With technology at the forefront of everything in our lives, it’s not surprising that futuristic devices have made their way into our beauty routines, too. Red light therapy devices in particular have made a mark on beauty rituals for their ability to elevate skincare regimens with their in-office-inspired benefits.
“Red light stimulates collagen and lessens inflammation,” explains Dr. Loretta Ciraldo, MD, FAAD, a Miami-based board-certified dermatologist. Additionally, the benefits of red-light therapy devices for skin include reducing the appearance of pigmentation, targeting signs of aging — specifically fine lines and wrinkles — and glowing skin.
Before choosing a red light therapy device, Dr. Ciraldo says to keep in mind that at-home masks are generally not as effective as in-office treatments. That being said, you can still incorporate the at-home devices into your skincare routine to add extra oomph to your beauty regimen. “For at-home light therapy, it’s best to expect it to take two weeks before you see visible improvement,” says Dr. Ciraldo.
How Often Should You Use Red Light Therapy Devices?
When using an at-home red light device, you might wonder: Is this something I can use every day? Dr. Ciraldo says the answer really depends on the device as each one will come with its own set of instructions for use. For example, the Baby Quasar device recommends five days per week while the SolaWave Wand can be used daily (though the brand recommends starting with five minutes per day for the first few days, then working up to 30 minutes from there).
Precautions to Consider Before Trying Red Light Therapy
As with other technology-focused beauty treatments, there are some precautions to consider before giving red light therapy devices a try. First, Dr. Ciraldo says “if you’re on any medication or you are being treated for a disease (especially seizures or any light sensitivity-associated problem), it’s best to consult with a dermatologist or trusted skincare specialist before you use a light device.” Additionally, Dr. Ciraldo warns against using these devices on areas impacted by concerns that make you sensitive to light “or if you’re taking medicine topically or by mouth that can make you light-sensitive.” And, if you use retinol in your skincare routine, it’s best to stop using before trying these devices, since retinol can make the skin more sensitive to light. For additional precautions, always refer to your device’s manual (or product page if you’re still shopping!) to ensure you understand the precautions for the device of your choice.
Red Light Therapy Devices to Try at Home
If you’re thinking about giving red light therapy devices a try, we put together a collection of the best to make your selection easier. From full-face masks to wands to a device that also has microcurrent benefits, here are our top picks for at-home red light therapy devices.
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