Light therapy, more than a facial treatment?

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The benefits of light therapy are multiple, it is an excellent care for the skin but also for our well-being. Winter is approaching and the sun is having a hard time showing its face. However, we need sunlight to feel good, and it is not for nothing that we naturally feel good in spring and summer when the days get longer.


What can be done about it? 

Daylight is essential for energy, stress and sleep. This is why, when the seasons change, many people experience what is called seasonal depression. It is now established that the cause of this seasonal blues is mainly due to the lack of light, which causes sleep disorders, sadness in the morning, irritability ... According to several studies, one person in five would experience this evil.
(Dr Norman E. Rosenthal)

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Light therapy is especially effective in the fight against seasonal depression, but it can also treat :
+ sleep disorders
+ depression
+ skin pathologies
+ eating disorders
+ general well-being

Light therapy can be practiced either in a medical setting by therapists (doctor, psychiatrist, neurologist, naturopath, etc.) or at home.

When to start? 

Treatments usually begin in the fall and continue until early spring. Sessions generally last 10 to 30 minutes. If you are a beginner, start with short sessions (10 to 15 minutes).

Light naturally triggers the production of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is the brain chemical that makes you feel good. 

What the experts say

Dr. Carl Vincent, a psychologist in Moline, Illinois, suggests that in the setting of depression light therapy be used with other treatments, such as psychotherapy. "The idea is that it be used as a complementary therapy," Vincent says. "In addition to treatment, people with depression during the winter months should try to be more active.
Winter is a time when people tend to be more sedentary and getting more exercise can help improve mood."