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  • Value: 18/20
  • Functionality: 18/20
  • Ease of Use: 20/20
  • Aesthetics: 20/20
  • Results: 18/20
  • TOTAL: 94/100

The SolaWave boasts some hefty anti-aging claims—from smoothing textured skin to getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles. While there are a million different devices on the market that claim to do these things, more often than not, they’re just a lot of hype. However, the SolaWave has me pleasantly surprised.

As a young woman in her mid-twenties, noticeable wrinkles aren’t exactly a pressing issue for me yet. But I can say that preventing them is a top concern. This past year, we have all spent an inordinate time attached to our screens (which is no friend to the skin). Whether it’s from squinting at my computer or staring at my phone more than I’d like to admit, I’ve visibly developed more fine lines and deeper dark circles recently.

Enter the SolaWave: a device that uses red light therapy, microcurrents, facial massage and therapeutic warmth to boost your skin’s youthful glow, fade blemishes and fine lines among other things.

Besides face rollers, I’ve never attempted to use a home device. I, like everyone else, have the holy-grail skincare products I swear by, but after the toll this past year has taken on my face, I wanted to kick things up a notch. 

How do I use the SolaWave?

Once your wand arrives, plug it in the charger for a few hours to get it to full power before your first use. It comes with an instruction packet that lays out all of the information on the benefits, the science behind the device and how to use it. (There’s also a short video tutorial on their site that will guide you through the steps.) 

After cleansing your face, prep your skin with a thick layer of their Conductive Serum. (You can use your favorite serum or moisturizer as well.) Just make sure you don’t rub it in all the way, as the wand will do that for you.

The wand head comes vertically positioned, but you can easily turn it so that it sits perpendicular for better coverage of your face. Note: There is no button or on switch; as soon as you touch the device to your face, it automatically starts buzzing. 

After a minute, you will feel the device begin to warm up on your skin, which feels extra soothing. I’ve really started to look forward to using my SolaWave, as it’s the perfect end of day treat.

How long until I see results?

For optimal results, the brand recommends you use the device for five minutes a day. While results will vary from person to person, most users claim they see a difference in the first two weeks of use. 

Personally, I’ve seen an improvement in my problem areas—specifically between my eyebrows and under my eyes—after a few weeks. I’m noticing the shallowing of fine lines and my dark circles are lightening up. I’ve never had an issue with dark circles until I started working from home over the past year, but the SolaWave has been a wonderful aid in minimizing the appearance of them.

Nab a wand for yourself through their website (with free shipping and a 30-day trial, just in case you’re still on the fence). 

Buy It ($149)

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