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Here are a few things you need to know about me before we get to the masks: I am in my mid-30s, I am getting married next year, and I have recently become incredibly aware of one, tiny line near my eye that you can only see when I squint a certain way. Therefore, I am in the midst of a complete panic about aging.
And I know—it’s not exactly chic or progressive to worry about how your face changes as you age. But I also know that I am not alone in this existential meltdown! I’ve seen y’all using that Aged filter on TikTok and losing your god damn minds!!
The thing with LED masks is that, of course, they aren’t going to completely stop the clock. But there is research that supports the use of these horror-movie-looking devices for helping with a range of skin issues—including inflammation, acne, wrinkles, sun damage, and even to help reduce the look of scars. They’re pricy, but for a reason. The more bulbs on a device, the more it’s going to work.
In general, you want to look for a device that is FDA-cleared (yes, they do that for beauty products!) and that have settings that mean you’ll actually use them. In other words, if you’re someone who can barely commit to flossing every night, you probably don’t want to buy an LED mask that requires multiple 20-minute sessions per week to work. Know yourself!
Ahead, I’ve rounded up some LED masks that are worth the investment, whether you’re hoping for anti-aging results or need a little spot treatment. Scroll on and stop using that filter, babes. Trust me.
This super powerful mask that all the pros love
This super luxe mask with multiple settings that people LOVE on Instagram
An LED mask that covers your face and your neck
This cute lil mini wand that’s perfect for spot treatments
This heavy-duty mask with two different light settings