Check out why Dr. Lana Kashlan is a huge fan of UFO device
One of the biggest trends in beauty in the last few years has been the sheet mask craze and the UFO from FOREO takes masking to a whole other level. The UFO Smart Mask Treatment combines the benefits of LED light therapy with mask formulations that can bring home the in-office facial experience.
Essentially, it is a device that combines hot and cold temperatures, T-sonic pulsations, LED light wavelengths with sheet masks, customized for your skincare needs. This product is completely unique because it combines all of the best technologies that we use in the clinic and that we know to be effective in terms of anti-aging, fighting acne, and calming the skin all into one small handheld device.
As a dermatologist, I’m always focused on the science behind new beauty and skincare trends. Light Emitting Diode (LED) light therapy has become increasingly popular amongst the skincare community because there is quite a bit of data supporting its benefits on the skin.
Essentially, when you expose the skin to different wavelengths of light a variety of biochemical processes are triggered. The effect of the light depends on its wavelength and the depth of penetration.
LED therapy is a great treatment option because it is non-invasive and quite safe, although best results require multiple sessions. There are many at-home LED devices, but UFO is a standout amongst home LED products because other devices are usually full face masks that have been associated with ocular damage, while the handheld UFO is safe from such a risk.
The main benefit of sheet masks to the skin is that it provides an occlusive barrier to ensure better penetration of active ingredients into the skin rather than just using a cream alone. Additionally, these serum saturated fiber sheets are packed with hydrating ingredients. The effect of the mask really depends on the ingredients that the sheet are soaked with. However, people (like me) may find traditional sheet masks to be too messy or wet.
This is where I think the UFO from FOREO is fantastic because it allows you to get the hydrating benefits of sheet masks, without having to lay still for several minutes and try not to drip the serum everywhere. When you slip the little round sheet into the UFO it prevents any dripping or excess serum from being lost and the timer on the treatment allows me to maximize the efficiency of my skin care routine and still feel like I’m being pampered.
Hyaluronic Acid masks are going to be really hydrating because hyaluronic acid is one of the best moisturizers. Look for masks that have antioxidants to help brighten the skin and reverse the damage that’s done by environmental toxins and UV exposure.
Similarly the Glow Addict Mask from FOREO is packed with Niacinamide which helps to reduce pore size. improve uneven skin tone, and reduce dullness.
I love the combination found in the Shimmer Freak because there is niacinamide for brightening and then caffeine for reducing puffiness and dark circles. Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, meaning that it shrinks the smallest blood vessels in the skin, and so extra puffiness around the eyes disappears when you use caffeine based products.
What do you think about beauty-tech innovations in skin care? Have you already tried some? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.
Dr. Lana Kashlan an American Board Certified Dermatologist, based in Dubai and specialized in cosmetic and medical dermatology.