I am going to admit it: I’ve an actual love-hate relationship with cleaning brushes. After years of spiritual Clarisonic-ing — which, whereas completely advantageous for some individuals, ended up doing extra hurt than good to my acne-prone pores and skin — I stop chilly turkey, and hadn’t regarded again since. That’s, till my editor challenged me to check out the newest launch from cleaning brush purveyor Foreo, the Luna Fofo.

Whereas the identify might sound extra like an iconic Flight of the Conchords second than a nifty skin-care machine, there’s nothing foolish in regards to the Fofo. In actual fact, it is simply in regards to the smartest cleaning brush I’ve ever tried. In contrast to the common Luna, and all of its quite a few offshoots, Fofo creates a personalized cleaning routine on your pores and skin as an alternative of a one-size-fits-all automated routine and is touted as a “sensible magnificence coach” on the packaging. How does it work? So glad you requested.

What’s the Foreo Luna Fofo?

After unboxing the Luna Fofo (which seems to be just about similar to the Luna Play, excluding two gold nodes on the again — extra on that later), customers are inspired to obtain the Foreo For You cellular app (the identical one utilized by the UFO machine), and pairing the machine to your telephone utilizing Bluetooth. (Author’s be aware: Whereas this appears very cool in idea, my Foreo saved disconnecting, and I needed to pair it once more to my telephone a number of instances over the course of my testing interval. #millennialbeautyproblems)

Courtesy of Karina Hoshikawa

How does it work?

When you’re within the app, it will immediate you to reply a collection of questions on your pores and skin sort, train habits, solar sensitivity, and age, to call just a few. Then, I turned the machine on and pressed the 24-karat, gold-plated sensors on the again of the comb to my cheeks, brow, and nostril in an effort to analyze my pores and skin’s hydration ranges and decide an general “pores and skin rating.” (66/100. Yikes.)

Lastly, the app will present you your customized cleaning routine, which for me consisted of 10 seconds for every cheek, 15 seconds for the brow, and 20 seconds for the nostril. (Nonetheless, I would take the entire “pores and skin rating” factor with a grain of salt — throughout my testing, the quantity tended to leap round regardless of updating it on the identical level in my routine. That mentioned, if it conjures up you to ramp up your moisturizing habits, then that is actually not the worst factor.)

Placing the comb to the take a look at

Excited to place the Luna Fofo to work, I hopped into the bathe with the tiny pink machine and lathered up my face with La Roche-Posay’s Toleriane Hydrating Light Cleanser — my present gel cleanser of alternative. Utilizing small, round motions, I moved the Foreo round my face as directed, letting it do its factor. It was simple sufficient to make use of — it pulses when it is time so that you can swap areas, similar to the common Luna — and truthfully, felt fairly freakin’ good on my pores and skin. (Along with being anti-bacterial, the silicone bristles had been made to be light sufficient for delicate pores and skin.) After rinsing, I actually could not cease touching my face. It felt extremely clean, delicate, and…clear? Had I been lacking out on this unbelievable feeling this complete time?

Allure contributor Karina Hoshikawa holding a pink Foreo Luna Fofo cleansing brush device

Courtesy of Karina Hoshikawa

The underside line

At $89, the Luna Fofo is a good mid-range choice for these on the lookout for one thing past the entry-level Play whereas nonetheless being comparatively reasonably priced, in comparison with the $169 Luna. (Nonetheless, in contrast to the Luna and Luna Mini, the Fofo would not have a chargeable battery, and likewise lacks the massaging floor discovered on each gadgets.) That mentioned, for those who’re on the lookout for a Silicon Valley tackle facial cleaning gadgets, then the Fofo would possibly simply be your finest guess. After utilizing it each night time for per week — and monitoring the outcomes on the app — my face felt much less congested (save for one “purge” chin zit), and truthfully, I would be mendacity if I mentioned I did not look ahead to the stress-free sensation of utilizing it to rinse off my grime, oil, and make-up.

Excessive-tech self-care? Now that is fairly sensible.

The Foreo Luna Fofo is $89 at sephora.com.


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