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GET GORGEOUS SKIN WITH THIS EASY TURMERIC FACE MASK

GET GORGEOUS SKIN WITH THIS EASY TURMERIC FACE MASK

Let’s talk face masks… no not the ones you’re forced to wear out in public, the beauty kind!  It’s been a rough few months in the beauty department with the stores and salons closed.  My daughter Haley and I are rocking some pretty serious roots and I’ve forgotten what it’s like to be pampered in a salon or spa.  So we’ve been making easy beauty recipes at home, and this simple recipe has just 3 ingredients!  When it comes to DIY skincare recipes I’m all about simple and easy to find ingredients.

How to make a turmeric face mask with just 3 ingredients.

For this beauty face mask the winning ingredient is turmeric!  Consumed in food, turmeric gives the body tremendous health benefits, but did you know you can use it topically on the skin too?  Not only does it have anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties, it also helps reduce acne and acne scaring, and overall it brightens the skin.  Being a woman in her 40’s with acne prone skin and having 2 teenage girls I’d say this DIY face mask is a winner!

DIY 3 ingredient face mask

Clearly turmeric is the all-star ingredient, but let’s not forget about the honey and greek yogurt.  Honey is anti-bacterial and helps to even the skin tone, and it is also moisturizing.  Yogurt contains lactic acid that helps exfoliate the skin and boost collagen, and it helps to prevent wrinkles.  Combining all 3 ingredients gives you an incredibly easy and effective at-home face mask for pennies!

How to make a turmeric face mask with just 3 ingredients.

The recipe below is enough to make 3-4 face masks depending on how thick you apply it.  Feel free to reduce this recipe for a smaller portion or double it if you need more.

3 Ingredient Turmeric Face Mask

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs turmeric
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 2 tbs plain Greek yogurt

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients until blended.  
  • Apply an even layer to the skin for 15-20 minutes.
  • Rinse using a dark or old wash cloth and apply your regular skincare. 
    For extra exfoliation, once dry wet your finger tips and gently massage the skin, rinse, and apply your regular skincare. 
  • Use immediately or chill in the refrigerator until you're ready to use.  I love using this mask chilled, it really de-puffs and wakes your face up.  
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator in a clean, sealed container and use within 5 days.  You can use this mask up to 3x a week.
  • READ MY HELPFUL TIPS BELOW!

 

How to make a turmeric face mask with just 3 ingredients.

WILL MY FACE STAIN YELLOW?

Yes and no.  After you remove the face mask you may see a faint yellow residue.  This can be solved easily by washing your face with a gentle cleanser or using a toner with a cotton ball to remove residue.  If any mask gets up in your hair line you’ll probably want to jump in the shower.

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A FEW TIPS

Turmeric stains so use caution.  Use a dark colored wash cloth to avoid staining or paper towels to remove the mask.  Also be careful about your countertop or floor and wipe up any drips immediately.

I like to use this face mask right before the shower, it’s so easy to just jump in and rinse and not to worry about staining my wash cloth or countertop.

Don’t use this mask right before a date or special event in case you do have a little yellow residue.

As with all DIY skincare recipes you’ll want to keep things sanitary.  If you’re saving leftover mask be sure to scoop out the face mask with a clean spoon (no fingers) to keep it fresh and clean.

How to make a turmeric face mask with just 3 ingredients.

Be sure to slice up a some cucumber so you can feel like a spa diva… or if you just need a snack.

Budget at home skincare

This was a lot of fun!  We loved this face mask, we all had incredibly smooth, glowing skin afterwards, and bonus you can even eat it!  Head to the kitchen and create your own spa night!

HOW TO MAKE GINGERBREAD SUGAR SCRUB

HOW TO MAKE GINGERBREAD SUGAR SCRUB

How to make gingerbread sugar scrub

We are officially snowed in today, and with Thanksgiving just days away we’re already full of Christmas spirit!  The girls and I are big fans of anything gingerbread so we decided to give our favorite sugar scrub recipe a gingerbread twist.  ‘Tis the season for dry winter skin!  Living in the mountains is especially hard on our skin, so this delicious sugar scrub is the perfect solution to keep our skin silky smooth.

I’ll show you how quick and easy it is to make this scrub. You probably have most or all of the ingredients already on hand in your kitchen.

How to make gingerbread sugar scrub

Just a warning this gingerbread sugar scrub smells so good you might want to eat it!

How to make gingerbread sugar scrub

To preserve the texture of the scrub, it’s important to keep the coconut oil at room temperature and not to melt it.  This keeps the mix light and fluffy.  I decided to skip the essential oils this time and just use regular spices from our kitchen.

Use a spoon to soften the coconut oil a bit, add the spices, and mash it up to make a paste.  Then simply add the sugar and mix well.  Once the scrub is mixed together use your hands to blend and break up any coconut oil or sugar lumps.  It’s that simple!

How to make gingerbread sugar scrub

This sugar scrub makes an adorable Christmas gift too!  Why not share the gingerbread love?  Tie a pretty bow or gingerbread ornament to the jar and you’ve got a perfect holiday gift that’s quick to make and budget friendly.  Be sure and check the dollar stores for cute holiday jars.

We generally use our scrubs within 2-3 weeks but I have kept some for up to a month and the quality has been fine as long as water has been kept out of the jar.  This recipe makes about 2 1/2 cups, we were able to fill 2 small jars.

Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Instructions

  • In a medium size bowl add coconut oil and mix with a spoon until it softens up.  
  • Add spices to the coconut oil, mash and stir well to blend.  
  • Add brown sugar and mix again, using a spoon and your fingers to blend.
  • Store in a clean storage container and use within 2-3 weeks.

How to make gingerbread sugar scrub

I like to leave a jar of scrub by the sink and use it a few times a day.  It’s a lifesaver for our dry winter hands and gives us our gingerbread fix!  It has all the yummy goodness of gingerbread but it’s calorie free!

We’re just getting started with our gingerbread spiced fun so expect more on the blog soon.  As for now we’re off to play in our snow.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

COCONUT LIME BODY SCRUB

COCONUT LIME BODY SCRUB

Coconut lime sugar scrub recipe

May is just days away, and here in Texas the temps are starting to warm up fast… summer is just around the corner!  Those first few days of wearing shorts and dresses can be a little scary, especially when you’re dealing with dry post-winter skin.  So this is where you need a good body scrub on your side.  Coconut and lime is such a winning combination in my book!

This is such a fun scrub to make and to use in the shower.  It takes me back to my childhood of coconut snow cones in the summer, only with a fresh twist of lime.  I don’t know about you but it’s engrained in my brain that coconut is supposed to be blue!  Some of my best memories growing up involve having a blue tongue.  Using this scrub is like having a tropical summertime party in the shower, it’s calorie free and leaves you with silky soft skin too.  Plus I’ll show you how simple it is to make!

Blue coconut lime sugar scrub recipe

Coconut lime body scrub recipe

It’s really easy to zest a lime using this zester tool, it work’s great for zesting all citrus.  Be sure to save the lime for another use.  You can use any lime oil, but if you followed my last blog post you know I’ve just gotten started with Young Living so naturally I used their oil.  It’s the highest quality and priced affordably.  I added a little coconut extract just to up the coconut fun since coconut oil isn’t very fragrant… remember I’m wanting to relive my coconut snow cone days.

You can absolutely leave out the drop of food coloring if you desire but the small amount shouldn’t stain your skin and adds to the blue tropical party!  We have white towels and have zero color residue when drying off.

Coconut Lime Body Scrub

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1/2 tsp coconut extract
  • 2 drops blue food coloring

Instructions

  • In a medium sized bowl add the coconut oil and stir with a spoon until it softens up.  It's important not to melt the coconut oil so your scrub will have a light fluffy texture.  
  • Add the lime zest, lime essential oil, coconut extract, and food coloring to the coconut oil, and stir to blend.  
  • Pour in the sugar, and mix well. Store in a clean container.

Coconut lime body scrub recipe

As with all homemade body scrubs you’ll want to store them in a cool, dry location and use them within 2-3 weeks.  Have no worries about the lime zest spoiling in the mixture, the lime oil is a natural preservative.  Take care, though, when using it in the shower not to let water get into your container or it might dissolve the scrub.

DIY coconut lime body scrub recipe

Coconut oil makes an incredible moisturizing body scrub.  In the winter months when my skin is extra dry I simply rinse it off in the shower and towel dry.  My skin is on the oiler side, though, so in the warmer months I need to rinse with a gentle soap or body wash afterwards, but I still feel the moisturizing benefits.  Just listen to your skin… you know what’s best.  Either way this scrub will leave your skin silky smooth and have you ready for summer!

I’m feeling summer vibes this week so look forward to another post soon that involves limes… and maybe a little tequila.  Cheers!

BIRTHDAY CAKE BODY SCRUB

BIRTHDAY CAKE BODY SCRUB

How to make birthday cake body scrub with just a few simple ingredients. You're skin will thank you.

We have a birthday in our house this week so we are gearing up for a fun week filled with birthday treats!  My girl Ash is turning 15 at the end of the week, but we like to find fun ways to celebrate all week long.  To combine our love of the spa and birthday fun we’re making a simple birthday cake body scrub.  It’s a perfect way to indulge in some birthday cake without all the calories, and it’s incredibly easy to make too!

To get that delicious birthday cake smell I used basic vanilla essential oil, I found it in the soap making aisle at a craft store, you can also buy this version from Amazon.  You can use any brand of coconut oil… I love Trader Joe’s organic coconut oil.  You can use just regular food coloring and sprinkles from the grocery store.

DIY Coconut Body Scrub Recipe

It’s important not to melt the coconut oil, this will create a light fluffy texture and not dissolve the sugar.  This body scrub smells like birthday cake heaven!

Coconut oil body scrub recipe

You can absolutely leave out the drop of red food coloring, but we have white towels and I can tell you this tiny drop of food coloring will not stain your skin or leave color on white towels.  It’s so much more birthday fun having a pink body scrub though.  Just stick with 1 drop and you’re good to go!

Birthday Cake Body Scrub

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a medium size bowl add coconut oil and mix with a spoon until it softens up.  
  • Add vanilla essential oil (and food coloring if using) to the coconut oil, stir to blend.  
  • Pour in sugar and mix well, add the sprinkles and mix again.
  • Store in a clean storage container and use within 2-3 weeks.

Birthday Cake Body Scrub

We love how amazingly soft our skin feels using this body scrub!  It also makes a great hand scrub at the sink to beat winter dry hands.

So if you’re having a birthday and want to indulge, this recipe is for you!  Or perhaps you’re wanting to make a cute gift for the birthday spa girl in your life, just scoop it into a jar and add a festive bow and you’re good to go.

Birthday Cake Body Scrub

As with all our homemade body scrubs, it’s best to store in a cool, dry location and use within 2-3 weeks. You’ll want to be careful that water stays out of they jar while in the shower, or the scrub could start to dissolve.

This body scrub is so divine you’ll probably want to make it even if it’s not your birthday.  Who wouldn’t like to shower with pink fluffy birthday cake body scrub?  Bonus it’s calorie free!  Next up I’ll be showing you how we made a fun, festive garland that can be tailored for birthdays or any celebration!

BEAUTY DEVICES REVIEWED – PART 2

BEAUTY DEVICES REVIEWED – PART 2

Best at home anti-aging and beauty gadgets

Happy Friday loves!  I’m finally back with Part 2 of my Beauty Devices Reviewed.  I tried to get this out sooner but I’ve had a very hyper squirrel outside my window distracting me.  I know that sounds made up, but it’s totally true!  Ok, if you don’t follow my blog and you stumbled upon this page let me say that I LOVE collecting beauty gadgets, it’s fun to play at-home spa, and when you find beauty devices that actually work for you the results are incredible!

If you haven’t read Beauty Devices Part 1 be sure and give that a read, I talk about my favorite light therapy devices.  In this blog post were talking about even more beauty toys and an honest review of what I’ve loved and hated… a few items even got returned to the store.  So, let’s get started drumroll please……

 

NUFACE TRINITY & MINI

Best at home anti-aging and beauty gadgets

I love Nuface, at one point I wasn’t sure if it was working so I returned it, only to buy it again a few weeks later!  The thing with these at-home devices is you might think they’re not working but when you suddenly stop you realize they were working.  Nuface is a micro current device that lifts and sculpts the face.  I especially love it for the areas along my mouth and jaw.  The Nuface Trinity is the most expensive with a removable head that allows you to buy attachments for other areas such as around the eyes and there is also a red light attachment.  Then there is the mini version which is a little smaller, and little cheaper, but it won’t work with the attachments.  I have so many toys already that I don’t need the trinity version and I’m happy with the mini… which is what I’m holding in the photo.

Best at home anti-aging and beauty gadgets

One thing that has always been a downer with using Nuface is you need the prime gel, it’s a hassle, it gets expensive, and you need to wash it off.  The newer gel primer is a hydrating leave-on gel which is much better, it does get expensive though.  Another trick is using aloe gel, but that dries very quickly.  My favorite secret is to use Spectra 360 Electrode Gel as a conductor.  You’ll need to wash it off too, it’s basically sonogram gel but it’s cheap and it works!  I don’t use this device on my forehead because I’m lazy and I never saw forehead results so I just focus on my jaw and cheeks, and I definitely see results in those areas.  I don’t use this device on my neck either, I’m just paranoid about it bothering my thyroid.  I definitely recommend either the Nuface Trinity or Nuface Mini!

 

TRIA BEAUTY EYE WRINKLE CORRECTING LASER

Best at home anti-aging and beauty gadgets

An effective at home beauty laser sounded almost too good to be true… and for me it was.  This laser hurt, it’s bearable but it hurts enough to dread doing it.  I used it for a few weeks and it dried out my undereye skin out to the point it looked crusty and gross.  I tried to push through it waiting for glorious new skin to appear but I couldn’t get past the ugly phase of it.  It got to the point that I was looking older and I couldn’t ever wear concealer under my eyes.  I ended up returning it and it took about two weeks for the skin around my eyes to look normal again.  I just didn’t have a good experience so I do NOT recommend this device.

 

CLARISONIC

Best at home anti-aging and beauty gadgets

I’ve gone through 3 Clarisonic devices in the past 8 years.  Maybe I have bad luck or something I’m not sure, but it seems like they aren’t made to last.  I have a love hate relationship with this device.  I hate charging it, I hate keeping the brush head clean and dry, and I hate having to remember how to replace the brush heads.  Having said that, it’s excellent at cleansing the skin, I’ve always used the sensitive brush head and it feels really nice.  I can’t use it in the morning because it makes my skin look too shiny, almost like a polished stone, but it works well for me at night.  It’s an amazing device for cleansing and exfoliationing the skin, it’s just a high maintenance device.  If you’re in the market for a facial cleaning brush I do overall recommend the Clarisonic, but the PMD is also a good choice.

 

LUNA PLAY PLUS

Best at home anti-aging and beauty gadgets

My sister got the Luna Play Plus in one of her subscription boxes, she said she didn’t really care for it and gave it to me to try.  This vibrating facial brush is for cleansing and gentle exfoliation of the skin.  Honestly it reminds me of an awkward less effective version of the PMD Clean.  The silicone bristles are a little longer so it’s a little softer feeling on my face, but I find the shape of the device awkward feeling in my hand.  I also found it difficult to adjust the speed and turning it on and off in general.   I’ll give this to my girls to try out but overall I do NOT think I would recommend this device.

 

PMD CLEAN

Best at home anti-aging and beauty gadgets

Last year I did a full review of the PMD Clean so I won’t go into much detail again but I do like this device.  I find the handle comfortable to hold, and love the fact that it stands up on it’s own.  It takes batteries, but they last a very long time.  I love how it has two versatile heads to use, the cleaning scrub side has 3 vibration speeds and the other smooth side is for massaging in skincare products for better absorbtion with 3 pulsing vibration settings.  You won’t get that luxury brush feeling of the Clarisonic, but I love how you don’t need to buy replacement heads.  The brush head dries quickly, eliminating bacteria.  It’s a fun beauty gadget to have and it’s really gentle to the skin.  It doesn’t do a whole lot when it comes to anti-aging, but it does a good job cleaning the skin.  If your budget allows and you need a cleaning device I do recommend this product.

 

MASTERBLASTER CELLULITE MASSAGER

Best at home anti-aging and beauty gadgets

I love this anti cellulite toy but geez it is a workout using it!  There is a lot of information online how to use Ashley Black’s Cellulite devices, but basically with oil or lotion on the area you’re working on you grab both handles and massage the skin.  There are different techiniques and directions you can use to massage the skin and ways to use it on different body parts.  It definitely works, but it takes dedication to consistently use it.  While I’m using it my skin gets really red and itchy and it kind of hurts.  Sometimes I bruise, if you do bruise it’s important to let them heal before using it again… or you can work around the bruises I guess.  I also use this in the shower sometimes with body wash, I find that easier.  My only complaint it this device is big and awkward to deal with.  It will probably freak your husband out the first time he sees this in the bathroom.  I recommend this product for sure but I kind of like the mini version better below.

Best at home anti-aging and beauty gadgets

 

FACEBLASTER

Best at home anti-aging and beauty gadgets

The face version is much smaller and designed for smaller areas of the body like the face and arms.   I like this one because it is much smaller to hold, store, and travel with.  I can still use it on larger areas of my body it just takes a little longer.   I’ve actually never used this on my face but I really like using it on other areas of my body.  I like to use this while in the shower or right after taking a bath.  I definitely recommend this product.  If you’re wondering, I’ve never used the device with the pointy edges, it looks kinda scary though…. let me know how that works out!

 

PMD MICRODERMABRASION

Best at home anti-aging and beauty gadgets

I know a lot of women love at-home microdermabrasion devices but I’m not one of them.  The PMD Microderm has different discs that range in texture from course to sensitive.  This actually has great reviews but using this really scared me.  It reminds me of the spinning nail grinder the ladies use at the nail salon, it’s not a sensation I care for and I think it’s really easy to overdo it and injure your face.  I prefer using other methods to exfoliate my face, like the The Method Polish by Lancer, it’s expensive but the texture is amazing and a tube will last me more than a year.  I do NOT recommend this product and I returned it.

 

DERMAWAND

Best at home anti-aging and beauty gadgets

Years ago I once saw a DermaWand infomercial and it hooked me in.  This radio frequency device is pretty impressive, not only does it help firm and tighten the skin, it helps to smooth out wrinkles too.   It makes a funny little buzzing noise and zaps your skin a little but I wouldn’t consider it painful.  I dropped it once and the bulb broke and I was able to send it off to be repaired.  Just a word of caution always leave the protective cap over the bulb, it’s pretty fragile.  Treatments only take a few minutes and you can use the serum included or your own, I use my own.   I definitely recommend the DermaWand and I just noticed there is a newer stronger version I had no idea about… it costs $60 more than the regular version.  Let’s see how long I can hold out before I’m tempted to order the stronger version!

 

SAVE MY FACE BEAUTY PILLOW

Best at home anti-aging and beauty gadgets

I love this pillow, but not necessarily for eliminating face wrinkles.  Maybe it’s just me but I have a special talent when it comes to sleeping with my face smashed into the pillow.  Ever wake up with one of those creases on your cheek from a night of side sleeping?  It’s the worst, this pillow helps but doesn’t completely eliminate my cheek smashing up towards my eye.  I’m trying to train myself to sleep on my back, but it’s so hard!  Having said that, I suffer from neck pain and I find this pillow incredibly comfortable on my head and neck. I sleep with it on top of my regular pillow, and place it in the curve of my neck.  I’ve slept with it for years and I take it with me on every trip we take.  It has a satin cover and I throw it in the washer and dryer once a week.  I recommend this pillow for neck comfort while sleeping, not necessarily for wrinkle reduction.

Best at home anti-aging and beauty gadgets

Okay so that’s it for my beauty devices reviews!  Expect more to come in the future because I just can’t resist these fun little toys!  I’m experimenting with at-home gel polish, so when I see how durable it is and my thoughts on it I’ll be sure to update.  I’ll be back next week to celebrate birthday week.  We’ll be having a week of filled with pink, fun, deliciousness!  Have a great weekend!

BEAUTY DEVICES REVIEWED – PART 1

BEAUTY DEVICES REVIEWED – PART 1

Ok, let’s talk about at-home beauty devices!  I mentioned in my February Loves blog post that I was thinking about putting together a post about all my favorite beauty devices, gadgets, toys…. whatever you want to call them.  Women love to feel pretty, whether at the spa, at a doctor’s office, or even at home.  With all the dreams and promises to look like a Disney princess how can we resist getting sucked into these amazing little beauty gadgets??  Some of the ones I have are amazing, and others I’ve downright hated… oh the list is long!

Red Light Therapy Devices Reviewed

I started to create an entire blog post on all of my favorite home beauty devices, but the list got long very fast and I had a lot to say about each item so I thought it would be best if I split up the post.  Occasionally I’ll review beauty devices on their own like the PMD Clean but because I’m a busy Mama/Wifey/DIY/Decorator/Blogger I quickly run out of time, so I see more combined beauty posts in my blogging future.

Red Light Therapy Devices Reviewed

It takes a while to see if I really like these gadgets, and also new ones are always coming out.  So while I am already planning at least a 2 part series on this beauty device blog post, I’m thinking parts 3 and 4 aren’t that far away because they’re always coming out with new amazing devices and HELLO… I’m an addict remember??

Haha.. sometimes I feel like a beauty gadget addict for real though.  I’m always asking my awesome esthetician Linda if she’s heard of any new skincare devices coming out, and I cruise websites in the dark hours of the night looking for the newest “at-home anti-aging beauty devices”.  So here I am world.. my name is Laura and I’m addicted to at-home skincare gadgets.  Those who are curious, I’m here to help, I mean why not try things out?  It’s cheaper than plastic surgery right?

Red Light Therapy Devices Reviewed

At the present moment none of these blog posts have been sponsored.  Sponsored meaning I’m gifted a product for an honest review.  Although I do put in my affiliate links in blog posts (dude…I make only a few bucks I promise) everything was bought with my own money and I’m honest with my reviews.  I don’t abuse store return policies but if a product doesn’t work for me occasionally I will make a store return and I’ll let you know in the review when that’s happened.

 

Red Light Therapy Devices Reviewed

In honor of today… Valentine’s Day I thought I should start with my skincare love of red light therapy.  I’ll be mentioning a few other light therapy devices later, but let’s start with my true love of red light and how we first met.  It’s all a blur now, but red light therapy was my first ever skincare gadget, even before the ever so popular Clarisonic!

When I was 32 I had a sudden panic attack that I was about to be 40…. in 8 years.  I know try not to laugh, but I suddenly started freaking out and knew it was time to step up my skincare game if I wanted to age well.  After some research I discovered the wonderful benefits of red light therapy and my first beauty gadget addiction started with the red light LED panel below.

I feel like this blog post will get way too long if I go into all the science and benefits of red light therapy.  I’m going to give you an extremely abbreviated version if you are unfamiliar.  Basically red light therapy was discovered by NASA, it works to improve the skin from within stimulating collagen, reversing sun damage, and improving skin texture.  There are numerous articles you can read online about the benefits, but 9 years later I must say I’m a true believer that it works.  Red light is supposed to be used on clean skin, free of makeup and sunscreen.  After washing my face I do red light therapy and afterwards apply my normal skincare.  It can be used day or night and it contains no UV rays.

REVIVE LIGHT DPL RED LIGHT THERAPY $399Red Light Therapy Devices Reviewed

I actually have the older DPL light version that isn’t hinged like the newer version as you can see above in the photo, but it’s still the same device.  Every day or every other day I would hold this device over my face for about 18 minutes a day.  After a few weeks I saw definite results.  The lines around my mouth had completely softened, my skin looked plumper, had much better skin tone and more of a natural glow.  After months of using this device I was hooked.  I used this device on other parts of my body and also saw a huge improvement in my skin.  I was so thrilled that years ago I convinced my mom to buy one.  I’ve worked this baby hard over the years and she’s done me well.  The newer hinged version looks amazing and I love the DPL so much I have a feeling I’ll be rebuying the entire newer version in the near future.  I love how large this red light panel is and how it covers the entire face and you can use it on other body parts like the chest or legs easily.  Those who suffer from acne, this device improved my breakouts but didn’t eliminate it. I definitely recommend this product. 

QUASAR MD PLUS $595

Red Light Therapy Devices Reviewed

I actually cried when I bought this.  Because I was so hooked on red light therapy I had known about the Quasar MD Plus for years but never wanted to pay the price.  Luckily it’s dropped a bit in price, at one point it was over $700!  It’s supposed to be the strongest red light therapy device on the market and I lusted after it for years.  I bought it when I turned 40 and I cried from happiness I finally bought it and cried also from the fact I bought such an expensive device.  This light is definitely stronger than the face panel above, but it also takes a little more work.  The light stays on for 3 minutes while you move it around sections of your face.  There are instructions on how to section off areas of your face and how long to use it.  I’m definitely impressed with the results, I glide the area over my entire face several times a week and also hold the device over trouble areas, which are around my mouth and the eyes.  Occasionally I’ll over use it and my skin gets a bit dry so I’ll take some time off but I always go right back to it.  I think it came with goggles but I’ve never worn them or had issues with eye sensitivity.  It comes with a nice long cord, and I find it easy to travel with.  I definitely recommend this product. 

TANDA ZAP ACNE CLEARING DEVICE $16

Blue light therapy works to eliminate acne by killing bacteria beneath the skin.  For years I suffered from bad acne and looking for a cure I discovered the benefits of blue light therapy.  Blue light therapy absolutely works but run from this device.  First off it constantly ate through batteries, and the light head is also really small, only meant for one blemish at a time.  So if you’ve got a lot of breakouts it’s pretty time consuming, blue light can be used as a preventative for acne so a larger surface is ideal.  If you suffer from acne definitely give blue light a chance but I’d go with the Lightstim or the Baby Quasar Blue, both are larger and have charging cords.  I don’t even know what happened to this, I either threw it away or it’s under Haley’s bed.  I do NOT recommend this device. 

LIGHT LED COLOR FACE MASK $89Red Light Therapy Devices Reviewed

This is a quirky one, you full on look like a freak while you use it, but it didn’t stop me from buying it!  This device is a mixed bag for me, I bought it for a few reasons.  I could watch TV while using it, and I can but towards the end the light bothers my eyes, closing helps but then I can’t watch TV.  Another reason that appealed to me was that I could change the light to be red, green, or blue.  Red light is best for anti aging, blue light is great for acne, and green light is supposed to be good for pigmentation in the skin.  I say “supposed” just because there isn’t as much information on green light out there as there is for blue or red.  I’ve been very curious on green light therapy but I’m not sold quite yet like red and blue, just from lack of knowledge.  I think this light is great for those curious about light therapy, and under $100 it’s very affordable for what you get.  Clearly it’s not one of the stronger lights out there, but I still think you’ll get benefits.  The mask feels slightly heavy but tolerable over your face and you can set the lights to a timer.  Overall I do recommend this product for those on a budget wanting the most bang for your buck.  What I don’t like is how the mask didn’t properly fit over my face.  If my mouth is closed and my face is relaxed the mouth part comes up to my nose.  To get the mask light to fully fit my face I must hold my mouth and jaw open in an awkward position and it gets tiring, but it’s not a deal breaker.  NOTE: I have the 3 color light version, the newer one has 7 colors.  I have not studied or reviewed the benefits of the 4 other light colors.

GLOPRO MICRONEEDLING REGENERATION TOOL $199

Red Light Therapy Devices Reviewed

The first time you use an at home micro needling device it’s definitely a little scary, it gets easier I promise!  Because this roller has a built in red light I decided to include it in this review.  Yes, you can buy cheaper basic version without LED red light, but I’m a light addict remember?  What microneedling does is create a tiny controlled injury to the skin, triggering the skin’s natural healing process and stimulating collagen production.  It also helps skincare absorb into the skin 200 times more effectively, and the addition of red light is pure genius.  Honestly this device doesn’t hurt, it just feels strange at first.  Immediately afterwards my skin looks a little flushed and sometimes just a little itchy afterwards so you’ll want to use gentle skincare.  I’d skip retinol and any other strong exfoliants.  Separate attachments are available for the body, lips, and around the eyes.  Another bonus is that the device can be used with a battery or plugged in.  The only negative is you will need to buy replacement heads depending on how often you use it.  I definitely recommend this product.  

GLO BRILLIANT TEETH WHITENING DEVICE $199

Teeth whitening devices reviewed

This device delivers excellent teeth whitening results, but it’s expensive and I have a hard time remembering to charge it.  I do like how comfortable the mouth tray is and how even the LED lighting is.  The Glo Smile teeth whitening gel is sold separately but I discovered any and I mean any teeth whitening gel will work with it.  Unfortunately mine stopped working after 2 years, I mean it’s dead, I even bought a new $85 mouth piece and it still wouldn’t work.   I do NOT recommend this device anymore, I just don’t think it’s worth the high price.  I’ve founded a much cheaper alternative for you that works below!

AURA GLOW TEETH WHITENING LIGHT $18.99Teeth whitening devices reviewed

At under $20 this teeth whitening light is my new favorite!  It takes a battery so there is no charging, making it perfect for travel and quick teeth whitening anytime you need it.  You can use your own favorite teeth whitener with this light so it’s definitely budget friendly.  I’ve used it for months and the battery is still going strong.  The mouth piece is just one whole device and your lips hold it in place.  It’s pretty light weight and not a burden, the only down side is the mouth piece isn’t quite as comfortable as the Glo Brilliant but I can overlook that considering the huge difference in price.  I definitely recommend this device. 

I’ve tried to give the most honest reviews possible, if you have any questions leave them below and I’ll try to answer them.  I honestly believe all light therapy has amazing benefits, especially red light.  When it comes to purchasing a device you really need to look at your budget and your skincare needs.

I definitely love skincare but I’m not an expert by any means.  Being over 40 I’m a definite believer in the benefits of high quality skincare and at-home devices.  I’ll soon be adding Part 2 of my skin care device review, where I’ll dive into Nuface, at-home microdermabrasion, and a few other nifty devices.  So stay tuned, and if you find any new life changing beauty devices contact me immediately… I’m serious.