At-home light treatments have become more and more popular in the last few years, so I was really excited to get a chance to try Dr. Dennis Gross SpectraLite EyeCare Pro, an FDA-approved anti-aging device. As we age, we lose collagen and elasticity in the skin, leading to formation of wrinkles and sagging skin. This can be particularly pronounced in the skin around the eyes. The skin there is being stretched a lot in different directions because of constant movement, causing crow’s feet (a popular spot for Botox injections) and undereye wrinkles. The SpectraLite EyeCare Pro LED Device is an anti-aging device featuring 72 LED lights fashioned inside of a mask that you wear over your eyes. Everyday you wear this mask for 3 minutes after which time the lights automatically shut off. The mask covers a wide variety of wavelengths and types of light as you can see in the schematic below, and has been shown to cause an improvement in fine lines, wrinkles (mainly crow’s feet and glabella), and skin tone. I couldn’t find the exact study that was done with this device (I’m not sure if it was ever published), but studies of other LED devices did show effectiveness of using LED light in improving skin tone, laxity, and wrinkles.
I have been testing this neat device (c/o) for the past few weeks, and I have made a few observations which I’d like to share with you guys.
First, as with most at-home light devices, I think the improvement you see is much more subtle than in-office treatments. In the dermatologist’s office we offer laser therapies both ablative and non-ablative (read the basics of lasers for skincare here). Ablative lasers like Fraxel function by directly causing tiny foci of damage in the epidermis and the dermis, that then stimulates collagen production as it repairs. Non-ablative lasers like intense pulsed light (IPL) cause damage in the dermis, so you’re not getting as much trauma to the surface of the skin. It makes sense that at-home devices cannot be as strong as the in-office instruments, since those more powerful treatments have to be performed by trained professionals in a controlled and monitored environment. Similarly, the results you see from the SpectraLite EyeCare Pro LED Device are not as striking as the results you get from in-office full strength light treatments. That being said, if you’re young or you don’t have many wrinkles to justify the costly fees to get in-office light procedures (which can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars per treatment), then the SpectraLite EyeCare Pro LED Device could be an easy anti-aging treatment for you to do at home. You just pop this eye mask on your face before you go to bed, wait three minutes, and voila. Additionally, there’s no down time at all. But for people with more mature skin with deeper wrinkles, I would suggest going to get a more intensive treatment at a dermatologist’s office or considering Botox because this at-home mask will not be able to dramatically reduce deeper lines.
The mask itself is very easy to use. It comes with the eye mask, an adjustable and detachable head strap, a USB charger, and a storage bag. The lights are bright but you can easily watch tv, use your phone, do whatever you want, and three minutes passes by so quickly. It automatically shuts off after 3 minutes and then you can go ahead with the rest of your nighttime routine. It’s small, travel friendly, and you can charge it with a simple USB charger. I think the design of the device is excellent.
Overall, I like that the Dr. Dennis Gross SpectraLite Eyecare Pro is so user-friendly and that it is quick and easy to incorporate into my nightly regimen. I don’t have a huge amount of sun damage to my skin yet so I think it can work for the fine lines I have and to help even out my skin tone. I have been using it for the past few weeks and haven’t seen a noticeable difference in the skin around the eye area yet but it is supposed to take a few months of nightly use to work. A caveat I’ll add here is that I also have botox in my crow’s feet and my glabella so there’s not too much movement there right now 😛 (read more about botox for dynamic wrinkles here).
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Thank you to Dr Dennis Gross for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.