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Is The Solawave Wand Worth The Hype? A Closer Look

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From Nicole Kidman to Doja Cat, Reese Witherspoon to even Pedro Pascal, it seems celebrities cannot get enough of the Solawave Wand. This red-carpet-approved beauty tool is a staple in many celebrity make-up artists’ kits like Kelsey Deenihan, Witherspoon’s makeup artist, who used this little wand on the actress at the 2022 Screen Actors Guild Awards to amplify her skincare and prep her skin for makeup that’ll last through the night.

Image of Debbie Ryan by Vogue and Sydney Sweeney by Harper’s Bazaar

The celebrity-endorsed beauty tool has also been making (sola)waves on the Internet, with Euphoria’s Sydney Sweeney revealing in an interview with Story and Rain that she uses the wand “every single day” as part of her beauty routine and Disney’s Debbie Ryan featuring it with her “Get Ready With ME” video on Vogue.

So, with all the hype around the wand, we’ve decided to take a closer look. What does the Solawave wand actually do? Does it truly work? If so, how? Read on to find out!

About the Solawave Wand

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According to the Solawave website, this 4-in-1 Advanced Skincare Wand smoothes fine lines, reduces the appearance of blemishes, lifts & tones appearance, decreases the look of puffiness, helps boost skin’s glow and works with serums & creams.

It works by blending four different popular skincare technologies – red light therapy, microcurrent therapy, facial massage and therapeutic warmth to target a range of skin concerns and help you achieve healthier, clearer, and more youthful-looking skin.

Red light therapy, a relatively new technology that has been gaining in popularity, has been proven to help rejuvenate the skin, smooth out fine lines, reduce the appearance of dark spots and target blemishes in specific wavelengths (typically between 630 and 700nm – 660nm in the Solawave). Low-level microcurrents, another popular at-home and in-office treatment lift and tone the skin for smoother, younger-looking skin. The low vibration provides a gentle massage, decreasing puffiness and at the same time, the therapeutic warmth of the device boosts the skin’s glow by improving absorption when combined with topical skincare products – allowing them to work more effectively.

The Science

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Red light therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy, operates on the principle of phototherapy. It uses specific wavelengths of light, typically in the range of 620 to 700 nanometers to targeted areas of the skin and underlying tissues. These wavelengths of light stimulate the body’s natural healing process, leading to increased production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the primary energy currency of cells.

The heightened ATP production then serves as a catalyst for various cellular processes, such as enhanced cellular metabolism, improved cellular repair and regeneration, increased collagen and elastin synthesis, and heightened cellular communication. These mechanisms contribute to the benefits associated with red light therapy, such as improved skin texture and tone, accelerated wound healing, reduced inflammation, enhanced circulation, and decreased pain perception. Red light therapy has also been shown to modulate oxidative stress and inflammatory pathways responsible for accelerated ageing, promoting a balanced cellular environment which can reduce breakouts, depuff and more. 

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Microcurrent technology, on the other hand, uses low-level electrical currents to stimulate facial muscles and improve skin tone and texture. This technology works by delivering gentle electrical impulses to the muscles, causing them to contract and relax, similar to the natural muscle movements during facial expressions. By targeting specific muscle groups, microcurrent therapy can help lift and sculpt the face, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve overall skin firmness. It also has the ability to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, which can reduce puffiness and promote a more radiant complexion. The electrical stimulation also increases the production of ATP, similar to red light therapy, leading to enhanced cellular metabolism and collagen synthesis. As a result, the skin becomes smoother, firmer, and more youthful-looking over time.

Worth the Money? Red vs Near-Infrared Light

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While red light is great for the skin, studies have shown that a combination of red light and near-infrared light (800 to 830nm) is best for anti-ageing. This is because red light therapy primarily targets the surface layers of the skin and penetrates to a depth of about 5 millimetres. This stimulates the start – proliferation stage, of wound healing, collagen and elastin production. On the other hand, near-infrared light therapy penetrates deeper into the skin, reaching depths of up to 10 millimetres or more. This allows it to create a more profound impact on cellular energy production, promoting the maturation stage of wound healing and thus stimulating, synthesising and depositing different types of collagen. With regards to anti-ageing, increased collagen production is the goal, making a combination of both of these lights crucial to drive all the elements needed for skin rejuvenation. 

It is also important to note that while red light therapy has been proven effective by research, most of these studies are conducted using medical-grade LED devices found in aesthetic clinics and dermatologist offices. We should therefore be cautious about extrapolating the evidence and results to at-home devices. There are a range of factors that differ between the two, including the number of LEDs per panel as well as the amount and intensity of energy emitted. The Solawave 4-in-1 Advanced Skin Care Wand only has about 5 diodes while medical-grade devices can have up to 1500 or 2000 diodes per panel. Medical-grade LED therapy panels are also more powerful, emitting more intense energy per diode. 

Final Verdict

Given its portability and sleek design, the Solawave 4-in-1 Advanced Skincare Advanced Wand might be worth it for travel, small, on-the-go spot treatments or if you do not have any major skincare or anti-ageing concerns. However, if you’re looking for an efficacious skincare treatment, you may be better off going to a dermatologist or medical aesthetic clinic

We understand that in-office treatments can be pricey and multiple sessions are required to achieve and upkeep results, so if you do wish to purchase an at-home device as an investment make sure you do your research thoroughly. A couple of factors to look out for are the wavelength stated – preferably 633mn (red light) and 830mn (near-infrared light), the number of bulbs, its power density, whether research has been conducted with the particular device to prove its efficacy and whether it is FDA approved. 

Now that you’re armed with the science behind these skincare technologies, you can make an informed decision on whether or not to add them to your skincare routine. Just remember, while these devices may provide some benefits for your skin, they should not replace a comprehensive skincare regimen that includes a healthy diet, exercise, and proper skincare products.

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