Spa Treatment at Home: Light Therapy on a Budget (illuMask review)

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As a busy Mom of boys, I’m all about finding budget friendly alternatives that can easily be done in the comfort of your own home when I can find the time to do it. One reason why I loved trying out the new illuMask back in February is because it offered the benefits of light therapy without the appointment. The first illuMask that I tried out was the one for anti-aging. I was happy with the results that I achieved and how inspired I became to take better care of my skin afterwards. So Walmart asked me as a part of the Walmart Moms if I would like to try the mask again, I said yes because I definitely wanted to give the illuMask for acne a try as well.

Spa Night at Home:  Light Therapy Mask on a Budget

Since I have tried out both the anti-acne and anti-aging illuMask, I thought that I would compare how the two are the same and how they differ in case you are wondering which mask is right for you. For those unfamiliar with what illuMask is: illuMask is a mask worn for 15 minutes a day for a total of 30 treatments that uses LED light therapy to either fight the signs of aging or reduce acne. Both the anti-aging illuMask and the anti-acne illuMask are different as they contain different kinds of light therapy. The anti-aging illuMask only uses red and infrared light to fight back against aging while the anti-acne illuMask uses both blue and red light to fight the bacteria that causes acne. Another very noticeable difference is that the anti-aging illuMask does not have a hole where the wearer can see out, it is just a blank shield over your face. Whereas the anti-acne illuMask does have a small opening that one is able to see out of when they are wearing the mask. Out of the two masks that I’ve tried thus far, while I did like the idea of forcing myself to relax at the end of the day for 15 minutes with music like when I tried the anti-aging illuMask. After trying the anti-acne illuMask I really loved the ability to see out when I was wearing the mask. I was able to get caught up on my favorite TV show with my husband or check through social media while wearing the mask. So that is one plus to the anti-acne illuMask is the ability to see out while using the mask.

illuMask Review

With the mix of the red and blue lights in the anti-acne illuMask you can see that it gives a bit of a pink glow when in use. Whenever my boys would get a glimpse of me wearing my illuMask they would call me the “Pink Vader”, I thought it was funny and cute. The anti-acne illuMask according to the package is supposed to help fight the bacteria that causes acne while giving you a clearer, smoother complexion through fewer breakouts with less redness and pain while reducing oily, dry, and flaking skin.

Spa Treatment at Home:  Light Therapy Mask on a Budget (illumask review)

I chose to try the anti-acne illuMask this time because I do suffer from hormonal acne with my most troubled area being my chin. Every month I can count on a one or two to several breakouts to ruin my makeup look. At the beginning of using the anti-acne illuMask, I had my typical monthly breakout session along my chin area. After using the illuMask consistently every night for the first two weeks I started to notice a difference in how my skin would react to breakouts. If I did get a breakout it wasn’t nearly as big, red, and severe as it would have normally been. The breakout I noticed also didn’t bother me as much as it normally would have. So seeing that I had smaller, less irritating breakouts alone was a good improvement for me. Because they were smaller that also meant that they went away a lot quicker than before. I like that the anti-acne illuMask is something that I can use to help fight back against my breakouts without having to slather another cream or lotion onto my skin. The illuMask does everything for you from timing how long each treatment lasts with automatic shutoff to controlling how many total treatments each mask is allowed before it needs to be discarded. Having tried both the anti-aging and the anti-acne illuMask’ I can say that each mask offers its own different benefits. Those with mild to moderate acne may feel fighting back against blemishes are more important than fighting back against aging or vice versa. As a beauty blogger, I’m happy to see that the technology for products like this which was once only available at a doctor’s office are now available to everyday customers and can easily be found in stores like Walmart at budget friendly prices ($29.97).

What mask would you choose: the anti-acne or anti-aging illuMask?

Walmart momDisclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve been compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post as well as given a sample of the product mentioned in this post to try out for myself. All thoughts and opinions are my own. My experience may differ from your own.

The Domestic Diva
The Domestic Diva

Heather is a homeschooling mom of two boys currently living in central Georgia. She has been sharing her domestic story online as a lifestyle blogger for 15 years. Through her blog and social media platforms, Heather provides a glimpse into domestic life as she shares with other stay-at-home moms how she tackles modern homemaking and the challenges of raising a family.

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  1. August 16, 2014 / 9:00 am

    I get claustrophobic is small or tight areas so I’m not sure I would be able to stand wearing something like that. I love the idea since I’m at a point in my life where I need to take better care of my skin. Maybe I’ll give it a try.

  2. August 19, 2014 / 1:32 pm

    Interesting. I’ve never seen anything like this before. I might have to look into it! Thanks for your post.

  3. August 27, 2014 / 11:57 pm

    I’ve never heard of anything like this before! It looks pretty hilarious in the photo, but hey if it works, why not!