The 19 Best LED Light Therapy Face Masks Worth Every Penny

Masking at home: So hot rn.

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When people talk about "the future of skincare," we couldn't have predicted something quite so futuristic. Whether you're a serial Instagram scroller or have your thumb on the pulse of the newest, coolest skincare innovations, you've probably heard a little something about light-emitting diodes, a.k.a. LED light therapy. These fancy treatments were once only available under the practiced hand of an aesthetician for in-office treatments. But we're in the year of our lord 2022, and LED light therapy masks are now a luxury available for you to use at your leisure when your skin is in the mood for something fancy.

What does LED light therapy do to your skin?

LED light therapy is a NASA technology adopted by the skincare community, thanks to its ability to heal wounds and tame inflammation. At-home LED therapy devices are less powerful than the treatments you'd get at a dermatologist's office, which means you can use them safely, but it may take longer to see visible results. Plus, at-home devices like LED masks "can offer complementary benefits to your topicals and help them do a better job," to quote Joshua Zeichner, M.D.

Is LED light therapy safe?

After years of avoiding the sun's UV rays in the service of healthy skin, it can feel counter-intuitive to treat your face with light purposefully. But facialists, dermatologists, beauty editors, and the American Academy of Dermatology agree: LED light treatments are safe and effective treatments for your complexion, since they don't use UV rays. LED light therapy masks also beloved by celebrities with some of the best skin around, including Chrissy Teigen, Jessica Alba, and Kate Hudson.

A couple of caveats, however: You should be careful about using LED masks alongside skincare that makes your face sensitive to light, however, like retinol or Accutane. Side effects of LED light therapy masks are rare, but they have been reported in clinical trials.

Taylore Glynn is the Beauty and Health Editor at Marie Claire, covering skincare, makeup, fragrance, wellness, and more. If you need her, she’s probably roasting a chicken, flying solo at the movies, or drinking a bad Negroni at JFK.