From bubble masks to magnetic masks and even 24k masks, there are a plethora of innovative masks out there for you to try and add to your skincare routine.
However, FOREO intends to change the way we traditionally mask with one small device: UFO, acronyms for Ur Future Obsession. In January 2018, FOREO disrupted the beauty industry when it introduced the device on Kickstarter project, which was so successful it reached its goal of US$20,000 within 24 hours of launching and achieved a cool US$1.5m by the end of its campaign. The innovative beauty gadget aims to help us maximise facial masks and achieve a spa-like treatment in the comfort of our home, all in 90 seconds. 90 seconds? All I can think of doing in 90 seconds is microwaving my leftovers for lunch.
At the end of the day, as fun as it is to test all sorts of gimmicky masks, what we all want is results and FOREO's UFO delivers just that.
So how do UFO works?
By using hyper-infusion technology, a combination of thermotechnology and its trademark T-Sonic pulsations, UFO helps active ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin, thus maximising the mask and achieving the flawless skin you desire.
One of UFO’s exciting feature is its cryotherapy mode, which is usually only found in professional machines in salons. This mode would help reduce inflammation and diminish the appearance of pores. I notice cryotherapy facials have recently been trending, so I was especially intrigued in this feature and eager to test its performance.
UFO also allows you to enjoy phototherapy treatments – blue LED: kills acne-causing bacteria; green LED: brightens dull complexion and red LED: reduces fine lines.
I ordered UFO on their Kickstarter project in February 2018 and paid US$169 for it and received it around mid-April. It came with two single masks – Make My Day and Call It A Night, and two boxes of the same masks. I thought the device was absolutely adorable and feels comfortable in my hand with its silicone case. I love the gold detailing and the gold application surface, which is gold-plated as stated on its website so that’s kind of cool. It also came with a stand to place the device when not in use. With its convenient size, I could see how easy it would be to travel overseas with it.
Ready For Take Off
To use FOREO's UFO, you are required to download its corresponding app.
To be honest, connecting the device to the app was bothersome. There were times when I would activate the device to connect to the app via Bluetooth, but it would take a while and sometimes a few tries before it actually connects.
After connecting, you have to scan the barcode on the mask so the device knows which program to use. Before the app was updated with its cryotherapy mode, it was not necessary to scan the barcode but after they updated it, the session will only proceed after scanning the barcode, causing a minor inconvenience for me as I prefer to not touch anything after I washed my hands to minimise the number of germs that get in contact with my face.
Once you have scanned the barcode, the app will instruct you accordingly to secure the mask to the device by removing the attachment ring, sliding the mask on the gold plate, and clipping back the attachment ring into place with the FOREO logo facing up.
Treatment, in 3, 2, 1...
Once that is all sorted, just press Start Treatment on the app. It will begin its countdown and when it starts, you simply move the device in a circular motion around your face to distribute the mask essence evenly your skin.
For Make My Day treatment, it begins by prepping your skin with thermotherapy and red LED for 30 seconds, followed with the addition of T-Sonic pulsations to facilitate absorption of hydrating ingredients for 30 seconds before transitioning to the green LED and low-frequency pulsations for the last 30 seconds to even skin tone.
For Call It A Night treatment, thermotherapy opens pores and infuses ingredients into the skin with the help of T-Sonic pulsations, and red LED stimulates collagen production. After 60 seconds, T-Sonic pulsations are reduced to a lower frequency combined with red LED to improve blood circulation and restore skin elasticity.
And you’re done. The entire process was comfortable with the warmth from the thermotechnology and T-Sonic pulsations, I do kind of wish it would last longer. According to the FOREO app, you can go for another round, or just finish your masking session. Any excess serum left on the mask or in the package, I would use it on my arms and legs.
Get Your Mask On
At the moment, FOREO only has two kind of masks available – Make My Day, an anti-pollution and hydrating facial treatment consisting of luxurious red algae and hyaluronic acid, and Call It A Night, a nourishing and revitalising facial treatment formulated with rich olive oil and rejuvenating ginseng. The website and packaging state the masks are formulated and made in Korea – beauty capital of the world and innovators of new skincare and beauty trends, so you can expect a certain quality of its masks. It retails at a reasonable price of $9.99 for a pack of seven masks.
On the app under Coming Soon, it reveals there are five other masks – from brightening to extra purifying – will be available soon, so I’m excited to try those out when they do!
Is It Worth It?
FOREO’s UFO delivered excellent results for me in just 90 seconds, which is pretty amazing. When I first used UFO with Make My Day, my skin instantly felt hydrated and my skin texture was not as rough as before.
When I first moved to Boston in a few months ago, my skin was a wreak. It was used to high humidity and the dry and cold weather in the US caused my skin to be dehydrated and rough; no amount sheet masks or different moisturisers I used would make it feel plump and hydrated as it was before. Then my skin met UFO. I think its T-Sonic pulsations have contributed greatly to facilitate the absorption of active ingredients into my skin, which is why results were instantaneous. Skincare doesn’t usually deliver instant results, so the fact that UFO could improve my skin condition within 90 seconds is incredible.
Despite the inconvenient app which could be improved, the masking session itself was enjoyable. The warmth from the thermotechnology was comfortable and the size of the device with its medical-grade silicone case makes it easy to hold and glide the device around. The short time commitment required and efficacy of UFO used with its masks gives no excuse to not take care of your skin, especially for time-strapped individuals. Cleaning up is easy too, you simply rinse it under running water. I’ll usually also use a q-tip to clean up the hollow area where the attachment ring sits to rid of any excess serum sitting there and dry it with a tissue after.
FOREO’s UFO will set you back a hefty US$279, but if you’re willing to invest in a good skincare device that delivers outstanding results efficiently, you are able to get the device here. Consider this: if you use UFO every week for a year, you spend US$5.80 per session (not including masks), which might seem pretty reasonable considering there are sheet masks retailing at Sephora for US$12, and a facial would cost you well over $100 a month.
I’m not too sure if it will be Ur Future Obsession, but it certainly is mine.