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119. The Lowdown on LED

Updated: Mar 21

When the future of skincare is discussed, not many of us predicted the use of coloured light therapy. Whether you're influenced by Instagram and tiktok memes or just have your thumb on the pulse of the most current and coolest skincare innovations, it's likely that you've heard a little something about LED skin therapy.

When these advanced treatments first launched, they were only available under the practiced hand of aestheticians for professional skin treatments. With the evolution of technology, LED wands and masks are now available for home use.

LED light-emitting diode : an electronic device that emits light when a voltage is applied to it.

LED light therapy is actually a NASA technology that was adopted by the skincare industry when the results were realized that it offered the ability to heal wounds and calm inflammation. Blue light frequencies are typically used to treat acne, while red light is used to youth boost the skin.

If you're not a laser and lights fan and shooting lights at your face sounds scary, please note that there are no ultraviolet rays in these devices. The only frightening thing about these masks are the way they look.

Most LED face masks have high ticket prices and they all of them tend to claim transformative results.

I frequently get asked: Do they work? How do they work? Are they worth the investment? What is light therapy? We’re here to shed some light on LED...

What is light therapy?

Light therapy has been around for about 30 years. The treatment exposes the skin to red, blue, green, cyan, yellow, orange/amber, purple, white, and near-infrared LED light which each have various skincare benefits.

What does light therapy do?

It can be used to reduce breakouts, pigmentation, rosacea symptoms, bags under eyes, psoriasis and other side-effects of inflammation. If you don't suffer from the above concerns, LED light therapy can simply help to improve the appearance of your face, neck and decollate. For best results, LED light therapy should be used regularly.

❤️ RED: Is the youth boost color of choice. Studies have shown it reduces fine lines and wrinkles. In addition to this, the body produces more collagen and elastin equating to healthier and younger looking skin. It can also improve overall facial texture and reduce scarring. This is the most common color selected by users.

🧡 ORANGE/AMBER: Is used for firming up the skin, reducing dullness and dark spots. Users will often report their skin "glowing" when used regularly and is one of the favorites used leading up to a special occasion or event.

💙 BLUE: Is primarily used for treating acne. It kills the bacteria that causes acne in the first place. It's also been shown to help with those who have psoriasis and reduce damage caused by the sun. This is the favorite for those who have been suffering with acne and struggle with ingredient based solutions.

The benefits go well beneath the skin’s surface, LED light treatments have been recognised for their mental health benefits too. Client feedback suggests that a short period of time spent under in-clinic LED lamps can dramatically improve mood, lifting spirits and reducing stress levels.

Did you know that LED light therapy boosts our ATP so that it can fuel other cells with energy and boost our serotonin count. The results for your skin and mind are cumulative, so regular treatments are recommended to see the desired results.

If you can’t afford regular LED treatments at your local clinic, spa, or salon, at-home light therapy could be the answer. And that’s where the best LED face masks come in. There are several lists that have been put together by renowned magazines, so check out the current 'best in class' by doing your research before investing.

Beauty benefits of light therapy

LED face masks have gained popularity in recent years for their numerous benefits in skincare and beauty. Here are six of the key benefits of using LED face masks:

🎭 Skin Rejuvenation:

LED light therapy stimulates collagen production, which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. It promotes the growth of new skin cells, giving your complexion a youthful and rejuvenated look.

🎭 Acne Reduction:

LED light therapy can be effective in treating acne and reducing breakouts. Blue light specifically targets the bacteria that cause acne, helping to kill them and prevent further inflammation. It also helps to regulate sebum production, reducing oiliness and preventing clogged pores.

🎭 Improves Skin Tone and Texture:

LED face masks can help improve uneven skin tone and texture by promoting cellular turnover and stimulating blood circulation. This can lead to a more even complexion, reduced redness, and improved skin texture.

🎭 Reduces Hyperpigmentation:

LED therapy can be effective in reducing hyperpigmentation, including sunspots, age spots, and melasma. The light energy targets excess melanin production, helping to break it down and fade the pigmentation over time.

🎭 Enhances Skincare Product Absorption:

LED light therapy can improve the absorption of skincare products by helping them penetrate deeper into the skin. This allows for better results from your regular skincare routine, as the active ingredients can work more effectively.

🎭 Non-Invasive and Painless:

LED face masks are non-invasive and painless, making them a safe and comfortable option for at-home use. Unlike some other skincare treatments, LED therapy does not require any downtime or recovery period.

Get the best results from your home care rejuvenation

To make the best use of an LED face mask, follow these eight guidelines:

1. Cleanse your face:

Start by thoroughly cleansing your face to remove any dirt or makeup. This ensures that the mask will have direct contact with your skin for maximum effectiveness.

2. Choose the appropriate color:

LED face masks come with different colored lights, each with specific benefits. Here are some commonly used colors and their benefits:

❤️ Red light: Stimulates collagen production, reduces wrinkles and fine lines.

💛 Yellow light: Boosts circulation, improves skin texture and tone.

💚 Green light: Calms the skin, reduces redness and irritation.

💙 Blue light: Kills acne-causing bacteria, helps with acne treatment.

💜 Purple light: Combination of red and blue lights, great for acne treatment and improving overall skin appearance.

3. Wear eye protection:

LED face masks emit bright light, which can be harsh on your eyes. To protect your eyes, wear goggles or use a small towel to cover them during the treatment.

4. Attach the mask:

Ensure that the mask is securely attached to your face. Most LED masks have adjustable straps or hooks to keep them in place.

5. Set the timer:

LED face masks usually have different preset time options. Start with a shorter duration, around 10-20 minutes, and gradually increase the time as your skin becomes more accustomed to the treatment.

ALWAYS follow the manufacturer's instructions for the recommended duration.

6. Relax and enjoy:

While wearing the mask, find a comfortable position and relax. Listen to soothing music, read a book, or simply close your eyes and let the mask work its magic.

7. Be consistent:

For best results, use the LED face mask regularly. Depending on your skin's needs and the specific benefits you are targeting, use the mask 2-3 times per week or as recommended by the manufacturer.

8. Follow up with skincare:

After the LED treatment, apply your usual skincare routine, including moisturizer and sunscreen if it is daytime. This will help lock in the benefits and keep your skin hydrated.

Remember to consult with a dermatologist if you have any underlying skin conditions or if you're unsure about using an LED face mask.


🎭 Masks with microcurrents can be dangerous and definitely aren't suitable for everyone. They can be uncomfortable and its recommended to be avoided when possible.

🎭 The Zoidberg looking masks that are made from silicone. While these are comfortable, they often lack full face coverage and we've also found them to be weak with typically only 66 bulbs. Not to mention can be cumbersome with the remotes and they all smell like formaldehyde out of the packaging.

🎭 Masks that look like a face shield from tests, they do virtually nothing and don't protect the eyes.

It's worth noting that while LED face masks can provide noticeable benefits, consistent and regular use is key to achieving optimal results. Moreover, it's always recommended to consult with a dermatologist or skincare professional before starting any new skincare regimen.

Thank you for reading, if this was useful please 🩵 and if it could help someone in your network, please share.

Thank you ~ Diana x

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