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The second that an orchestral version of Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” plays in Bridgerton‘s first episode, viewers know to throw all expectations out the window. The series, the first of Shonda Rhimes’s landmark Netflix deal, subverts period drama tropes left and right, despite its 1813 Regency London setting.

Based on Julia Quinn’s bestselling romance novels, Bridgerton tells the story of Daphne’s (Phoebe Dynevor) search for a suitable husband. But what begins as an annual custom for “the ton” quickly becomes a lesson in bucking tradition. In order to avoid an arranged marriage, Daphne strikes a deal with the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page) so both can forego love under a microscope.

Their plan gives way to a sprawling cast of characters, including Queen Charlotte, the scheming Featherington sisters, and a mysterious narrator voiced by Julie Andrews. The series, conceived by showrunner Chris Van Dusen, injects its characters with a welcome dose of modernity. “The show is so engaging—not only do you see yourself in it because it’s diverse, but also, it’s telling stories that are so relatable in the 21st century,” Dynevor told ELLE.com. “It’s lovely on the eye but also touching on all the themes that are so relevant today.”

Watching all eight episodes, which dropped December 25, can also begin to feel like an elaborate game of Guess Who. To help clarify the chaos, here’s a guide to the main players in Netflix’s Bridgerton—and where you may have seen the actors before.

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Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton

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Many of the corseted happenings of Bridgerton orbit around Daphne’s quest to find true love—or at least, a husband. This tireless search leads her to Simon, the Duke of Hastings, and an arrangement that leaves them free to live their lives without the pressure to couple up for real. Daphne is played by 25-year-old British actress Dynevor, who’s best known for playing Irish game developer Clare on Younger. She’s also starred in the BBC drama Waterloo Road and the series Dickensian as Martha Cratchit.

Regé-Jean Page as Simon Basset

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If the ton elected a most eligible bachelor, the Duke of Hastings would win every year. In order to prove Daphne’s eligibility and avert eyes from his singledom, Simon strikes up a pseudo-romance with our leading lady. But this marriage-weary character begins to feel real emotions for Daphne, complicating things for everyone involved. The dashing Simon is played by 30-year old Page, who recently starred in Sylvie’s Love and appeared on ABC’s courtroom drama For the People and 2016’s History revival of Roots.

Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte

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The well-connected and gossip-loving queen is played by Rosheuvel, who has appeared in Lady Macbeth, Luther, and Silent Witness during her illustrious career. Queen Charlotte is one of the rare characters who is inspired by a real-life figure: the queen and wife of King George III is even believed to be one of the first Black British royals.

“Queen Charlotte really opened up the world and afforded us this completely different side of St. James’s Palace to explore,” Van Dusen told ELLE.com. “We have the most amazing, sprawling cast that is diverse, not just in terms of ethnicities, but also the levels of recognition for certain people who are better known than others.”

Adjoa Andoh as Lady Danbury

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Simon’s mother-like figure. Lady Danbury, is played by Andoh, best known for roles on TV shows including Doctor Who, Silent Witness, and EastEnders. Andoh is also an accomplished stage actress and regularly narrates audio books, including The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.

Ruth Gemmell as Lady Violet Bridgerton

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The matriarch of the Bridgerton family is Violet, played by Gemmell. Violet is tasked with matchmaking for all eight of her children while maintaining her own standing in society circles. Gemmell is best known for various British series, including Silent Witness, Utopia, and Home Fires. She also appeared on Showtime’s Penny Dreadful and led the 1997 rom-com Fever Pitch, which would later be remade into an American film starring Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon.

Claudia Jessie as Eloise Bridgerton

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One of the younger Bridgerton sisters is Eloise, as played by 31-year-old Jessie. Marriage is the thing perhaps furthest from Eloise’s mind, as she races to track down the identity of Lady Whistledown and explore her own personal whims. Prior to her Bridgerton breakout, Jessie starred in 2016’s Their Finest, 2018’s Vanity Fair miniseries, and 2019’s BBC series Defending the Guilty. She’s also appeared on episodes of Doctor Who, Lovesick, and Call the Midwife.

Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton

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Aside from Daphne, Anthony is the other Bridgerton sibling with the most pressure to marry. As the eldest (and makeshift patriarch) following his father’s death, it’s Anthony’s responsibility to secure his own wife while helping his sisters find spouses of their own. The character is played by Bailey, 32, who won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for his performance in Company on the West End. Bailey has also appeared in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Broadchurch, and Crashing.

Luke Thompson as Benedict Bridgerton

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Benedict is the second of the Bridgerton sons, an artistic soul who is far more focused on his career ambitions than finding a wife. Thompson, 32, plays the role after appearing in the British comedy Misbehaviour and Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. He’s also an accomplished stage performer, co-starring in King Lear and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe as well as Hamlet alongside Fleabag‘s Andrew Scott.

Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton

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The youngest Bridgerton brother is Colin, a gentle soul who falls for the mysterious Marina Thompson while quietly winning the affections of Penelope Featherington. Colin is played by 23-year-old Newton, who is primarily known for Disney Channel’s musical series The Lodge. He’s also flexed his singing talent onstage, performing in The Book of Mormon on the West End.

Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington

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The spirited wallflower of the Featheringtons is Penelope, the youngest of the sisters and best friend to Eloise. She’s played by 33-year-old Irish actress Coughlan, who most viewers will recognize as Clare on Derry Girls or Hannah on Harlots. Penelope, who harbors secret feelings for Colin Bridgerton, leans into the traits that separate her from the rest of Regency London.

“She’s got a really rich inner life,” Coughlan told ELLE.com. “She truly is very sweet and kind and open and hopeful. But then, she comes from this family that is really acerbic and tough and quite bitchy. There’s the nature/nurture question that I had to think about. There has to be a level of that Featherington that’s in her.”

Ruby Barker as Marina Thompson

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Perhaps no character harbors more secrets than Marina, a simple country girl and distant relative of the Featheringtons who makes a mark with her debut in society. Marina is played by newcomer Barker, an actress best known for her work in the series Wolfblood and Doctors. Next up, she’ll star in the indie film How to Stop a Recurring Dream.

Bessie Carter as Prudence Featherington

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The eldest of the Featherington daughters is Prudence, a debutante who has struck out twice on the marriage market before her third go in season 1. Unlucky-in-love Prudence is played by 27-year-old Carter, who is best known for roles in 2012’s Les Misérables, the Starz miniseries Howards End, and The Good Liar alongside Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen.

Harriet Cains as Philipa Featherington

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Cains as Philipa (right).

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The third of the Featherington sisters, Philipa, is played by 27-year-old Cains. Prior to playing the perennial bachelorette, Cains appeared in episodes of In the Flesh, Safe House, and Marcella.

Polly Walker as Portia Featherington

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The puppet master pulling the strings of her daughters’ dating lives is Portia Featherington. She’s played by Walker, who has appeared on shows including Rome, Mr. Selfridge, and Pennyworth. Walker also has several big-screen credits, including Patriot Games, Clash of the Titans, and 1996’s Emma, in which she plays Jane Fairfax.

Ben Miller as Lord Archibald Featherington

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The patriarch of the Featherington family is played by Miller, a British actor who has appeared in Johnny English, Paddington 2, and The Prince and Me. He also co-created and co-starred in the sketch series The Armstrong and Miller Show before playing Rupert Murdoch on Tracey Ullman’s Show.

Kathryn Drysdale as Genevieve Delacroix

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For those wanting all the royal dirt, look no further than Drysdale’s Genevieve Delacroix. Genevieve is a modiste (or dressmaker) who clothes everyone whose anyone in the ton. This isn’t 39-year-old Drysdale’s first brush with royalty onscreen; she plays Meghan Markle on the spoof series The Windsors and co-starred alongside Reese Witherspoon in 2004’s Vanity Fair.

Freddie Stroma as Prince Friederich

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The German royal and nephew of Queen Charlotte is played by 34-year-old Stroma, who is best known for Pitch Perfect, Unreal, and as Cormac McLaggen in the Harry Potter series. The prince’s romantic intentions for Daphne don’t exactly pan out in Bridgerton‘s first season, but in real-life, Stroma has been married to his Unreal co-star Johanna Braddy since 2016.

Sabrina Bartlett as Siena Rosso

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The ambitious opera singer Siena is played by 29-year-old Bartlett. You may recognize her from roles in the History series Knightfall and Victoria, a PBS series about Queen Victoria. Bartlett has also appeared in season 6 of Game of Thrones and season 8 of Doctor Who.

Jessica Madsen plays Cressida Cowper

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One of Daphne’s main foes on Bridgerton is the manipulative Cressida, who often competes with her for high society’s most eligible bachelors. Cressida is played by Madsen, who has appeared in Rambo: Last Blood, Leatherface, and Dark Light. She’s also an accomplished photographer who often shares her pictures on Instagram.

Julie Andrews as Lady Whistledown

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Julie Andrews is to Bridgerton as Kristen Bell was to Gossip Girl—the all-knowing narrator who guides us through the dishy series. Andrews is gossip columnist Lady Whistledown, a character whose true motives aren’t unveiled until the season 1 finale. The actress herself doesn’t need to be unmasked—she won an Oscar for Mary Poppins and has made her mark in films including The Sound of Music, The Princess Diaries, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Andrews is also an accomplished author, who published her latest memoir Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years, in 2020.

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    12 Drugstore Concealers That Will Leave You Looking Alive

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    The beauty industry convinced you that the best concealers come with a hefty price tag—and they couldn’t be more wrong. While high-end concealers are great, the best concealers can be found one aisle over from your vitamins and laundry detergent. Drugstore concealers hit all its claims: Camouflage pimples? Check. Hide dark circles? Double-check. They work so well your friends will ask if you’ve just stopped reading the news altogether. So while we can’t fix everything in this world, we can offer the best concealers you can pick up in the drugstore beauty aisle, ahead.

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    16HR Camo Concealer

    The creme de la creme of drugstore brands, E.L.F Cosmetics’ Camo Concealer has a creamy formula and perfectly designed applicator, plus two different finishes—hydrating and matte—that puts your favorite high-end one to shame. 

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    Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfector, SPF 25

    Vitamin E, antioxidants, chamomile, and soy work to brighten and depuff those pesky bags under your eyes, while the flow-through brush applies the perfect amount of product for flawless coverage. 

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    Mega Last Incognito AllDay Full Coverage Concealer

    The sorcery this concealer does makes it hard to believe it’s only $4. This drugstore staple is full-coverage, so it can be used without foundation to conceal impurities and blends seamlessly with your other makeup players. 

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    True Color Flawless Perfecting Concealer Toast

    Built like lipstick, the Black Opal concealer has a pointed tip that fits perfectly around the corners of your eye to cover all bases.

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    HD Pro Concealer

    Everyone has had a LA Girl concealer at one point in their life because it’s just that good. A little goes a long way with this concealer. Plus, it has an expansive shade range so you’ll be able to highlight, concealer, and contour with multiple shades.

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    Conceal + Perfect Longwear Concealer

    To be a regular full-coverage concealer is one thing. But Milani conceals while nourishing the skin with hyaluronic acid, shea butter, olive fruit oil and more. 

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    Infallible Full Wear Waterproof Concealer

    If you’re a fan of the foundation, the concealer will be your new favorite. The applicator is large enough to help you sculpt all over your face. You don’t have to worry about it separating because it’s also water-resistant and transfer-resistant.

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    PhotoReady Candid Antioxidant Concealer

    A concealer with anti-blue light ingredients? Revlon spoke to the social media influencer in all of us. No need to worry about dark circles or puffiness, this concealer erases it all. 

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    Fit Me Concealer

    This concealer hides blemishes but allows for the real you to shine through with it’s light-but-effective coverage. Reviewers suggest using a darker shade as contour and a lighter shade as a highlighter because the formula works so well together.

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    Hi Definition Photo Concealer Wand

    Photoshop in a tube. The full coverage formula can cover the worst of breakouts and rivals Nars’ cult-favorite concealer, but at a fraction of the price. It goes on smooth without caking under your eyes, which is a major indicator of a great concealer. 

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    Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer

    Dark circles disappear with this concealer thanks to Gogi berry that brightens the under eye area and leaves your face illuminated for up to twelve hours. Tip: Spend the other twelve hours in the day sleeping to get rid of those dark circles for good.

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    ColorStay Concealer

    The salicylic acid in Revlon’s ColorStay concealer is a pimple’s worst enemy as it eliminates blemishes in no time. Treatment plus coverage equals happy skin. Cover up now then say goodbye to your zit for good.

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    The Five Best Nail Polish Advent Calendars of 2021

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    If this year has taught us anything, it’s the true importance of little luxuries like a pop of color on your nails or the excitement of opening a small present each day. So why not combine the two joys? Introducing nail polish advent calendars: a reminder to slow down and make time for yourself, especially as the holiday season rolls around—you’ll be so glad you did when you catch an uplifting glimpse of your mani.

    Whether you’re in the market to pamper yourself or brighten up a loved one’s lacquer collection, here are the best nail polish advent calendars of the 2021 holiday season.

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    Ciaté Mini Mani Month® 2021 Vegan Nail Polish Advent Calendar

    We’ll never say no to cute minis, especially when they’re entirely recyclable. This holiday season, Ciaté is bringing you 22  mini colors to create the manis and pedis of your dreams alongside one full size polish and a hydrating lip oil.

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    OPI 40th Anniversary Advent Calendar

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    Available October 1st

    This year, OPI turned 40! Join them in celebrating all year long with these 25 adorable mini lacquers from their Celebration Collection and some classic favorites from along the way.

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    Olive & June Hanukkah Calendar

    Wishing you love, light, and all the manis! Celebrate 8 nights of Hanukkah magic with mini polishes in sophisticated colors, all the tools you’ll need to perfect your nails, and absolutely adorable nail stickers.

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    Olive & June Christmas Calendar

    Can’t make it to Olive & June’s elevated nail salon in sunny LA? With 9 mini polishes, essential mani tools like cuticle serum, and the cutest mini stickers, let them bring their magic to you this holiday season.

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    Essie Advent Calendar

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    Coming soon…

    In the past, Essie’s advent calendars have been stocked with full sized lacquers, mini polishes, and surprise treats like cuticle oil, nail stickers, or polish remover.  Be sure to check back to see what the brand comes up with for 2021—it’s sure to be good.

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    16 LED Masks That Make You Look Like Hannibal Lecter With The Skin of Jodie Foster

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    A futuristic-looking face mask that’s supposed to kill bacteria, prevent breakouts, and reduce the appearance of aging skin? It seems too good to be true, but LED masks are essential to transforming the skin in ways topical products cannot. You’ve probably seen your favorite celebrities don this type of tool before a big night of red carpets, but what do they actually do? And do you actually need one? To get all the ins and outs before splurging, we turned to Dr. Ife J Rodney, for all the information.

    What Are LED Face Masks?

    “LED masks work by shining different colors and wavelengths of light rays onto the skin. The blue LED rays target the bacteria that live within the hair follicles and contribute to acne pimples and cysts,” Dr. Rodney, MD, FAAD, founding director of Eternal Dermatology + Aesthetic. “The red rays suppress redness and inflammation of the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, by stimulating collagen production.” Now, you can get masks that come with a wide range of lights, including green, white, and amber for even more specific needs.

    Do LED Face Masks Work?

    While they’re mainly used as an add-on treatment when you visit your dermatologist or esthetician, the at-home versions can help to keep your skin in tip-top shape—as long as your consistent. Where in-office treatments use more powerful LED bulbs for an extended amount of time (no more than 20 to 30, Dr. Rodney says), “at-home LED masks are not monitored, so there may be a lack of consistency in the treatments.” When used consistently, however, you’ll find that the right tool can give amazing results–without the in-office costs.

    Ahead, the 16 best LED masks to try, from Dr. Rodney’s splurge-worthy fave to handheld light therapy devices that target your most stubborn impurities.

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    MZ SKIN Light-Therapy Golden Facial Treatment Device

    Oh, didn’t you hear? Devouring a plate of carbohydrates while masking is the thing right now. Here’s a fancier version that not only looks luxurious but transforms the skin using five different lights to reverse signs of aging and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation. 

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    The 4-In-1

    Red Light Wand

    This nifty gadget combines four powerful skin-loving benefits into one sleek tool. It has red light therapy to rejuvenate skin, micro-currents to lift, facial massage, and therapeutic warmth to allow skincare to absorb into the skin better. Plus, it’s small enough to take on the go.

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    The Celeb-Approved

    The A-List Collection

    Beloved by celebrities getting ready for the red carpet, this face and chest mask will improve the skin’s texture and tone. Over time with continual use, fine lines and wrinkles can be kept at bay with this mask’s powerful red light therapy.

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    The Botox Alternative

    Contour Face

    No need to make an appointment with your friendly derm, this LED face mask will do everything you need it to with no down time. Not only does it work against time, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, but it also reduces redness and hyperpigmentation.

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    For Every Need

    How To Glow LED Light Therapy Mask

    This mask allows you to get four different light therapies in one easy-t0-use tool. You can use the red, blue, amber, and green setting to treat everything from acne to sun damage, and more.  

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    The Fan Favorite

    SpectraLite™ Faceware Pro

    Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare

    While most masks used red and blue lights separately, this masks uses 100 LED red lights and 62 LED blue lights at the same time to target all your skin concerns. I also love DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro. Plus, it’s FDA-cleared and finishes the treatment in three minutes, which makes it a must-have in Dr. Rodney’s book.

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    The Custom Fit

    Rejuvalight Pro Facewear

    If you’re unsure of what your skin needs, Qure offers a skin consultation so you can get the right treatment out of your LED face mask. That way, you can mask in total confidence. 

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    The Wireless Choice

    WrinkLit LED Mask

    This mask offers red, orange, and blue LED light therapy to conquer your skin’s woes. It’s completely wireless, which means you can use it on the go, or at home when you want to complete your chores without worrying about the closest outlet.

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    The At-Home Treatment

    LED Light Therapy Shield

    With this mask, you can use blue light therapy, amber light therapy, and red light therapy in one easy tool. This can do everything from calming down inflamed skin, treating fine lines, and healing damaged skin–for just 10 minutes a day.

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    The Whole Spectrum

    LUMA Light LED Therapy Facial Mask

    This mask offers seven different light therapies that can all help you get to the skin of your dreams. It even offers white light therapy that can treat sagging skin and fine lines.

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    The Warrior’s Helmet

    Near-Infrared LED Mask

    You might look like a Spartan with this on, but they probably didn’t have skin this good. With fine-line reducing red light therapy, you’ll start to notice a difference in just two weeks of using this product.

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    For Active Breakouts

    LightStim for Acne

    So it’s that time of the month, and a cluster of breakouts appeared on your face. The LightStim handheld LED treatment can directly target your problem areas. “This handheld device is FDA cleared, comes with its own eye protection, and can be used to treat specific problem areas, like your cheeks or forehead,” Dr. Rodney says. The process is simple: hold the device to the area you want to correct for three minutes, then repeat until you’ve covered all areas. 

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    The Budget-Friendly Choice

    LED Face Mask

    If you want to experiment with LED masks without breaking the bank, this offering features lights that kill bacteria under the surface, calms skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, all for just over $100.  

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    The Smart Mask

    Foreo UFO

    Not your typical LED mask but it functions just the same. The Foreo UFO using hot and cold temperature settings to improve the skin in just 90 seconds. Plus, the pulsating section of the treatment feels like a spa-quality face massage. You’re welcome.  

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    The Acne Zapper

    Quasar MD Blue

    The beauty about the Quasar MD Blue is that it can be used all over your body and emits blue light to kill bacteria and stop breakouts dead in its tracks.

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    The Tech Neck Savior

    Boost LED Advanced Light Therapy Décolletage Bib

    This LED treatment uses red light to smooth out the neck and shoulder area because your neck needs love too. 

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