Angela Caglia Crystal LED Face Mask Review

In our series test ride, TZR editors and writers test the hottest new beauty products and share their honest reviews. This week, our beauty editor puts the new Angela Caglia Crystal LED Face Mask to the test.

As a woman in her 30s with a lifelong struggle with acne, prevention has long been a key word in my skincare vocabulary; so I’m no stranger to LED light therapy. In fact, I’ve been using it for years. I was first introduced there as an add-on in facials, but I’ve since tried a handful of at-home options. So when I came across this brand new Angela Caglia Crystal LED Face Mask, I was eager to check it out.

I already have a very nice LED panel sitting on my desk (mine is from Vital Red Light) and I use it regularly. I love it because it’s super shiny and it also works on your neck and chest. However, it only has a red light setting and is quite bulky. Alternatively, if you want to move around the house and multi-task, the Crystal Quartz Mask is lightweight and extremely portable, making it ideal for travel.

If you haven’t gathered by name, the mask includes rose quartz crystals in the design. Creator of this mask (and famous facialist), Angela Caglia is known for incorporating rose quartz into her treatments and beauty tools. “I wanted to combine high performance and well-being; I think it’s the future of skincare and tools,” says the pro. It also features both red and blue lighting settings (more on this later) – a variety that is often lacking in many LED lighting options.

This mask was just launched last month and it’s the first of its kind thanks to the inclusion of rose quartz. In fact, Caglia is known for its holistic approach and for using crystal in all of its facials. “Rose quartz stays cool when pressed onto the skin, so it has anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing effects,” Murphy-Rose says of the benefits. “[The stone] is extremely dense and stays cooler longer than other popular crystals, so it helps better against puffiness and skin inflammation,” adds Caglia.

As soon as I saw this product, I knew I was going to be a fan. First of all, it’s pink (and I know it’s silly but I love pink). I’m also much more susceptible and enthusiastic about using products that I find aesthetically pleasing. I’m a big fan of holistic wellness, so the idea of ​​this one merging rose quartz healing with science-backed technology also piqued my interest. Since the mask is flexible, I knew it was going to be comfortable.

The big questions, however, are: how does this LED crystal mask stack up and is it worth the $500 price tag? Read on for my honest answers and review.

What is LED light therapy?

If you’re not already familiar with LED technology, it has a ton of scientifically proven benefits. It was actually first introduced to the world by NASA in the 60s, specifically to American astronauts to aid in tissue healing and repair. It is highly regarded in the beauty community as a way to treat a variety of skin-related issues. Red light, specifically, it is proven to reduce skin inflammation, stimulate fibroblasts to produce collagen, reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin texture and promote hair growth. Blue light, on the other hand, has been shown to treat acne by reducing P. acnes bacteria and decreasing sebaceous gland activity, says Dr. Blair Murphy-Rose, board-certified cosmetic dermatologist, MD, FAAD. “Red light is often considered the ‘anti-aging’ light while blue light is the ‘anti-acne’ light,” she categorizes.

The LED, which stands for Light Emitting Diode, emits infrared lights which cause heat upon contact with the skin. When this light passes below the surface of the skin, it triggers metabolic activity and produces more collagen and elastin. This then leads to anti-aging benefits like firmer, smoother and plumper skin.

Note that wavelength (and depth of light penetration) is very important – and not all wavelengths are created equal. “The wavelength of light determines the color of light, and these have different potential benefits for the skin,” says Dr. Murphy Rose. This particular mask features both anti-aging RED (630 nm) and anti-acne BLUE (465 nm), which are the FDA-approved LED treatment wavelengths to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin.

The design of the mask

This mask was designed with comfort in mind. The patented design is made of soft, medical-grade silicone that conforms to the shape of your face for maximum light penetration. It also has a stretchy velcro strap so you can attach it as tightly or loosely as you want.

What I like about this mask is that it is portable and I can multitask while wearing it. “I designed this mask with a mouth hole large enough that you can still drink your wine,” Caglia explains. It’s extremely appealing to me as I usually use it to help me wind down at the end of the day. By nature, the light is quite bright, so I don’t suggest watching TV or answering emails while you do. But drinking wine, I can get on board with that.

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How to use Crystal LED Mask

Using this mask is easy. It comes with a portable and rechargeable battery. Be sure to plug it in a few hours before first use to fully charge it. Then simply attach the battery to the USB cord attached to the mask. It has two settings: red light and blue light, so just tap your preference. Each session is on a 10 minute timer and the device will turn off at this mark. If you want to use both settings, do one and then the other for a total of 20 minutes, Caglia explains. “In general, at-home LED masks can be used for about 10 to 15 minutes, three to five times a week,” suggests Dr. Murphy-Rose.

Methodology

To test, I’ve been using the mask for about two weeks, five times a week (I find it so relaxing at the end of the day). I also use both settings every time as my skin is prone to acne. Since I already use red light therapy in my routine, I haven’t seen a drastic change after. However, during this time, I happened to have my period (when I tend to get horrible hormonal acne breakouts). Needless to say, the blue light feature really helped keep the pimples away. Per Caglia’s recommendation, I used the mask on clean, dry skin without any skincare products (for maximum penetration, she explained). Then I applied my night care as usual and went to bed.

The results

My main skin problem has always been acne, redness and inflammation. My skin is so sensitive, it’s a sad reality, but I’ve learned to live with it over the years. I did accutane for a year which totally eradicated it but eventually it came back. This is where LED light therapy has been very helpful for me. It’s by no means the only thing I do (I have a rigorous skincare routine that includes regular facials and medical-grade products), but I do use light therapy at least once per week (and almost always with every facial I get).

If I’m the least bit stressed, I start to have a blast or turn red. The inflammation is chronic for me, and in terms of immediate results, I really feel like a quick red light session helps calm my skin. On the other hand, if I feel a pimple starting to form, I will immediately use blue light to kill the bacteria. I noticed long term results (like firmness and clarity) after just a few weeks. “Results may vary, but with four weeks of consistent use, you can see visible results,” confirms Dr. Murphy-Rose.

The amazing fact about LED light is that it really suits everyone and all skin types. There are no contraindications or harmful side effects. Whether your goal is to boost collagen or fight acne, everyone can benefit. It even has healing properties. “I like to apply if I have a cut, scrape or bruise and it will speed up the healing time tremendously – it’s remarkable,” adds Caglia.

Is it worth it?

$500 is expensive, but it’s a reasonable price for a high-end LED light therapy mask. There are cheaper options (with the Kourtney Kardashian-endorsed DMH mask costing $190, for example.) However, with this option you get the added benefit of healing rose quartz crystals (if that’s anything that you like). Since it’s made of soft silicone, it’s easy to pack and travel-friendly. This approach to well-being and the pretty pink color are definitely the biggest assets for me.

This wearable LED mask combines holistic practices with science-backed technology. It uses FDA approved red and blue wavelengths of light to clinically treat your skin with regular use. If you’re looking for an LED face mask, this is one of the most comfortable, effective, and aesthetically pleasing options on the market today.

Fast facts

  • Price: $495
  • Best for: anti-aging (red light), acne (blue light)
  • Your rating: 4.8/5
  • Clean/Cruelty Free?: Yes
  • What we like: option for red and blue light settings, rose quartz for ignition, flexible, portable and rechargeable
  • What we don’t like: expensive and very bright for sensitive eyes

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