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Thursday 18 July 2019

Talika Genius Light Mask Review

Space NK UK 
I'm a huge fan of LED light therapy after having great results with it during professional facials and with my Dr Dennis Gross DRx SpotLite Blemish Reducer (full review HERE) and my LAB Lip and Eye Focus Photon (review HERE). So when I saw that QVC UK had the Talika Genius Light Mask on special offer - I knew I had to have it! 

So what makes it so special? The Genius Light Mask uses two high-tech technologies - LED light therapy and electrostimulation. 

It has 4 colours of LED lights - 
  • Blue which is anti-bacterial so is great to help prevent acne / spots. It also helps control sebum production.
  • Red which helps heal and regenerate skin, reduce inflammation and redness.
  • Pulsing Orange which reduces fine lines and wrinkles. 
  • Green which reduces the appearance of dark spots and evens out skin tone. 

Electrostimulation is a gentle current of electrical impulses that has a number of effects on the skin -
  • Lifts skin to reduce lines.
  • Firms and smooths.
  • Tones.
  • Boosts radiance.
  • Calms redness and inflammation.
  • Ionotherapy - which means it helps your skin absorb products more effectively. 

The mask itself only covers part of your face but actually works on all of it due to the directions the LED's are pointed (as you can see in the below photos). It has built in rubber goggles to protect your eyes. The electrostimulation pads are two metal circles - one on each side of the mask. These sit on the top of your cheekbones / temple area when the mask is worn. You have to wet these with water prior to putting the mask on to ensure conduction of the electrical current. The strength of the electrostimulation is fully adjustable or you can turn it off if you like. Personally I have it turned up fairly high. I like to know it's working! It's an odd feeling - not painful or unpleasant though. It just puts you on edge a bit. 

Now you're meant to be able to go about your usual business whilst wearing the mask but I've found this pretty difficult to be honest. It's like wearing very dark sunglasses indoors as the visor is tinted. Plus it's made even more difficult for me as I can't wear my glasses under it, so I'm as blind as a bat! I don't find this an issue though - it's a good excuse to sit and relax for a few minutes. I do think it you don't wear glasses, you would be able to read or watch TV without too much trouble. 

The mask has 8 different programmes which are all tailored to work on different issues. These are easily selected using the buttons on the side of the mask. The programmes are -
  • First wrinkles - this lasts 1 min, 45 secs. This is to smooth, firm and help prevent first fine lines, stimulate cell renewal and boosts the effectiveness of beauty products.
  • Global Anti-Aging - this lasts 3 mins, 45 secs. This targets established wrinkles, stimulates cell renewal, gives skin a healthy glow and boosts product effectiveness.
  • Anti Dark Spots - 3 mins. This brightens and evens skin tone whilst calming inflammation and preventing dark spots.
  • Anti-Blemishes - 6 mins. This regulates sebum, regenerates skin and helps reduce the effects of pollution on your skin.
  • Anti-stress - 3 mins. This counteracts redness and soothes skin.
  • Radiance Boost - 3 mins. Gives skin a lovely glow and has an anti-fatigue effect.
  • Detox - 2 mins. This brightens your complexion and reduces the effects of pollution.
  • After Sun - 4 mins. This calms and soothes redness whilst preventing dark spots. 

I've been using the mask pretty much daily since buying it. I've stuck to using the same 2 programmes for continuity - Global Anti-Aging and Anti-Blemishes. I've not taken any before or after photos as I was having a course of professional peels when I started using this but I can confirm that the mask has had a great effect on my skin. As you can see in the photos - I recently had a break out due to a Vitamin C serum. The blemishes cleared up more quickly than they would normally and left behind less pigmentation. My lines on my forehead have also been visibly reduced. 

The only downside to this device is that it doesn't help the eye area, as the built in goggles cover that area. So I've been using this in conjunction with my LAB Lip and Eye Focus Photon to compensate for this. I've also still used my Dr Dennis Gross SpotLite on individual stubborn spots when they've appeared as it really does give them a concentrated blast of light! When I first bought the Talika mask - it was intended to replace my other LED devices but I've found that all three have an important place in my skincare routine. I'm not saying that anyone needs all three devices but for me that's what works well for my skincare needs. I think if you're looking for an LED device that does it all, then this is it! If it's purely the odd blemish you suffer from, then I'd go for the SpotLite. If you're on a budget and are looking to target stubborn lines - then the LAB device is a great option. I certainly won't be without LED lights in my routine now!

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