What are the best light therapy products? In this article, we’ll break down your top options for light therapy devices in every category. Keep reading for the best LED light therapy masks, the top light therapy lamps, the best handheld LED devices, and more.
Top LED Light Therapy Masks
LED light therapy products are one of the biggest skincare innovations of the last decade. Today there are hundreds of brands and styles of LED light therapy masks designed specifically for skin health benefits. Most of them use wavelengths of red light, blue light, or a combination of both. Some also use orange and green light or “full-spectrum” light with 3+ colors.
Red light is a popular choice because it’s been shown to boost collagen levels in clinical trials. You can read more on the different wavelengths and colors in light therapy here.
These are the top LED light therapy masks:
Aphrona LED Mask Light Treatment $150
Aphrona’s LED face mask is affordable and easy to use, so it’s a great place to start if you’re newer to light therapy and not looking to spend over $200 on a mask.
Aphrona’s product evenly distributes red, blue, and green light across the entire face. Customers praise how the device automatically shuts off when a treatment is complete, and it also comes with eye-protection goggles. If you don’t want to overthink it or spend too much, start with Aphrona.
Dr. Dennis Gross Spectralite Faceware Pro $435
Dr. Dennis Gross is one of the leading names in LED mask treatments, and one of the most expensive. This full-face mask includes red and blue LED lights and has a quick, simple user experience.
The Faceware Pro gets great customer reviews for wrinkle and anti-aging treatments. If you’re willing to spend for the Dr. Dennis Gross version, this is among the best LED face masks you can buy for skincare.
Skin Gym WrinkLit LED Mask $99
If you’re not willing to pay Dr. Dennis Gross prices for your LED treatments, and you don’t mind wearing a less fashionable mask, then Skin Gym makes a bargain option that works just about as well for lines and blemishes. One catch is that you’re instructed to wear this mask for 15 to 30 minutes, which is much longer than the other options on this list.
Skin Inc. Optimizer Voyage Glasses $175
Masks aren’t the only way to treat your facial skin with LEDs. Skin Inc.’s Optimizer Voyage Glasses emit red, yellow, and orange light to the areas around your eyes. Recommendations suggest you wear eye cream when you use them, usually for about 10 minutes at a time.
The Light Salon Boost LED Décolletage Bib $495
If you want to treat the skin on your neck with light therapy, you’ll need more than just a mask. This light therapy bib from the Light Salon is on the high end for price, but it’s one of the only LED light therapy products designed specifically for the skin on your neck, shoulders, back, and upper chest. It uses a combination of red and near-infrared (NIR) light to reduce inflammation and boost collagen levels.
Top Light Therapy Lamps
Light therapy lamps are widely used for seasonal depression and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) symptoms. Lamps differ from most of the other light therapy products on this list because they’re used to brighten a room with artificial light. Other LED products on this list deliver wavelengths of light directly to the skin and cells to produce a biological effect.
Some compelling clinical evidence shows that light therapy lamps can improve SAD and winter blues, but it’s a different mechanism of action from other LED light therapy products.
Looking for a good light therapy lamp for SAD and seasonal depression? Here are the best light therapy lamps:
Verilux HappyLight Lucent™ Light Therapy Lamp $45
Verilux is arguably the leading brand in light therapy lamps, with numerous affordable options that are portable and easy to set up in any room. This model includes a detachable stand, and you can use the lamp horizontally or vertically depending on your space. With one touch, you bring the room to light with 10,000 lux intensity.
Theralite Aura Bright Light Therapy Lamp $60
Theralite’s model is the best option for your desk or workspace. It’s highly customizable, with adjustable height and four light intensity settings to make your workday feel bright and sunny.
Bios SkyView Wellness Table Lamp $600
This is a rare light therapy lamp that makes an elegant addition to your design scheme. Simply put, it’s a beautiful lamp. Like an orb on your table, it brightens the room and can change between four light modes. The SkyView also includes Bios “circadian technology” to improve your sleep cycle. At $600, this is one of the best and most expensive light therapy lamps on the market.
Top Handheld Light Therapy Devices
The Luminance RED $349
Most handheld light therapy devices are designed for beauty or acne treatments. Luminance RED stands out by making the best handheld light therapy devices for treating specific skin conditions like cold sores, canker sores, and genital sores.
Luminance RED makes a unique handheld device for each type of skin condition, so they have a Luminance RED Lip Treatment Device, Mouth Treatment Device, and Genital Treatment Device, which let you target problem areas. Customers have praised the Luminance RED for reducing pain and helping to heal outbreaks.
Pulsaderm Red LED $74
There are over 100 different handheld LED devices to choose from for beauty and wrinkle treatments. To keep it simple, Pulsaderm makes an easy, affordable handheld option for LED skincare sessions that delivers the red wavelengths you need.
This is a good option for cost-conscious shoppers looking for at-home facial beauty treatments. Spot treatments with the Pulsaderm last three minutes, and the device comes with safety goggles.
Joovv Go 2.0 $545
Joovv’s handheld device delivers red and NIR wavelengths of light and features a unique alarm clock that lets you wake up to low-intensity red light. This is like a miniature version of Joovv’s larger, modular red light therapy systems, which we’ll cover in the next section.
Top Full-Body LED Light Therapy Devices
The masks and handhelds we mention above are designed to target specific treatment areas on the body. To take your light therapy to the next level, you can buy a larger system with panels of LEDs that shine wavelengths of red and NIR light across your entire body. Often described as “full-body” light therapy, these systems can offer more systemic health benefits and produce results in less time.
If you’re considering a larger LED light therapy device, these are your best options:
Joovv Solo 3.0 $1445
Joovv is a pioneer in at-home LED red light therapy. Joovv offers the best design, performance, and features of any brand of larger LED devices, but they are also the most expensive in their category.
The Bluetooth-enabled Solo is the foundation of Joovv’s modular system. It consists of one LED panel with red and NIR lights. Unlike its much cheaper competitors, Joovv models come with lots of additional features to enhance your light therapy experience. The Joovv Solo includes Recovery+ Mode, which uses pulsed NIR light to optimize the body’s recovery process. It also includes Ambient Mode, a low-intensity setting designed to help you transition into sleep more naturally. It can be mounted on a door or wall, or used with a boot floor stand.
Joovv Quad 3.0 $5645
A benefit of the Joovv product line is that you can easily upgrade to a larger system by adding panels over time. The Quad 3.0 consists of four Joovv Solos, for quadruple the LEDs and coverage. The Quad is big enough to deliver full coverage, so you can treat your entire body in just 10-20 minutes, quicker than some of the LED masks on this list.
PlatinumLED Therapy Lights $369
For the simplest, no-frills LED red light therapy setup, PlatinumLED gets the job done for under $400. It lacks the sleek design of Joovv and it’s likely to be less durable over time, but it’s a suitable starting point for people looking to try full-body light therapy in their homes.
Best Light Therapy Beds
For the fullest light therapy exposure, you can buy an LED bed that treats your entire body at once. Here’s a look at your best LED light therapy bed choice:
LightStim LED Bed $65,000+
The LightStim LED Bed was the first FDA-cleared red light therapy bed to hit the market a few years ago, and it remains a favorite for high-end customers looking for the most immersive red light therapy experience possible. This bed contains 18,240 LEDs, and it’s over seven feet long.
LightStim has become a popular choice for professional athletes, especially when they’re trying to rehab an injury. You can also add a LightStim Pro Panel to the bed for LED skin treatments.
These are the best light therapy products on the market today. To learn more about light therapy, check our What Is Light Therapy article.