Hands-on with Therabody’s new TheraFace Mask

Therabody is back with another beauty device.
By Miller Kern  on 
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Credit: Molly Flores / Mashable
TheraFace Mask
The Bottom Line
TheraFace Mask stands out among competitors' LED face masks thanks to its red, infrared, and blue lights and vibration therapy.
Buying Options
Mashable Score 4.6
Wow Factor 4.5
User Friendliness 4.7
Performance 4.5
Bang for the Buck 4.5
The Good
  • Red, red plus infrared, and blue LED lights
  • Vibration therapy
  • Automatic routines
  • Cordless and hands-free
  • Removable eye guard
The Bad
  • Hard to tell when the battery is dying
  • Mask feels heavy unless adjusted exactly right

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Therabody became a staple in my beauty routine with the TheraFace PRO, and now it’s claimed another spot in my skincare lineup with the new TheraFace Mask.

Announced September 13, the TheraFace Mask is the hands-free answer to TheraBody Beauty’s facial health mission. It features LED lights to help with skin appearance and vibration therapy to boost circulation and ease tension.

The FDA-approved mask houses 648 medical-grade LEDs that cycle through red, red plus infrared, and blue lights. It has three times the LED lights than the leading competitor. TheraFace Mask retails for $599.

Getting started with the TheraFace Mask

Right off the bat, the TheraFace Mask looks a little different than other LED masks from brands like Solawave and Dr. Dennis Gross — it doesn’t have mouth or nose holes. My boyfriend is not a fan of the mask’s look. Multiple times, he walked into my apartment while I was doing a treatment and he literally screamed. Personally, I think he’s a little dramatic, but in his defense, it is a bit of a jump scare when you’re expecting to see your girlfriend’s face and instead see what looks like a glowing stormtrooper.

inside of LED face mask with hundreds of LED lights lit up blue
The inside of TheraFace Mask is dotted with LED panels and massage pads. Credit: Molly Flores / Mashable

The mask hosts an LED button on its right side and a vibration button on the left. The inside of the mask is dotted with LED panels and has vibrating pads around the eyes. Straps adorned with padded cushioning and more massage motors go around the back and over the top of your head. Just FYI for people with longer hair, you may need to keep your hair down or strategically position any updo to fit around the straps.

The straps are adjustable both side to side and up and down. It took some playing around to find the position that felt the most comfortable and weightless on my head and face. I didn’t like when the mask felt like it was sitting on my cheekbones or pulling down my face — this thing has some weight to it. Regardless of how I adjusted the straps, I always finished a session with red marks on my face where the mask sat against my skin. But they went away pretty quickly.

woman with red marks around her eyes and on her forehead
You can tell exactly where the TheraFace Mask sat on my face. Credit: Miller Kern / Mashable

Once the mask is on, you can run the standard cycle by long-pressing the LED button or you can run just the LED light or the vibration independently. The standard cycle lasts nine minutes, with each light color running for three minutes. According to Therabody’s VP of Product Development and Manufacturing Jaime Sanchez, this is because the amount of stimulation and collagen you can generate through light therapy on the skin is limited, and running the cycle any longer is not going to result in additional benefits. 

“More is not better. It’s just the consistency and doing the nine minutes on a daily basis,” he said in a media call for the TheraFace Mask.

Each light color has its own massage pattern as well. Like with the TheraFace PRO, there’s no vibration on the face during the blue light cycle on the TheraFace Mask to ensure there’s no spread of bacteria. The head straps do vibrate during the blue cycle, so there is still a massage component during each of the three lights. If you opt to run the massage function on its own sans LED lights, it will automatically go through a 15-minute cycle, but there are a few different vibration patterns you can rotate through.

oval-shaped button with circle in the middle on the side of the TheraFace Mask
The LED button Credit: Molly Flores / Mashable
oval-shaped button with wave pattern in the middle on the side of the TheraFace Mask
The vibration button Credit: Molly Flores / Mashable

TheraFace Mask as part of a skincare routine

In my testing, I used the mask daily on the standard nine-minute LED and massage cycle after washing my face. Most days I just used it the recommended one time, but there were some days I did my regimen in the morning, and by the time my day was coming to a close, I wanted to wind down with a relaxing facial treatment from the TheraFace Mask. While Sanchez said doing the treatment more than once per day isn’t going to speed up results, he also said it’s not going to cause harm.

woman wearing white face mask that covers the whole face except the eyes. The mask is emitting blue light
It's called fashion sweetie, look it up. Credit: Miller Kern / Mashable

During the nine minutes, I either read my Kindle, looked at my phone, or relaxed with my eyes closed. During the latter, I would take out the removable eye shield so the light could better reach the skin around my eyes and potentially stave off any crow's feet. 

I also used the vibration-only setting a few times. I occasionally take naps with my contacts in (if my optometrist is reading this, no I don’t) and I wake up with intense headaches behind my eyes. The positioning of the massage pads and motors on the TheraFace Mask provided instant relief. The best part is that it’s totally hands-free as opposed to me using my fingers or a massage gun to ease my pain.

I was only able to test the TheraFace Mask for two weeks, so I didn’t expect any major results — it takes longer, consistent use to see anything drastic from skincare. But I did still notice some small changes during my usage. I have a pesky under-skin pimple on my right cheek that has survived patches, creams, and serums and it’s currently the bane of my existence. I did not expect the LED mask to zap the zit clean off my face, but I was pleasantly surprised that after only three uses, my pimple was smaller and flatter. It’s still there at the time of writing — I’ll probably have to get a cortisone shot from my dermatologist — but it is noticeably less of an eyesore than it was before I started using the TheraFace Mask.

While I did notice some improvements in the acne department, two weeks was simply not long enough to see much of anything change for my wrinkles. I’m keeping an eye on the scowl lines between my eyebrows and will update this review after spending more time with the TheraFace Mask in my daily skincare routine. I will say, even just after two weeks, my skin does feel firmer and softer.

Therabody conducted a 12-week clinical study that proved TheraFace Mask improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, firmness and facial contour, skin tone evenness, and skin radiance and glow.

TheraFace Mask vs. TheraFace PRO

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The TheraFace Mask and PRO have their similarities, but each shine in different ways. Credit: Therabody / Mashable composite

TheraFace Mask is obviously not Therabody’s first foray into beauty. It’s preceded by TheraFace PRO, which is a handheld device that has interchangeable attachments, including an LED ring with red, red plus infrared, and blue light. They do both feature LED and massage functions, but each one has unique advantages. 

For straight LED light benefits, the TheraFace Mask is far superior to the TheraFace PRO. It’s hands-free and covers the entire face at once compared to the PRO, which you have to hold and move around your face to cover the desired areas. Using LED light in that way is a bit tedious and doesn’t feel like a relaxing treatment the way the Mask does.

However, in terms of versatility and the most bang for your buck, the TheraFace PRO shines. It has a face scrubber attachment; three massage heads; the LED ring that cycles through red, infrared, and blue light; and hot and cold rings. It’s also more compact and travel-friendly — though the TheraFace Mask is TSA-compliant.

The TheraFace Mask retails for $599 and the TheraFace PRO is $399 (plus $99 for the hot and cold rings).

How TheraFace Mask compares to other LED masks

I’ll admit my jaw dropped a little when I saw the $600 price tag on the TheraFace Mask, but after comparing it to competitors, I’m much more on board with the figure. First of all, this is the only LED mask I’ve seen from a major brand that offers vibration therapy — and you really can’t beat Therabody in this department. It also has more LEDs than its competitors, which ensures super-even coverage across the entire face. And unlike some other big names, Therabody includes red, infrared, and blue lights in its face mask.

Solawave’s light therapy mask has the choice between red or blue light but does not cycle through them or feature infrared light. It retails for $399. Dr. Dennis Gross’s DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro also excludes infrared, though it does have a setting for blue and red light together. The shape of the mask also doesn’t cover the full face. It retails for $455. The MZ Skin golden light therapy treatment mask packs in five LED light colors, but its price is a whopping $670.

For what it is and where it sits amongst competitors, TheraFace Mask’s price actually feels super reasonable.

Is the TheraFace Mask worth the price?

If you’re a casual skincare user, I have a hard time telling you to buy a $600 device. But if you’re someone who’s been wanting an LED mask but hasn’t been able to decide which one to invest in, the TheraFace Mask is certainly a winner in my eyes. As I said, it’s really not too bad price-wise when compared to other LED masks on the market. 

Plus, it cycles through three different light treatments and has massaging vibration, which is not available in any big-name competitors’ masks. The TheraFace Mask feels like a luxury item that’s worth investing in if you know you’ll make it a consistent part of your routine.


  • USB-C charging

  • Battery life: 45 to 60 minutes

  • Charging time: 90 minutes from zero to 100 percent

How we tested

I used the TheraFace Mask daily (sometimes twice a day) for two weeks. I let the mask run on the default nine-minute LED and vibration treatment. I have combination skin with some hormonal acne. My skincare routine at the time of writing consists of washing my face with La Roche-Posay hydrating gentle cleanser, followed by Solawave’s Solabiome refreshing jelly mist, plumping peptide serum, and nourishing moisturizer. I wore the mask between washing my face and applying any products.

In evaluating the TheraFace Mask, I considered how it compares to the TheraFace PRO and to other similar LED masks from competing brands. I also factored in:

  • Appearance of wrinkles: In just two weeks, I didn’t notice any changes in my wrinkles, but I will keep using the mask and update this review in the future once it’s been long enough for those changes to occur. Therabody’s clinical study had participants seeing an improved appearance of wrinkles after 12 weeks.

  • Presence of acne: Acne has a shorter life cycle than wrinkles, so I did expect to see some results here. I noticed blemishes getting smaller and flatter after just a few uses of the TheraFace Mask.

  • Overall look and feel of skin: After my two-week testing period, my skin feels tighter and softer. Two weeks isn’t long enough to notice big changes in terms of wrinkles and acne, but I suspect if I keep using the TheraFace Mask regularly for a long period of time, my wrinkles will appear smaller and acne will shrink quicker.

  • Comfort of mask: This is something you have to sit with on your head for nine minutes, so I wanted to make sure it wasn’t painful or uncomfortable. I tested the comfort while sitting up and lying down.

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Miller Kern
Deputy Reviews Editor

Miller Kern is the Deputy Reviews Editor at Mashable, where she's been covering products and shopping since 2019. If there's a hot new product or a trend going viral on TikTok, Miller's ready to put it through the wringer to see if it's worth the hype.

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