This article was first published on 12 January 2022.
Though they may seem like futuristic helmets from sci-fi settings like Star Wars and TRON, LED beauty masks have real skincare benefits. These devices use LED light therapy (a.k.a Chromotherapy), a medical concept that has its roots dating as far as the time of the Ancient Egyptians. It’s the same technology that NASA scientists discovered can reduce the painful side effects of cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy.
Essentially, the skin is exposed to different light wavelengths to target different skin concerns. These wavelengths trigger a response in the skin cells, which speeds up its self-renewing process. Pretty neat, huh? If you want to take one for a spin, here are some of the best LED beauty masks in Singapore that you can consider investing in.
For your entire face
Conventional LED beauty masks will cover the entirety of your face. These typically come with multiple settings that serve different purposes — acne, toning, or brightening are some examples — so you can adjust it depending on what your skin needs.
1. LG Pra.L Derma LED Mask
Designed to brighten the skin from within, the LG Pra.L Derma LED Mask improves your skin tone and firmness with 160 red LED lights. It comes with built-in eye protection to shield your delicate eye area as you pamper the rest of your face. You can purchase it from Qoo10 here.
2. Cellreturn Premium LED Mask by Angela Caglia
The Cellreturn Premium LED Mask by Angela Caglia uses the same near-infrared LED technology that is studied by NASA and medical professionals for its ability to heal the skin. It uses 700 lights (pink, red, and blue) to stimulate collagen production, minimise blemishes, and even out your skin tone. It's available on Net-A-Porter.
3. Potions LED Photon Therapy Mask
Did you know that there are LED beauty masks in the drugstore too? The Potions LED Photon Therapy Mask is one of the more affordable options on this list. It comes with three LED settings: red to stimulate collagen production, yellow to brighten up your complexion, and blue to help control acne and bacteria. You can find it on the Watsons e-store.
4. Wells LED Mask
If you need something more lightweight, then go for the Wells LED Mask. This K-beauty pick weighs 390 grams, making it comfortable and easier to use. But don't let its weight fool you, it contains 750 LED lights that correct photoageing skin and treat acne. You can purchase it from the Wells Singapore website.
5. Curicare Haru LED Face Mask
The Curicare Haru LED Face Mask is another K-beauty LED beauty mask that offers multiple skin benefits. It uses three wavelengths across four skin modes that improve skin elasticity, texture, and clarity. You can pre-order it from Korea to Singapore through Shopee.
For dark undereye circles
While full-face LED masks typically shield the eyes from the LED wavelengths through some form of goggles, there are some LED eye masks that are safe to use. These were designed to emit specific wavelengths — typically red and yellow — for general anti-ageing and brightening benefits. They can also make your eye serums and cream absorb better.
1. Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Glasses For Bright Eyes
Go for targeted skincare treatment with the Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light Glasses For Bright Eyes. It takes the form of futuristic eyeglasses to target red, yellow, and orange LED to the eye area. In addition to lightening panda eyes, it also reduces puffiness and improves skin texture. You can purchase it on Sephora.sg.
For acne breakouts
If you want to keep acne breakouts in check, pick up a blue LED beauty device. Blue LED light targets acne-causing bacteria found in the deeper layers of the skin while also minimising redness.
1. FOREO ESPADA™ Blue Light Acne Treatment
While not a "mask" per se, the FOREO ESPADA also uses LED light therapy to zap away pimple-causing bacteria, reduce swelling, and prevent future breakouts. It also uses T-Sonic pulsations to stimulate blood flow and improve your complexion. You can find the product on Sephora.sg.
2. Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Blue Light
The Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Blue Light is another handheld LED device that acne-prone folks can consider. Aside from chromotherapy, it also uses Low-Frequency Current Stimulation — energy pulses that trigger gentle facial muscle contractions — to prep your skin for skincare application and depuff your face. The device is available on Sephora.sg.
For the neck and below
Yes, there are LED beauty masks for other parts of your body too. These can help with backne, uneven skin tone, sagginess, and more.
1. Dr. Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite BodyWare Pro
The moldable Dr. Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite BodyWare Pro comes in a bendable design for a snug fit on your arms, shoulders, legs, knees or laid flat for your back and chest. It has a combination of 148 red lights and 68 blue lights for reducing backne and wrinkles, lightening dark spots, and even soothing body pain. You can find this multitasking wonder on Sephora.sg.
2. The Light Salon Boost Advanced LED Light Therapy Bib
If you need something more portable, then The Light Salon Boost Advanced LED Light Therapy Bib would suit your needs. Its bib-like silicone design makes it easy to use around your neck, chest, back and shoulders. Like other beauty masks, it uses red light and near-infrared technology to improve the appearance of the skin. It's available in our area through Net-A-Porter.
3. Unicskin UnicLED Neck & Chin Mask
To cap off this list of LED beauty masks, we have the Unicskin UnicLED Neck & Chin Mask. Achieve a more contoured jawline with this device that uses different wavelengths to reduce oxidative stress and improve cellular turnover. You can find this on Net-A-Porter.
(Cover photo from: @curicare.asia)
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