If you tuned in yesterday and over the weekend, you know I’m sort of on a beauty tech kick. I was really excited to see the brand FOREO at in Vegas at CES, since their LUNA mini is my all time favorite face cleansing tool. I realized that I had never actually shared my thoughts on it with you here, and I honestly can’t believe it took me this long.
For years, I was all about brush cleansers. At the time, Clarisonic was the “It” device in cleansing and I tried knock offs of the brush from a slew of brands. The one I had liked best— and used the longest— was the Pulsaderm, since the brush vibrates instead of spins. Still, there were days where it felt too rough. Plus, to add insult to injury, most of these brush cleansers were expensive to begin with, then require replacements of the heads every three or so months. That can rack up.
So one day, the FOREO LUNA mini showed up at my door. I had read about it on my usual beauty blog circuit and there were several things that had me thinking it might be a better fit in my routine. For one, the silicone bristles seemed more gentle than a brush. Gentle was exactly what I needed after the most unusual flare up of eczema happened all over my face this season. On top of that, you never have to worry about replacing anything. The silicone material on the device is antibacterial and antimicrobial, and can last you a lifetime when taken care of. And so, I opened it up and charged it so I could use it that same night.
The LUNA mini has two sides: the front has mostly short, slightly flexible bristles for general cleansing, with a few large touch-points gathered at the tip to help reach crevices. The back has only the larger size, which are stiffer, for deep pore cleansing. Using T-Sonic pulsations, the LUNA mini can remove 99.5% of dirt and oil while gently exfoliating your skin. There are two speeds on the mini. I usually keep it on the top speed, which is still pretty gentle, but will bump it down if I’m having a particularly sensitive day or around problem areas.
After I used the device for the first time, I literally took to Facebook to share my amazement. My skin never felt softer in my entire life than after just that one use. It felt like my first time ever actually getting a good cleanse and exfoliation, which is crazy because it is so gentle to the touch. I had no irritation, and my problem areas actually looked instantly more calm. A quick swipe of micellar water showed that I had, in fact, gotten all the dirt off my face with just my normal Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash and the LUNA mini.
Something that made me love it even more: it’s extremely easy to care for, only needing a rinse with hot water and hand soap after use. With brush cleansers, I always had to put in elbow grease to get the makeup out of the bristles… ain’t nobody got time for that! The LUNA mini really helped streamline my routine and makes cleansing an enjoyable part of my skin care regimen. Oh… and I haven’t charged it since the first time I opened it. It’s been like three months and I’m using it twice a day… so that’s a thing.
Being the “smaller” version to the original full-size FOREO LUNA, it’s also more affordable. While the full-size is around $170, the mini will only run you $99 at Sephora. Like I said, this is a steal considering you never have to buy replacements or accessories for the device. It’s also my opinion that the mini is actually a lot easier to use and more comfortable in the hand than the full-size LUNA, which is larger overall (it’s also a better option for traveling). Plus, the full-size device only has one side of cleansing bristles, while the other side has ridges that offer an anti-aging massage. Not necessarily what I need for my routine right now, so the mini is perfect.
With that said, if you watched my Beauty Tech at CES vlog, then you know that they just released the LUNA 2 and LUNA mini 2, which have a larger surface area, 8 speed options, and longer touch-points (by 26%!) which have more flexibility to prevent pulling of the skin while cleansing. The longer bristles also help to reach every corner of the face. The new device itself has double the power, and so is supposedly more efficient at lifting impurities from the pores. Perhaps in the future I can do a comparison of the two more in-depth, but for now the first LUNA mini is getting the job done better than anything else I’ve tried, and I’m extremely happy with it.
My closing argument: don’t spend your money on an expensive brush that will keep you spending money every few months. With the LUNA, it’s one-and-done… and your skin will thank you. Even my most inexpensive skincare products are working better, my skin is looking better, it’s just… better.