In these unprecedented times, we’ll take every opportunity for a touch of self-care – and when it comes to our skin, there’s no doubt that a face mask is the way to go.
If you’ve scrolled through Instagram in the past week, (who hasn’t) you’ve probably noticed the A-lister’s self-care gadget of choice. From Chrissy Teigen to Victoria Beckham, Hollywood’s glowiest faces are all seeing themselves through self-isolation with an LED face mask.
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They might look frightening (or, in some cases, perfectly Instagram-worthy), but these futuristic devices are actually the ultimate in at-home skin tech. Just ask January Jones, who shared an Instagram Story of her own LED session last night.
So, how do they work? That depends on the colour of light you choose. Red diodes work by stimulating the skin cells to product collagen, leading to firmer, plumper skin in time, while acne-prone types can call on blue diodes to kill the bacteria that can lead to blemishes. And for the truly serious? Near infra-red, or white light, penetrates deeper than them all, replenishing depleted cells to spark firmer, more resilient skin from the inside out.
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If a touch of light relief sounds appealing right now, there are several at-home options, many of which deliver a spectrum of light settings, so you can customise your treatment depending on your skin’s needs each day. Let’s face it – you’re already sitting on the sofa – why not treat your skin while you’re at it?
Angela Caglia‘s precision-crafted mask boasts near-infrared light for the deepest results possible, as well as blue, pink and red settings. Embedded with 700 miniscule lights, it’s a seriously effective option.
This award-winning, multi-faceted device combines LED with ultrasonic vibrations and thermal heat therapy for a truly holistic treatment. It features settings for reducing irritation, boosting collagen, and killing acne bacteria.
A serious investment in skin health, this incredibly advanced mask offers four different LED wavelengths and six specialised settings. Whether you’re targetting dark spots, deep wrinkles, acne or sagging skin, this industry-leading mask – packed with 770 medical-grade LEDs – can both reverse existing damage and prevent new issues.
If eye cream alone isn’t cutting it, give this specialised mask a try: it directly targets loss of collagen around the eye area, which leads to wrinkles and crow’s feet. The combination of 72 red and amber lights works quickly and effectively, claiming to offer a visible reduction in wrinkle depth in two weeks.
Foreo‘s hardest-working tool yet, the UFO combines toning sonic vibrations with a spectrum of red, green and blue LED lights to enhance the effectivity of the brand’s coordinating masks.
You can now reap the benefits of The Light Salon‘s signature treatment at home. Loved by the likes of Victoria Beckham, this light therapy mask emits red and near-infrared light to boost collagen production and replenish cells from the inside out.
Simple and effective, this blue-light device will kill bacteria and clear breakouts swiftly. Requiring just five minutes of use per day, it’s light on labour, too.
This flexible mask combines red and infra-red light to reduce the depth of fine lines and smooth skin texture. It’s designed to fit neatly over your ears, and long-term use leads to noticeably firmer skin that glows.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR UK.
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