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It’s Official! Here Are the 10 Best LED Face Masks for At-Home Self-Care

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In the realm of skincare products and innovation, LED masks have emerged as a revolutionary tool that offers a promising blend of science and technology to enhance the health and appearance of the skin. These masks harness the power of light emitting diodes (LED) to address a wide range of skin conditions, offering a non-invasive and gentle approach to skincare.

One of the key advantages of LED masks is their ability to offer these benefits without the potential side effects associated with more aggressive skincare treatments. Unlike chemical peels or lasers, LED therapy is non-invasive and doesn't damage the skin's surface. This makes LED masks suitable for a wide range of skin types, including sensitive skin that might be prone to irritation.

The other big advantage? LED devices are safe to use at home! 


About the Expert:

Ellen Marmur, MD, is a board certified dermatologist and founder of MMSkincare.

What Are the Benefits of LED for Your Skin?

LED light therapy masks emit different wavelengths of light, each with distinct benefits for the skin.  Different light settings work to target different skin or wellness concerns. “For example, blue light helps to kill acne bacteria,” explains dermatologist Ellen Marmur, MD. “Red light (as proven by NASA) stimulates collagen production, relaxes and calms you (improving sleep), calms inflammation (ideal for post-procedure use), and reduces pain. Purple light combines the powers of blue and red light for those treating acne and fighting wrinkles while providing a peaceful recharge.” Those are probably the LED devices you’ve heard of the most. But there are other colors that can be helpful to your specific concern.

“Green light targets sun damage, redness, hyperpigmentation, and brightens the skin,” Dr. Marmur continues. “Lastly, amber light boosts your mood and endorphins, increases the circulation of oxygen and has anti-aging benefits.”

1. Most Light Options:

DERMALACTIVES Light Therapy LED Mask 7 in 1

DERMALACTIVES Light Therapy LED Mask 7 in 1

This hands-free LED light therapy mask features a whopping seven LED lights to choose from. Sit back and relax under the soothing light while the device targets fine lines, ‌breakouts, hyperpigmentation, and more. “I love this light mask,” says one IPSY member. “Not only is it fun, but after just a week I’ve noticed a difference in my skin.”

2. Best for Travel:

MM SKINCARE MMSphere2GO

MM SKINCARE MMSphere2GO
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Dr. Marmur developed this travel-friendly, FDA-cleared LED device to help her patients target skincare concerns — loss of collagen, elastin, increased inflammation — wherever they want. “MMSphere2GO is clinically proven to reverse your skin’s age by four years based on AI, offering the fullest spectrum of nine energy settings of six different therapeutic wavelengths: blue, red, purple, green, and amber, plus infrared,” she says. Plus, it has wellness benefits such as promoting sleep and reducing anxiety. 

3. Best for Anti-Aging:

CURRENTBODY SKIN LED Light Therapy Face Mask

CURRENTBODY SKIN LED Light Therapy Face Mask
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We love how this comfortable silicone face mask is FDA-cleared and clinically proven to reduce wrinkles in just four weeks. When our face is feeling dull, just 10 minutes delivers brighter skin, while reducing pigmentation, giving the face a more even skin tone. 

4. Best Eye Mask:

DERMALACTIVES LED Therapy Eye Mask

DERMALACTIVES LED Therapy Eye Mask

When we’re feeling like the skin around our eyes are looking like they need a bit of ‌rejuvenation, we reach for this LED tri-color therapy eye mask that works to promote collagen production, boost cell renewal, improve elasticity, smooth out wrinkles, and brighten dark circles with red, yellow, and blue LED lights. IPSY members are big fans of the mask. “It’s very comfortable and relaxing to have a spa in my own home,” says one fan. “I use it right before I go to bed and wake up to new skin!”

5. Most In-Office Feel:

DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro LED Face Mask

DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro LED Face Mask
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Dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross knows a thing or two about skin so we trust him when it comes to making skincare devices. The FDA-cleared SpectraLite FaceWare Pro mask features three treatment modes: red light for anti-aging, blue light for fighting pesky blemishes, and a combo of both. It just feels like something we see at our dermatology office and our skin feels healthier than ever. 

6. Most Portable:

HIGHERDOSE Red Light Face Mask

HIGHERDOSE Red Light Face Mask
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When we’re having one of those busy days when it’s all about multi-tasking, we reach for this near-infrared red light therapy mask. Why this top pick? It stays on our face so well thanks to an extra head strap, functional eye holes, and cordless design. We can do yoga and clean our bedroom while the red light works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while promoting glowing skin.

7. Best for Spot Treatment:

SOLAWAVE 4-in-1 Advanced Skincare Wand (V1)

SOLAWAVE 4-in-1 Advanced Skincare Wand (V1)
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All we need is a five minute treatment with this aesthetician-favorite wand and our skin is less puffy and red and more lifted. It’s great for spot treatment when we have a blemish and want to focus on a small area of the face. It also lightly warms our skin, prepping it for beauty products like face creams, moisturizer, serums, and even retinol

8. Best for Reducing Inflammation:

MZ SKIN Lightmax Supercharged Led Mask 2.0

MZ SKIN Lightmax Supercharged Led Mask 2.0
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Acne and rosacea have one major thing in common: inflammation. This flexible, portable LED mask uses red/infrared or blue/red lights to calm inflammation, diminish breakouts, and reduce hyperpigmentation like dark spots. 

9. Best for Firm Skin:

OMNILUX Omnilux Contour Face 

OMNILUX Omnilux Contour Face
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Near-infrared light stimulates collagen production for firmer skin in an easy 10 minute treatment. After using, our skin texture feels smoother and looks brighter and plumper. What more can you ask for? 

10. Most Luxe Option:

SHANI DARDEN SKINCARE Shani Darden by Déesse PRO LED Light Mask

SHANI DARDEN SKINCARE Shani Darden by Déesse PRO LED Light Mask
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Want to feel like you really spent time with the top facialist in Los Angeles, CA? This luxe face mask, from aesthetician Shani Darden, will do just that. Dual diode LEDs deliver the highest dose of red, blue and near infrared light therapy. We especially love the Custom Neck Piece that addresses fine lines, wrinkles, and tech neck.

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Elizabeth Denton
Elizabeth is a freelance beauty writer. Previously, she was a beauty & fashion editor at Time Out New York, Seventeen, & Allure. She has more than a decade of experience in the beauty and fashion world, writing for Nylon, StyleCaster, Cosmopolitan & more.
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Article Last Updated August 24, 2023 12:00 AM