Living in the age of a pandemic has made me realize a couple of things: 1) the power of mindset, and 2) beauty in the little moments. But to be honest, it’s been hard to wake up every day uncertain about the future and worrying about the what-ifs when it comes to something as simple as going outside. One thing that has been helping me is my wellness routine, which goes like this: stretching, meditating, running, and doing a skin treatment with the Foreo UFO smart face mask device.
In these weird times, this little gadget couldn’t be more fitting. It’s named the UFO and shaped like what you would probably picture as an “Unidentified Flying Object” but actually stands for “Ur Future Obsession”.
I received it in the mail in early June and didn’t think too much of it until after trying it a few times. And I just have to say…wow. It’s so much easier than traditional clay or paper sheet masks—although I’ll still be using some of those favorites from time to time.
What makes the Foreo UFO different?
The difference is in the hyper-infusion technology, which combines warming (thermo-therapy), cooling (cryo-therapy), and T-Sonic pulsations with red, blue, and green LED lights. Each treatment varies depending on the mask you choose—my favorite so far are the Glow Addict, which is infused with pearl extract to illuminate dull skin, and the Make My Day which is filled with skin-plumping hyaluronic acid. I wish I started using these sooner!
Fun fact: The Foreo UFO was announced in 2018 on Kickstarter. Before that, it took almost four years to concept, design, and produce. The Swedish brand (that’s also known for its LUNA facial massager and other products) had a $20,000 goal to launch the product, and to date, more than $1,572,093 was pledged from 9,474 backers. After experiencing how it works, I can see why it’s so popular around the world.
How it works
To start, download the Foreo app and follow the directions on the screen to pair with your UFO device. Then, scan the barcode on the back of the mask packaging to start the treatment. Next, remove the clear circular attachment ring, insert the mask, and clip the attachment ring back on. The automated app will let you know the benefits of that particular mask while you glide the UFO across your face.
In my opinion, 90 seconds is over too quick and I usually repeat the treatment three times! But one treatment is still effective and timing is up to your preference. One tip I suggest is to move the device slowly in small, circular patterns—logically, I think that the benefits of the LED light can be more effective this way. Before repeating each treatment, make sure to use the extra serum remaining in the mask package!
Within a few uses, I’ve noticed my skin to be much softer and smoother. Even though I’m wearing less makeup these days, my skin had been feeling slightly dry. The Call It a Night mask works well to use before bed and hydrates skin with rich olive oil and ginseng. I also think the cryo-therapy has been working well since my complexion looks clearer in a surprisingly short amount of time.
Skincare and wellness
Just like meditating, it’s the act of doing and thinking less. Taking a few minutes for self-care, with this device or with any skincare product, can truly feel nice to relax your mind. I haven’t been to a spa in months and even though businesses are slowly re-opening in New York, I don’t plan on visiting one anytime soon to stay on the safe side! Using the UFO is like as if you’re transported to an at-home spa without the feelings of anxiety—it only takes a few minutes and works for all skin types.
Recently, the UFO 2 came out and the main difference is in its speed (it heats up faster to penetrate into the deepest layers of your skin), has full-spectrum LED lights, and works with all masks from the brand. There’s also a the UFO mini, which has all the benefits of the original model but without cryotherapy.
At $199 for the original UFO, is it worth it? It’s not exactly a necessity per se, but if you’re a mask lover or are just looking to brighten and correct your skin tone, then I’d say yes. In a way, it’s similar to the price of a couple of facials at the spa, but even better since can use it anytime at home. Plus, it comes with a two-year warranty. A pack of 6 or 7 masks range between $10-$20, making it around $1.50 to $3.50 per treatment.
The one I have here is the original one in the pearl pink color, which also comes in fuschia and mint. It’s USB-rechargable and waterproof, so you can just rinse it after you’re done!
What’s your favorite way to unwind?
Stay healthy and safe!
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