Domo Arigato, Mrs. Roboto? Jessica Alba took to Instagram on Sept. 2 to share a photo of a crazy facial she got and the snap looked pretty wacky.
This was not your run-of-the-mill sheet mask either. Alba, 34, and her entire face were obscured by a white, Svedka robot-esque mask, lit up with pink LED lights.
What's with that? Us Weekly spoke to Shani Darden, Alba's facialist and the mastermind behind what Alba called her "Emergency skin treatment" on Instagram, to find out the answer.
Turns out, it isn't as mind-boggling as it seems. First Darden treated Alba to her signature facial, followed by an LED light therapy treatment. "[The LED part] is one of the last steps in [my] facial process," the skin expert tells Us Weekly.
[While Alba certainly is pretty in pink, the color of the light is an important factor in the treatment. "The mask uses a combination of red and blue light to combat aging and acne. Red light boosts collagen, which plumps skin and helps dissipate wrinkles, and the blue light kills bacteria that creates acne," she tells Us. "This mask is unique because you can use both the blue and red light either on their own, or simultaneously (pink light). You could do the treatment everyday, but for best results, once a week is ideal."
One of the benefits of the treatment is its ability to act almost immediately. "LED facials are great to get right before events because they do a fantastic job at taming breakouts and giving the face a radiant glow," Darden says, noting that this particular mask can only be administered by an esthetician.
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