Kourtney Kardashian posted a photo of herself wearing a $2,000 glowing mask on Instagram at an appointment with celebrity aesthetician Shani Darden. Plenty of other stars, including Chrissy Teigen, Kelly Rowland, Lena Dunham, Emma Stone and Real Housewives of New York City’s Carole Radziwill have also posted images of similar red and blue light facial therapy sessions.
The benefits of LED light therapy were originally discovered by NASA. They found that it helped with healing wounds. Recent studies are confirming that LED light is also beneficial for acne, wrinkles and fine lines. But not all wavelengths of light are created equal.
The data is showing that surface conditions like acne are best treated with lower spectrum wavelengths, such as blue LED light. Low spectrum lights kill the bacteria on the skin that causes acne, preventing future breakouts.
On the other hand, wrinkles and fine lines are better treated with LED light that is higher on the wavelength spectrum. This means lights like red or near-infrared laser are best because they penetrate the skin deeper where they stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.
Users of LED light therapy have also reported dramatic improvements with rosacea, dyspigmentation, scaring and more – though these conditions haven’t been studied yet.
Clinical trials of LED light therapy have shown:
87% smoother facial wrinkles and fine lines after 12 weeks
83% reduction of acne breakouts after 8 weeks
91% improved skin to and enhanced smoothness after 12 weeks
Before home devices came onto the market, LED light therapy was only available in clinics. With treatments costing $100+ per session and multiple weekly sessions required, it was out of reach for many.
Companies like CytoMask have recently exploded in popularity by bringing the same technology to home users for a fraction of the price.
While most masks still cost north of $500, CytoMask comes in at an affordable $199 with 7 different wavelengths of light to treat skin conditions that exist at different depths. With more treatment capabilities and a lower price tag, it’s no surprise they’ve been in hot demand.