Strange Lights in the Sky: How UFO Uses RGB LED Technology

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UFO LED Light Therapy device

The Future is Bright Light

Lovers of beauty across the universe have been dying to get our greedy, little, manicured fingers on FOREO’s high-tech beauty marvel – the UFO smart mask device.

But, you may be asking, how is that a mask? I don’t see any suction-packed packaging from which I must ever-so-carefully remove a fragile sheet mask to avoid mangling it into a hundred soggy pieces.

Well, there is an actual mask (seven varieties, actually). But it’s futuristically small—not much bigger than a cotton pad—and you snap it onto the UFO. Then after downloading the FOREO app (on Google play or App Store), you scan the mask’s barcode and let the clever alien disc heat up, cool down, light wave you into bliss and massage your face while you sweep the UFO over your forehead, cheeks and chin for two minutes. Yup, two minutes. Some masks finish their thing in ninety seconds.

FOREO UFO mask device with changing ledled lights

As for the rest of this article, we’re going to dive into the huge benes of light therapy (because, come on, UFOs are way more about light than facials, right?)

So what exactly is so special about LED technology?

Red Light

When red LED light infuses a cell, that cell is spurred by the light to gather more blood, oxygen and nutrients than it usually does. What naturally results is detoxification, cellular repair and growth. Over time—about three months of regular LED treatment—your increase in the health and number of your collagen cells and fibroplasts will plump up your skin to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and the dreaded facial sagginess. And that’s not exaggeration, kids, that’s friggin’ science.

Green Light

Benefits of green LED light include (sparing you the scientific deets): lightening dark circles beneath the eyes, soothing sunburned skin, evening out your overall skin tone and boosting your skin’s natural glow. If this sounds like your (space) jam, choose the Glow Addict mask from FOREO’s collection.

Blue Light

Blue LED sweeps over your face to go where no man has gone before—deep into your oil glands to hunt down and kill the acne-causing bacteria that hides there. This is so effective that dermatologists have been using blue LED to help their patients for years. As an added bonus, when blue LED is mixed with heat (as in the UFO’s thermo-therapy mode), the combination shrinks oil glands. If you’re feeling the blue, opt for FOREO’s Matte Maniac mask.


More to come in further articles, but for now, I’ve got five more FOREO masks to try.

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An avid laugher, Vince is focused on his full-body cachinnation technique—knees bent, shoulders thrown back, spine arched, face tilting to heaven and mouth agape, shrieking with mirth while every bone, muscle and tendon convulses with hilarity.

18 responses to “Strange Lights in the Sky: How UFO Uses RGB LED Technology”

  1. Amanda says:

    I’m really interested in the UFO, especially since it uses LED Light Therapy. I’ve been wanting a red light device for awhile now, and I’m wondering if the UFO could be it! I’m just concerned that with a 90 second routine, the exposure to the LED light isn’t long enough to really be effective. Can the UFO be used as a primary light therapy device, or are the LEDs just a little add on?

    • katiesteadman says:

      Hi Amanda! Each UFO smart mask treatment integrates the optimal LED light wavelength (red, green, and/or blue) to enhance the benefits of each mask formula. If you’re keen on red LED light in particular, then the Call It a Night formula might be the one for you! It combines ginseng, olive oil, and red LED light to nourish and revitalize skin.

  2. Sam says:

    The app is not letting my customise the settings ie heat level, color of LED light. I can only select the treatment by masks. This was advertised otherwise.

    • katiesteadman says:

      Hi Sam, so sorry for this confusion. When the Kickstarter campaign was launched, UFO was still in the early stages of development, so a few things have changed along the way. We wanted to offer the most effective at-home facial treatments possible, so we created the optimal combination of UFO technologies for your specific skincare concerns in combination with premium Korean mask formulas. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

  3. Marlen says:

    I have just ordered the UFO2 because of the LED tecnhology…Can i use the light therapy without inserting a mask in the device?

    • FOREO says:

      Hi Marlen, please note that UFO 2, UFO Mini 2, UFO and UFO Mini can not be used without UFO Masks.

  4. Teodora Angheluta says:

    I am using them with my serums as well. They work great.

  5. Aakriti Malhotra says:

    Hey this is aakriti from India
    Wanted to know where can I order the UFO ?

    • carly says:

      Hi Aakriti please check out all our devices at

  6. Chinwon says:

    I ordered foreo ufo 2 because I think there is led Added from version 1, but my friend said that in the foreo’s application, you can choose to change the led color by yourself, even if using only ufo 1. I would like to ask if the color performance is the same? Aside from the fast heat technology, both 1st and 2nd generation How is it different?

    • carly says:

      Hi Chinwon, Thanks for your post. I would recommend you email our customer care team who will give you the full low down on the LED technology of the UFO and UFO 2! I hope this helps 🙂

  7. Daniele Silva says:

    I’m want test UFO 2 so bad!! My last purchase I received the UFO masks and now I really want test this product.

    • carly says:

      Hi Daniele! Yes, you definitely should, you won’t be disappointed! 🙂

  8. Kali says:

    So the lights and heat/cryo can only be changed automatically with the mask you buy? . I just bought UFO 2

    • carly says:

      That’s right Kali. So with each mask that is scanned and selected the UFO will then run that preset program for that mask so all you have to do is enjoy the experience 🙂

  9. Anna Hodson says:

    I would really like to use my UFO cold mode to give a de puffing blast after each mask. Is there way to do that?

    • carly says:

      Hi Anna, Good news you can! You can enter the manual mode of the UFO and select the cooling mode and even select the LED colour you wish. I hope this helps and if you need any further assistance please ask our great customer care team on

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