When people talk about "the future of skincare," I don't think any of us predicted something quite so futuristic. Whether you're a serial Instagram-scroller or just have your thumb on the pulse of the newest, coolest skincare innovations, it's likely that you've heard a little something about LED skin therapy. In the past, these fancy treatments were only available under the practiced hand of your aesthetician for in-office treatments. Now, this luxury is available for you to use at your leisure when your skin is in the mood for something fancy.
LED light therapy is actually a NASA technology that was adopted by the skincare community when its ability to heal wounds and tame inflammation was noticed. Blue light frequencies are typically used to treat acne, while red light is used for anti-aging concerns. At-home devices are less powerful than the treatments you'd get at a dermatologist's office, which means you can use it safely but it may take longer to see visible results. If shooting lights at your face sounds scary, you should know that there are no ultraviolet rays in these devices, meaning that your risk of burns or damage are fairly minimal. If you're curious about the LED face masks that will up your skincare and Instagram game, read on for some of the best on the market.
This Dr. Dennis Gross creation mimics the kind of light therapy treatments you can get in your aesthetician's office. It features red and blue light, so you can either choose your area of concern or use both at the same time. Red light diminishes signs of aging, while blue light kills off acne-causing bacteria. It's easy to use, and will make you look like a gorgeous, clear-skinned robot while it's on.
This robot-looking mask not only treats your face with LED light therapy, but includes a neck piece so you can look forward to no longer having neck wrinkles. It has 7 different light modes to treat every ailment from acne, aging, scars, dullness and more. These spa-esque light treatments take between 15 and 30 minutes, which means it's time to listen to turn on a calming podcast and indulge in me time.
This wireless device uses red light, blue light, and pink light to combat signs of aging, inflammation, and acne. In 20 minutes, LED red lights reduces fine lines, age spots and improves collagen production in the skin. For acne-sufferers, blue light eliminates bacteria that can cause future breakouts while pink light heals inflammation from existing ones.
While many LED masks target the entire face, this device is specially designed to treat dark circles, fine lines, and puffiness around the eye area. With red, yellow and orange light, 10 minutes of using this targeted tool will revive tired-looking eyes so you can appear vibrant, awake and forever youthful.
While this mask might give you Game of Thrones flashbacks (anyone remember those scary people with gold masks?!) this LED mask uses three lights to give you the skin you want. While it features the classic red and blue lights, this device also features yellow and white light. Yellow light treats redness and increases circulation, while white light repairs wounds to the skin.
This LED shield might look like a futuristic visor, but it contains three light settings that treat your skin like royalty. While red light is anti-aging and blue light eliminates bacteria, amber light helps cell turnover and removes waste and pollution from your skin. Used long-term, you can kiss pimples and wrinkles goodbye!
This mask features not two, not three, but six different treatment light options. Along with anti-aging and anti-acne capabilities, it also features green light to help even skin that may have been affected by scars or sun damage. It also features infrared light that promotes healthy circulation and heals damage. The good news is that the more you use it, the better your skin will become overtime.
Unlike many LED masks, this mask is made of a flexible material so it's easy to store and fits nicely around the skin. This mask features red light and infrared light, which powerfully improves blood circulation all while treating damaged skin and signs of aging.
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