Over the past year or so, I've really started to get into skincare and a proper regime both morning and night. Okay so I don't always stick to it religiously (lets face it, we all use a face wipe now and then) but I think getting into the routine of cleansing twice a day makes a huge difference - I've noticed the texture and overall appearance of my skin has improved since doing so and I just love that feeling of getting home from work, taking all my makeup off and slathering on some moisturiser.
With this being said, I was very excited to try a new gadget that can help with the cleansing process, the Foreo Luna Mini* cleansing device. I've tried a cleansing brush in the past and really enjoyed using it so I was looking forward to trying this to see if I loved it just as much. Its worth me pointing out that my skin is on the sensitive side but other than the odd hormonal breakout, I'm quite lucky in the respect my skin is pretty clear. However, sensitivity is a huge issue and if I use products with strong chemical ingredients or anything too abrasive on my face, my skin burns up and goes bright red. It might be worth baring that in mind whilst reading this review.
So, the first thing I have to mention about the Luna Mini is the packaging - unlike cleansing brushes that can be quite bulky and heavy, the Luna Mini is small, compact and as light as a feather. It comes in a range of colours but being the girly girl I am, I obviously chose the pastel pink. Isn't it cute? Another thing I really like about the packaging is that is does't require anything to be changed - with traditional cleansing brushes, they often need replacement heads every few months but because this is designed with silicone, that isn't essential. The silicone also means it's really easy to clean and a lot more hygienic than a brush as silicone is nonporous so its resistant to bacteria buildup and doesn’t absorb dirt and oil. This is a big plus point for me as it saves me a lot of faffing around and encourages me to use it more frequently. It also lasts a really long time without the need to re-charge (it can be used 300 times without the need to charge according to Foreo) which is great for travelling. Overall, I'm highly impressed with the look and design of this product.
So, moving on to the science side of things which I'm not all that great at explaining, here's an explanation of what this product is and what it can do for the skin, from Foreo themselves. "The LUNA™ mini is an innovative facial-cleansing device that directs T-Sonic™ pulsations through an ultra-hygienic silicone brush. T-Sonic™ technology which provides thorough yet gentle cleaning by channeling transdermal sonic pulsations across the skin’s surface, the device will give your skin a smoother and more refined appearance in just three days. It effectively removes makeup, dirt and excess oil, whilst the 1300 non-abrasive touch points are coated in smooth silicone to create the feel of a facial, whilst the three different zones ensure that it's suitable for all skin types. Fully rechargeable and waterproof, it will leave your skin looking brighter, clearer and healthier."
As Foreo have said, the Luna Mini assists in the cleansing process by directing pulsations through a silicone brush and it has two sides with different shape bristles so you can use it depending on what type of cleanse you need. There's thinner touch-points on one side to gently cleanse, thicker touch-points grouped at the top for precision cleansing and broad touch-points on the reverse side for channeling pulsations more directly to cleanse and refresh oilier skin. At first I was a little unsure how this would feel on my skin as the silicone 'bristles' are very soft to the touch and I was concerned they wouldn't have enough force to get into my skin and really cleanse it. However, on first use I was very pleasantly surprised as it's super gentle and very soothing but still cleanses the skin really well. As Foreo said, it has that lovely relaxing feeling of a facial when I use it. I really like this as although I do like traditional cleansing brushes, I always have to use them on the most sensitive setting and even then, they can be slightly abrasive and a little too harsh for my skin.
The way I've been using the Luna Mini is to remove my makeup first with my Elemis Cleansing Balm and then go in with a second cleanse using this to ensure I've really worked the product into my pores and removed any excess dirt or oil that might have been left on my face. It can also be used with any kind of cleanser and is fully waterproof so can also be used in the shower if that's where you prefer to wash your face. To turn the device on you simply press the button on the front and it will instantly begin with high intensity vibrations. I find this is still really gentle on my skin despite being the most intense setting but if you want to turn it down for a more gentle cleanse, you simply press the button again and it reduces the intensity which is great if you have really sensitive skin. Another great thing about it is that it will automatically pause after 15 second intervals so you know when its time to move to a different area of the face. I like to do my cheeks first, then my forehead and finally my nose and chin where I like to use it for a little longer as that's where I'm prone to oil and pores. After use, you simply press the middle button again to turn it off, run it under the tap and leave it to dry for your next use - it's as easy as that.
I've found that this product really does help my skin to feel a lot more soft and smooth as well as looking a lot more radiant. I also find my makeup applies much better if I've used this first as it creates a smooth base for my makeup to glide on to. In terms of getting rid of blemishes, I can't really comment as other than the odd hormonal breakout, I'm quite lucky in the respect breakouts aren't something I suffer with. However, it definitely helps with deep cleansing of the skin and removing grime and oil that can sometimes be left behind after cleansing with the hands alone. In this respect, I think it would really help someone with blemish prone skin after continued use.
Overall I think this is a great device and if I had to choose between the Luna Mini and a regular cleansing brush, I'd definitely choose this! It does the same job in the respect that it cleans my skin effectively and makes it smooth and clear but it's also much less abrasive so I feel like its doing my skin more good. Its probably not an essential tool for someone with good skin but if you're someone who really wants to look after your skin, this is a great product to invest it. It costs £99 which I think is pretty reasonable for something you're going to use every day and something that will last for years. It's available to buy in a range of colours from ASOS, Look Fantastic and Boots, all of which often have offers and discounts so keep your eyes peeled for those if this is something you're interested in.
Do you like the sound of the Foreo Luna Mini? Is it something you would invest in?
Collaboration with Foreo. All opinions are my own*