The Foreo Luna is the latest addition to the ‘Facial Cleansing Beauty Device’ category that is flying off the shelves right now. The Clarisonic is of course pretty well established, and is a tried and tested favourite of many. I was given a Clarisonic device a few months ago and gave it a very positive review here.
But over the last 2 weeks I’ve been testing the Foreo Luna from Sweden. At first glance, you’d be hard pushed to identify it’s use, it resembles something between a plug-in air freshener and an iPod speaker. It is compact and bijou, significantly lighter than the Clarisonic, and comes in versions for sensitive, normal and combination skin. There is even a separate device for the man in your life.
Instead of the pulsing or rotating bristle design of most facial cleansing tools, this is a waterproof, silicone oval shape with tiny, rounded, non-abrasive silicone touch points, and a useful LED light at the base.
The blurb says:
T-Sonic™ (transdermal sonic) pulsations are applied across the dermal surface to instantly refresh the look and feel of the skin. Comparable to enjoying a mini-facial in the comfort of home, these pulsations are channeled through soft silicone touch-points, removing dead skin cells, and cleansing pores of dirt, oil and makeup residue, while improving the absorption of your skincare products. The silicone offers a more hygienic solution than standard fibrous brushes, with a variety of designs to suit every skin type.
It’s certainly an unusual sensation at first, but you get used to it very quickly. You can either wet your face and smooth on your usual cleanser, then gently rotate the Foreo Luna in upward strokes from neck to forehead, or wet the Luna and apply your cleanser directly onto the textured silicone surface.
I think there are a couple of distinct benefits to this device. Firstly, as you cleanse your face, you can very easily clean the device completely just by rinsing it lightly under the tap. With the Clarisonic, I do find that the fibrous brush needs a much more vigorous clean, you can often see the residue of your make up on the bristles, and of course the brush head needs to be replaced fairly regularly, which is an ongoing expense.
Secondly, after cleansing your face, you can apply the reverse surface to wrinkle-prone areas in lower-frequency Anti-Aging Mode. I don’t think I’ve been using it long enough to see any visible anti-ageing benefits yet however.
As with the Clarisonic, skin feels exceptionally clean and firm after cleansing with the Luna, and serums and moisturisers are absorbed into the skin well. With all the traveling I do, the Luna’s light weight is a real plus point as the Clarisonic is just too heavy to take in my case. That’s not to say that I have stopped using it at home though, I just find that I now alternate between the two devices depending on my mood, and how my skin feels.
The Foreo Luna is £145 and available from www.foreo.com. The Clarisonic ranges from £99-£179 depending on the model.