If the wearer doesn’t object to looking like the next Marvel superhero candidate, Dr Dennis Gross’s innovative DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro mask (£430) may be just the thing. A next-generation at-home skin treatment, it derives its technology from in-clinic LED treatments.
The futuristic mask, which charges at a plug point or laptop, is studded on the inside with 100 red and 62 blue LED lights that treat everything from breakouts to fine lines and redness. The beauty-device market has been a hard one for the industry to crack, according to Vivienne Rudd, market-research company Mintel’s director of innovation and insight, beauty and personal care: “LED skin rejuvenation and acne-fighting devices are among the most popular at-home devices in the beauty sector, but they are yet to fall into mainstream popularity.” A key barrier to this is lack of time, but the SpectraLite mask requires only three minutes a day – a timeframe designed to help you stick with the 10-week programme to see visible results. I give up on gadgets very easily but I think even I can manage that.
Red-light therapy is intended to stimulate collagen and elastin production, replenishing cells to smooth fine lines and help reduce redness and sun spots. Blue light has been shown to regulate oil glands, destroy P.acnes bacteria and prevent future breakouts – on the rise even in older women because of increased stress levels. The lights are calibrated to be at safe but effective wavelengths, so you can’t damage your skin or overdo things if you follow the (easy) instructions.
The mask itself is far more comfortable than it looks: there’s no heat to speak of – something about a red glow makes one imagine, at the very least, there might be a warming sensation. Once I got past the visual strangeness of the ninja vibes, I was impressed at how undemanding it was as a gadget – a very straightforward way to rejuvenate the complexion that I could quite easily incorporate into my daily routine.
Jane Cunningham is a beauty journalist and blogger. An early adopter of beauty blogging, she has been posting on her website britishbeautyblogger.com for 10 years, providing (sometimes brutally) honest product reviews and beauty news. Cunningham collaborated with Marks & Spencer to produce a limited edition make-up range and is currently working with Makeup Revolution on an eyeshadow palette. She is also a creative consultant to beauty brands. @britbeautyblog.