The best red light therapy devices to shop in 2024, tried and tested by our beauty experts

From collagen-boosting masks to acne-fighting tools, theare the best red light therapy devices that have our seal of approval

Collage of three of the best red light therapy devices from Dr. Dennis Gross, MZ Skin and CurrentBody
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The list in brief ↴
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Best overall: Dr Dennis Gross DRx Skincare Spectralite Faceware Pro
2. Best value: Solawave Skincare Wand with Red Light Therapy
3. Best versatile: Unicskin UnicLED Korean Mask
4. Best high-tech: MZ Skin LightMAX Supercharged LED 2.0 Mask
5. Best plumping: The Light Salon Boost LED Mask
6. Most convenient: CurrentBody Skin LED Light Therapy Mask
7. Best for eyes: Dr Dennis Gross Skincare DRX Spectralite Eyecare Pro
8. Best for acne: Lightstim For Acne
9. Best for dryness: FOREO UFO 2
10. Best for rejuvenation: MZ Skin Light Therapy Golden Facial Treatment Device
11. Best handheld: Skin Gym Revilit LED Therapy Tool
12. Best reasonably-priced: Sensse Professional LED Face Mask
13. Best for comfortable wear: Omnilux Contour Face
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Previously only accessible via the dermatologist’s office, lower-strength LED treatments can now be carried out at home thanks to an influx of new, high-tech tools. Gadgets like the best red light therapy devices are, therefore, in high demand – and team woman&home has reviewed the top models in this very guide. 

Promising a clearer and brighter complexion when used alongside staples such as the best hyaluronic acid serums or best vitamin C serums , many studies support the skin-boosting benefits of red-light therapy devices. “Red light stimulates the production of collagen and elastin to refine and strengthen the skin,” says Dr Maryam Zamani, a leading facial aesthetics doctor and the founder of MZ Skin. “It boosts luminosity through improved circulation, calms redness, evens skin tone and plumps up the complexion.” 

Within at-home devices, red LED can be combined with other light therapies, such as blue and infrared, for supercharged results. Our guide includes a wide range of light options, price points and skin concerns. We've also consulted with dermatology and skin professionals to answer the biggest red-light therapy FAQs – namely, how to choose the right device for your needs and whether it's possible to overdo these treatments.

The quick list

Best red light therapy device overall

Dr. Dennis Gross DRx Skincare SpectraLite FaceWare Pro

The Dr. Dennis Gross DRx Skincare SpectraLite FaceWare Pro

(Image credit: Dr. Dennis Gross)

1. Dr. Dennis Gross DRx Skincare SpectraLite FaceWare Pro

Best red light therapy device overall

Specifications

RRP: £465
Type: Full mask
Target issues: Lines, redness, blemishes

Reasons to buy

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Ideal for all skin types
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Effective at addressing acne concerns
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Also recommended for full-face wrinkles

Reasons to avoid

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Slippery attachment strap

We found this to be the top performer of any red light therapy device we tried and, to that end, feel it very much justifies its price tag. The three-minute-long LED procedure targets a large range of skincare concerns: wrinkles, fine lines, blemishes, and dark circles, to name just a few. Dr. Dennis Gross boasts a patented design that contours to the face and specifically targets those areas in need. With red light to support natural collagen and elastin production and blue light to help get rid of acne and redness, this mask truly does pack a punch. 

After testing, we would recommend starting with a dry and freshly cleansed face before using this mask. Use the adjustable strap to secure the mask on your face; we did find it slipped a little during the treatment. Then, let the red light and blue light combination therapy do its thing until the timer goes off. Afterwards, we followed up with one of the best vitamin C serums to further boost brightness in our skin. Expect an improvement in circulation and brightness within 12 weeks.

Read our full Dr. Dennis Gross DRx Skincare SpectraLite FaceWare Pro review 

Best value red light therapy device

Solawave Skincare Wand with Red Light Therapy

The Solawave Skincare Wand with Red Light Therapy

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2. Solawave Skincare Wand with Red Light Therapy

Best value red light therapy device

Specifications

RRP: £175
Type: Wand
Target issues: Wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles, blemishes and dark spots

Reasons to buy

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Multi-tasking device 
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Portable and rechargeable 
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Impressive results 

Reasons to avoid

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Requires you to move the device

Although this device looks like a bit like a razor, it's actually a four-in-one skincare tool that combines red light therapy with therapeutic warmth, facial massage and microcurrent to brighten and smooth skin. Intrigued? Us too! Let us break it down for you – the four technologies work together to tackle myriad skincare concerns in as little as five minutes per day, three times a week. 

All we had to do was move the device around our face in upward and outward motions. The microcurrent stimulates the muscles to boost firmness, while red light therapy reduces the appearance of fine lines and sun damage by boosting collagen production. Low vibrations provide a very pleasant, gentle massage to help take down puffiness. We particularly loved the warming head, which helped reduce redness and gave the device the ultimate feel-good factor. It's super lightweight and a total joy to use and would be a worthy investment for anyone who likes to do a facial at home. As for results, expect brighter, plumper and smoother skin after a few weeks of use. 

Read our full Solwave review

The best red light therapy device for different modes

UNICSKIN UnicLED Korean Mask

The UNICSKIN UnicLED Korean Mask

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3. UNICSKIN UnicLED Korean Mask

The best red light therapy device for different modes

Specifications

RRP: £315
Type: Mask
Target issues: Wrinkles, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, acne, sebum regulation, redness, sagging and inflammation

Reasons to buy

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Seven different colour modes
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Results can be seen after three sessions
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Brightens and smooths skin

Reasons to avoid

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Has to be plugged in while wearing
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Low stock levels make this device harder to buy than others on this list

If you’re after an LED mask that tackles every major skincare concern going, this is the one for you. With seven (yes, seven) different light modes, the device tackles wrinkles, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, melasma, acne, sebum regulation, redness, inflammation and sagging. So, how does it work? Despite sounding complicated, we found it incredibly easy to use. Plug the mask in, set your preferred time and intensity (levels range from 1-5), pick your colour (choose from red, blue, green, purple, yellow, aqua blue and white), then sit back and relax. 

It does have to be plugged in while wearing, so we found it slightly less convenient than some other models on the list, but it's comfortable to wear – and sometimes it's nice to have a reason to just kick back and relax. The best thing about this mask is that you can create a bespoke treatment depending on your skin's needs. For instance, if you want to treat pigmentation and acne, try the green light for 15 minutes followed by the blue light for another 15 minutes. Clever!

Best high-tech red light therapy device

MZ Skin LED 2.0 LightMAX Supercharged LED Mask

The MZ Skin LED 2.0 LightMAX Supercharged LED Mask

(Image credit: MZ Skin)

4. MZ Skin LED 2.0 LightMAX Supercharged LED Mask

Best high-tech red light therapy device

Specifications

RRP: £750
Type: Mask
Target issues: Skin lines, blemishes, collagen, inflammation

Reasons to buy

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Soft silicone contours to your face
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Reduces wrinkle depth and treats acne 
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Portable so you can bring it anywhere

Reasons to avoid

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It's expensive
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Not as widely available as other red light therapy devices on this list

Dr Maryam Zamani's newest LED mask certainly looks the part. Crafted from patented, medical-grade soft silicone in a millennial pink shade, it moulds to the contours of your face – a little like one of the best face masks – for a comfortable, sleek aesthetic. Looks aside, it’s also portable, so we found we could pop it on and get on with our day uninterrupted. As for technology, it boasts two LED light modes: Anti-ageing (using infrared and red light therapy) and Acne (combining red light and blue light therapy). 

Simply slip the mask on, adjust the strap at the back and select your chosen mode to begin your 10–30-minute treatment. Designed to rival the power of the tools used in-clinic, this mask delivers impressive results. Clinical trials revealed that, in just four weeks, wrinkle depth was reduced by 36% and collagen fibres increased in just two weeks. Impressive, huh? We noticed a brighter, healthier-looking complexion almost immediately.

Read our MZ Skin LED 2.0 LightMAX Supercharged LED Mask review

Best plumping red light therapy device

The Light Salon Boost LED Face Mask

The Light Salon's Boost LED Face Mask

(Image credit: The Light Salon)

5. The Light Salon Boost LED Face Mask

The best plumping red light therapy device

Specifications

RRP: £395
Type: Mask
Target issues: Skin tone, fine lines, wrinkles and hydration

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight silicone material
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Combines red and near-infrared light
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Works in 10 minutes

Reasons to avoid

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Adjustable strap is a little fiddly 

If you haven’t had a chance to visit The Light Salon in real life, we suggest rectifying that, pronto. Situated in department stores across the UK, the station boasts an impressive menu of LED treatments from The Blue to fight acne to The Full-Body Signature for top-to-toe results. If, however, you can’t book in, why not invest in their at-home alternative instead? The Boost LED Face Mask delivers 10-minute treatments of near-infrared and red light to soften fine lines, calm inflammation and plump up the skin. 

For the best results, the brand recommends wearing the mask three times a week over the course of four weeks. (According to clinical trials, wrinkle depth is reduced by 36% in this timeframe.) We found it super comfortable to wear with its soft silicone shell and adjustable straps. It’s also portable and boasts an impressive 5,000 hours of use. If you’re a frequent flyer, this is a great choice for travel as it can be laid out entirely flat in the protective bag and will help to give your skin a pick-me-up post-flight. Big tick!

Read our full The Light Salon Boost LED Face Mask review

Most convenient red light therapy device

CurrentBody Skin LED Light Therapy Mask

The CurrentBody Skin LED Light Therapy Mask

(Image credit: Current Body)

6. CurrentBody Skin LED Light Therapy Mask

The most convenient red light therapy device

Specifications

RRP: £299
Type: Mask
Target issues: Texture, firmness, lines and inflammation

Reasons to buy

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Very flexible and comfortable
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Can be used with hydrating masks
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A-list approved

Reasons to avoid

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Pricier than some other models

Not only is the CurrentBody Skin LED Mask one of the most comfortable red light therapy devices we have tried, it's also the quickest to use and easiest to store. This comes down to its unique flexible silicone material, which hugs the face so you can sit up and pop it on for the required 10 minutes while you watch television. The grippy material also ensures that the red and near-infra-red LED lights can reach and evenly penetrate every contour of your complexion. 

A combination of two types of light boosts collagen production and calms the skin for long-term effects, as well as revving up circulation so you get instant radiance. You can also opt to use a hydrating hydrogel mask underneath for extra glow, or simply apply it after your best cleanser and before your best face moisturiser. Aside from a sizeable initial investment (which LED masks generally involve), this mask ticks all our boxes. No wonder it won a woman&home Beauty Award and is loved by stars like Carey Mulligan – you may also recognise it from Netflix hit Emily In Paris.

Best red light therapy device for the eyes

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare DRx SpectraLite EyeCare Pro

The Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare DRx SpectraLite EyeCare Pro

(Image credit: Dr Dennis Gross)

7. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare DRx SpectraLite EyeCare Pro

Best red light therapy device for the eyes

Specifications

RRP: £175
Type: Hands-free glasses
Target issues: Dark circles; lines; crows feet

Reasons to buy

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Full-spectrum of age-defying wavelengths
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Targets crows feet and 'eleven' lines 
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 Short application time

Reasons to avoid

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Only targets eye area

This hands-free light therapy device is specifically built to target the eye area – including crow’s feet, "eleven" lines and general loss of elasticity in the skin around the eye area, all of which comes with age. It's ideal for those with general skin texture and laxity concerns, as well as anyone dealing with dark circles, dullness or fine lines generally. For those looking to supplement the best eye cream in their arsenal with a bit of tech, commit to daily use of this device and we're sure you'll see a noticeable difference in a few weeks. 

In a 10-week daily-use clinical study, 97% of subjects showed visible improvement. We can get on board with those odds! The adjustable strap that stretches around the back of the head ensures this device is comfortable for a head of any size. And, as with all beauty routines and products, the more consistent you are, the better your results will be. In just two weeks of daily use, we noticed the eye area looked brighter, smoother and somewhat firmer. We're impressed. 

Read our full Dr. Dennis Gross DRx Spectralite Eyecare Max Pro review

Best red light therapy device for acne

LightStim for Acne

The LightStim for Acne

(Image credit: LightSim)

8. LightStim for Acne

Best red light therapy device for acne

Specifications

RRP: £137
Type: Handheld wand
Target issues: Acne, redness & inflammation

Reasons to buy

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Good for all skin types
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Alternative and effective way to target acne
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Addresses existing acne while preventing new blemishes 

Reasons to avoid

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Targets bacteria rather than collagen
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Can be tricky to get hold of

Due to hormonal changes and external stressors, acne can be a problem at any stage of life. And it doesn’t ever seem to get any less frustrating, despite our best efforts at following a skincare routine for acne to a T. Instead of investing in another topical acne treatment, consider a red light therapy device specifically designed to target both existing acne and new underlying blemishes threatening to pop up. 

To that end, the LightStim for Acne is our top red light therapy device pick for acne-prone skin. Utilising multiple wavelengths of red light, this device uses a mix of blue light, to combat acne-causing bacteria, and red light, to soothe redness and inflammation. The three-minute built-in timer will let you know when your session is up to ensure you reap all the benefits without going overboard. After testing this device for one week, we saw a marked improvement in the appearance of dark spots and existing blemishes. 

Best red light therapy device for dryness

FOREO UFO 2

The FOREO UFO 2

(Image credit: Foreo)

9. FOREO UFO 2

Best red light therapy device for dryness

Specifications

RRP: £168
Type: Handheld orb
Target issues: Dryness; fine lines

Reasons to buy

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Heats, cools, and pulsates 
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Compact and easy to use
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Does away with sticky hands post-mask application

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't hold a long charge

Using ultra-fast heating, cooling, pulsations and full-spectrum LED lights, the famous Foreo UFO 2 Smart Mask is a multi-tasking wonder. It starts by warming and prepping the skin before cooling and lifting to add firmness and reduce puffiness. We found the combination of temperatures felt both relaxing and refreshing and was one of the most enjoyable experiences we had throughout the testing process. 

Using the FOREO For You app, we synced the mask to our phone using a unique barcode to activate the red light therapy. Talk about futuristic skincare. Oh, and the best part? This device means that every last drop of essence is applied directly to our faces rather than ending up on our hands. Women of all ages have taken the leap and purchased this more expensive red light therapy mask because it actually delivers on its promises. Great for those of us who seek skincare for dry skin, our skin felt plumper after just four weeks of use. 

The best red light therapy device for multifaceted rejuvenation

MZ SKIN Light Therapy Golden Facial Treatment Device

The MZ SKIN Light Therapy Golden Facial Treatment Device

(Image credit: MZ Skin)

10. MZ SKIN Light Therapy Golden Facial Treatment Device

The best red light therapy device for multifaceted rejuvenation

Specifications

RRP: £500
Type: Mask
Target issues: Skin texture, lines, collagen and inflammation

Reasons to buy

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Combines four LED wavelengths
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Comfortable, no need to lie down
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Slick and visually appealing

Reasons to avoid

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Though it's not the most expensive on this list, it's a pricey investment

The MZ Skin Light-Therapy Golden Facial Treatment Device has visual appeal in abundance. It's hard to make skincare tech look desirable, but you could display this slick gold-toned mask on a shelf, should you wish. The red light therapy device isn't just a pretty face; it's another that's been created by a highly-respected aesthetic doctor and oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Maryam Zamani, and combines not one but four LED wavelengths (red, blue, green, and yellow) to achieve results on skin texture, tone and firmness in one hit. 

You only need to wear it for 10 minutes per day, a couple of times a week at first, then build up to longer 30-minute sessions over time. Unlike some LED masks, this fits securely to the face, thanks to a robust adjustable strap at the back. While it's not the cheapest red light therapy device on our list, it's far from the priciest either. And given its medical pedigree, multitasking results, and user-friendly feel—it is a great investment in your skin. We're hooked!

Read our full MZ Skin Light-Therapy Golden Facial Treatment Device review

Best handheld red light therapy device

Skin Gym Revilit LED Therapy Tool

The Skin Gym Revilit LED Therapy Tool

(Image credit: Skin Gym)

11. Skin Gym Revilit LED Therapy Tool

Best handheld red light therapy device

Specifications

RRP: £79
Type: Handheld device
Target issues : blemishes, redness, fine lines and pigmentation

Reasons to buy

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Reasonable price point
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Choice of three colour modes
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Wireless tool 

Reasons to avoid

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Requires you to move the device

While this red-light therapy device is one of the more affordable options on the market, it doesn't scrimp on results and truly delivers. Simple and chic, the millennial pink tool features three different colour modes to tackle various skincare concerns. Blue is ideal for treating blemishes while green can calm inflammation and improve the appearance of pigmentation. Then there’s red – the ultimate collagen-boosting light to soften fine lines. To select or change the colour mode, you simply press the pink button positioned on the handle. 

As with many of the other devices listed here, this tool allows you to customise your experience for a bespoke treatment. For example, if you want to soften fine lines on your forehead, apply the red light for three minutes. Chin breaking out? Opt for the blue light and, again, hold it there for three minutes. We found that this device does require a little more arm work than a face mask design (there’s no sitting back and relaxing here), but the results speak for themselves. We noticed a big improvement in the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation in just three weeks.  

Read our full Skin Gym Revilit LED Therapy Tool review

The best reasonably priced red light therapy device

Sensse Professional LED Face Mask

The Sensse Professional LED Face Mask 

(Image credit: Sensse)

12. Sensse Professional LED Face Mask

Best reasonably priced red light therapy device

Specifications

RRP: £140
Type: Mask
Target issues: Fine lines & wrinkles, blemishes, firmness & elasticity

Reasons to buy

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Pre-programmed and manual settings
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Four different colours of light
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Cordless; comes with a remote control

Reasons to avoid

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Can be a little uncomfortable
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USB cable included but no plug
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Requires frequent charging

Made from flexible silicone and featuring 90 LED lights, the Sensse Professional LED Face Mask utilises several different colours of light: red for fine lines and skin damage, yellow to improve skin's elasticity, blue to manage excess sebum and blemishes, and purple to target pigmentation and uneven skin tone. It also claims to improve blood circulation and tighten the skin.

Our head of shopping Millie Fender tested this one out. "The biggest appeal for me is the four light options," she says in her dedicated review. "As someone with a myriad of skin problems, this all-rounder has improved a number of my main concerns. It's a great option for people of any age and will suit just about every skin type."

Read our full Sensse Professional LED Face Mask review

The best red light therapy device with comfortable wear

Omnilux Contour Face

The Omnilux Contour Face 

(Image credit: Omnilux)

13. Omnilux Contour Face

Best red light therapy device with comfortable wear

Specifications

RRP: £350.90
Type: Mask
Target issues: Pigmentation, redness, fine lines and wrinkles

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight and flexible
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10-minute self timer
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Utilises two types of LED light
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Storage bag included
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Cordless

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Design may not appeal to all

The Omnilux Contour Face is another very convenient LED mask. Its wireless design and 10-minute timer meant that our reviewer could go about working from home or doing chores while wearing it. It utilises two types of light – red and near-infrared – to target fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and redness in the skin. 

Beauty contributor Lucy Partington, who reviewed this tool, notes that it's comfortable, lightweight and on the affordable side as LED masks go. "I like that it’s wireless, completely hands-free to use and that the head straps are adjustable meaning it feels secure when it’s on,: she writes. "Throughout the time I used the mask, I didn’t notice any immediate results (it’s important to note that, as with most skincare, it can take a while to notice any improvement so it’s important to be patient) but over time, I noticed an improvement in overall brightness and how healthy my skin looked and felt."

Read our full Omnilux Contour Face review

How we tested these red light therapy devices

Many brands now offer red light therapy devices – we tested dozens of them for this guide. It's worth noting that even the best at-home red light therapy devices won't be as powerful as professional LED treatments that use light therapy for acne or collagen-boosting, for example, but they can still make a difference. After testing each one consistently for a few weeks, our testers assessed each one on the following factors. 

  • Design
  • Comfort 
  • Colours of LED offered 
  • Variety of treatment options 
  • Ease of use 
  • Results on skin tone, texture and clarity 
  • Value for money

Our testers then checked the skin after each use for post-treatment reactions, kept an eye out throughout the trial for cumulative results and, later, compared how our skin changed overall once the testing period finished. Those devices that we ranked highly (and that feature in this guide) were the ones that slotted easily into our daily regime without taking up too much time or effort. They were also comfortable and user-friendly, boasting several functions that really delivered results – coming close to those used in a professional salon setting. 

How do I choose a good red light therapy device?

With so many brilliant tools out there, how do you decide on the right one for you? "For at-home LED devices, you should look for a device that incorporates red and blue LED and sits flush to the face – this allows the LED to penetrate the skin," says board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon Dr. Dennis Gross. Below are some key terms and features to look out for when shopping for a red light therapy device.

  • Wrinkle-reducing: If one of your main skincare concerns ties back to wrinkle reduction, be sure to keep an eye out for a device that targets wrinkles in particular. 
  • Plumping: Seeking a more youthful, glowing appearance overall? Look for a device that targets ageing skin concerns with red and yellow light specifically. 
  • Acne or blemish solutions: Acne-fighting red light therapy devices will combat acne-causing bacteria and soothe existing redness and inflammation.
  • Pigmentation: Some devices are specifically designed to reduce the look of uneven skin tone and pigmentation.

Gross also emphasizes the importance of wavelengths. "The key is to maximize energy, allowing the surface of the skin to be touched by the lights," he explains. "415nm is the most effective wavelength for blue light, successfully targeting and killing mild to moderate acne-causing bacteria."

He continues: "For red LED, look for a device that is in the spectral range of 600-1300nm (red and infrared) – these wavelengths stimulate collagen production, reduce inflammation, and diminish hyperpigmentation."

Your red light therapy FAQs, answered

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What is red light therapy?

Professionals have been using red light (as well as other wavelengths, including blue and yellow LED) for years in salons and clinics. But what is red light therapy, specifically, and how does it benefit your skin? 

"LED light therapy encourages wound healing, boosts collagen production, and kills P-acne bacteria, addressing a multitude of concerns," explains Genevieve Knodell, aesthetic practitioner at Stratum Dermatology Clinic. "It's great for skin prep, before or after any procedure to accelerate healing by stimulating collagen and elastin, suppressing melanocyte activity and providing anti-inflammatory benefits that will repair and strengthen the skin."

Does red light therapy work at home?

Most experts agree that red light therapy at home is an effective skincare treatment, although masks and wands designed to be used at home will understandably not be as powerful as in-clinic devices. This is for safety reasons, as very high-strength LED should only be used in the hands of professionals, but there are signs of an effective and hardworking home device you can look out for.

"To ensure you are using a high-quality [tool], look for a medical-grade device that has clinical studies that clearly show [its] effectiveness," Dr. Gross recommends. "There are strict regulations for the strength of red LED at-home devices, however, some are more effective than others. Ultimately, you want the device to lay flat on the skin surface without heat or risk of burning." 

Is red light therapy safe?

Experts maintain that red light therapy is generally considered safe for use, save for some people who have reported blistering and burning from faulty units or exceeding the recommended usage time. Eye protection is also recommended when using a facial red light therapy device for extra precaution. 

LŪMMco-founder Ryan McCarthy concurs: "LED light therapy has been around for decades, used for a wide array of cosmetic and therapeutic benefits. At this time, there are no known adverse side effects of the use of LED light therapy. Each product is different; you should always read the instruction manual thoroughly before use. If you have any further questions, contact the brand directly and consult your physician."

"Unlike harmful UV rays used in tanning beds that can burn and damage skin, LED light therapy uses a safe, lower intensity, non-UV infrared light," adds McCarthy. He does note that it is not recommended to use red light therapy if you're pregnant.

How many minutes a day should you do red light therapy?

There's no hard and fast recommendation for the frequency of red light therapy use, although most devices recommend once daily, for around 15 minutes, for best results. Several devices will also automatically turn off after a certain amount of time. We strongly encourage checking the specific instructions for your chosen device and adhering to the recommended usage. If you see a dermatologist, take your device to them for assessment before trying it and follow their advice regarding usage.

Can you overdo red light therapy?

Like most beauty treatments, however gentle, it is possible to overdo red light therapy. Side effects of overuse may include inflammation and tissue damage. Dr. Tom Ingegno, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and owner of Charm City Integrative Health in Baltimore, says that, for most cases, 20 minutes of red light therapy (RLT) per day should be sufficient. "Of course, always consult with your primary care doctor before electing to start any new treatment to find what'll work best for you."

However, as Ingegno reminds us, red light "Is a relatively low-risk therapy. It is important to remember that RLT is on the opposite end of the light spectrum and does not have the same issues as heavy amounts of UV light." Thus, the likelihood of any severe side effects is slim, but you'll still want to be careful.

Emma Stoddart

Emma Stoddart is a freelance beauty journalist and self-confessed skincare aficionado with over five years’ industry experience. Emma has worked for some of the UK’s top women’s titles including Net-A-Porter, Stylist and Grazia. Her experience spans online and print as well as producing editorial shoots with some of the industry’s biggest artists, including Val Garland. Asides from working with them behind the scenes, she’s also had the chance to interview the likes of Patrick Ta, Pat McGrath, and Sam McKnight for all their insider tips and tricks.