The Best Red Light Therapy Devices
For many years, red light therapy treatments have only been available at dermatologists or medical day spas. Today though, portable red light devices are making this wellness practice more readily available and accessible, and also something you can do from the comfort of your own home! But what is red light therapy exactly? And what are the benefits of this increasingly popular wellness trend?
For starters, red light therapy is an easy, painless, and non-invasive way to treat common aches and pain conditions (athletes love it). It’s also a therapy often touted by beauty experts to smooth skin. Red light therapy devices use low-level wavelengths of “red” light to treat skin conditions, including acne, but they can also be used to heal wounds, aid in muscle recovery, boost mental health, and help you sleep better.
The red lights in these at-home devices generally operate on wavelengths between 620 and 750 nanometers (nm). Compared with blue light, like that emitted from phones and tablets, red light has a lower frequency and carries less energy. When used regularly (generally for 10 to 20 minutes a day), red light can stimulate cells in a way that allows them to rejuvenate, repair the damage, and function more efficiently as a whole, making red light effective at repairing tissues in the skin and other parts of the body.
Ready to try it out? Us too! These red light therapy devices now come as small handheld devices (or as larger appliances, if you prefer) that you can use at home daily. Many of the brands also offer eye goggles that can protect your eyes and vision too—just make sure to read the safety and instruction manuals for any device you buy!
Best For | Full body, pain relief, sleep optimization, and skin
Features | 1- to 2-year warranty, portable and installation options, patented design, independently tested
Price | $499–$5,599
Red light therapy devices by Joovv come on stands and mounts and require you to simply sit or stand in front of them while their therapeutic lights wash gently over your body. Treatment sessions are incredibly easy and convenient and last only 10 minutes per treatment area. If you’re not sure which device could benefit you the most, Joovv provides a useful quiz for you to choose the right size and setup. These red-light therapy devices can improve blood flow, enhance your sleep, reduce pain and inflammation, and boost your skin health.
Best For | Smoothing facial skin, reducing scarring, dark spots, and circles
Features | 1-year warranty, facial massage, microcurrent, and therapeutic warmth
Price | $99–$149
SolaWave offers a variety of award-winning red light and blue light therapy devices. Its top product is the Advanced Skincare Wand with Red Light Therapy. When used for as little as five minutes a day, three times a week, it can reduce puffiness on your face, soften skin, and reduce any dark spots or scarring. The wand even comes with a charging cable, meaning you can take it with you anywhere, including when you travel! A great addition to your natural skincare routine.
3. Hooga Health
Best For | Muscle recovery
Features | 2-year warranty, built-in cooling fans, available as a mask
Price | $119–$3,999
Hooga Health's affordable red light devices allow you to control the dosage of light emitted so you can treat certain areas more effectively. Most of its products come with hanging kits so they can be installed nearly anywhere in your home. We especially love the 7 Color LED Mask and the LED Hat—the mask offers seven color modes for those who want healthy, glowing skin, and the hat is a baseball-style cap that can promote hair regrowth (postpartum anyone?). All devices by Hooga Health offer overall body wellness benefits, including stronger immunity, better joint health, and enhanced fertility, among many more.
4. Ember Wellness
Best For | Mental health
Features | Portable, comfortable, eye goggles included, 3 treatment modes
Price | $395
The Rejuvenating Light Therapy Mask by Ember Wellness is our favorite red light device for boosting our mood and reducing symptoms of seasonal affective dysmorphic disorder—SADD—a type of depression that some suffer typically during winter, or at times when there are limited periods of sunlight. This mask is made from soft, flexible silicon that wraps comfortably around all face shapes. It has three different settings: Skin Rejuvenation, Acne Control, and Mood Boost. Each treatment session lasts for 10 minutes and can leave you with smooth, healthy, and nourished skin (as well as, well, a mood boost!).
5. Mito Red Light
Best For | Nerve and joint pain, healing wounds
Features | Warranty coverage up to 3 years, 60-day trial period, flicker-free, 3rd-party tested, eye goggles included
Price | $229–$3,299
Mito Red Light offers three product lines of red-light therapy devices: Mito Red Original, MitoMOD Series, and MitoPRO Series. It prides itself on delivering whole-body therapy, and on products that provide higher irradiance than other red-light competitors in terms of more watts per dollar spent. Our pick is the MitoPRO series because the products come with additional red and near-infrared light wavelengths to heal wounds, promote muscle recovery, and reduce nerve and joint pain. With a trial period and 3rd-party testing, it’s an investment in our health we can get behind.
Best For | Full body, face, acne, and pain conditions
Features | Multiple wavelengths of red light, 5-year warranty, 72 to 1,400 LEDs
Price | $169–$6,500
Red light therapy devices by LightStim can reduce pain from joint conditions like arthritis. We love the LightStim for Pain, which works to increase blood circulation and reduce pain in the body. Best of all, LightStim's red light therapy devices are FDA-cleared, manufactured in the U.S., and proven to deliver satisfying results.
7. Dr. Dennis Gross
Best For | Clearing acne
Features | Mask, hands-free, adjustable, automatic shut-off, full refund within 30 days
Price | $435
We believe that everyone has beautiful skin and that markings and lines are entirely normal. But we also know that some people would prefer to clear up their acne, either because it’s painful or because it helps them to feel more confident. If that’s you, the DRx SpectraLite™ FaceWare Pro by Dr. Dennis Gross is a red-light therapy mask that can help acne. It features 100 LED red lights and 62 LED blue lights that work together to increase collagen production, improve skin density, and clear up skin. Treatment sessions with this mask last only three minutes, after which the device shuts off automatically. Pair alongside your favorite nourishing moisturizer or face mask!