If you want to kick-start collagen production, smooth fine lines, and decrease acne, you could spend days (or years) fine-tuning your skincare routine. Or, you could just start using an LED mask. “LED light therapy is an incredible treatment that uses low-level light therapy through the use of LED lights, or light-emitting diodes, that use proven wavelengths of light to treat different skincare concerns,” says Shani Darden, a celebrity esthetician and the founder of Shani Darden Skin Care. “It’s a safe, non-invasive treatment that everyone can benefit from.”
You’ll end up with a rather colourful light show, too, once you pick up an at-home mask. “The red light targets inflammation and boosts collagen replication, while the blue light kills acne-producing bacteria,” explains board-certified dermatologist Deborah Longwill. “The yellow light or amber light helps reduce pigmentation and old acne blemishes and the orange light helps increase circulation to the skin.”
The catch? As with any skin-altering treatment, you should check in with a dermatologist before splurging on the pricey devices. “One of the main concerns with LED light treatments is eye protection, so be sure that the mask you choose is safe and to always protect your eyes,” adds Longwill. Once you’ve done that, shop our picks for the best LED masks, ahead.
This article first appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR US.