Cutting-edge Swedish beauty company Foreo have become world leaders in state-of-the-art sonic cleansing devices and toothbrushes – their best-selling Luna range has scooped dozens of awards from magazines like ELLE and Allure. And now Foreo has come up with a time-saving skincare solution The Foreo UFO Mini that looks -and sounds – like something out of a sci-fi movie but delivers brilliant results in double-quick time.
These days, we all want beauty and anti-aging products that really work – and that work FAST. One of the more positive aspects of lockdown is that we’ve had more time to spend on self-care. More time to indulge in long, candlelit soaks in the bath, more time to try out all those face masks we’ve been stock-piling, and more time to spend on exercise and meditation. So what happens to all that me-time when we’re back at work and racing around again? We all know the answer. Our beauty, fitness, and self-care routines will be squeezed in between school runs, supermarket sweeps, and piles of ironing!
But luckily for us, we won’t have to put our beauty routines at the bottom of the to-do list. Just as technology has come to our rescue in lockdown – Zoom, What’s App, virtual GP appointments, online shopping – it’s also stepping in to rescue our skin!
Meet the UFO Mini 2 (which I’ve road-tested). Designed to speed up the effects of sheet masks, all you need to get the maximum benefit from your sheet mask of choice is 90 seconds! Yes, really! With the help of this little but powerful gadget, all you need is 90 seconds to get your skin glowing.
The lowdown on the Foreo UFO Mini Smart Mask Treatment Device
This device really is modern technology at it’s best. It may be mini, but it packs a punch with a powerful combination of LED, heat therapy, and patented T-Sonic™ technology which gently pulses against your skin to boost the absorption of the active ingredients in your chosen masks.
There are 4 UFO models to choose from – the original UFO, £169.00, the UFO mini, £89.00, the UFO 2, £249.00; and the latest member of the Foreo family, the UFO 2 Mini, £159.00. The UFO Mini 2 is similar to the UFO and UFO 2, although they also have Cryotherapy or ‘cooling’ technology. Cooling technology is best for oil-prone skin and to combat breakouts, problem skin or breakouts, so if your skin is susceptible to blemishes or oiliness, I’d recommend the UFO or UFO 2. But if you have normal or dry skin, the Mini is perfect – as there’s quite a big price difference between the other devices and the Mini.
The UFO Mini comes with a Make My Day UFO Activated Sheet Mask, a handy stand, and a USB charging cord (which can be plugged into a phone adapter or computer port).
8 levels of therapeutic light technology in one
The UFO Mini has 8 built-in light settings that you can adjust to suit your skin’s daily needs. After a late night, use your device on the white light setting to de-puff and ‘lift’. Or if you’ve overexposed your skin in the sun, the yellow light setting will calm redness and reduce irritation.
- Red – Stimulates collagen production
- Blue – Minimises imperfections
- Green – Evens outs skin tone
- White – Tightens skin and reduces puffiness
- Purple – Helps to eliminate toxins and boost radiance
- Orange – Reduces sun damage and revitalizes skin
- Yellow – Soothes sunburn and rosacea
- Cyan – Promotes healing
One of the best things about trialling this device (as well as the visible skin benefits) was the free skin consultation with Chris Luck, skincare expert and beauty blogger. Chris was quick to get my skin concerns and was advised me on which sheet masks to use and how to get the best out of my UFO Mini. If you purchase a device, it’s well worth booking a consultation. I felt much more confident in using the device and knew exactly what to do! As this is a very new technology, it takes a bit of getting used to!
How to use your Foreo UFO Mini 2
Download the Foreo App
- Scan Your Mask so the UFO knows what technology to use
- Place your mask in the UFO and secure it
- Press start
- Your app will tell you where to place the UFO
- Enjoy as you get 90 seconds of massaging LED lights and cooling therapy
- T-sonic pulsations, and hyper-infusion technologies to enhance their efficacy and ensure the nutrients is absorbed into the deepest layers of the skin.
Check out my video on how to use this device on Instagram.
The Foreo UFO Mini Sheet Mask Guide
There are 9 specially-formulated serum-infused masks to choose from to use with your UFO Mini. This allows you to tailor-make your UFO experience to your skin’s changing needs. The UFO Mini comes with the ‘Make My Day‘ Mask which contains hydrating red algae and hyaluronic acid, the perfect kickstart-the-day mask. Hyaluronic acid is known to improve skin hydration, boost the production of collagen, and fight free radicals (which are linked to aging), making it the perfect daily mask.
Other masks to try:
- YOUTH JUNKIE – collagen rich for a younger complexion (my personal favourite)
- GLOW ADDICT – Packed with anti-aging antioxidants, this mask helps to protect and strengthen the skin’s natural protective moisture barrier.
- CALL IT A NIGHT – Infused with energising ginseng and moisturising olive oil for a lovely bedtime treat.
- MATTE MANIAC – Rebalances oily skins and minimises pore size.
- SHIMMER FREAK – A caffeine-infused energy booster to banish tiredness and fatigue. The ideal fix for up-all-night, sleep-deprived, or hungover skin.
- ACAI BERRY – great for plump, younger-looking skin
- BULGARIAN ROSE – Infused with Bulgarian rose to hydrate and jojoba seed oil to balance and for radiance
Available in 6, 7 and 14 masks per pack, from £9.99.
The upsides and skin benefits of the Foreo UFO Mini 2
Fast and easy to use once you get the hang of it, The UFO Mini delivers hydrated, well-nourished skin in seconds! Suitable and safe for all skin types the Mini is lightweight and super-portable, making it perfect for travel. Simply charge your device with a USB plug and off you go again! It’s also fully waterproof which makes cleaning quick and easy. The device holds its charge up to 40 uses which means if you go away for a couple of days, you don’t need to take the charging wire. It’s also fully waterproof which makes cleaning quick and easy. The results are pretty staggering. I’ve never seen these results with a normal sheet mask.
As the UFO Mini 2 can only be used with Foreo Sheet Masks and the masks can only be used once, so you do need to budget for mask purchases. As the device heats up, it needs to be used with products approved for use with heat. The only other downside is that I am forever losing my phone, so I often spend time looking for my phone in order to use my mask! However, I imagine that won’t be a problem for the younger generation as they always have their phones glued to their hips (except when mum calls!).
How to clean your device
The UFO Mini is fully waterproof, so you simply run it under warm water and clean using a small amount of gentle hand wash or soap.
My Experience using the Foreo UFO Mini 2
Every time I use this device, I am totally amazed at the difference I see in the mirror. I always check and check again as I can’t quite believe it! I think the biggest difference has been the change in my décolletage. My skin definitely looks smoother and more even-toned, there is a visible difference before and after. The other thing I’ve noticed is that the change is long-lasting. When I have a salon facial, I can see immediate results, but my face goes back to normal the next day. With this device, I see improvements every time I use it. The UFO Mini 2 gets a big ‘thumbs up’ from me!
Want to give it a try?
|Natalie Shirlaw is passionate about healthy living and writes posts about wellbeing. If you enjoyed this article, be sure to pin it or share it!|