When it comes to your at-home skincare routine, the future is now — and the future involves light-up skin care.
Light up LED masks are the newest beauty rage, with everyone from celebrities to tweens showing up on Instagram illuminated in lights. Light therapy technology has been used by dermatologists in their clinics for years now, where they use LED lights to gently go underneath the skin and fix whatever skin ailments you have.
Typically there are three different lights used — red for wrinkles, blue for acne, and green for skin discoloration — but as you can imagine, clinic treatments often come with a heavy price tag. Now, thanks to its growing popularity, there are a bevvy of at-home kits that you can play with for the fraction of the cost! Rather than getting a steep bill in the mail to reduce your acne scarring or crow's feet, you can pick up a Neutrogena box instead.
But just like with any other fad, there are a ton of different variations you could buy. There are masks that give off different colors, come in different shapes, and focus on different ailments. Below are 11
light up LED beauty masks to get you started — see which one fits you best.
Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask
Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask, $35, Amazon This particular mask offers up to 30 treatments that last 10 minutes, using clinically proven technology that dermatologists use. It utilizes two different color lights: The blue light targets acne-causing bacteria and the red light reduces inflammation. You should see signs of improvement within three weeks.
LED Photon Therapy Treatment
LED Photon Therapy Treatment, $120, Amazon This mask comes with three different colored light options, and they attack a bevvy of different problems. From tightening pores and zapping pimples to reducing wrinkles, it's meant to target the worst of your skin issues.
The red light is meant to increase blood flow and collagen, which will help to reduce wrinkles and make skin more elastic and smooth. The blue light is to zap acne, and the green light is for anti-aging purposes and any wound-like acne.
Photon Light Skin Rejuvenation Therapy Facial Mask
Photon Light Skin Rejuvenation Therapy Facial Mask, $87, Amazon This mask is meant to be used for 20 minutes each day, and you'll see results after four to six weeks. The red light will stimulate collagen and attack wrinkles, the blue light fights acne and minimizes bumps, and the green light takes care of any color discoloration.
Rejuvenique Facial Toning Mask
Rejuvenique Facial Toning Mask, $100, Amazon
If you want to focus on rejuvinating your skin, then
this mask promises to do it. It comes with gold-plated lamps and a toning gel to boot, and takes about 15 minutes to complete the treatment. In the mask, the face is broken into 12 zones, and when it's turned on, the mask goes through each zone one by one, pulsing the area for 20 seconds at a time. It completes the sequence four times, gradually reducing signs of wrinkles. YouGlow Mask, $97, Amazon This mask lets you adjust how intense you want the treatment to get, allowing you to fiddle with the amount of light that comes through. It once again offers you three different colors, and the treatment is meant to last 30 minutes a day.
The red light promises to stimulate the production of collagen, which repairs and replaces damaged tissue. It's best used for fine lines and large pores. The blue light penetrates the surface of the skin and kills bacteria that cause inflammation, reducing your acne. And finally the green light targets discoloration, where it slows down the production of melanin and breaks up melanin clusters to take away any discolored spots on your face.
Sollume Esthe LED Beauty Mask
Seven Color Lights Facial Mask
7 Color Lights Facial Mask, $199, Amazon
Not only does
this mask come with seven different colors, but it also has a neck attachment! The three main colors are the usual red, green, and blue, but then it also has four mixed shades of white, yellow, light blue, and purple. Amazon doesn't explain what the mixed colors do, but it might be safe to assume that they give a combination of the original benefits. So instead of just turning on the red light and fighting wrinkles, you can turn on the purple light to fight wrinkles and acne at the same time.
Pulsaderm Handheld Red LED
Pulsaderm Red LED, $79, Amazon
If you don't want to sit in a mask, then
this handheld light might be a better option for you. This particular one focuses on the red light, and it targets fine lines, wrinkles, and crow's feet, as well as improves skin texture. The results take about three to seven weeks to show, so have patience while using it!
Beauty Star LED Photon Therapy
LED Photon Face & Neck Mask
LED Photon Face & Neck Mask, $291, Amazon This mask comes with three colors — red, purple, and blue — and it promises to reduce scarring and acne. It also has the benefit of a neck mask, which can attack any problem spots in that area, too. MISSAMMY Massager LED Mask, $160, Amazon
Rather than just getting light therapy, why don't you add in a massage to stimulate blood flow in your face?
The mask vibrates the designated parts of your face for five minutes, and comes in varying intensities.
While acne medicine and wrinkle creams help you fight the usual spots and discoloration, these masks help delve deeper into the problem. Try them out and see if you see any noticeable differences in your skin.