10 At-Home Red Light Therapy Devices 2022

Jonathan Knowles

No matter how extensive—or pricey—your skincare regimen is, there are instances when further assistance is required. Skin quenching cleansers, concentrated serums, and hydrating moisturizers can do a lot to get your skin in shape, but getting professional treatments or spending money on at-home tools can give your products the assistance they need in between office visits. One device worth investing in for added skincare benefits is a red light therapy tool.

Fun fact: NASA developed red light therapy to explore its effect on plant growth. Soon after, researchers discovered that red light may also treat wounds and, eventually, underlying skin problems. “Red light therapy is a treatment using light emitting diodes to deliver low-level wavelengths in the red and infrared light (NIR) spectrum to the skin, usually in the form of a face mask, a wand with tiny LED bulbs, or light panels,” Dr. Azadeh Shirazi, cosmetic dermatologist of La Jolla Laser Dermatology and founder of AziMD Skincare, explains.

There are a lot of factors to consider when browsing the interwebs for a red light therapy device, from price point to design to key features. Ahead, we broke down the 10 best red light therapy devices worth investing in.

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1

Derm’s Choice

Omnilux

Contour FACE

Red light wavelength 633nm and 830nm
Targeted use Face
Best used Three to five per week

2

Best Short Treatment

Solawave

Advanced Skincare Wand with Red Light Therapy

Red light wavelength 660nm
Targeted use Face
Best used Three times per week

3

Best Complete Set

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare

Turn Your Glow On FaceWare Pro Set

Red light wavelength 630 – 700nm
Targeted use Face
Best used Daily

4

Best For Wrinkles

LightStim®

LightStim for Wrinkles LED Light Therapy Device

Red light wavelength N/A
Targeted use Face
Best used Two to three times weekly

5

Best Splurge

Shani Darden

Shani Darden by Déesse PRO LED Light Mask

Red light wavelength 630nm
Targeted use Face
Best used Four times a week

6

Best For All Skin Types

Skin Gym

Revilit LED

Red light wavelength N/A
Targeted use Face and neck
Best used Two or three times a week

7

Best Compact Option

Foreo

UFO 2

Red light wavelength N/A
Targeted use Face and neck
Best used Daily

8

Best Multi-Light Mask

Solaris Laboratories NY

How To Glow 4 Color LED Light Therapy Mask

Red light wavelength 620-750 nm
Targeted use Face
Best used Three to five times a week

9

Best Luxury Buy

MZ Skin

MZ Skin Light Therapy Golden Facial Treatment Device

Red light wave length 630nm
Targeted use Face
Best used Two to three times a week

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What is red light therapy?

Simply put, red light therapy treats underlying skin issues your traditional skincare products can’t quite get to. “When you place the red light near the skin, the light particles are able to penetrate through the tissue and activate chromophores, which can then trigger beneficial changes in cells,” Dr. Abdallah says. Red light devices vary in size, design, and key features, but their main function remains the same. “Some of the benefits of red light therapy include decreasing redness and inflammation in the skin, decreasing pigmentation, aiding in the treatment of acne, hair loss, and can even help to stimulate collagen to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles over time,” she explains.

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How often can you do red light therapy at home?

Dr. Shirazi recommends keeping your at-home treatments to “every other day from five to 15 minutes at a time,” though many devices come with specific instructions on how to use them. Keep in mind, red light therapy devices are as strong as the professional grade ones you find in-office, but they can still be effective as long as it’s used correctly. “Like any treatment, you never want to overdo it because it can lead to unfavorable effects. Make sure to consult with your dermatologist or skin specialist regarding your desired treatment outcome in order for them to safely guide you on how to properly use your at-home device,” Dr. Abdallah adds.

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What are the benefits of red light therapy at home?

The benefits of using red light therapy on your skin vary, but the tool is used mainly to help with anti-aging. “Several studies have found red LED light treatment to improve eye-area wrinkles, as well as improving elasticity and hydration. Red light is thought to set off signals in the energy centers of skin cells to regulate the production of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, in addition to reducing inflammation, pigmentation, and redness. It’s also been found to promote cellular repair and circulation, leading to healthier skin,” Dr. Shirazi says.


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Nerisha is the beauty commerce editor at ELLE.com, covering all things beauty (and fashion and music).

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