When people talk about “the future of skincare,” we hadn’t quite predicted something so futuristic. Whether you’re a serial Instagram scroller or have your thumb on the pulse of the newest, coolest skincare innovations, you’ve probably heard a little something about light-emitting diodes, aka LED skin therapy. These fancy treatments were only available under the practiced hand of an aesthetician for in-office treatments in the past. But now, light-therapy luxury is available for you to use at your leisure when your skin is in the mood for something fancy.
What does LED light therapy do?
LED light therapy is a NASA technology adopted by the skincare community, thanks to its ability to heal wounds and tame inflammation. 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 them safely, but it may take longer to see visible results.
Is LED light therapy safe?
After years of avoiding the sun’s UV rays in the service of healthy skin, it can feel counter-intuitive to treat your face with light purposefully. But facialists, dermatologists, and beauty editors agree: LED light treatments are safe and effective treatments for your complexion. So 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.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare DRx SpectraLite™ FaceWare Pro
This FDA-approved, easy-to-use Dr. Dennis Gross creation is the gold standard for LED light therapy masks. It mimics the kind of light therapy treatments you can get in your aesthetician’s office. It features red and blue light, so you can target your area of concern or use both simultaneously. Red light diminishes signs of aging, while blue light kills off acne-causing bacteria.
Solaris 4-Color LED Light Therapy Mask
If you’re after a simple LED light therapy mask that won’t scare off your friends and family every time you use it (too much, anyway), this option from Solaris has you covered—literally. The non-heat design emanates blue, red, orange, and green light and is super lightweight on the face. So you’ll hardly notice that you’ve got it on while you WFH or veg out on your couch.
MZ Skin Light-Therapy Golden Facial Treatment Device
While this mask might give you Game of Thrones flashbacks (does anyone remember those scary people with gold masks?), this LED mask uses three lights for goals skin. Like most LED masks, it emits classic red and blue lights, but it also features yellow and white light (yellow treats redness and increases circulation, while white repairs wounds to the skin).
The Light Salon Boost Advanced LED Light Therapy Face Mask
Unlike many LED masks, this mask is made of a flexible material, so it’s easy to store and fits nicely around the skin. Additionally, it features red and infrared light, working together to powerfully improve blood circulation while treating damaged skin and signs of aging.
HigherDose Red Light Face Mask
In addition to the popular infrared sauna blanket, HigherDose has added an LED face mask to their buzzy lineup. It’s crafted from medical-grade silicone with red and near-infrared light-emitting bulbs on the interior to mimic low-level rejuvenating wavelengths found in natural sunlight. The result? A relaxing and warming boost to your skin (and mood!), enhancing your natural glow.
Skin Gym Wrinklit LED Mask
Some days, you might notice your skin looks duller than usual. Other days, you wake up with a smattering of zits that have you running for your medicine cabinet. Skin changes, but this mask will adapt to it. Its blue, red, and orange lights work to treat different conditions, and you can switch them depending on the state of your skin that day.es, but this mask will adapt with it. Its blue, red, and orange lights all work to treat different conditions, and you can switch them depending on the state of your complexion.
CurrentBody Skin LED Light Therapy Mask
This mask’s patented silicone makes it a standout amongst the pack. Its flexibility means the mask’s red and infrared lights can hit and treat every contour of the face, making it more effective for improving skin tone, texture, and the appearance of fine lines. And hey, the comfier it is, the more we’ll use it.
Lux Skin LED Facial Mask
This budget LED mask option doesn’t have the bells and whistles of the other masks on this list, but it gets the job done. It can shift between blue, red, and yellow light (thought to increase the production of new skin cells). Plus, because it’s wireless, you can put in laundry, make a snack, or get in a few restorative Shavasanas while you treat.
Project E Beauty LED Face Mask Light Therapy
This wireless mask comes complete with seven different light settings that tackle signs of aging. Sure, it includes the basic shades like red and blue, but it also features green light that fights discoloration, a purple light that helps reduce the look of scars, a light blue function that helps with acne, a yellow light that fights wrinkles and pesky fine lines) and, finally, a white light that tightens pores.
Omnilux Contour Face
This mask from Omnilux is designed to fit your face better than other options on the market. It straps on across the back of your head for a snug fit that will feel comfortable while you wear it for each of the 15-minute treatments.
Hime Sama LED Skin Mask-CE Cleared Pro 7
If you want to treat your face and neck skin, meet your new best friend. This LED light therapy mask comes with two separate pieces for targeted care and features seven types of light therapy.
Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Glasses for Bright Eyes
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, ten minutes of using this targeted tool will revive tired-looking eyes so you can appear vibrant, awake, and—dare we say it—forever youthful.
Priori Unveiled Silicone LED Light Mask
This silicone mask from Priori lays flat, making it ideal for travel. It’s also pre-programmed to only run for ten minutes at a time, so you don’t have to worry about exposing your skin to the LED light for too long.
Beautimate 7 Color Photon LED Skin Toning Device Rejuvenation Therapy Mask
If you’re still dipping a toe into the LED mask world, this is the mask for you. It comes with several heat settings, so you can decide which level of intensity you want to feel on your skin. The seven different light options help soothe the skin, accelerate cell growth and increase blood circulation for skin that looks younger in only 15 minutes.
Revive LED Light Lip Plumping & Anti-Aging
Fun fact: You can use LED to target your lips. Revive’s red light-emitting LED mask works to smooth fine lines and stimulate and build collagen to plump lips for a more youthful pout. *chefs kiss*
GenovieMD LED Light Therapy Mask
This pared-down and (relatively) affordable mask from GenovieMD uses red, blue, and amber light therapy to help fight signs of aging, keep unwanted bacteria at bay, and reduce the look of hyperpigmentation.
SolaWave Advanced Red Light Therapy Skincare Device
Ease into LED therapy with a handheld device, like SolaWave’s multifunctional facial tool. With microcurrent, facial massage, and therapeutic warming functions, this easy-to-use design helps smooth the appearance of blemishes and fine lines, minimizes breakouts, decreases puffiness and the appearance of dark circles, and stimulates facial muscles for tighter-looking skin. Bonus: It’s portable and super easy to use around the house, on the go, or during travel.
Dmh Aesthetics LED Light Shield Mask
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.
LightStim for Acne
Target acne sans a full-on mask with LightStim’s handheld LED device. Using blue and red light, the former targets bacteria to heal existing blemishes and prevent future breakouts, while the latter increases blood circulation for a glowy and clear complexion.