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I like to add skincare devices to my skincare routine. These convenient devices make it easier to incorporate into my routine and provide stability. This way I can see the positive effects on my skin in the long term.

The Foreo UFO 2 is a skincare device that caught my attention because of its LED therapy feature. However, there are many other features that can be found in this single device. Let’s take a closer look at its features and how we can use them.

Features & Benefits

  • The Foreo UFO 2 has full spectrum LED light therapy, thermo (heat) therapy, cryo (cold) therapy, t-sonic vibration (massage), and sheet mask application in 2 minutes.
  • The device is made of ultra-hygienic silicone, which makes it very easy to clean. It is also waterproof, so you can use it in the shower or bath.
  • The device is waterproof. It is very easy to clean; it is sufficient to wash it with water and liquid soap.
  • The UFO 2 charges in 2.5 hours and provides a total of 40 minutes of use.
  • To use the device, you need to download the Foreo app. The app allows you to select the mask, therapy, and personal settings. Once you have set the settings, you can use the device manually.
  • Once you have set the settings, you can use the device with the application or manually.
  • It is necessary to select the mask, therapy and personal settings from the application. Once set, the device can be used completely manually.
  • You can change and save mask and therapy selections and personalised settings at any time from the application.
  • There is no need to buy Foreo masks to use the device, and it can be used with different masks. Of course, heat-resistant Foreo masks can also be preferred.
  • In cold therapy, led therapy and t-sonic vibration modes; it can also be used with products such as serums, creams, moisturisers, lotions, essences, etc. I have never used it directly with products such as oil, oil serum with the concern that it may be difficult to clean from the device and may disrupt the device, I do not recommend it.
  • You can use the device as much as you like per day, there is no specific limit.
  • 18 years and over, all ages and skin types can use the device. (If you have certain skin conditions / disorders, please read the instructions for use of the device, consult your doctor)
  • The device can cools and heats up very quickly. This is particularly noticeable during pre-programmed combination therapies, providing a very pleasant treatment.

Thermo (Heat) Therapy

The thermo therapy feature heats up the device to 45 degrees Celsius. This can help to relax the skin and muscles, and it can also help to open up the pores. It is essential to wear a mask during heat therapy as touching the heated part of the plate directly to the skin can cause burns and irritation.

Foreo has pre-programmed therapies according to the type and content of the mask. Since I set the temperature to 37 degrees in the settings section, I can use it without a mask as the heat therapies in these therapies do not get extremely hot, but it will still be useful to be careful as it can burn your skin.

Kriyo (Cold) Therapy

It cools down to 5 degrees very quickly. I like to use it in the morning; when I apply it under my eyes, I wake up with a feeling of relaxation, and if I have oedema, it helps a lot. My favourite part is that it has replaced my manual massagers such as Gua-Sha, Jade Rollers. I was too lazy to use manual massagers in practice; I can say that cleaning before and after use, storage, long massages that take 10-20 minutes unfortunately prevent me from using them consistently.

With the Ufo 2, I can do both Gua Sha massage, muscle relaxation massage with t-sonic vibration and led therapy, and with the addition of cold therapy, it has become an indispensable product for me. If you like to massage with cold Gua Sha stones or jade rollers, or even put them in the fridge to cool down, the Ufo 2 makes it a million times easier. As the jade rollers you put in the fridge for cooling effect will reach the same temperature as your skin after rubbing against it, this cold sensation will last for a maximum of 1 minute, whereas in the Ufo device you can use cold therapy for a maximum of 40 minutes when fully charged.

Led (Light Emitting Diode) Therapy

Light therapy has been used for many years in areas such as wound healing, joint and muscle pain. After many years of scientific research on LED, it is an alternative/additional treatment method that is effective and has no side effects. In particular, we see that there is a lot of research into red and blue light and its effects.

The benefits of LED therapy are many and varied; positive effects have been observed in cases such as blemishes, photo-ageing, wrinkles, redness, scars, etc. Anti-ageing benefits of red light have been observed to increase elastin, fibroblast and collagen, helping to make them healthier and stronger.

Scientific research shows that the effect is greater when red light + near infrared light are used together. There is no near infrared light in the Ufo 2 device, I hope we will see it in the Ufo 3 device:)

Foreo Ufo 2 has full-spectrum light except for near infrared. The wavelengths of the intermediate colours are between red and blue. The wavelength of the 3 main colours:

  • Red – 627 nanometre (nm)
  • Green – 521 nm
  • Blue – 463 nm

Blue light has been observed to kill the p.acne bacteria that cause acne. Red + blue light can give a better effect by working together; red light can reduce and balance the oil in the sebaceous glands because it can penetrate the dermis, while blue light kills p.acne bacteria in the epidermis. Although you should be careful if you have hyperpigmentation and melasma skin conditions. Because blue light can be a trigger for these conditions.

In the Ufo 2 device, you can select purple light and use it as a red + blue combination as pre-programmed in the mask selection called “Matte Maniac”. You can also use it manually by placing the mask that is very well programmed for acne skin with purple light therapy in the mask selection.

T-Sonic Vibration

Transdermal sonic vibration gives a relaxing massage to the muscles. I do not have to perform long massages with my hands or with the above mentioned massagers. According to some scientific studies, products with active ingredients penetrate the skin better when applied with a massage; I can say that it motivated me a lot when applying my serums.

Therapy Options

I have written the pre-programmed therapy pre-programmed combinations in the 14 masks in the ‘Treatments’ section of the application:

  • Green tea: thermotherapy + green light | blue led + tonic vibration | green led + cryotherapy
  • Manuka honey: thermotherapy+green led | orange led+tonic+thermotherapy | vibration and heat gradually decrease+red led
  • Coconut oil: thermotherapy+green led | high frequency tsonic+red led | vibration and heat gradually decrease+green led
  • Acai berry: thermo+red led | purple led+tsonic | low frequency tsonic+red led
  • Bulgarian rose: thermo+red led | tsonic+cryo | green led+low frequency tsonic
  • Make my day: thermo+red | purple+tsonic | low frequency tsonic+red led
  • Call it a night: red led+termo+tsonic | low frequency tsonic+red led
  • Cannabis seed oil: green led+low tsonic | blue+cryo+decreased tsonic
  • H2 overdose: thermo+red | thermo+intense tsonic | green+decreasing tsonic
  • Glow addict: thermo+green | high frequency tsonic activates | vibration and heat gradually decrease + green led
  • Youth junkie: thermo+red | thermo+intense tsonic+red | heat and tsonic gradually decrease+red
  • Matte maniac: thermo+blue led | blue+tsonic | red+blue combine violet light works+cryo
  • Shimmer freak: tsonic+red+cryo | red+sonic tsonic+cryo therapy | blue led

You can use these combinations by going to the ‘settings’ section in the application, either according to the mask you have or according to the pre-programmed therapies, and you can also use them without the app, that is, manually. In the ‘Treatments’ section, you can also view the combinations specially programmed for the masks.

The order of the masks I place for manual use in my settings is as follows: (even if you do not have a mask, you can select and place the therapy you want).

  1. Make my day (unchangeable, fixed)
  2. Call it a night (unchangeable, fixed) In the section with the settings icon, I made my own settings as follows; 180 seconds working time + red led therapy + low vibration + 5 degree cold therapy.
  3. Matte Maniac
  4. Canabis
  5. Green Tea
  6. H2 overdose
  7. Youth junkie

As I cannot remember the therapy combinations in the masks you put on, it is a very pleasant and surprising treatment. Having pre-programmed therapy options was one of the biggest factors for me in liking the device.

Device Settings Tips

  • To optimize your LED therapy session, remember to remove the transparent disc that holds the mask accompanying the device if you choose not to use the mask. If you intend to utilize the device with serums or essences, ensure the transparent disc is not blocking the light.
  • There is also a transparent box other than the stand that comes with the device. Do not throw this box away, it is very useful for draining, drying and using as a stand after washing Foreo devices.
  • The masks specially made for the Foreo Ufo 2 contain 3-5 ml of serum. It is difficult to use all at once, so you can take it in an empty container and use it the next day in your normal skin care or with Ufo therapy. If there is no oils in the ingredients, it can also be used with the BEAR device. Or you can use it in following Ufo sessions.

Bonus Tips For Skincare

  • To get the most out of LED therapy, it is crucial to exfoliate your skin regularly. Consistent exfoliation ensures better light penetration by eliminating dead skin cells. Incorporate Aha-Bha (salicylic acid) Pha’s into your routine as instructed on the product labels. While Pha’s can be used daily, Aha’s should be applied once or multiple times per week.
  • For enhanced LED light penetration, consider using a retinoid. Retinoids effectively thin the top layer of the epidermis, thereby facilitating better penetration. Additionally, they promote cell renewal, resulting in a thicker dermis, more youthful-looking skin and reduced wrinkles.
  • We can use serums, essences, lotions, etc. with our own products, without being dependent on the mask, with all its functions except the hot therapy.
  • To magnify the effectiveness of red LED light by up to 10 times, incorporate green tea extract products during your therapy sessions.
  • Blue light is said to be effective in whitening teeth. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s worth a try.
  • You can also use T-sonic + red led therapy on your areas of muscle or joint pain.

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