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CurrentBody's Red Light Therapy Mask: A Comprehensive Review
Let’s talk about transparency: CurrentBody sponsored this post.
I finally got it y’all . . . the holy grail of skincare, a red light therapy mask!
A few weeks ago, I started using CurrentBody’s Skin LED Light Therapy Mask and it blew me away.
Knowing about all of the proven benefits of red light therapy, I had been wanting to try it for myself but was still skeptical because . . . well, how beneficial can light really be?
I thought it would take weeks, or even months to see results, but literally within 48 hours of using the mask, a nasty open blister in the space between my nose and my upper lip healed completely.
I’ve been using it consistently for two weeks now, so it’s time for an initial review.
Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about red light therapy and CurrentBody’s LED Mask.
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1. Introduction to Red Light Therapy
*All before-and-after pictures for this article were sourced from CurrentBody.
In recent years, the skincare and beauty industry has witnessed a surge in the popularity of light therapy as an effective and non-invasive method to address a range of skin concerns.
I’m not a fan of blue light therapy due to all the horror stories of scarring and hyperpigmentation, but I love red and near-infrared (IR) light therapy.
Without a doubt, clinical evidence shows us that red light therapy has the ability to:
Stimulate collagen production
Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Fight inflammation and redness
Treat acne and dark spots
The only catch?
You have to use it consistently - once per week minimum, preferably multiple times per week.
In this study, researchers found that treatment with red and near-IR for 10 minutes daily lead to upregulated collagen production and expression of elastin proteins!
I’ve been using it every other day ( . . . and also strapping it to my head every other day to see if it’ll have any effect on hair growth. Worth it? Maybe. Weird? Don’t answer that!)
2. Overview of CurrentBody’s LED Mask
I was keen on CurrentBody’s Mask because it combined both red and near-infrared technologies instead of skimping out on one or the other.
Basically, this mask is designed to deliver light therapy in a non-invasive way that has been proven by years of academic research.
Experts from CurrentBody posit:
“Our LED Light Therapy Face Mask uses only clinically proven wavelengths to reach up to 4cm of skin tissue, stimulate the cells from within. Embedded with 132 LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs, red (633nm) and near-infrared (830nm) wavelengths are diffused with Pillow Technology™ for complete skin coverage. Red light waves accelerate the production of new collagen, calms redness while creating an even skin tone. Near-infrared works beneath the skin’s surface to boost blood circulation, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the cells.”
Across all of the studies I read, researchers used red light around ~600-650nm and near-IR around 830nm, so CurrentBody’s technology is backed up by independent academic research.
Heads up - you can get $60 off a purchase of CurrentBody’s LED Mask and a 60-day money-back guarantee with my code STACYLED.
For example, researchers in this study found that red light treatment with 630nm for 12 minutes twice per week had a significant anti-wrinkle effect!
And in this study, researchers found that treatment with red light at 660nm and amber light both lead to a significant decrease in wrinkle volume.
Overall, I’m more than satisfied with the engineering of the mask - this clearly wasn’t something slapped together and dropshipped, ya know?
3. My Experience with CurrentBody
My first impression after unboxing the mask was a pleasant surprise at the construction of it.
The mask is made of a high-quality, durable silicone material with a bunch of LED lights embedded into the back of it, like this:
It also comes with a single velcro strap that you thread through the sides of the mask and loop around your head, then adjust to the right size.
Before using it for the first time, you have to charge it for about 4 hours.
I’ve used it about 8 times since and haven’t had to recharge it yet (although I’m not sure how to tell when it’s got a low battery).
After securing the mask to your head, you just press and hold the button on the remote, and it starts your 10-minute session.
I typically do my treatment right after a shower and put the remote part in my pocket while I do some chores.
It’s super simple, convenient, easily fits in your suitcase, and doesn’t take any time out of your day - I’m such a fan!
4. Performance & Efficacy
I’ve been using my mask for 10 minutes about every other day for two weeks (8 sessions total).
I wasn’t expecting to be able to give an update so quickly, but man does red light work fast.
First of all, I had a nasty, painful blister above my lip from some sleep tape with inappropriately strong adhesive.
Within 48 hours and two sessions with the red light therapy mask, my blister was completely healed with no trace of a scar.
I also noticed that the slight nasolabial folds I started to develop this year looked smaller (although it was mostly on the right side of my face and not the left - not sure what gives.)
The eye bags around my eyes weren’t as bad after a poor night’s sleep, and my skin was so much glowier.
The only thing I was hoping for was a significant reduction in some breakouts along the sides of my face, but I didn’t quite notice that.
However, it’s only been two weeks, and I wasn’t even expecting to see results for 3-6 months, so I’ll hold off on casting judgment for now.
The one thing that’s super crazy to me is that my boyfriend, out of nowhere, said to me verbatim - “Hey, your eyebrows look thicker”.
I totally wasn’t expecting that (especially after only like 6 sessions at that point), but it’s good to hear because I’ve talked about how self-conscious I was of my thinner eyebrows.
6. The Bottom Line
Overall, I’m pleased with the results from just 2 weeks of using the CurrentBody Skin LED Mask.
For fun, I also started strapping it to my head to see if it would have any impact on hair growth, but that isn’t an effect we’d really see for about 6-9 months.
. . . and that’s not the intended purpose of the mask anyway. They do offer a red light therapy device for hair growth though!
I’ve been pretty self-conscious about these nasolabial folds developing on my face, so it’s nice to see the red light treatment working some magic there.
I’m also curious about the impact of red light on general acne and hormonal acne as well, so I’ll be documenting my experience with the mask for a few cycles.
The only issue I have with the mask is that although it’s quite comfortable, it doesn’t quite adhere to my chin.
However, by pulling the back strap up higher on my head, I’m able to get the mask to make contact with my face better.
Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the results and I’d purchase this mask again (er, well, I’ll probably end up getting one for my mom for Christmas since this one is so high-quality I’ll never need to get another!)