Is The Light Salon Boost Face Mask worth its £395 price tag? We put it to the test

The Light Salon boasts Victoria Beckham and Chrissy Teigen as fans, but how good is its at-home LED face mask?

A white The Light Salon Boost LED Face Mask on a pink background.
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Woman & Home Verdict

As a beauty editor and a skincare enthusiast, I'm no stranger when it comes to facials and LED light therapy. The Light Salon Boost Face Mask is a luxury skincare item that's easy to use, comfortable, and great for eliminating redness, texture and signs of ageing.

Reasons to buy
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    Easy to use

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    Flexible and comfortable to wear

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    Clinically proven to work

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Reasons to avoid
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    Only two light modes

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At-home LED light therapy masks have grown in popularity over the last few years. Used and loved for their revolutionary approach to helping achieve radiant, youthful skin with minimal effort in the comfort of your own home, there are more devices than ever available, and with the constant evolution of technology – plus the fact that they aren’t cheap – it can be difficult to know which one is best to buy.

Harnessing the power of light at specific wavelengths, the best red light therapy devices offer a non-invasive solution to a variety of skin concerns, from acne to fine lines and wrinkles and other signs of ageing. Amongst the leading innovators in the field is The Light Salon, who first launched its bestselling, award-winning Boost Mask back in 2019. 

As a freelance beauty editor for over 10 years, I’ve had my fair share of facials that include LED light therapy and I’m a big fan of the results, but as with everything, consistency is key and that’s why investing in at-home devices, like this one, is a good idea. The Light Salon’s mask is the one I’ve had for a few years and I use it in a bid to improve texture, tone and redness, as well as the occasional breakout.

The Light Salon's Boost Face Mask specifications

  • RRP: £395
  • Mask type: Flexible
  • Light modes: Red and near infrared
  • Treatment time: 10 minutes
  • Automatic timer: Yes
  • Wireless: Yes

My first impressions of the Light Salon's Boost Face Mask

An opened The Light Salon Boost Mask laid out on a white background.

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The Light Salon’s Boost Mask was my first experience of an at-home LED mask and I have to say I was surprised at how lightweight and flexible it is. It molds easily to your face and comes complete with a velcro strap so you can secure it to your face, meaning you can sit (or stand) up right while it’s on. It also comes with a handy drawstring bag for storage purposes, and the fact it's made of silicone means it easily folds in half and doesn’t take up much room in a drawer or cupboard.

It’s chargeable via USB, and the mask comes equipped with a power bank that’s controlled by one button to turn it on and off. It’s automatically programmed to stay on for 10 minutes, the lights turning off signals the end of your treatment – something I really liked because it meant I didn’t have to keep track of how long it had been on for. 

My experience with The Light Salon Boost Face Mask

Lucy Partington wearing The Light Salon Boost Mask.

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The Light Salon’s Boost Mask is incredibly easy to use and there’s virtually no set-up involved – it’s really just a case of ensuring its charged up, then once it’s comfortably in place, turn it on and let it work its magic. I found it best to use at night time while I was laid in bed, and I found it easy to read a book (or scroll my phone!) while it was on, but I did occasionally use it while I was hoovering or sitting at my laptop working and I didn’t find it too cumbersome. 

The powerbank is attached to a stretchy wire that, although isn’t entirely weightless, isn’t too heavy. While it is noticeable, it doesn’t feel like it gets in the way too much, and the fact that the treatment time is only 10 minutes means it isn’t super annoying, but if you chose to do a couple of treatments back-to-back, you may begin to notice it more.

The mask itself uses red and infrared light and The Light Salon has done in depth research and clinical trials to test the efficacy of the mask. The wavelengths it uses (red is 633nm and near-infrared is 830nm) are the most proven to help renew skin at a cellular level – in short, that means that with continued and consistent use, you will see positive results from this mask. 

How does the The Light Salon's Boost Mask compare?

While this mask isn’t the cheapest (unlike Sensse’s Professional LED Mask, which comes in at under £150), it also isn’t the most expensive. Plus, in comparison to Dr Dennis Gross’s DRx SpectraLight FaceWear Pro mask, this one is much more flexible and comfortable to wear, and it’s just under £100 cheaper.

Although it’s worth noting that the Dr Dennis Gross mask does have both red and blue light capabilities, unlike The Light Salon’s.  In terms of the number of individual LED lights, both this mask and Dr Dennis Gross’s have almost 100, while Sensse’s has 90. 

Should you buy The Light Salon Boost Mask?

If you’re looking for an easy-to-use, lightweight and comfortable LED mask to use at home, this one is a good option. While it’s not the cheapest available, it sits somewhere in the middle, and The Light Salon’s trusted expertise in the category means that this mask is one of the best out there and does promise results.

While I didn’t see any immediate results, that’s not unusual because LED light therapy does take a few weeks to improve skin so patience is definitely key with this – or any – device. 

However, over time, I did notice my face looked brighter and more even-toned, and it also helps speed up the recovery time of my hormonal breakouts. It’s a great option for anybody looking to improve general signs of ageing as well as overall tone, brightness and texture. 

About this review, and the reviewer

I’ve been a beauty journalist for over a decade, and in that time my love for the skincare industry has grown tenfold. LED therapy is something I’m particularly interested in due to my acne and rosacea skin type. 

I’ve used The Light Salon’s Boost Mask on and off for a few years, going through phases of using it for 10 minutes a day – for the purposes of this review, I went back to using it every day for a couple of weeks in order to see what difference it made to my skin. 

Lucy Partington

Lucy Partington has been a beauty journalist for 10 years, writing for titles including Stylist and Cosmopolitan. She’s a true skincare nerd who’s on a lifelong quest for a glowing complexion and loves nothing more than learning about new ingredients and products. She’s obsessed with having perfect eyebrows and collecting eyeshadow palettes she’ll probably never use.