How LED Masks Reduce Puffiness & Help Allergies!
So, I first heard about LED face masks on Instagram, in Ashley Iaconetti’s “Stories” (the girl from “The Bachelor”). She said it made a HUGE difference in her skin tone, & in reducing puffiness. Sounds good, right? Well, fast-forward to my own use of this miracle mask, & I discovered a completely unintended, but very welcome side effect: MAJOR sinus relief!! I didn’t even know that was a benefit of the mask, so needless to say, I was both shocked & stoked. In this post, we’ll discuss “How LED Masks Reduce Puffiness & Help Allergies,” along with many other benefits.
**Author’s Note: Article updated as of December 2022.
Jessica Alba, Kourtney Kardashian, Kate Hudson, Chrissy Teigen, & Ashley Iaconetti are just a few celebs who use LED face masks as part of their beauty regimen.
How LED Masks Reduce Puffiness
So, why was Ashley Iaconetti even talking about this mask in the first place? She was referring to items that help with lymphatic drainage. What the heck is lymphatic drainage, you may ask?? Lymph nodes exist all throughout your body, including in your face & by your sinuses, & they act as filters for harmful substances ~ making them an important part of your immune system. Essentially, your lymph nodes are there to filter & help carry out waste, proteins, fat, & cellular debris. If your lymph system is not properly draining, you may notice an additional “puffiness” or retention of fluids.
A Healthy Lymph System = Healthy Circulation & NO Puffiness!!
Lymph nodes can also get swollen, indicating that your body may be fighting off infection & retaining fluids in a particular area. And this is what Ashley I. was referring to: by helping lymph nodes drain (i.e. with the LED mask), it can also help your skin from a superficial standpoint, by reducing puffiness & bloating. Because there are so many lymph nodes in your neck & in your sinuses, these are common areas for swelling.
How LED Helped Relieve My Sinuses!
And here’s where the Angel Kiss LED Mask comes in: it has 7 different light settings, two of which are specifically meant to help with lymphatic drainage ~ the green & purple. I’ve personally noticed better results with the green light. When I used the mask for the first time, I wore it for 20 minutes, before bedtime….with zero expectations. And when I woke up the next day: I didn’t have a stuffy nose. At the time, I was in Palm Springs, & the hot, dry climate usually wreaks havoc on my sinuses; it’s very common for me to wake up with a stuffy nose there.
But after using the LED mask, it was almost miraculous: I could breathe totally fine! I’d been popping Claritin D every day for weeks…but now, I didn’t need it. And the only thing I’d changed was using the LED mask.
All in all: the mask is a bit of miracle to me. It’s strange to say, but just simply being able to breathe fully makes me feel about 10X happier….usually, my sinuses don’t clear up until I work out around mid-day (exercise is another way of stimulating your lymphatic system & circulation). And this mask didn’t just work that first day: I’ve brought it on my travels with me, & it continues to work ~ particularly when I’m in environments where my allergies really flare up.
But What are the Beauty Benefits?!?
Ok, ok….the main reason people are using this mask is to improve their skin, right?! I’ve gotten stuck talking about sinuses & puffiness! Personally, the main thing I noticed with my skin was a brighter complexion. But the different light settings help with many different issues: acne, wrinkles, collagen stimulation, improvement in skin circulation & skin tone, brightening, & the fading of dark spots & acne scars. It works by emitting light at specific wavelengths, which penetrate the skin at different levels. Each light color targets specific cells, & so each has its own results.
Take a look below at some before & afters for the LED face mask…
Note: I’ve spoken to my dermatologist about LED face masks, & she’s a fan ~ but the one thing she mentioned was that if you have filler (such as Juvaderm or Restylane), LED light will actually dissolve the filler. As for Botox, she said that LED light does not affect it.
How LED Masks Reduce Puffiness & Help Allergies
Thanks for reading this article, & if you’re a fellow sometimes-sinus-sufferer like myself, I really hope this mask helps you breathe better! I don’t think you realize how much allergies & blocked sinuses affect you until suddenly….you can just breathe fully. It’s a pretty miraculous thing.
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Omgggg…I keep seeing these LED face masks popping up all over my social media! ha I was wondering if they actually work!? But what an interesting thing to note that these masks have helped with your sinuses and allergies – I may have to give it a try! We recently moved to the beach and I seem to be experiencing more allergy symptoms. If I could find a natural remedy as opposed to a terrible decongestant that would be amazing! How soon did you notice relief for your symptoms? Thanks, Lesley
Hi Lesley! Thanks for your comment & question. I didn’t notice relief right after using the mask, but I noticed it immediately when I woke up the next morning ~ I’m usually stuffed up waking up in Palm Springs, & yet my sinuses were totally clear. Felt like a miracle! And I’m definitely with you that it’s PHEnomenal to find a natural alternative to decongestants for allergy relief: I just don’t feel like decongestants are a healthy long-term solution. Good luck & let me know how the LED mask works for you! xoxo
I thought green light was for fading pigmentation
Hi Joanne! Here’s exactly what the Angel Kiss LED brochure says re: the green light: “This setting helps to brighten dulled skin; studies suggest that green light can help to clear the face’s natural lymphatic system (hence, I believe, the help with my sinuses). It might even aid in providing relief for mental stress.” Because the red light penetrates the skin most deeply & aids in the production of collagen, I suspect that setting would help most with pigmentation issues. Hope that helps!