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CurrentBody Skin light therapy mask: 112 red LEDs to rejuvenate the skin


The marketing of the CurrentBody Skin mask is not completely recent, but we only recently received it at the editorial office. This unexpected arrival raised many questions from journalists, and for good reason. The CurrentBody Skin embeds a hundred red LEDs to stimulate the production of collagen (which makes it possible to even out the complexion and reduce the appearance of wrinkles or fine lines) and treat skin imperfections. This light therapy mask is supposed to combine red light (between 650 and 750 nm) and near infrared light (up to 850 nm) with the aim of repairing the skin by regenerating the production of new cells, in effect stimulating the production of new collagen.

A bright makeover

This technology has already been used for years in dermatologists’ offices. This is what Doctor Caroline Pouget of the aesthetic dermatological center Renécia (16th arrondissement of Paris) explains to us: “Red light is generally used in the office, after treatments, to promote healing and boost collagen. It is primarily used to promote cell regeneration.“. Its effects would therefore be virtuous: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, healing…”It is a very restorative light“. According to the specialist, a red light cure is absolutely harmless, whatever the type of skin and even in the face of a mole that one might find a little suspicious.

Its exposure recommendations validate those provided by CurrentBody for its mask: “A 10-minute session to repeat during the week over two or three sessions for four to five weeks“. As for the risks incurred due to too long or too high an exposure, Doctor Pouget is categorical: “There are no particular damages and no contraindications either, even in the case of eczema“. Too long an exposure would simply be counterproductive because the effects of the stimulation take place especially in the first 20 minutes. After this time, it is useless.

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Despite everything, the multiplicity of LEDs sending red light is uncomfortable for the eyes and we had the opportunity to realize this by wearing the mask if only for 30 seconds. On this point too, the dermatologist is reassuring: “Red light is harmless to the eyes, but there are UV shields you can use to reduce the feeling of discomfort“.

Pay attention to near-infrared light

If we can rely on the virtues of red light with our eyes closed, we must however be a little more attentive to near infrared light. The specialist we interviewed is formal: “We do not use it in dermatology quite simply because we are no longer in the effective spectrum in terms of healing. It’s a bit more aggressive and some machines exploit them for toning“. And to add “that beyond 850 nm, there may be an ocular risk (particularly of cataracts)“. We must therefore take care that the mask does not come too close to this wavelength, which we will not fail to check in the lab.

Insofar as the beauty sector uses technology more and more often — the aisles of shows such as CES or VivaTech bear witness to the enthusiasm of manufacturers for this segment —, and where the CurrentBody product is in the headlines, Digital must submit this light therapy mask to the lab’s spectrophotometer before starting the tests in real conditions. To be continued.

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