So you’ve heard of cleansing brushes, you know they’re good at getting your skin super clean. You might have even used one as part of a facial. You may also have heard that they should only be used a couple of times a week as part of your exfoliation routine; they’re too harsh to use on your skin every day.
My skincare routine is pretty down; I cleanse, treat, moisturise, exfoliate and hydrate. I use area specific creams for my eyes and lips. I’m lucky enough to have regular facials. So what would I want with a cleansing brush?
Well, Foreo promises to be different to traditional cleansing brushes. The Luna 2 is a silicon handheld device that’s comfortable to hold in your hand. The concept is the same as other cleansing brushes, you apply your cleanser and the massage for vibrating heads (which vibrate at 8,000 times per minute) around your face. The difference with Foreo is that it uses flexible silicon heads instead of bristles; they’re ergonomically designed so they fit around the curves of your face. The silicon feels softer against the skin than bristles. On the flip side of the machine is an anti-aging setting, which uses the same vibrating function but in a different pattern. The Luna 2 is also completely waterproof so you can use it in the shower.
The Foreo Luna 2 sits most comfortably in my evening skincare routine: I cleansed my skin once to get rid of the make-up, then applied a second layer of cleanser and used the Foreo Luna 2 brush. Section your skin into four areas -- top and bottom, left and right -- and for 15 seconds massage the skin over each area of the face. The machine pulses when it’s time to move to the next area. The vibrations are gentle but pretty effective.
Once you’ve finished cleansing, apply your hydrating and moisturising products and flip the machine over. This time you’ll use the machine on the five areas which most show aging. For me this is outside my eyes, my forehead and around my mouth. Again the machine pulses to let you know when to move to the next area. It’s quick (a total of two minutes), easy (the machine times everything) and it feels like a treat for the skin.
After four weeks of using the Foreo Luna 2, my skin definitely feels cleaner and clearer. I’ve even started using a gentler cleanser because my skin doesn’t need the harsher ingredients to manage breakouts; even my hormonal spots seem to clear much quicker.
I’m less convinced of the anti-aging setting. Maybe four weeks isn’t enough to see results, but my fine line and wrinkles are exactly the same as they always are.
The Foreo Luna 2 also has a couple of really nice features that make it stand out from the brush crowd. The silicone is non-porous to resist bacteria build up so you don’t need to switch heads, and each charge will last 450 uses. I may have forgotten where the charging cable is by then!
You can also choose your device depending on your skin type; combination, oily, normal or sensitive skin. The design of the silicon touch-points change depending on your skin types so the heads are thinner for sensitive skin and thicker for stronger cleansing. You can’t change the setting, so do the online test to make sure you order the right machine for you.
At £169, the Foreo Luna 2 sits at around the same price point as the most advanced other brushes. It’s definitely an investment, but if you’re looking to up your cleansing game we think it’s worth it!