Starting my late 20s in the midst of a global, unprecedented event has straight up given me wrinkles. 😂 No joke– over the past year and a half, I’ve noticed my expression lines deepening, particularly forming deep creases near my eyebrows and forehead. They’ve given me an overall angry and tired appearance that I’ve wanted to work on softening, plus we all know that prevention is easier than correction when it comes to anti-aging.
I’ve never really been keen on getting facial injections, so I started researching what at-home methods I could use to get my skin in shape. On a recommendation, I came across the SolaWave Skin Care Wand, a 4-in-1 beauty device that packed a ton of benefits into a small and easy to use tool.
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The SolaWave uses four science-backed technologies to deliver results:
- Red Light Therapy: low-level wavelengths of visible red LEDs that help with the appearance of blemishes and fine lines, and minimize breakouts
- Microcurrent: low-voltage electrical waves that stimulate the face muscles and deeper layers of the dermis of the skin to counteract common symptoms of aging
- Facial Massage: decreases the appearance of puffiness, drains toxicity from the face’s lymphatic system, and makes the shape of the face appear slimmer and refreshed
- Therapeutic Warmth: encourages increased local blood flow, circulation, and the temporary opening of pores for skin care products to penetrate deeper. Max temp: 107°F
I love a beauty tool that offers multiple benefits and can actually cut down on the amount of products I juggle.
The SolaWave is touch-activated, so it turns on as soon as it senses it’s being held up against skin. While a cool feature, I actually wish there was an off button, since sometimes the tool activates when I don’t want it to, or gets stuck on if my serum has coated it. There is also no low battery indicator, so you have to be strategic about charging it. I find that I can get about six to eight 10-minute treatments on one charge.
The wand can be positioned both vertically and horizontally, which makes it more convenient to glide in different areas. I typically keep it horizontal for most of my face, but prefer the vertical position for my neck. It’s important to note that it cannot rotate 360°– you turn clockwise for horizontal and back counter-clockwise to return to the vertical orientation.
As with any microcurrent device, this is best used with a conductive serum or gel in order to reap the benefits of the electrical waves for the anti-aging effects. Just like using ultrasound gel, a conductive serum directs the waves into the face, maximizing their effect as it eliminates air between the tool and your skin.
I started using the Solawave with the brand’s Renew Complex Serum, which is $34 for 1oz. It’s an extremely hydrating formula made with Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera & Blue Tansy, but I felt like I was using a lot of it for each treatment. It sank into my skin so quickly that I would have to apply large amounts to provide enough glide for the entirety of my routine.
I ended up switching to the NuFace Hydrating Leave-On Gel Primer, which is a conductive gel made for microcurrent. It’s thicker so you need a much smaller amount, it doesn’t dry up too quickly, and the value is much better at just $14 for 2oz of product. I actually end up wiping the excess off at the end of the routine because there’s a good amount left on my face by the end.
SolaWave Before & After
I used the SolaWave for 30 days, and these were my results. For the first two weeks, I was using it daily. Then, life got a bit busy and I cut down to about 3-4 times a week. The results happened gradually, it was actually hard to tell a difference looking in the mirror every day. However, looking at the before and afters side by side, I can definitely say that the SolaWave works.
What most people refer to as “elevens,” this frown line at the front of my eyebrow became dramatically more shallow over the course of thirty days.
These pesky expression lines on my forehead always bunch up my makeup. I’m so glad to see them fading.
Although a more subtle difference, I see less creasing in my laugh lines when in a relaxed position.
A friend had commented that my jawline was looking more defined. I haven’t lost weight at all, and so believe the SolaWave is to thank for this tightening as well!
Watch the video at the top of the page for more details on how to use the SolaWave.
In the last picture, you can see a bit of lightening of my acne scars, and in general I was experiencing a decreased amount of acne breakouts while using the SolaWave. Even during my period, when I usually get a handful of spots, I only had one pimple show up that cleared up within a matter of a couple days.
I’ve got to admit, I was skeptical when starting with the SolaWave, being so small and simple looking. Seeing the side by side comparison, though, I can’t deny that this little magic wand has made a big difference in the short time I’ve been using it. I plan on continuing with it to further reverse the beginning signs of aging as well as maintain the bright glow it’s given me every morning.
The best part is, for all that it delivers, the SolaWave is actually pretty affordable at $149 compared to similar devices. Better yet, I have a 15% off coupon code– use SLASHEDBEAUTY on the SolaWave website to redeem!