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I’ve always tried to take good care of my skin, whether it’s wearing sunscreen every day, washing my makeup off before bed or using retinol. However, when it comes to skin care devices, I’m pretty out of the loop — or at least I was. I recently tried out SolaWave, an advanced skin care wand with red light therapy, and now I’m obsessed.
The SolaWave claims to give you your best skin in as little as two weeks after using it for 5 minutes per day. With consistent use, it can fade blemishes, tighten skin, smooth fine lines and increase your skin’s glow. It can also amplify the results of most serums. Just take a look at the before and after photos on SolaWave’s website.
SolaWave Wand, $149
It combines four skin care therapies to improve skin, including red light therapy, microcurrent, facial massage and therapeutic warmth. Let’s break down what each of those means:
What is red light therapy?
Red light therapy uses low wavelength red light to improve skin’s appearance, and is proven to reduce wrinkles, scars, redness and acne.
“Red light therapy is thought to work by acting on the ‘power plant’ in your body’s cells called mitochondria,” an article published by the Cleveland Clinic reads. “With more energy, other cells can do their work more efficiently, such as repairing skin, boosting new cell growth and enhancing skin rejuvenation. More specifically, certain cells absorb light wavelengths and are stimulated to work.”
What is a microcurrent facial?
A microcurrent facial uses low-voltage electricity to stimulate your facial muscles, or in other words, give them a workout. The result is your facial muscles looking more defined. However, microcurrent facials can also increase collagen and ATP production.
Many people consider microcurrent facials a more natural alternative to Botox, but like a new exercise routine, you have to be consistent and do it at least a few times a week.
The SolaWave offers a very low-voltage microcurrent that’s safe enough to use at home every day. It’s not as strong as your facialist’s tools, but it still packs a punch.
What is facial massage?
A face massage is actually more enjoyable and relaxing than you’d think. But the real point of it is to depuff and give you a more sculpted appearance.
“With the right technique, a facial massage may improve lymphatic drainage, aka ‘depuff’ the skin,” Dr. Emily Wise, board-certified dermatologist and founder of DermWellesley in Massachusetts, told HuffPost. “Massage, in general, can also help to improve circulation and stimulate blood flow and may lead to a temporary more volumized and ‘glowy’ appearance.”
Like a microcurrent facial, the results are temporary, though. You’ll need to massage daily for lasting results.
What is a therapeutic warmth?
Heat can help open up your pores, hence why many facialists use hot towels and steam on your face. In turn, your skin can better absorb the products you’re using (like serums and moisturizers). However, heat can also increase blood flow to your skin, making your face look a bit more glowy.
All that said, these four therapies work together in the SolaWave to improve your skin with consistent use. You can start using the wand for 5 minutes every one to two days and work your way up to 30 minutes per day if you really want.
How to use SolaWave
To use a SolaWave, start with a clean, dry face. Then, spread a thick layer of serum on as if you were applying a face mask. (You can also use a facial mist.) Then, gently stroke the wand against your skin, across your face in an upward and outward motion. The SolaWave wand turns on when you place the head against hydrated skin and turns off when you remove it. It’s super easy to use, although you do have to charge it every so often.
You can use the SolaWave on your cheeks, under-eye area, jaw, neck, upper lip and forehead. I like to use it all over with SolaWave’s own Renew Complex Serum. After using it, I think my skin looks immediately tighter and has a nice glow to it. After a week of using it, I’ll say that my pores looked smaller and my expression lines were a little less deep. However, I think the biggest benefit I’ve experienced is depuffing. After a sleepless night or a day of eating fried foods, my face can look a little puffy, and SolaWave can help bring it down. Not to mention, using it is pretty soothing. Again, it’s like a massage for your face.
You can get a SolaWave on the brand’s website, and at stores like Nordstrom and Sak’s Fifth Avenue in a few different colors. If you want a simple, soothing skincare routine with serious benefits, this device is definitely worth a shot.
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