Thursday, July 30, 2015

An Anti-Aging Option Using Healing Red Light

Have you ever heard of red light therapy as an anti-aging technique? I had heard something about it, but it was certainly in the background of what I knew about spa treatments. Usually it's injectables, laser treatments, facials and dermabrasion that have gotten the most  buzz.

But studies revolve around red light's ability to get rid of wrinkles, especially fine lines, improve skin pigmentation and abnormalities associated with aging. Preliminary studies suggest that concentrated red light is absorbed by the mitochondria in the cells and stimulates the generation of more collagen: the building block of skin structure. Red LED light does not emit any kind of UV and is deemed safe by dermatologists. Sounds good to me!

The cost varies, and can go as high as $300 per 20 minute treatment. It is said to be most effective with  multiple treatments, over a prolonged time. That is a bit over my budget, which is probably why I wasn't interested in trying it up to this point.

I do love technological & cultural advancement. It brings once exclusive to the wealthy products to the masses. There is now a device that brings that type of light treatment into the privacy and convenience of your own home. And it is very affordable! You get 30 days of treatments for $29.99! I was asked to review Illumask for 30 days and let you know what I found out.
 Illumask is an anti-aging light therapy mask and as easy to use as putting on a pair of glasses. Each day for a month I put on the mask, clicked the "on" button, and waited for 15 minutes, until the LED red lights automatically went out.

It's something you definitely want to do in your home because you lose your forward and most of your peripheral vision because, as the name states, it's a mask, except without the eye slits. It also looks a little strange, like a gone-wrong female audition for daft punk! My husband said he wants to take a black marker and make a Jason Face from Friday the 13th! But who cares what it looks like if the results are good, right?

I thought, "15 minutes of relaxation is a piece of cake, I'll have no problem with this", until I tried it. Sometimes it really was easy because I actually would nod off to sleep. But other times I didn't think the 15 minutes would ever end! It's not like I could read, or watch t.v. or move around the house. Some things I COULD do was listen to music, do simple exercises like planks, leg lifts, even sit-ups, sleep or meditate. Sometimes I felt a little claustrophobic and had to lift the mask off my face for a few seconds to get a bit more air circulation.

 My results: I noticed some subtle changes on my face. The quality and tone of my skin seems a bit better and I notice a more luminous appearance to the skin. My coloring seems better and my skin seems to be more hydrated. I also saw a slight decrease in the fine lines around the eye area. Now, all of these improvements are very slight at this point, but if just a slight improvement happens in each one of these areas, doesn't that add up to an overall good result? They say that the best results occur after 60-90 days of use. I've used it for 30 days so far and I do like it!

Illumask is now available at WalMart and other select retailers! 

Product was provided for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own!
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