I made a trip to Ulta today and decided to try out these new Illumask Anti-Acne and Anti-Aging Phototherapy Masks. They are very reasonably priced at $29.99 a piece, minus the Ulta coupons, for 30 daily treatments.
Illumask uses light therapy as an effective skin care regimen. It claims to use light wavelength phototherapy to treat various skin conditions, including acne. Illumask makes it possible to achieve affordable cosmetic results at home.
I bought the Illumask Anti-Acne Mask for my daughter who has been having a difficult time with her complexion lately. She’s been trying out some new products but this may be just what the doctor ordered. This is what the Illumask Anti-Acne Mask looks like:
My daughter told me she felt like a character out of Star-Wars when she wore it, but after the initial laughter she laid back, relaxed, and let the mask do it’s thing.
I bought the Illumask Anti-Aging Phototherapy Mask for myself. This one is styled a little differently and without the sunglasses. It has the eye protectors that you would use at a tanning bed which blocked the lights from my eyes. This made the experience very comfortable and relaxing.
I plan on updating this Illumask Review post every 5 days (see below for final thoughts) to let you know how it’s going. I will also be providing a “before and after” of my daughter’s forehead acne progression. Here is her before:
**Illumask Review Day 5 Update: 2/11/2014
We’ve been using our Illumask for 5 days now and while we haven’t seen any results yet, I feel that it is doing “something”. My routine has been to use the mask right before bed. I lay quietly and relax for 15 minutes to gather my thoughts while the lights are on. After it’s finished I apply my facial moisturizer or coconut oil.
The light is very refreshing, like a warm Spring morning and it’s helping get rid of these long winter blues. It doesn’t put off any heat or UV light but the illumination feels very natural and calming.
If you has any questions, I’d be happy to answer! I’ll update again at day 10.
**Update 2/12/2014 – I just posted a new Romantic Valentine’s Day makeup look and while I was taking the pictures I could TOTALLY tell a difference on my under eye area! My fine lines are practically non-existent. So excited!!! Here’s the pic below. Say tuned for more updates on the Illumask Review!
**Illumask Review Day 10 Update: February 15**
Today is officially (UNofficially) day 10 for us. My daughter and I missed the last few days because of school functions and Valentine’s day but fear not!! I’m going to play catchup. I’m going to use it twice tonight and twice tomorrow night. Can I even do that? Is it safe? I’ll be a guinea pig and let you guys know. My face might be a little crispy.
I’m just kidding. Maybe.
I’ve been keeping with the same routine. Right before bed I pop this baby on and think about the men in Lord of the Rings. Gandalf and Gimli – Oh Baby! 15 minutes later I either fall asleep or get up and finish my facial routine with moisturizers and such.
I mentioned in the last update (after I completed the romantic eye look) that I could tell a difference. Usually when I’m uploading pictures I notice my flaws, fine lines included. This time the fine lines weren’t there. Interesting… Maybe it works faster on the small, superficial lines and takes more time with deeper imperfections. February 20 will be the next Illumask Review update including the catchups. See you then! XO
**Illumask Review Day 15 Update: February 20**
I made up for the few days that I missed last week and had absolutely no issues. Instead of using the mask for 1 – 15 minute session, I used 2 – 30 minutes total. My skin is looking really great! My complexion is very creamy, healthy and glowy. I even got a compliment today!
My daughter’s skin has hit a plateau and I suspect it’s due to hormones. Unfortunately, I don’t think this works to curb hormonal eruptions.
So far, I really like this product and plan on purchasing another Illumask when these run out.
My next Illumask Review will be Feb. 25th. XOXO!!
**Illumask Review Day 20 Update: February 25**
Well, we’ve made it to day 20 and I will tell you, it’s been hard to keep up with. Sometimes life gets in the way and you just forget to use the mask. We have been consistent but it hasn’t been easy.
My daughter’s complexion continues to improve (especially her temple area) after a brief plateau. She has been a bit more resistant to use the Illumask because it interferes with teenage life. Once she started to see vast improvement, she was ready to get on with her life. I think if she quits using it her pimples will come back. That is motivation enough to continue. Here’s this weeks picture:
I’ve been seeing small improvements in my face. Little advances here and there but I’m headed in the right direction. The pigmentation around my nose area has greatly improved! Also, some of the acne scars that were red have toned down and began to fade. I’ve been very happy with the results thus far and will continue to use the mask.
My next Illumask Review will be March 2! See you then! XO
Illumask Review**Final Update** March 10, 2014
Ok guys, I have had some major technical difficulties. A few days after my last update, my Anti-Aging mask stopped working. #Dead. So, I figured it was the batteries, NOPE. After a day or 2 of tinkering I gave in and went to Walmart to buy another mask. After 2 uses it stopped working and I returned it. This sucks so bad!
I might try to get another one but now that my days are interrupted I can’t give a consistent 30 day review. URG!
My daughter’s mask was fine. It worked the entire 30 days without a problem. She did get very tired of using it and only continued because of my constant nagging. 😉 I have seen a significant improvement in her pimples. Here are her before and after:
Final Thoughts: I enjoyed using the anti-aging mask. The light enhanced my mood and I do believe I saw improvement in my skin. For $29 I feel it is worth the money even though it stopped working on the last leg of 30 days. I have spent several hundred dollars on creams that claim the same but don’t offer these results.
I will issue a word of warning though. If you decide to buy one, do so at a store that accepts returns even after usage. Amazon, Ulta, Walmart, etc. ***Make sure you ask before you buy.*** If you’re paying for 30 days, it should work for 30 days- period. That is my only complaint on this product.
Thanks so much for reading. All illumask review questions will be answered.
XO – M