I’ve been trying out the Foreo Luna Play Plus in my cleansing routine for the past few weeks. Unlike other vibration-based cleansing brushes, the Foreo tools use little silicone knobs. On the Luna Play Plus, the knobs come in two sizes: there are larger ones at the tip which are meant to be used on the T-zone, and smaller ones around the rest of the tool that are meant for the rest of the face. The Foreo Luna Play Plus comes in 7 colours, and I have the fuchsia model.
It’s much smaller than I expected, smaller than the palm of my hand, so it’s super purse-friendly and travel-friendly (the exact dimensions are 64 x 60 x 28 mm, and it weighs 60 g). But don’t let the small size fool you – it’s very efficient at cleaning!
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To use the Foreo Luna Play Plus, you apply cleanser to your face, then turn it on (there’s a single power button on the reverse side). The tool has what Foreo has branded “T-Sonic pulsations”, which delivers 8000 pulses per minute. You glide the Foreo Luna Play Plus over your face in circular, outward motions for one minute (conveniently there’s a built-in one minute program). It’s recommended that you don’t use clay or silicone cleansers or scrubbing grains with it to avoid damaging the silicone, and that you don’t use it for more than 3 minutes at a time to avoid irritation.
The silicone is non-porous, which means it doesn’t contain any holes that will stay moist and harbour bacteria. It dries quickly too, and it takes no time to get cleanser residue off the knobs, unlike with cleansing brushes that usually need a bit of coaxing. It’s completely waterproof as well for peace of mind. The Foreo Luna Play Plus runs on a single AAA battery, which is meant to last for up to 400 uses and 180 days standby.
Some people have mentioned in their reviews that they’ve noticed their skin being less clogged since using a Foreo tool. I haven’t really noticed any difference in my short trial period, but my skin has been nice and clear and unproblematic the whole time!
Pros of the Foreo Luna Play Plus
I think the main selling point for me is the fact that silicone doesn’t breed bacteria very well, even if you’re lazy like me and prefer to leave your cleansing tools in the shower! You also don’t need to replace the brush head, which can get expensive for other tools.
While I generally prefer tools that are rechargeable for environmental reasons, the long-lasting battery (assuming it gets anywhere near 400 uses) means that disposable AAA batteries might actually end up less wasteful than a charger over the lifetime of the tool.
I was initially skeptical of the small size, and didn’t think something so small could clean well or quickly… but I was wrong! One minute feels like a really long time while using this tool since I feel like I’m done after 30 seconds. The small size makes it really easy to store in the shower, and useful for taking along for overnight stays too.
At $75 AUD, this is the most budget-friendly of the higher-end cleansing tools.
Cons of the Foreo Luna Play Plus
Doesn’t Feel Like It’s Doing Much
Foreo have clinical data to show that it removes 99.5% of dirt and oil, and while I know this in my head, it doesn’t feel as scrubby as a cleansing brush, and you can’t see anything on the silicone, so it’s more difficult to believe (though all my double-checks afterwards with cotton pads have found that it’s clean, although I do use a cleansing oil first).
Weaker Physical Exfoliation
If you’re looking for physical exfoliation, this probably won’t be enough. I’d recommend a cleansing brush instead, or a peeling gel, or any of the other physical exfoliant options.
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I’m really enjoying the Foreo Luna Play Plus, and it’s probably the cleansing tool that fits best into my lazy-but-ambitious routine. It’s a nice way to get a face massage in as well! If you like cleansing tools, you’re likely to like it too. If you’re not sure if you’ll like the silicone nubs, you can try out a manual silicone face washing pad first before going electronic.
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