FOREO LUNA: Essential or Extra?

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What is Foreo & what does it do
Foreo Luna for oily, acne-prone skin
Foreo Luna vs Clarisonic Mia
Essential or Extra

Disclaimer: I have been a Clarisonic Mia 2 user for years. Since trying the Luna a few months ago, it has completely changed my skincare game. This post is not here to tell you that one is better than the other, but to give you all the information so you can make an informed decision if you are planning to invest in a Foreo.


Foreo Luna – What is it, What does it do

Foreo Luna is a facial cleansing and anti-aging tool in one. On one side is a pad of silicone bristles called touch-points for cleansing and ridges on the other for anti-aging treatment. It uses transdermal sonic pulsations that help to gently cleanse the skin deep into its pores.

Foreo claims that the Luna helps to remove 99.5% of dirt, 98.5% of makeup and unclogs pores of oil while also dislodging dead skin cells. The results – a more refined skin texture and a unified, radiant glow.


Foreo Luna for Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

The Luna range caters for a whole bunch of skin types and lifestyle preference. They have one catered for oily skin, combination skin as well as sensitive skin that comes in the full size, Mini, or Go which has a diameter of a cotton pad. The difference between the Luna for each skin type lies in the size and distribution of the touch-points.

Pro-tip: If you are interested in trying out the Foreo Luna, the Luna Play is a cheaper, non-rechargeable version that you can purchase to try out.


FYI, I own the Foreo Luna Go for Combination Skin that I purchased from Cult Beauty during the Christmas sale.


Foreo Luna vs Clarisonic Mia

Clarisonic uses oscillating bristles technology – 300 back and forth motions per second. It cleanses the skin by moving the skin in tiny twisting motions to gently dislodge anything stuck in the pores. Read this for how the Clarisonic theoretically works.

There are other cleansing brushes that uses rotating bristles but they are not really classified as sonic cleansing tools. Read this if you want to learn more about the difference between types of cleansing brushes.


The Luna, on the other hand, cleanses the skin by tiny tapping motions delivered by the sonic pulsations through the silicone touch points. Because of this, it is claimed that the Luna is much gentler on the skin. According to Foreo, the Luna delivers 8000 pulsations per minute.


The Luna also doesn’t require any replacement parts because the silicone touch-points doesn’t absorb moisture and doesn’t harbour bacteria. The Clarisonic brush-heads need to be replaced regularly for hygiene purposes.


Fun fact: The makers of Clarisonic Mia and Foreo Luna both started out making sonic technology dental products – toothbrushes!


Usage on Oily Acne Prone Skin

When using the Luna, you don’t have to press down into the skin for it to cleanse effectively. You only need to touch the touch-points onto the skin gently and move it in circular motions. The pulsations will take care of the cleansing. With the full size and Luna Mini, you can choose the frequency of pulsations to make cleansing more gentle on the skin.


I tend to recommend the Luna over the Clarisonic simply due to the fact that cleansing by pulsation is much gentler than oscillation on skin that has acne – less irritation. In my personal experience, I have found that the texture of my skin has definitely changed for the better since using my Go Luna, and it feels less ‘raw’ after cleansing.


Portability & Maintenance

My lifestyle currently involves a lot of travel which makes my Luna Go my go to choice. It dries very quickly and is very portable – the charger is a simple USB charger. One thing that used to irritate me about my Clarisonic Mia is how bulky the charger is, in addition to how bulky the tool itself is.

A single charge on my Clarisonic is good for about 4 weeks for me (used once a day) which is really good. My Luna Go lasts for 30 days, give or take. The full size would last some 400 uses or so which is ridonkulously convenient.

I also enjoy the fact that I don’t need to purchase replacement brush heads for my Luna, ever. I think that was the deal breaker for me.


Note the size difference. Clockwise: Pink Foreo Play for normal skin, Blue Foreo Go for Combination Skin, Clarisonic Mia 2, standard round cotton pad for size comparison.

Essential or Extra for Oily Acne Prone Skin

Personally for me, it is an essential extra. I have gone a few weeks without any tool, just to see how my skin fares. While I didn’t experience any acne flare ups, I did notice that my skin texture was not as refined and more prone to clogs.


I personally think that these cleansing tools can help oily, acne-prone skin immensely. It helps to properly cleanse deep into the pores and the pulsations/oscillation of the bristles help to loosen oil clogs more gently than traditional scrubs.

When it comes to physical exfoliation, especially for acne prone skin, these tools are far better for the skin than facial cleansing scrubs. There is nothing worse than massaging irritated skin with tiny granules. You’ll only anger it more.


There are doubts out there about the efficacy of sonic cleansing tools. Are they are worth the money? Do they actually work better than just using a regular washcloth or those cheap silicone bristle pads?Unfortunately, there hasn’t been any proper independent study done to compare the latter.


The only way to find out for sure is to try one out for yourself and see if it works.



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