Foreo UFO light therapy skincare review

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Our skin is the biggest organ in our body—and it’s the mask we wear every day in all our interactions, so it only makes sense we should take good care of it. Plus, while you can cut and colour your hair or buy a new sweater, your skin is with you for life. A new device from skin and beauty gadgeteers Foreo allows you to treat your skin to moisturizing, relaxing and decadent facials, with the power of technology built in. The new Foreo UFO uses light, heat and cooling, and ultrasonic vibrations to administer quick 90 second facial treatments designed to leave your skin softer, healthier and more glowing. Does it work? I tried the device for a few weeks in my home to find out.
What is Foreo UFO
Foreo UFO is a small puck-shaped, hand-held device designed to intensify the use of special Korean-formulated beauty masks. The masks are sheet masks which are sold separately, and packaged individually. Unlike many Korean face masks, these sheets aren’t meant to cover your face, they’re draped over the UFO device, and clipped into place. Then you turn the device on and move it over your face, supposedly deepening the intensity of the masks using heat, cool, vibrations and LED light. Treatments are different for each specific mask you use but they last about 90 seconds, and an accompanying app delivers the right levels of light, heat and cool or vibration, depending which mask you choose.
There’s virtually no set up required to use the UFO. The battery is rechargeable, and you’ll want to charge it fully before the first use, but otherwise, that’s it. The device is of course fully waterproof.

What is Light Therapy?
Phototherapy has been used in high end (read: expensive: $200/50 mins) spas for a while now. The treatment uses low levels of non-heat producing, non-UV LED light energy to trigger your body’s natural cell turnover processes. The light is supposed to make cells rejuvenate faster, helping repair skin damage. There’s also some anecdotal evidence to suggest LED light therapy can help with issues like acne, sun damage, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, and even scarring. Of course there’s also said to be a general restoration and brightening effect. I couldn’t really find much medical or study data online which would prove or disprove this.
How does Light Therapy Work?
LED Light Therapy uses coloured lights, each of which has its own unique benefits. The skin is said to use the light as a source of energy to stimulate collagen, boost circulation, and speed cell repair. In professional treatments, you’ll lie under the lights for up to an hour.
What does coloured LED light do?
Red light is supposed to reduce inflammation and boost circulation, blue apparently destroys acne-causing bacteria and cuts oil production. Green light therapy is said to help with dilated capillaries, sagging skin around the eyes, bags and hyperpigmentation or sun spots.
Foreo – Choosing your Masks
Foreo makes seven different types of face masks to suit your skin. There are six or seven to a package and they range in price from $14CAD to $26/pkg. Each mask has a different set of light, heat/cool or ultrasonic components to it which run automatically when connected to the app.
So the big question is do these work? Does Foreo UFO improve skin? That part is harder to answer. I did treatments every day or two over two weeks during my review period. I didn’t notice any kind of miracle improvement in my skin, but I am also lucky enough that I don’t have a lot of skin issues. I guess it would be up to a dermatologist to weigh in with research on this, and I wasn’t easily able to find much in the was of scientific data on any of this. If you have some, please share it in comments.
Even so, I liked making a point of trying to relax and breathe for those 90 seconds of the day during the treatments and found the masks smelled good (well, most of them didn’t really have a scent, which is just fine by me), the warmth and cooling was enjoyable, and the light music that plays along in the app during the treatment, along with the soothing voiceover about what’s going on is nice.

Aside from the ‘is it working’ question, the major downside of this is the price. This little gadget isn’t cheap. Expect to shell out about $349CAD PLUS the cost of daily or weekly masks which are about $14 for a box of 7 (1 week). If you look at this in the sense of, ‘do I need it’ then the price tag probably seems silly. If you’re already doing light treatments at a spa, for example, this little gadget would in theory pay for itself in a couple of uses.
Foreo UFO sells for about $349CAD PLUS MASKS


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