I wrote about the Foreo LUNA™ a while ago when they were soon to be launched in SA. Now that they are available on Zando in all their pastel-coloured glory, and I’ve been testing it out for a month I decided a review is definitely in order.
Let’s set the skin scene. I was incredibly lucky to receive a pale pink LUNA™ for Sensitive to Normal Skin, My skin is incredibly sensitive and breaks out over everything. It also doesn’t like exfoliation as much as the experts say it should. Anything more than once a week with even the most gentle exfoliator, and my skin breaks out. So I am perhaps the toughest nut to crack when it comes to testing new products. Bear in mind that my skin can’t be considered ‘normal’ and its reactions are extreme; on the other hand it might be useful for people who are also dealing with sensitivity.
The first thing I appreciate about the Foreo LUNA™ is how compact and travel friendly it is. It is one silicone unit, which means it doesn’t have any brush head to collect bacteria and it very hygienic, It fits easily in your hand, and while I’ve read reviews of people complaining that it isn’t ergonomically designed, I find it easy to use and fit around the contours of my face. It’s a sleek little device…kind of like the Apple of the skincare world.
The first ‘cycle’ is for cleansing. All you do is apply your cleanser to your face and switch it on, and it allocates 15 seconds to each zone of your face. I use light upward strokes, and the vibration does the work. Three pulses let you know when your time is up, and you can then rinse your face before switching to anti-ageing mode. I just turn the device around and press the LUNA™ to the areas of my face like crow’s feet, nasolabial folds and forehead, where first lines are thinking about appearing (luckily at 32 they’re still just considering it!). So what have the results been?
It is intended for use twice a day. I saw a result from the first time I used it. My skin definitely looked more radiant afterwards, but I found within the first week that my skin was breaking out quite a bit. Most people have reported no ‘purging’ phase (I’m not entirely sure I believe in skin purging anyway) and for me it was a similar reaction to the one I get from over-exfoliation. By the second week I also noticed a few broken capillaries, despite how gentle and non-abrasive the device is. As I said, my skin is extraordinary in the extreme and judging by other reviews this seems to be uncommon.
I then decided to cut use down to once every second day instead of twice a day, and after a week up to once a day, and I had a dramatic improvement. No more breakouts, no more broken capillaries, and my skin generally improved enormously. You just need to adjust it to what your individual skin can handle. Not only does the LUNA™ remove dirt but it also exfoliates by removing dead skin cells and is supposed to enhance the radiance and tone of your skin. My skin looks a lot smoother, with fewer blackheads and more refined pores. The combination of deeper cleansing, light exfoliation and better absorption of products makes me believe that the LUNA™ is in fact benefiting my skin. The fact that it lasts months on a single charge is also great, especially if you travel a lot.
At R2790 it is definitely an investment purchase, but I think a worthwhile one. It is something that will last you for years, and if you take skincare seriously then it adds an extra bit of oomph to your arsenal. It is a luxury, but like most luxuries it is nice to have, albeit not vitally essential. I can’t compare it to the Clarisonic as I haven’t tried one, but to me it seems to have some advantages, especially for sensitive skin. Big thumbs up from me!