to have none at all.

Distance From Light

The closer you are, the shorter your session will be, and you'll cover a smaller surface area. If you stand further away, you will be able to cover a larger area but more time will be required.

For Skin Issues:

Skin requires 3 to 15 joules of red light (660 nm) per session can be achieved by following these guidelines:

  • 15 cm from the light for 30 seconds to 2.5 minutes
  • 30 cm from the light for 1 minute to 3.5 minutes
  • 45 cm from the light for 1.5 minutes to 5 minutes
  • 60 cm from the light for 2 minutes to 7 minutes
  • 90 cm from the light for 3 minutes to 14 minutes

For Deeper Issues:

For treating issues relating to muscle, brain, bones, tendons, glands, fat, and joints, we need between 10 and 40 joules of near infrared light (850 nm). In this case we suggest being closer to the light. Here are guidelines to follow:

  • 15 cm from the light for 2 minutes to 7 minutes
  • 30 cm from the light for 5 minutes to 10 minutes

Time of Treatment

Of course, time of treatment is dependent on personal preference and the amount of times you have to spend on self-care. Use the red and near-infrared red light therapy at the time of day that suits you best. Morning, afternoon, and evening usage are equally effective. If you have a red light therapy session directly after getting up in the morning, it helps you to start the day with more energy. In the evening, on the other hand, it helps some people to fall asleep quicker and sleep soundly through the night.

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