6 LED light therapy masks for a tailored skin treatment from your lounge
Hannibal Lecter, but make it glowy
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / July 05 2021
Any DIY skin treatment that has Kate Hudson, Chrissy Teigen and Kourtney Kardashian’s ticks of approval (yep, that’s Kardashian's face behind that glowing blue number) is one that clearly works a treat – have you seen their faces? Ridiculously radiant.
But while, yes, LED masks are undeniably fun for a freaky selfie (or hell, a Halloween costume if you’re desperate) they’re actually as efficacious as they are eye-catching.
LED masks (or light emitting diode masks if you’re down to get technical) are commonly used to minimise reactions and improve the overall condition and appearance of the skin.
So how do they work? Each colour aids a different complexion concern. Red and blue light treatments are two of the most common, and they work to treat signs of ageing and acne respectively.
Some of the other shades of the LED rainbow include green (designed to treat inflammation and broken capillaries), purple (for wrinkle reduction and cell regeneration), yellow and orange (both best for brightening and pigmentation), cyan (perfect for reducing puffiness and swelling) and lastly, white (which penetrates deeply to promote wound healing and skin repair). Some masks also offer a ‘near-infrafred’ option, which also works in the redness-reduction department.
The specific mask you select, however, depends on your own skin type, glow goals and budget – there are a bunch of different options, and we’ve rounded up the very best of them…
Dr. Dennis Gross Spectralite Faceware Pro
This mask has a cult Hollywood following (Lucy Hale, Halle Berry and our life’s idol Kris Jenner are among the celebs that have sung its praises) for very good reason. It hones in on the two most popular light colours–red and blue–to smooth wrinkles, diminish discolouration, and clear away acne while also stimulating collagen production. The best bit? Each session runs for just three minutes, so you can treat yourself at any time; a perk to keep in mind when you remember the $696 price tag.
The Light Salon Boost LED Face Mask
A favourite of both Teigen and our ultimate Aussie crush Phoebe Tonkin, this lightweight, portable mask is crafted from soft medical-grade silicones, making it a much easier-to-store option than some of the sturdier alternatives. As for the treatments it offers, you can choose between red and near-infrared wavelengths (10 to 20 minute sessions are recommended 3-5 days a week) to leave skin calm, plump and bright. It does cost a pretty penny, though, ringing in at $580.
MZ Skin Light Therapy Golden Facial Treatment Device
If you’re willing to invest in the ultimate all-rounder, allow us to introduce the ideal option for you. Featuring five targeted light settings (red for collagen production, blue for bacteria depletion, green for pigmentation reduction, yellow for easing inflammation, and white for skin repair), it has all your concerns covered – and let’s face it, it’d want to for $948. As for the recommended treatment time, 10 to 30 minutes, 2 to 3 times a week is advised. Just don’t leave it lying around, there’s something about the gold shade that could look scarily human if you were to spy it in the dark…
Peppy Co. LED Light Therapy Mask
Searching for a versatile option that won’t break the bank? This mask (which costs a fairly modest $179, may we add) offers three light treatment choices: red, yellow and blue. The results you can expect? Even texture and enviable plumpness levels (cheers red), a pretty serious brightness boost and decline in dark spots (thanks yellow), and some complexion-clearing detoxifying action that works to rid skin of acne and the bacteria buildup that often causes it (that’s all you, blue).
Aduro Personal LED Mask
If you trust Julia Roberts’ recommendations (and we certainly do), this multitasking mask is your winner. One of the few versions that features cyan light as an option (ideal for sending puffiness packing), it also offers red, blue, purple, orange, green and yellow. Talk about an overachiever (especially considering it comes in at $499; pretty reasonable in the LED game). Did we mention Delta Goodrem also named using it as her number one beauty tip? That’s a pretty ringing endorsement.
Social Skin Co. LED Light Therapy Mask
This handy little guy slides on like your favourite pair of sunnies, making this visor-style, completely-wireless pick perfect for those of us who like to mask on the move. From household chores to cooking dinner, trust us when we say you can do just about anything in this mask. Enjoy three different targeted light therapy settings; red helps to minimise the signs of ageing by stimulating collagen production, blue targets acne-causing bacteria and calms skin, and amber increases the level of oxygen available to skin cells to help reduce toxins, heal sun-damaged skin and fade scars for improved tone.