By Marianne Mychaskiw
Updated: Nov 02, 2016 @ 3:21 pm
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The LightStim L.E.D. Bed may bear a slight resemblance to the tanning beds you used to hit up in years past, but unlike its predecessor, it's actually good for your skin, and helps to repair the damage caused by those pre-prom sessions under the fluorescent bulbs. L.E.D. light therapy has been getting its fair share of buzz in the beauty realm, and for good reason—it gives your skin both a literal glow, and works on even the most sensitive skin types. While those methods were concentrated on specific areas, the LightStim bed is a way to effectively treat your entire body at once. "ATP is the gasoline that powers the cell, but it becomes bound as we age, so we don't produce as much in our 50s and 60s as we do in our 20s," explains LightStim CEO and President Steve Marchese. "When you apply the correct wavelengths of light, it produces nitric oxide, and since it's no longer binding the cell from creating ATP, it starts to release the molecule, charges up the cell, and stops the production of free radicals."

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This is ideal in terms of anti-aging, as it throws your collagen production into overdrive, resulting in a serious reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, but also works wonders for pain management. Joniann Marchese, LightStim CEO and President, adds that many of the users are athletes, people who have joint and muscle pain, and notes that her son, Chase, helped develop the bed as a solution to his high blood pressure. "In our culture right now, we have beauty merging with health and wellness, so while it does help to produce more collagen and elastin, it gives your cells the food they need to do their job," she tells us. "It works to reduce inflammation in your body, which can happen when you get sick or ill, and while some people like to use it once a week, we've had clients try it two to three times a week depending on the issue they want to address." Unlike your traditional clamshell tanning bed, the LightStim L.E.D. Bed is contoured so that your skin can absorb as much of the L.E.D. goodness as possible. "When you place L.E.D. lights into a converted tanning bed, the wavelength gets distorted and isn't as effective," Steve Marchese adds. In lieu of a curved hood you shut over the top, you are required to flip every 20 minutes to evenly treat each side of the body. Head over to lightstim.com to get more info, and give the phrase "it's lit" a whole new meaning.

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