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BPGP: IlluMask Anti-Acne Light Therapy Mask

2269890Illumask Light Therapy Mask ($29)

One of the biggest trends in beauty is light-therapy.  Blue light kills acne bacteria to help clear skin.  Red light helps stimulate collage production to soften fine lines and wrinkles.  But light-therapy isn’t cheap.

While checking the new arrivals at Ulta, I came across this Illumask Light Therapy Mask.  It purports to kill bacteria while stimulating collagen production, but unlike the popular light-therapy tools, it won’t break the bank.  More on that later.  (They also make a mask solely for anti-aging concerns.)

I used the mask for a week during a moderate, PMS-related breakout.  Wearing the mask took the fire out of the breakout and helped a few spots heal.  The lines on my forehead also improved noticeably.

I was really happy with the product, but there’s a catch.

The mask only contains 30, 15-minute uses.  Once you use it 30 times, it stops functioning.  So if you use it as prescribed, you’re paying $30 every month.  Over the course of a year, that’s $360.  Suddenly the Baby Quasar device, at $249, looks like a good buy.

So this is my recommendation: If you want to try light therapy and see if it helps your skin, buy the mask and use it every day for one month.  If you’re happy with the results, buy (or save up for) a more expensive tool.  If you’re not thrilled, you’re out $30.  Otherwise, the long-term cost just can’t be justified.

P.S. Want to try blue light treatment without having to wear a mask?  I’ve used this $50 Tanda device before and it works well.  If you put it on a spot before it fully forms, it stops it in its tracks.  Unlike the Illumask, it has 1,000 uses.

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    4 comments

  1. E says:

    The tanda device is $33 on amazon with free shipping. I’m excited to try it!

    February 27, 2014/Reply
  2. GoGoGo says:

    I was going to say, this is one of the more amusing looking items I’ve seen on this blog.

    But then, LeBron appears to be making masks cool, so maybe this is something we should be looking out for as a daytime look.

    February 28, 2014/Reply
  3. Lady Macbeth says:

    I just bought the Tanda device (as E suggested, the Amazon price is great). I’m excited to try it!

    February 28, 2014/Reply
  4. conveniencequeen says:

    have to say I prefer this version based on the convenience alone. I’ve tried Tanda and my arm is ready to fall off by the time I’ve finished covering my face. I’d rather pay $ for something I use every day than invest in a costly and cumbersome device that winds up in the drawer, which is where my Tanda currently sits collecting dust.

    February 28, 2014/Reply