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Skinvel LED Mask

Skinvel LED Mask

Reviewed by Marta February 22, 2013 12 Comments
Yes, that is me in there. Two things came to my mind before I tried on the Skinvel LED Mask ($199). The first was Silence of the Lambs. The second was a letter asking if there was a cordless version of the Ultra Renew from a woman whose job involves “driving at night” – she’s been borrowing a friend’s LED device. I sincerely hope she isn’t using the recommended goggles whilst at the wheel. Anyway, this battery-operated LED mask could be just the thing for her.

I’ve been testing Skinvel in the safer confines of my bedroom (perhaps I should say relatively safer). As you can see from my picture, the effect to a casual observer could be rather alarming and I do not recommend trying this at home if you are going to run into small and impressionable children or an older person with a dickey heart.

Although the instructions and the mask itself, which is in two layers with straps and a battery pack, look a little daunting, it’s rather quick and easy to put together. The inner layer, the “soft mask,” is made from silicone and is more comfortable against the skin than plastic. The mask is very flexible and bends over the face – however, although it fits snugly over the forehead and cheek bones, my chin and jaws were “floating.”

There is enough reflective light for me to surmise that the lower part of my face is, nonetheless, being treated. We are talking red light by the way, at about 630nm or so. After removing the mask, which can be worn for sessions of either 10 or 15 minutes, my skin typically has short-lived red patches on the forehead and cheekbones. Nevertheless, I do think that the light reaches my entire face fairly evenly. Overall, the Skinvel seems to be effective and safe.

Although hands free is an advantage (particularly – ahem – for drivers), I found myself missing having something to do. Moving a wand (as one does with Baby Quasar or Ultra Renew) is something I find therapeutic. Perhaps, I just like feeling in control. And it doesn’t seem right to prepare supper or do the ironing whilst wearing the mask. So in the end, I used the time to put my head back and catch 40 winks.
  • November 21, 2013

    by Ronda

    How does one use the ultra renew plus wand around the lip and chin area? And, since I am using the wand on the entire face and neck, would a full face mask serve me better?

  • April 17, 2013

    by nancy

    Marta, very interested in wrinkel and lines around mouth and nose. Does the mask address these concerns? If not, what do you recomend?

  • April 10, 2013

    by StephanieG

    Hi Marta, any chance of this showing up in the shop??

  • March 20, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi Seth, the LEDs are the same, its the convenience of doing your face in one go (although against that, there may be more wastage of reflected light than you would get with a hand-held.

  • March 20, 2013

    by Seth A

    I was thinking of trying one of these. Is there a difference between the LEDs used on this mask and handheld products? Thanks!

  • February 27, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi Shelly, I'd say more of a plumping than firming.

  • February 27, 2013

    by shelly

    did you see a firming of the skin?...i really do not have much in like area of wrinkles i have sagging that just beginning.. want to catch it before it gets to bad.

  • February 23, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi Elena, I think so - there was more of a "halo" of light than I expected.

  • February 23, 2013

    by elena

    Marta,
    do you think your neck gets treated as well?

  • February 22, 2013

    by Dennis

    OMG that would be awesome! thank you, Marta!

  • February 22, 2013

    by Marta

    I can pass on a slightly used one if you are curious Dennis

  • February 22, 2013

    by Dennis

    I'm so glad you reviewed this! me and a friend were just discussing this a few days ago. He was concerned the mask wouldn't fit all faces right and thus the LED would be ineffective, but it's clear the LED's are giving good coverage. It even appears to be glowing down your neck.

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