Fit Healthy Momma Rating: 9/10
Solawave is a multi-faceted microcurrent device that offers high-level skincare in a small, sleek, and easy-to-use device. For those looking for wrinkle reduction and skin-clearing benefits from home, Solawave is worth checking out.
Around my 33rd birthday last year, I got a glimpse of a photo of me smiling and I couldn’t believe the lines and wrinkles, particularly on my forehead, that I swore weren’t there before. Had I been squinting too much in the hot FL sun?
After my initial shock wore off, I remembered that I am approaching my mid-thirties, and while that was certainly not old, I was indeed moving away from my most youthful years. And while I think there’s nothing wrong with letting our signs of life show proudly, I’m also not against doing things to improve them either. To each their own.
I knew I hadn’t prioritized skin care as should for the majority of my life. With two young children, a growing business, and a social life to keep, things like skincare tend to get pushed to the back burner for the days when we “really need it.” For me, my time was up, I could no longer keep kicking my youth can down the road - I knew the time was now to start getting serious about taking care of my skin so that I could continue to look and I feel my best.
The truth was, I didn’t like the look of all my forehead wrinkles. It was starting to become the first thing I’d see in the mirror or when I looked at a picture of myself and it was damaging my hard-earned self-esteem. So as any good consumer would do, I took to the internet to find myself a solution.
Botox? Too pricey and seemed extreme as a first attempt.
Creams and serums? Maybe, but can a cream truly eliminate wrinkles? I felt doubtful, especially considering I’d heard from many women who felt as though they wasted money on magic creams that delivered exactly zero results.
Red light therapy? Hmm…this one caught my eye. But I wasn’t interested in those Jason-looking masks (or scaring my kids by wearing them), so when I saw the Solawave in a Google Ad, I clicked right on over.
I’ve been using Solawave for a little over a month now and I’m going to share my story of what got me to try it and whether or not I think it’s worth it. Do I recommend Solawave? Let’s dig into the details and find out.
My Solawave Experience In a Nutshell
Why I tried it:
It looked cool, it was small, and the reviews were outstanding
It was really pretty (I got the ombre one) and it was super lightweight
What I love about Solawave:
It’s very simple to use, I feel like I’m pampering myself when I take the time to do it, and I have definitely seen some results
What I don’t love about Solawave:
I don’t feel like much is happening when I’m using it (although I know it’s working), it needs to be charged every once in a while and I’m the worst about keeping chargers straight
Take progress photos! Results are hard to see unless you have a point of comparison
Who should try it:
Anyone who wants to improve their skin’s look, feel, and texture without spending an arm and a leg
Who shouldn’t try it:
People who are impatient and want fast and dramatic results
Will I keep using it:
Yes, I actually really enjoy it
Was it worth the cost:
I think so, at less than $200 for the wand + serum, I’ve gotten a ton of use out of it even in just my first month, I would spend much more at the dermatologist’s office
Solawave Overview: What Is It & How Does It Work?
Solawave is an award-winning skincare brand that offers science-backed, dermatologist-approved skincare devices that help transform your skin at home. Harnessing the power of red light therapy, the Solawave Wand can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, blemishes, and dark circles in just a few minutes per day.
The SolaWave takes a four-pronged approach to improve the appearance of your skin:
Red Light Therapy:
Visible red light with a centroid wavelength of 660 nanometers, which is the optimal range for improving skin’s appearance, according to research. Red light therapy helps to a achieve smoother, more even skin tone.
Low voltage electrical waves give your face a “workout” by stimulating the dermis of your skin. This type of therapy encourages young, healthy, and glowing skin.
This long-standing beauty hack has been used in beauty practices for decades as a way to de-puff the skin and give it a slimmer, more refreshed appearance. The gentle massage feature of Solawave helps to soothe your skin and boost its natural radiance.
Research shows that applying warmth directly to the skin enables your pores to temporarily open. This can help to clear out your pores and promote the absorption of topical skincare products, thereby making them more effective. The SolWave Wand delivers an even, smoothing warmth of about 100 degrees Fahrenheit, helping to temporarily reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness under the eyes.
Here’s What I Love About SolaWave
As soon as I got the Solawave in my hand, I was immediately struck by how lightweight and easy to use it was. To turn it on, all you need to do is spin the wand head to the side and it fires right up. I was a tad skeptical about using red light therapy on a place so sensitive as my face but was quickly comforted by the clear instructions that were laid out on the direction pamphlet inside my box.
Getting started with Solawave was really simple and completely pain-free. To be honest, it didn’t really feel like anything was going on when I was using, which can be good or bad I suppose (more on that later). But more than anything, I felt like I was doing something for myself, which is rare these days as a busy mom, wife, and business owner. The little piece of self-care time in the bathroom mirror feels luxurious when you take the time to do it. It’s very relaxing.
I really like using the Solawave with the activating serum as it helps the wand to glide really smoothly across my skin and I feel like my results are better when using it. The activating serum contains hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, and blue tansy oil, all of which are clinically shown to create softer, smoother, and supple skin.
Here’s What I Don’t Love About SolaWave
I’ll be honest, I really like this product and will 100% keep using it, but if I had to choose a couple of things that I don’t love about it, here they are.
First, it needs to be plugged in and charged every once in a while. Not a big deal, but it’s just one more charging cord to keep track of. Second, results, for me anyway, aren’t fast-coming. I have been using it for about a month now and I haven’t seen any drastic changes, but I don’t think that should be the expectation anyway. I plan to continue to use Solawave and see where I’m at in a few months.
How to Use It
If using a microcurrent device on your face feels mystifying, you’re not alone, but I can promise you that Solawave is very easy to use. Here’s how it works:
Wash your face and pat it dry so you’re starting with clean, dry skin.
Apply the activating serum to your skin to prepare it for the wand.
Start gliding the wand across your face in an upward and outward motion. Work the wand slowly across your forehead, cheeks, under your eyes, neck, and your upper lip. You can spin the wand’s head either horizontally or vertically for best results in certain areas.
Solawave recommends that you use the wand for at least 5 minutes per session.
Who Do I Recommend Solawave For?
Solawave is great for anyone who wants to treat their skin from home, reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Busy women like myself will find that Solawave is a very simple way to introduce some self-care into your daily routine without spending too much time or money. Solawave can also work for acne scaring, so those who would like to diminish the appearance of acne scars would align well with Solawave’s products.
Additionally, I think Solawave is a great match for women who get Botox or other wrinkle-reducing injections and want to help prolong their time between treatments. If you love the results of injectables but dislike the high, frequent cost, a microcurrent, red light therapy device like Solawave might help you get more out of your injections.
Who Wouldn’t I Recommend It For?
Anyone who would like fast results. Solawave is more of a long-term play, so if you need results quickly like for a wedding or special occasion, you might try another avenue. Importantly, Solawave does not recommend anyone under the age of 18, who has an active or recent cancer diagnosis, has a pacemaker or other implanted material in their body, or is pregnant to use their wand.
If you have any concerns about safety, reach out to your doctor before using Solawave.
Final Thoughts: Was Solawave Worth It?
For me, yes, Solawave is worth it. While I wouldn’t say that the wand is cheap, it’s also not overly pricey so even if I didn’t see any results, I wouldn’t be too put out. Thus far, I have really enjoyed the relaxation that treating my skin with Solawave provides and I have definitely started to see some improvements in the mirror, which is very encouraging.
I think those who value skincare and self-care will find the investment into Solawave to be worthwhile, however, I would advise you to keep in mind that you’re also going to need to invest some time into using the product in order for it to deliver results. I know many of us struggle with taking even 5 minutes for ourselves per day, but that’s what’s required consistently with Solawand so make sure you’re willing to give yourself those few minutes and at least a couple of weeks of consistent use before you declare it worthy or not.