The Beauty Roadtest: let’s see if LED light therapy masks do anything for your skin.

Libby-Jane Charleston

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I’ve been fascinated by the beauty LED light masks that seem to be all over social media. Some of the masks give off a Stormtrooper vibe, others are more like the Scream mask – either way, they grabbed my attention so I thought it was high time I tried one myself.

The beauty industry is constantly evolving, and more techniques that you could only use by booking an appointment with a dermatologist are now available for you to buy for use at home.

Light therapy isn’t new, it’s been used by dermatologists for more than ten years. It works as the LED lights gently penetrate your skin, using a variety of wavelengths of light.

I reached for the Peppy brand because it was within my budget and seemed to be popular.

According to the website, this is what the mask is supposed to do:

“This medical grade LED Mask harnesses a full spectrum of therapeutic blue, red and yellow lights that zaps acne-causing bacteria, detoxifies skin, and prevents wrinkles. Finally, you can experience pro-level dermatologist LED light treatment from the comfort of your own home. This mask is the safest, most comfortable and most effective way to get perfect, glowing skin.”

The mask gives you three different lights: the red light is for anti-aging, boosting elastin and collagen, the blue light helps with acne, and the yellow light improves circulation, reducing pigment. The idea is to use the mask three times a day, for ten minutes with each different color.

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Here are my thoughts:

The mask is nice and light – I’m not sure why I expected it to be heavier but there you go….The thought of sitting still for ten minutes with my eyes closed was challenging at first. You cannot see out of the eye slit. Personally, I’d prefer a mask I could see out of, just so I could multi-task and read at the same time. Maybe I need to take up meditation.

Podcasts were helpful – my favorite right now is “Who the Hell is Hamish” and "Dolly Parton's America" - both are fabulous.

The set up is very simple, all you do is plug the cord into a USB port, click the button on the side to show the therapy of your choice, then you just relax.

After four weeks, I noticed some slight differences but nothing major. It’s important to note that I don’t have major skin issues apart from a few wrinkles/crows feet but that’s a life well-lived!

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It shouldn’t be seen as a quick fix – this mask is more for people who want to use it as an ongoing treatment. And, let’s face it, you’ll save a fortune if you don't have to see a dermatologist. The online reviews sound very promising, from people saying the mask reduced their pigmentation or red spots, to clearing up acne.

I’m not using it every day, probably four times a week at the most – I keep telling myself my skin IS looking more youthful and glowing. And I am definitely having less breakouts.

I think the masks are ok and not harmless but this is something you’d only get if you are one of those people who own absolutely every other product and, as every beauty product junkie knows, it’s a thrill to try something new.

My verdict: 7/10

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I'm a journalist and author writing across a wide range of topics, including tech, travel, history, business/startups, relationships, beauty & fashion, British royal history, & local stories concerning Charleston, S.C (where I have a long family history on my father's side: hence my surname! ) Former HuffPost Assoc Ed, ABC TV, ATV Beijing correspondent and many more. Author of "Fatal Females." Mother of three boys: I will love them until the Statue of Liberty sits down.

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