SolaWave advanced skincare wand review

It’s no secret that skincare is trending right now, and a quick glance at social media proves it. Celebrities and influencers have all jumped on the “skincare as self-care” bandwagon, and the resulting swarm of must-have products can be overwhelming to say the least. From the best Korean beauty products to the latest skin care gadgets, there is a lot to choose from. Although skincare has (fortunately) come a long way in exfoliating your skin microbeadshas it not become easier to decide whether a product is nothing more than a hype or a real holy grail.

Enter SolaWave’s advanced skincare wand(opens in a new tab) with red light therapy. Touted as a science-backed four-in-one skincare tool, this little wand is on a mission to become the next must-have in your medicine cabinet.

So how does it work?

As a novice skincare enthusiast, I was definitely intrigued by the SolaWave when I first saw it on social media. It was cheaper than many of the skin care devices I had seen in the past, and – with celebrities the likes of Doja Cat, Vanessa Hudgens and Reese Witherspoon reportedly love the device – I immediately wanted to know more. The company’s website explains that the tiny device combines four different skincare technologies — red light therapy, microcurrents, facial massage, and therapeutic heat — to provide what the company describes as the “ultimate at-home spa facial.”


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I had heard about all these techniques in the past. For example, red light therapy is touted as a way to reduce wrinkles, scars, redness, acne, and more. And microcurrent facials? I’ve heard some people swear that zapping a low level electrical current through your skin is better than botox.

While none of these technologies are new – and the science behind them is certainly promising – I also have a healthy dose of skepticism about whether a small pen-sized pen can produce the same results as professional equipment.

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I was skeptical about the skincare benefits SolaWave promises in such a small device.
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I put it to the test

Right out of the box I was surprised how small the SolaWave was in my hand. Slightly larger than a pen with a handy swivel head, the tiny device uses “smart-touch activation,” meaning it turns on and off when the ceramic head comes into contact with your skin. After charging the device according to the instructions in the packaging, it was time to get started.

While the SolaWave turns on immediately upon contact with your skin, the company explains that it works best on hydrated skin. Rather than worry about finding the right product, I opted to stick with their recommended Renew Complex Activating Serum. With ingredients like blue tansy oil, hyaluronic acid, and aloe vera, the serum is designed to distribute the microcurrent therapy evenly across your skin, so I washed and dried my face, applied a thin layer of serum, and got to work.

How does it feel?

I’m not going to lie, the first few seconds of swiping the SolaWave wand across my skin felt strange. I expected a stronger sensation because of the micro current, but it felt like a gentle tingling sensation spreading from the smooth ceramic head of the device. The device felt warm against my skin – it gradually increased in temperature the longer I used it – without being hot or uncomfortable.

I started using the wand at the base of my neck and followed the package instructions to slide it up and out as I gradually moved down each side of my face. During my first session, I started small — SolaWave recommends starting with a five-minute session, three to five times a week — and found myself really enjoying the process.

It was super relaxing to use the device on my face and neck, and it almost felt like the device was making it easier for my skin to absorb the products I was using, so my skin felt much more hydrated than usual.

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The SolaWave wand works best in combination with a serum with conductive ingredients.
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But does it really work?

Immediately after using the Red Light Therapy Bar, I was amazed to notice a slight improvement in my skin. It wasn’t dramatic or anything – if I hadn’t taken a selfie earlier that evening I probably wouldn’t have noticed – but there was a visible reduction in puffiness around my eyes, cheeks and jawline.

For the next two weeks, I diligently incorporated the SolaWave into my skincare routine. I used it both morning and night, usually right after washing my face and applying a firming essence and the Renew Complex serum, about five or six days a week. Eventually, I started extending my SolaWave sessions by a few minutes at a time — adding focused attention to areas of my face that were holding tension, needing some extra de-puffing, or looking a little parched — and I was surprised by how well it worked.

By the end of my second week, my skin definitely looked better: A few hormonal acne scars on my chin had faded, the redness in my cheeks was going down, and I swore to my partner that a broken capillary on my cheek was completely gone. On days when my seasonal allergies woke me up with puffy bags under my eyes, I was delighted to discover that the SolaWave was a great way to knock them out quickly. While I didn’t notice a huge difference in fine lines or wrinkles (at 32, I only have a few fine lines on my face that show when I’m dehydrated), I was still shocked by how well the device worked.

I used the red light stick, which is designed to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles, blemishes, and dark spots. But SolaWave also offers a blue light bar(opens in a new tab) (intended to fight blemishes, boost the effects of serum topicals, and improve your skin’s radiance) and a three-minute spot treatment device(opens in a new tab)that uses red and blue light to target acne-causing bacteria.

Is it worth it?

Honestly I have to say yes, the SolarWave(opens in a new tab) it’s worth it. I’ve seen several at-home skincare devices, including red light therapy masks and microcurrent facial devices, costing anywhere from $200 to $500. Compared to this, the $149 price tag of the SolaWave Advanced Skin Care Wand is a piece of cake. It’s still a bit pricier than the beauty devices you might see on the shelf at Target, but considering how well it worked, it’s definitely worth the splurge.

If you want to save a few bucks, you can also swap SolaWave’s Renew Complex serum with one of your own favorites. At $32 per bottle, it’s a bit pricey compared to my go-to serums, and I didn’t notice much of a difference once I started experimenting with a few I already had on hand. Fortunately, the company’s website says it’s fine to trade in your own products – especially if they contain conductive ingredients to get the most out of the microcurrent technology – so you can try using it with products you already know are good. work with your skin.

If you’re still on the fence? I would recommend following SolaWave social media or check the website(opens in a new tab). The company regularly offers promotions on its products, so you might be able to save some money by grabbing a discount code on the website.

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