One of latest technologies in wrinkle reducing is LED and infrared light. Red light reduces inflammation and promotes circulation, amber light builds collagen and elastin and blue light destroys acne bacteria. Infrared light (we are unable to see it with the naked eye) promotes circulation and encourages product absorption. For years you have been able to visit doctors offices for LED treatments but demand has pushed new devices to the home market.
I tested out two products, the illuMask Anti-Aging mask and the LightStim for Wrinkles handheld device. I got the illuMask at ULTA and with a 20 percent off coupon I paid about $24. I got the LightStim for Wrinkles gratis at the Cosmoprof convention in Las Vegas. It costs around $249 dollars and is available at lightstim.com and QVC.com (they also have a cheaper mini version). The main reason I wanted to try LED therapy was to improve my wrinkles. I also wanted to see if it had any impact on my Rosacea. I have read that red light therapy is an option, but currently there are no FDA recommendations for that use.
What I like about the illuMask: I like that all you have to do is put the mask on and press a button and in 15 minutes you’re done. I noticed enough of a difference to want to use it again. UPDATE: illuMask was bought by Neutrogena and is now the (affiliate link) Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask. It costs around $35 and you get the mask and 30 sessions. When your 30 sessions are up, you can buy the remote for $14.99 that adds another 30 sessions. There has been some talk that at some point you also need to replace the mask because the LED lights lose their effectiveness, but I’m not sure. If you buy it at neutrogena.com, you can get 15 percent off your first purchase.
What I don’t like: It doesn’t get that hot. The (affiliate link) LightStim gets really warm and it is pressed directly to your face. The other negative is price. Each mask only lasts 30 uses. It takes about 8 weeks to see major results and the recommendation for LED therapy is to continue using it for even more results. If you wanted to use it a for year, you would end up spending $360.
What I liked about LightStim: I saw big results immediately. My pores shrunk and my skin looked tighter. My fine lines have lessened and it seems to be making an impact on my bigger lines too. Not sure if it helped my Rosacea, but it has lightened skin discolorations. You use it for three minutes at a time, on each area. They have a cool app that has a revolving timer which makes it easy to do while laying in bed or watching TV. The cost is reasonable for what you get. The LightStim plugs into the wall (no batteries), you don’t have to replace the light cartridge and it has a five year warranty.
What I didn’t like: A mask version would be nice.
To sum it up, the LightStim is much more powerful and a much better deal for long term treatment. The illuMask is good if you just want to experiment with LED treatment for aging or acne. I plan on using my LightStim everyday until it stops working. I may even try the LightStim for Acne mini when it comes out. LightStim also has a LED device for pain. You can find them all at LightStim.com or check out QVC where you can get one easy pay.