Glowstick Co LED Light Therapy Mask review
Quick verdict: Consistency is key with this at-home light therapy mask.
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What we liked:
- Three light options
- Easy to use
- Long-term benefits
What we didn't like:
- Battery life could be improved
- Time commitment
Glowstick Co launched its Light Therapy Mask in March 2021. We've tried other LED light therapy products before, but this is the first time we've given Glowstick Co's mask a whirl.
When you wear it, the mask emits light that your skin then absorbs and turns into energy that stimulates and oxygenates your skin cells. This is designed to help increase blood flow and circulation while reducing inflammation and redness. Glowstick Co says that the mask helps to reduce acne, pigmentation and wrinkles, as well as rosacea, eczema and dermatitis.
Unlike some other LED masks, the Glowstick Co mask is wireless and easy to use while multitasking.
What does it do?
The Glowstick Co LED Light Therapy Mask has 47 UV-free lights, which can be used on three different settings: red, yellow and blue. The red light helps boost collagen production to prevent signs of ageing, including fine lines and wrinkles. The blue light reduces oil and fights acne-causing bacteria. Lastly, the yellow light helps calm pigmentation and other signs of sun damage. You can press the button on the right-hand side of the mask to cycle through the light options.
The mask has built-in glasses/goggles so the bright lights don't hurt your eyes. Each light option lasts for around 10 minutes (so the treatment goes for 30 minutes in total if you cycle through each setting). Glowstick Co recommends that you use the mask at least three times a week to get results.
Does it work?
I used the Glowstick Co LED Light Therapy Mask two to three times a week for four weeks. Each time, I'd use it for 30 minutes so it could cycle through the three different light settings.
For me, the impact was gradual and not super noticeable at first. But by week four, my skin felt smoother and looked plumper. I was also pleasantly surprised that the redness I sometimes experience on my cheeks, nose and around my jaw had also calmed down significantly. Although I do occasionally get hormonal breakouts, I don't usually experience acne, so I wasn't massively surprised that the mask didn't have a huge impact on my pimples.
The mask is wireless and you can see through the glasses, but I did find it a bit disorienting trying to move around my apartment while wearing it. Instead, I'd recommend using those 30 minutes to watch an episode of something or scroll on your phone rather than attempting any serious multitasking. It's actually a good excuse to sit down and relax for half an hour, although some weeks I did struggle to find the spare time to use it all three times.
The mask comes with a USB cord that you can plug into most wall chargers. You can check the battery life via the three dots located on the inner arm of the mask. I would usually charge my mask for around an hour before popping it on, as I did have a few anticlimactic experiences where the battery died mid-cycle.
Should you buy it?
- Buy it if: You want to try the benefits of LED light therapy without visiting a skin clinic.
- Don't buy it if: You're pregnant or breastfeeding, you have epilepsy or a light allergy, or you're taking thyroid medication. If you have concerns, speak to your GP before buying.
The Glowstick Co LED Light Therapy mask is easy to use and offers results after consistent use. Although $199 is a lot to fork out, it's cheaper than visiting a dermatologist for multiple light therapy sessions.
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How did we test this product?
Our editorial team reviews hundreds of beauty products, and each reviewer reflects on their own personal experiences when trying out a product. Sally McMullen used the Glowstick Co LED Light Therapy Mask two to three times a week for a month before writing this review. This review isn't sponsored, but Glowstick Co did gift the mask to Finder Style.
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