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These are the LED face masks celebrities are constantly wearing on Instagram

The future is bright.

If you’ve spotted a celebrity looking like a stormtrooper lately, there’s a logical explanation: LED face masks. Chrissy Teigen, Shay Mitchell and January Jones have all taken to Instagram looking like bionic women, as they treat themselves to a little at-home light therapy.

And with everything that’s going on, there’s really no better time to delve into the tech devices that’ll help you maintain healthy, glowing and youthful skin at home. Here’s everything you need to know about LED face masks, including Girlfriend‘s guide to the best LED face masks in Australia.

What is LED light therapy?

Light therapy is a treatment that has been used by facialists for years, and the technology has since stretched to at-home devices. LED light therapy is a low-level light therapy that uses the wavelengths of light from the LED lights, or light emitting diodes, to treat different skincare concerns. 

The list of light therapy benefits is long, and depending on the different wave lengths and colour of light used, can include treating acne, stimulating collagen, minimising redness, regulating oil production and banishing wrinkles.

Some have even found success in reducing age spots and uneven skin tone.

HOW DOES LED LIGHT THERAPY WORK?

The colour and light emitted from the LED device produces precise wavelengths, which penetrate the skin at various depths.

The wavelengths stimulate certain skin responses, whether it be increasing cellular activity or encouraging faster healing. Controlling these wavelengths comes down to choosing which colour of LED light is used.

WHAT COLOUR LED DO I NEED?

Red light: Boosts collagen in the skin, which plumps and firms, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Blue light: Kills acne-causing bacteria to minimise current breakouts and prevent new ones from forming.

Green light: Can help to reduce pigmentation for more even-toned skin.

Near Infrared Light: Repairs cells and optimises cellular functions to speed up healing and improve appearance of scars for healthier skin overall.

HOW TO USE AN LED FACE MASK

Always use an LED mask or device on clean, dry skin.

If you need to hydrate your skin, it’s best recommended to use a hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate and plump up the skin. Different settings will often require different times, so read all instructions carefully and adhere to the treatment times.

THE BEST AT-HOME LED FACE MASKS AND DEVICES

LED Face Masks

Dr. Dennis Gross Spectralite Faceware Pro, $696 at MECCA

LED Face Masks

Déesse Pro Mask Next Generation, approx $1,900 at Shani Darden Skin Care

LED Face Masks

NuFace Trinity Device and NuFace Trinity Wrinkle Reducer Attachment, $507 + $239, at MECCA

LED Face Masks

LightStim For Wrinkles, $340 at Adore Beauty

LED Face Masks

FOREO UFO 2, $395 at Adore Beauty

LED Face Masks

Peppy Co Led Light Therapy Mask, $179 at Peppy Co

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