The beauty editor’s favourite gadget for shaking off adult acne before it gets you down, introducing Espada, the Tria Acne Clearing Blue Light from Foreo.

That damned spot! Summer is cruel to your skin. Sunscreen, fake tan and holiday make-up often means angry acne makes an unwelcome return. Here, we bring you the beauty editor’s favourite gadget for shaking off adult acne before it gets you down.

We rarely trust beauty gadgets but this is worthy a shout-out - scroll straight to the reviews below if you're feeling cynical. The best hand-held tool to tackle acne breakouts is the Espada, , the Blue Light Acne Treatment with Laser-Precision Targeting by Scandinavian brand, Foreo. Studies show three out of four people report clearer-looking skin after just one use. Think of this as salon-standard acne treatment that you can do at home.

ESPADA uses the dual power of laser-focused blue LED light and T-Sonic pulsations to blast blemishes before they ruin your day. This noninvasive acne treatment is clinically proven to treat and heal acne-prone skin. It works by killing deep-down spot-causing bacteria with non-UV blue light that is safe on any skin.

1. Every morning, get your face squeaky clean. Cleanse face to remove all dirt and makeup, then dry.

2. Hold the unit and press the centre button to activate the device and point it at blemishes, pimples, clogged pores and blackheads using the targeting light.

3. Hold the device on the spot for 30 seconds to activate the blue light and T-Sonic pulsations on the skin.

4. Repeat four times. Ta Dah!

ESPADA is 100% waterproof, costs £129 and offers 240 uses from a single charge. All orders typically arrive within 3-5 days with free mainland UK p&p on orders over £45


‘Once in a while, a gadget is so amazingly effective that it would be downright remiss of me not to share,’ says beauty writer, Sali Hughes in The Guardian, ‘Sceptical, I asked two friends to try it for me: one had been suffering from uninterrupted acne breakouts all over her chin and lower cheeks for many years. The other experienced about a dozen bad, painful spots a month. I told them both to give Tria two months and get back to me, but neither could wait even a fortnight to tell me it had improved their skin dramatically. The spots have become either slight and sporadic or gone altogether. No irritation had occurred (I’ve tried the unit on my own skin and can personally vouch for this part). “But it costs fortunes,” I said. “Is it a nice to have, or a need to have?” “Only another acne sufferer will understand when I say I’d sooner go without a washing machine or oven than go back,” one replied. Both felt that no longer needing to consider strong medications outweighed the significant cost (though always check with your GP).’

Grazia says, ‘This clever tool zaps spot-causing bacteria with blue light, eliminating the issue at its root for long-lasting results.’

Stockist, SpaceNK says, ‘FOREO’s range of devices will revolutionize your beauty regimen, combining T-Sonic technology with soft silicone bristles, each product purifies deep down while offering additional anti-aging benefits.’

Cult Beauty says, ‘Scandinavian brand Foreo is generating shock-waves of amazement amongst discerning beauty editors and industry insiders. Multi-award winning, their hand-held LUNA devices not only maximise the efficacy of your cleanser, but also promote micro-circulation and relax facial muscles to delay development of wrinkles. The IRIS is then the ultimate foil for under-eye bags, puffiness and tell-tale signs of tiredness, while ISSA and its trio of attachments are pioneering in the world of dental hygiene - harnessing the gentle (but effective) properties of silicone and sonic pulses to keep teeth and tongue clean without harming your gums.’

August 2017