By: Skin Care Ox

last updated: 11/10/2019

We’ve all heard the hype around red light therapy and its potential benefits for skin health–but does it really work? Once relegated to professional sports clinics and high-end spas, red light therapy devices can now be found in spas, gyms, clinics all over the world. Now, at-home red light therapy devices like the Joovv are increasing in popularity due to their convenience and accessible price points compared to professional treatments. So, is this a beauty bandwagon worth jumping on? In an effort to discern fact from hype, we tested the Joovv Mini Red Light device ourselves for just over a month to find out.

Proponents of red light therapy point to emerging evidence of its ability to increase collagen production (source), treat sun damaged skin (source), stimulate wound healing (source), minimize pain and inflammation (source), and even treat acne breakouts (source). The idea behind red light therapy is that the wavelengths used stimulate the mitochondria of the cell to produce more adenosine triphosphate (ATP for short). ATP is the energy necessary for your cells to properly replicate, repair, and function. The theory behind red light therapy is this: the more ATP your mitochondria can pump out, the more raw power your cells have to efficiently perform their functions. This is why red light therapy has been “linked” to such a wide variety of health benefits. An increase in cellular energy has the potential for systematic improvements–not just targeted relief. For example, the production of collagen requires a significant amount of energy from your cells. Studies on red light therapy have shown that an increase in mitochondrial function (more ATP production) leads to an increase in the cellular function of fibroblasts (cells that make collagen from raw materials).

For the purposes of our trial with the Joovv Mini, we focused primarily on the proposed skin care benefits of red light therapy. Namely, collagen production (which can be observed via skin texture and complexion. In other words, did the Joovv make our skin look smoother, tighter, and more youthful?), inflammation/redness reduction, and acne relief. The Joovv is heralded as one of the most powerful red light therapy devices for home use, so we were excited to see what kind of results it could produce! Our trial lasted just over 40 days, although it should be noted that professionals recommend using a red light device for at least 8-10 weeks to notice results. Everything that you’ve ever wanted to know about owning a is right here at your fingertips. Enjoy!

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Product Name: JOOVV

Product Description: A powerful professional-grade red light therapy device which features both Red and Near Infrared wavelengths for maximum health benefits. Dimensions: 8.75" x 15" inches Weight: 8 lbs Color: White Wavelenghts: Red and Near Infrared (NIR)

Price: 295 (starting)

Currency: USD

Availability: InStock

  • Product Design Score
  • Product Effectiveness Score
  • Online Customer Review Score



We’ve given the Joovv Red Light Therapy Device an “A+” for Product Design. There is no denying that the Joovv is one of the most beautifully designed Red Light Therapy devices on the market. It’s sturdy, lightweight, convenient, and brainlessly easy to use. Joovv offers two convenient ways to setup the device with a door mount and table top stand. The unit we tested came with a tabletop stand and we think that option works the best for this smaller-sized unit. Just set up your red light device on any flat surface and you are ready to go. Once the device is set up, simply plug it in, flip the power button, set your time limit, and press start. Unlike many other red light devices for skin care, the hands-free design of the tabletop Joovv allows you to multi-task during your red light session (in fact, I’m using it as I type this review!). The experience of using the Joovv was far superior vs holding a hand-held device on our skin for 10-20 mins each day.

Product Design Summary

Design PROS

  • Visual Design: All white sleek industrial design with 60 LED bulbs across the front. A cool looking device that you’ll want to have out on display.
  • Usability: It is so easy to flip this device on a start a session. No setup needed and the tabletop design enables you to be hands-free during your session.
  • Size: At just 8 lbs and under 15 inches in height, the Joovv Mini is very lightweight and portable. Easily fits on top of any flat surface or hangs from any door.
  • Durability: The Joovv Mini feels like a high-end device. It is made with quality materials with has no loose parts. Also comes with a 2 year warranty.

Design Cons:

  • None! We were super impressed with the Joovv’s convenient design and quality build. No downsides to note.

The Joovv Mini has earned a Product Effectiveness Score of “A+”. Our test of the Joovv Mini lasted about a month. Testers were required to use the Joovv Mini everyday for at least 10 minutes per session. Joovv (and beauty professionals) recommend 8-10 weeks of use to see noticeable results related to inflammation and other systematic health benefits. While we did not test the Joovv long enough to verify any claims related to internal health, we were able to see dramatic results related to external skin health. One of the biggest claims made about red light therapy is that it can stimulate collagen production and, thus, minimize the signs of skin aging. In our trial, testers noted a decrease in acne breakouts and redness/inflammation. Overall, testers generally reported firmer, brighter, and tighter looking skin. When asked if they would continue using red light therapy for their skin in the future, 100% of our testers said responded “Yes.”

Product Effectiveness Summary

Works Best For: Inflammation-related skin concerns such as redness, acne, and sensitivity. Boosting collagen production to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Best Feature: Delivers a powerful dose of red light therapy in under 10 minutes per day.


Currently, Joovv devices are only sold through the manufacturer’s own website; thus, we were not able to analyze reviews from various online retailers for this product. Instead, we analyzed over 1,000 reviews for the Joovv from Joovv’s own website. After analyzing 1125 reviews, the Joovv has earned an average online customer review score of 4.82/5 or a grade of “A.” On the positive side, customers are clearly impressed with the Joovv’s build quality and professional red light potency. Additionally, customers who purchased the Joovv for skin health were the most pleased with their purchase. We suspect this is because it takes significantly less time to see topical skin results than it takes to see dramatic reductions in systemic inflammatory conditioners. One the critical side, some customers were expecting more dramatic results in regards to the reversal of illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, repetitive stress injuries, and other pain-related issues.

Customer Review Summary

reviews last evaluated: 11/15/2019

  • *Joovv: 1125 Reviews | Average Score: 4.82 Stars


  • Visually interesting design. Cool enough to put out on display.
  • Professional-grade red light and NIR light therapy.
  • Quick: 10 minutes per session.
  • Lightweight and portable. Easy to move around from location to location.
  • High quality build. Feels sturdy and well crafted with no loose parts or easily breakable pieces.
  • Works well for treating skin conditions such as acne, inflammation, and the signs of aging.
  • Hands free design lets you multi-task during your session.
  • 2 year warranty.


  • May take longer to see results for systematic inflammation or other internal health conditions.


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