Can I Use An LED Mask with Makeup On ?
IN THIS ARTICLE:
- 01 How Does LED Light Therapy Work
- 02 Is It Recommended To Wear Makeup While Using LED Light Therapy Devices?
- 03 When Is The Best Time To Use Your LED Light Therapy Mask? Before Or After Applying Makeup?
- 04 What Are The Best Products To Use With Your LED Light Therapy Device?
LED light therapy devices are incredibly convenient beauty tools, offering the flexibility to be used at any time and in the comfort of your own home. Just imagine being able to enjoy professional-grade treatments whenever you want!
Curious about the factors that can influence the effectiveness of at-home treatments? It turns out that having something on your skin, such as a full face of makeup, can hinder the penetration of light and potentially impact the results.
1. How Does LED Light Therapy Work
LED light therapy, also known as phototherapy, works by utilizing specific wavelengths of light to interact with the skin and transform it at a cellular level.
What is LED light therapy?
LED light therapy is the use of UV-free, non-heating LED bulbs to treat a variety of skin conditions. The light energy that penetrates the skin activates photoreceptors which then triggers biological processes such as collagen production, healing, and regeneration.
LED light therapy uses various wavelengths of light, typically in the visible or near-infrared spectrum. Each color of light corresponds to a specific wavelength and has different effects on the skin. For example, red light stimulates collagen production, improves elasticity, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Blue light has antibacterial properties and helps target and reduce acne-causing bacteria. Near-infrared light penetrates deeper into the skin and promotes wound healing, reduces inflammation, and enhances overall skin health.
LED light therapy masks come in different shapes and color offerings. You can choose from one, two, or up to seven LED light colors (like this one).
Is LED red light therapy safe? LED light therapy is non-thermal, meaning it does not produce heat. It is a non-invasive treatment that does not damage the skin or cause pain, making it suitable for most skin types.
You might want to ask, how often should I use LED light therapy at home? The frequency of LED light mask usage can vary, but starting with two to three times per week is typically recommended. Adjust usage based on your skin's response and follow the instructions provided with your specific device. Consistency is key for optimal results.
Check out this LED light therapy mask that comes with an additional LED light panel for the neck area.
2. Is It Recommended To Wear Makeup While Using LED Light Therapy Devices?
It is generally recommended to remove makeup before using LED light therapy devices.
Optimal light penetration
Makeup can act as a barrier, hindering the efficient penetration of light energy into the skin. To maximize the effectiveness of LED light therapy, it is best to have a makeup-free complexion that allows the light to directly reach the targeted areas.
Without makeup, the skin can better absorb the light energy emitted by the LED device. The Project E Beauty LED Light Therapy Mask in silicone features a face-hugging design that helps optimize light absorption.
Makeup products, especially those with reflective particles or metallic ingredients, may reflect or scatter the light, reducing its effectiveness.
If you prefer to wear makeup during the day and still want to use your LED light therapy mask, a few considerations to keep in mind:
Use lightweight, non-comedogenic products
Opt for makeup products that are lightweight and non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging), so they don't create a heavy barrier and allow some light penetration.
Consider tinted sunscreen or BB cream
Instead of traditional makeup, you can use a tinted sunscreen or BB cream that provides some coverage while offering sun protection and skincare benefits.
Follow manufacturer recommendations
Consult the instructions or guidelines provided by the manufacturer as some devices may have specific recommendations or considerations regarding the use of makeup during treatments.
3. When Is The Best Time To Use Your LED Light Therapy Mask? Before Or After Applying Makeup?
For best results, use your LED light therapy mask before applying makeup. A few points for convincing:
- Clean skin for optimal contact - makeup-free skin allows the light to directly penetrate the skin and provide its intended benefits.
- Enhanced absorption - without a layer of makeup, the skin can better absorb the light energy emitted by the LED mask.
- Unobstructed light penetration - thicker or heavier products can create a barrier that may hinder the penetration of light into the skin.
If you prefer to incorporate LED light therapy into your skincare routine but also want to wear makeup during the day, you can do LED light therapy in the evening. Include LED light therapy as part of your nighttime skincare routine, after removing makeup and cleansing the skin. If you need to wear makeup after using an LED light therapy mask, it's advisable to wait until after the treatment session.
Wireless and portable light therapy masks, such as Project E Beauty’s Lumamask, make treatment sessions hassle-free and more relaxing.
4. What Are The Best Products To Use With Your LED Light Therapy Device?
When using an LED light therapy device, it's generally best to pair it with gentle and non-irritating skin care products. Here are a few types of products that work well with LED light therapy:
- Cleanser- look for a cleanser that effectively removes impurities without causing dryness or irritation.
- Serum - serums can help enhance the effects of LED light therapy and improve overall skin health.
- Moisturizer - follow up with a moisturizer that suits your skin type and contains beneficial ingredients like ceramides or soothing botanical extracts.
- Sunscreen - light therapy may make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so sun protection is essential. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
written by Olivia Khader