Technology and I have never got along too well.
I guess that’s why I’ve never played with many skincare gadgets. It’s so hard to tell if they actually do something good for your skin or if it’s all pseudoscience and bogus nonsense.
But the Foreo Luna Play did something right because it got me addicted and I’m now building a small collection. The next gadget who got a place in it? Yoso Pro.
What The Heck Is Yoso Pro?
Glad you asked. Yoso Pro is a skincare gadget designed by Japanese brand Maxell.
It looks like a small cleansing brush but does a heck of a lot more. Basically, it uses negative and positive ions to draw impurities out of the pores and push your moisturizer into the deepest layers of your skincare routine.
The Yoso Pro has three modes:
- Cleanse: it uses positive ion charge to draw the dirt and other impurities from deep within the skin, cleaning it better than your cleanser alone does.
- Moisturize: it uses a negative charge to help your moisturizer penetrate the skin so it works better and faster.
- Boost: the fine vibrations and gentle rotation of the electrolode polarity boost the effects of your facial lotions and sheet masks.
This is what the brand says. We’ll see if that’s true in a minute (we don’t believe stuff without testing them first here – we’re sceptical like that).
Oh, I was almost forgetting. Yoso Pro also has three intensity settings: low, medium, and high. Start with the lowest setting. If your skin doesn’t complain, you can always go higher later.
What Does The Science Say About Yoso Pro?
This is where things get complicated. Or too simple, depending on how you look at it.
There’s not really much in the scientific literature that can tell us how well the Yoso Pro works.
We know that negative ions can’t cleanse skin, but the Yoso uses positive ions for that, so that’s not much help here.
We also know that the ions that are the right size and have the right solubility and charge can penetrate the skin, but it’s hard to tell if the ions the Yoso emanates fulfill all these criteria. *sighs*
I know, this time science isn’t very helpful. We’ll have to do things the old, harder way: put it to the test.
Here’s my personal experience with the Yoso Pro:
Can The Yoso Pro Really Cleanse Skin Better Than Your Regular Cleanser?
Ok, this is a bit misleading. The Yoso Pro is not exactly a cleanser.
Nope, you use it with your toner to remove any dirt that’s left behind after cleansing. But I don’t use a toner. So, I tried it with micellar water instead.
Here’s how it works: I soak a cotton pad in micellar water, stick it to the head of the Yoso Pro (it comes with two rings that make this very easy), and gently massage it into my skin for up to 5 minutes.
Yes, this thing makes your skincare routine longer, so it’s not for the lazy. But, does this hard work pay off?
It was a bit weird to massage the device on my skin, but once I got used to it, it was actually quite pleasant. And once I took off the cotton pad, I could see it was quite dirty indeed!
I can’t tell if it drew impurities out of my pores (although I haven’t had a breakout in a long time), but it certainly helps cleanse skin throughout.
It does work better than micellar water alone, that’s for sure.
How Well Does The Yoso Pro Moisturize Skin?
This time you can put your moisturizer directly onto the titanium head of the device. It’s very gentle on the skin and doesn’t pull nor irritate it.
Again, you can use it up to 5 minutes. Yoso recommends not to use the device for more than 15 minutes a day, which is why its every mode turns off on its own after 5 minutes. That way, you can’t overdo it.
Again, I can’t tell for sure if it helps my moisturizer better penetrate my skin. It’s not like I can see it happening (although that would be quite a cool superpower to have).
But I can tell you this. After using this device for a few weeks now, I’m starting to see a change. My skin is clearer, brighter, and softer.
Make of that what you will.
Can The Yoso Pro Boost Your Skincare Routine?
This last mode can be used directly on top of your moisturizer or sheet mask. No need to add anything to the head this time.
The principle is the same: it helps your skincare products better be absorbed by the skin, maximizing their effectiveness.
The difference is this is one the mode you’ll use only once in a while. I don’t do it more than once a week.
Again, it’s hard to tell what a difference it makes, but it seems to make one. As I already said, my skin has been looking better lately so I’m quite pleased with it.
Oh, by the way, don’t expect it to clear up your pimples, make your wrinkles disappear or anything like that. It can’t do any of that stuff.
So, Should You Invest In The Yoso Pro?
I can’t make this decision for you, sorry.
I can only tell you that my experience with it is positive and I am seeing a small difference. My skin is brighter and softer and just looks healthier.
But this is something you’ll have to use every day if you want to see consistent results. Sure, the boost mode is only for special occasions, but you really have to use the other settings often or any improvement you get will soon disappear.
I also know that lack of scientific proof will totally be a deal breaker for some of you (that’s why I’m not giving it a higher rating). If I can find more info on how positive and negative ions affect the skin, I’ll surely update this post.
So, will I keep using it? For moisturizing, sure. For cleansing? I still prefer my Foreo Luna Play. Sorry, Yoso!