When a device claims to reduce wrinkles and eliminate fine lines, it’s only natural to be completely skeptical. Any product can claim to be the fountain of youth, but how do you know when it’s legit?
You take the product in question, LightStim’s White LED Light Therapy Device ($165, marked down from $249; nordstrom) and ask the experts. What are the odds this FDA-approved light treatment can actually reduce wrinkles?
“It’s on par with topicals such as retinols, peptides and vitamin C,” says Debra Jaliman, MD, professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and author of Skin Rules. “LED Light therapy has been shown to improve skin tone and texture with continued use. I certainly have no problem with patients using an at home device that can complement their in-office treatment.”
Of course, there’s no magical treatment that completely erases wrinkles overnight. But Dr. Jaliman says at-home light therapy devices “may certainly improve your skin’s appearance.”
So how does it work? LightStim’s 72 LEDs emit UV-free wavelengths that penetrate the top layer of your skin. This delivers a dose of light energy that enhances collagen production and improves your skin’s overall elasticity. Even though it *sounds* crazy, the LightStim is actually FDA-approved to treat periorbital wrinkles, AKA the fine lines around the eyes and lips.