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Green tea and red light--a powerful duo in skin rejuvenation

Andrei P Sommer 1Dan Zhu

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Objective: Juvenile skin has been the subject of intense research efforts since ancient times. This article reports on synergistic complementarities in the biological actions of green tea and red light, which inspired the design of a green tea-assisted facial rejuvenation program.

Background data: The approach is based on previous laboratory experiments providing insight into a mechanism by which visible light interacts with cells and their microenvironment.

Methods: After 2 months of extreme oxidative stress, green tea-filled cotton pads were placed once per day for 20 minutes onto the skin before treatment with an array of light-emitting diodes (central wavelength 670 nm, dermal dose 4 J/cm2).

Results: Rejuvenated skin, reduced wrinkle levels, and juvenile complexion, previously realized in 10 months of light treatment alone were realized in 1 month.

Conclusion: The accelerated skin rejuvenation based on the interplay of the physicochemical and biological effects of light with the reactive oxygen species scavenging capacity of green tea extends the action spectrum of phototherapy. The duo opens the gate to a multitude of possible biomedical light applications and cosmetic formulas, including reversal of topical deterioration related to excess reactive oxygen species, such as graying of hair.

How to Maximize Fat Loss 
on the day of treatment

1. No creams or lotions

2.  No alcohol

3.  Drink plenty of water. Arrive hydrated!

4. No eating 1-2 hours before treatment

5. Eat a low carb diet

6. No fat, sugar, complex carbs

7. Walk 30 mins or light yoga within 12 hours of treatment

Tips while receiving treatments on Contour Lights

~ Best results happen when you have 2 treatments per week

~Drink as close to 64 oz of water per day as you can. Arrive hydrated!

~Do not eat 1-2 hours before your treatment. This will allow the infrared lights to go to the deeper fat cells instead of the immediate fat.

~Use a *Sweet Sweat; this helps to continue with the process called Thermogenesis - bringing heat to the treatment area; helping to continue with fat loss and inch loss.  This can be worn on days you do not have treatments too!

~*Liver Cleanse with Milk Thistle; supports the detoxification process in the liver and allows the fat to be process out of the body more effectively.

~Low to no carbohydrates for 12 hours after your treatment (as your diet will allow). This will help with the fat-burning process.

~Light yoga or a brisk 30 min. walk after your treatment to help the lymphatic system eliminate the liquified fat.

~If you want to lose 10 lbs or more, consider our weight loss program! 

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How Using Red Light Therapy Can Speed Up Your Fat Loss

Great Article by John Lovine

Science writer, thinker, self-experimenter, focusing on personal development and health —

Everyone wants to maximize their benefits from exercising. If one of your goals is to lose fat, then Red Light Therapy (RLT) maybe your magic bullet. However, fat loss is just one of the many benefits associated with RLT.

Study One

This first study took 64 obese women between the ages of 20 and 40 years old and randomly assigned them into two groups. One group was the Exercise Training plus Sham light group (ET-Sham, n=32) and the Exercise Training plus Photobiomodulation group (ET-Photo, n=32).

This study used a wavelength of laser light at 808 nm. However, the foremost authority on photobiomodulation, Dr. Michael R. Hamblin, believes we achieve the same effects using LED lights of suitable wavelength and power. In many studies LED’s perform with equivalency to low-level laser lights. LEDs are far less expensive and more readily available than lasers.

Light treatment was delivered after each exercise session. The length of the study was 20 weeks. The participants in the study performed three exercise sessions per week. Each session included aerobic and resistance training.

After 20 weeks the results were clear. The ET-Photo group had doubled the fat loss of the ET-Sham group. The ET-Photo group lost close to 25 lbs of fat, compared to the ET-Sham group that lost about 12 lbs of fat.

In addition, the ET-Photo group gained a pound of muscle mass, while the ET-Sham group lost about 3 pounds of muscle mass. See chart below. (Study)

Chart Based on Study

More Studies

This next study enlisted a group of 20 postmenopausal women, broke them into two groups (n=10). The treated group did 30 minutes on a treadmill while being illuminated with 850 nm light. The control group did 30 minutes on the treadmill without the RLT. Each group trained twice a week for three months.

The treated group developed more power and performed more work in the 30-minute training, an increase from a baseline of +223 Joules. The control group’s increase from baseline was + 118 Joules. (Study)

A similar study showed improvements in performance and recovery. (Study)

A similar study has shown positive effects on reducing cellulite. (Study)


Body Contouring with Light

This study used Low-Level Laser Light (LLLT) at 632nm to effect body contouring. There were 86 participants in this study. They were given 20-minute laser treatments every other day for two weeks. The results were that they on average lost 2.99 inches. (Study)

How Photobiomodulation Aids Fat Loss

We can see from the clinical studies RLT definitely aids in fat loss, but how? The best guess is that the RLT light causes the fat cells to release their fatty lipids into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, they can be burned off or excreted.

One important co-factor in this process may be exercise. The simple reason may be that as the lipids are released into the bloodstream the muscles can utilize them for energy. Fortunately, this lipid release into the bloodstream does not adversely affect the lipid profile of the blood. (Study)

Other Articles

I am writing a series of articles. Below are a few articles available on Medium and I will add more in the future.

  1. How To Use RLT For Muscle Building

  2. How To Use RLT For Muscle Recovery

  3. How To Use RLT For Brain Cognitive Enhancement

  4. How To Calculate RLT Dosage


I have begun using photobiomodulation myself. I am limiting my dosage to approximately 15–20J/cm² full-body exposure. The system I have set up allows me to reach this dose level in three minutes front, then three minutes back.

Some fat loss studies quoted used a higher level of exposure, closer to 100J/cm². I have not found a reliable source to really quote the levels required for fat loss. I would advise against using high dosages of RLT, since high doses may be biphasic and become counterproductive to achieve a beneficial effect.

I am adding RLT for my general health and incorporating it into my routine. RLT has proven itself beneficial across all the medical disciplines such as muscle building, muscle recovery, fat loss, joints, skin, etc.

The RLT unit shown below is available on Amazon. The Amazon link is not an affiliate link. I have no financial interest in whether anyone purchases this red light therapy unit.

It provides light in both 660nm and 850nm wavelengths of light. I like this light because it also has a built-in timer you can use to set your exposure.

More Information on Red Light Therapy and Photobiomodulation

I recently published a book on Red Light Therapy, titled “Living Younger Longer Using Red Light Therapy”. The book is available on, I have ePub, PDF, and print books available from my website at :

Living Younger Longer Using Red Light Therapy


The content and information contained in this article are for informational purposes only. The information provided in this article is not and must not be taken as an alternative to any advice by a doctor, physician, or medical professional.

The author, John Iovine, has narrated his research experiences in this article by observing and evaluating facts and figures. The reliance on the facts and figures has been done in good faith and believed to be reliable according to the author’s best knowledge. The sources of referenced information could change or be updated in the future. The author cannot guarantee the validity and accuracy of the sources, which may change, be modified, updated, or removed in the future, and thus, disclaims himself from any such changes, modifications, updates, and removals.




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