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Buzzy brand Solawave broke the internet a couple years ago with the release of their 4-in-1 Skincare Wand – a powerful Red Light Therapy tool that promised to deliver glowing results in only a few minutes a day. I first became aware of the device after reading that both Reese Witherspoon and Sydney Sweeney had gotten red carpet-ready skin with Solawave.
Also, this was a moment that could not be ignored:
But as much as all the celeb endorsements (there are frankly too many to list here) intrigued me, I’ve always been way more interested in what beauty experts are saying. Did dermatologists and estheticians approve of Solawave, too? Spoiler, they did.
“I always have clients asking how they can treat fine lines and puffiness in between appointments – this is it!”
Shamara Bondaroff, Celebrity Esthetician
Of course, I was skeptical of everythingI read about Solawave. I’d tried SO many viral beauty products that promised to obliterate my specific skincare issues:
Fine lines (I’m in my mid-30s)
Dark spots (caused by too much time in the sun, sans SPF)
Under-eye bags (genetic)
Occasionally dull skin (resistant to literally every glow-enhancing skincare product)
And every time, the so-called “holy grails” turned out to be more like holy fails: ineffective, irritating, complicated to use, or just too expensive.
I wasn’t ready to get my heart broken again. So, despite all the persistent notifications blowing up my phone, I resolved to put Solawave out of my thoughts.
Incidentally, I was prepping to be my sister’s bridesmaid in her upcoming wedding – and had recommitted to getting my skin in its best shape possible. The race was on. So, curiosity got the best of me, and I began researching what made this Skincare Wand 2.0 so great. I needed evidence.
I learned that it’s a next-gen, revamped 4-in-1 Wand with tons of technical improvements:
“What is Galvanic Current?” you ask. (I asked myself the same thing.) It’s a form of electrotherapy treatment that increases and improves the absorption of skincare topicals. Meaning, those pricey serums and moisturizers you’re using will actually work better, thanks to your new friend GC.
As for the main skin-boosting benefits of the Radiant Renewal Skincare Wand? Here are just a few:
These were all I was looking for – and beyond. According to the product description, the new Radiant Renewal Skincare Wand could give me better skin in just two weeks.
I had to read that twice. TWO WEEKS!
I was basically sold at this point (my pride swallowed), but something else on the website pushed me over the edge…
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Solawave’s Insane Before & Afters
Can we just meditate on the above images for a sec?
Solawave has tons of similarly shocking B & A’s that you can peruse. It’s SO helpful to see the effects of the Radiant Renewal Skincare Wand (henceforth “RRSW” or “Wand”; it’s a mouthful!) on a non-celebrity person.
I clicked “Add to Cart” immediately. While I waited, I dug a bit deeper into the science of Solawave. I wanted to understand all of the features and why they were so beneficial.
Welcome to Science Class
The RRSW’s strength lies in a combination of four clinically-proven technologies:
Red Light Therapy – Penetrates deep within the skin’s layers, stimulating cell turnover and rejuvenating the skin from within. Cell turnover is HUGELY important for fighting signs of aging. The new RRSW has seven Red Light LEDs (as opposed to the previous Wand’s five) for an extra surge of efficacy.
Galvanic Current – A safe, non-invasive form of energy that can boost your skin's ability to absorb topical products.
Facial Massage – If you’ve ever done gua sha or experienced lymphatic drainage, you get the importance of facial massage. The RRSW gently vibrates and massages your skin, improving circulation, reducing the appearance of puffiness, and boosting your skin’s glow.
Therapeutic Warmth – Who knew that warming the skin not only feels amazing but also helps decrease fine lines, increase firmness, and – once again – boost your glow?
Check out Solawave’s comprehensive Science page if you’re a nerd like me!
The Solawave Experience
Although Solawave sells their RRSW as a stand-alone product, I opted for the RRSW & Activating Serum Kit ($189) for the full experience. The RRSW is best used with a serum – any will do, but I thought I’d try their proprietary Renew Complex Activating Serum, as it’s specifically formulated to amplify the Wand’s results.
When my kit arrived, the first thing that caught my attention was how compact and portable the actual Wand was. Plus, it came with a cute little travel case, making it super convenient! With my sister’s wedding just weeks away, I loved the idea that I could toss the tool in my duffel and continue my skincare routine from a hotel room in New Hampshire.
But I’m getting ahead of myself… What was it like using the Wand?
This part is hard to put into words. The sensation is almost indescribable – warm, gentle, a little electric (in a soothing way, not like you stuck your finger in a socket). As I glided the Wand across every contour of my face – paying special attention to my crow’s feet, laugh lines, dark spots around my eyes, and puffiness – I felt a sense of calm. My thoughts literally slowed down.
I was smiling. Both at the delightful sensory feeling, and the knowledge that I was basically getting a spa-level experience similar to a laser treatment – for a tiny fraction of the price.
Step By Step
Let's go back a beat and break down the actual steps to using this tool. How do you Solawave?
Don't worry, it's extremely easy! First, wash your face with a gentle cleanser and pat dry. Next, apply your Serum, pressing the product into your skin. While your skin is still moist, turn on your Wand and glide it across your face in upward and outward motions. You can use the Wand on your entire face or just concentrate on specific areas you want to target. Solawave recommends starting with just 5 minutes a day. After you're done, apply moisturizer and continue with any beauty routine you like!
When you use the Wand, you'll notice it pauses every three minutes, letting you know it's time to tend to another part of your face. I appreciate smart little features like this, and the RRSW definitely feels like a high-end tech device just as much as a skincare product. (The timer feature is also helpful, lest you completely lose yourself while under Solawave’s spell and forget all of your earthly obligations.)
I also didn’t realize how crucial the water resistant feature was until I accidentally dropped my Wand in the toilet :( …. And then fished it out, gave it a rinse, and turned it right back on :) A true tale of tragedy and ultimate triumph!
The Verdict? (aka, New Skin Unlocked)
It’s been about a month since I started using the Radiant Renewal Skincare Wand (I’m back to calling it by its full name, out of respect), and I’m genuinely in awe at how dewy and luminous my skin looks. What I’ve noticed:
My fine lines have all but disappeared.
My dark spots are much, much lighter.
My face looks way less puffy… dare I say, “snatched”?
I have had to use significantly less concealer!
The pictures of me at my sister’s wedding look like I have an Instagram filter but I don’t
I’m sorry I ever doubted you, Solawave!
Penetrates deep into skin’s layers
Four skincare treatments in one
See results in as little as 2 weeks
Gentle on skin
Easy to use
Feels like a warm facial massage
Amplifies the effects of topicals
Sleek, compact, and portable
Comes with a travel case
Magnetic charging port
Approved by skincare experts
Many, many, many 5-star customer reviews
The red light emitted by the Wand is bright; make sure you don’t shine it in your eyes
The travel case feels a bit cheap for how luxe the Wand is
I personally didn’t love the Renew Complex Activating Serum that came in my kit – it dried too quickly on my skin. I swapped it out for a different hyaluronic acid serum
Because it’s made of metal, it starts out cool to the touch
6 More Solawave Perks Worth Mentioning:
Customer service is on point – Shoutout to Sherisse, one of Solawave's awesome customer service reps. My package got stolen from my apartment lobby, and Sherisse was quick to find a solution and get me my wand ASAP! Somewhere out there, I'd like to imagine there's a package thief with glowing, beautiful skin.
Their return policy – Solawave offers a 30-day risk-free trial, just in case you’re not over the moon about your Wand. They will take it back for literally any reason at all.
Their 1-year warranty – If you have any issues, malfunctions, or other concerns, your device is covered under Solawave’s 1-year warranty. I personally always appreciate a warranty when making a big-ish purchase, even if I never end up needing it!
Their colors – The Radiant Renewal Skincare Wand comes in a variety of chic colors: Rose Gold, Matte Black, Ombré. I chose Rose Gold, but you do you! P.S. some of these colors might already be out of stock because they go fairly quickly. This is a "run, don't walk" type of situation.
Supports a holistic skincare regimen – Whatever other skincare products or procedures are in your arsenal (creams, facials, lasers, Botox, etc), the Radiant Renewal Skincare Wand can help amplify their effects and make them more worthwhile!
Safe for all skin types – If you’ve got skin, Solawave can work for you :) Solawave is for ALL ages, skin types, colors (and even mermaids?!)
Don't Take It From Me...
Literally -- don't take the Wand from me. I'm too obsessed! But seriously, if you're not swayed by this enthusiastic review, I get it! You need to collect all the evidence. I definitely wanted to hear about other Solawave users' experiences before purchasing my Wand. Luckily, there are thousands of 5-star customer reviews across web. (There are fewer reviews for the new and improved Wand, since it just came out, but they're piling up!)
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I’m a Solawave Fangirl
I put a LOT of thought into taking the Solawave journey, but it turns out this tool is a no-brainer. There’s truly no down-side to the Radiant Renewal Skincare Wand – there are only benefits. It’s extremely easy to use, powerful yet gentle, and only takes as little as three minutes a day for *two weeks* to start seeing better skin.