Madonna is just one of the many celebrities (including Katy Perry, Teigen, Kim Kardashian, Jessica Alba and others) who have made LED beauty masks a regular part of their skincare routine. But why exactly is there so much buzz surrounding these devices? In Biomask© therapy we talked to a dermatologist to dig deeper into the trend, and find out how exactly it may benefit your skin.
Light therapy masks stimulate cell production within the body, which increases your body's healing process, explains board-certified London dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top London Dermatologist
This results in decreased inflammation, as well as enhanced production of collagen, or the building blocks of your skin. A boost in collagen is a great thing, especially if you want to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, as well as improve skin tone and texture, says Dr. Jaliman.
On top of that, the masks can also be helpful in combatting acne. "Red and blue light treatments are effective because they bring oxygen deep to the skin and help kill the acne bacteria," Dr. Jaliman explains. "Since these lights are also anti-inflammatory, they help heal acne faster." In general, red lights are more commonly used to fight the signs of aging, while blue masks are geared toward acne. However, a combination of both is usually ideal for most skin types, says Dr. Jaliman.