Advanced Skincare Wand

A bona fide social media sensation, this wand combines four buzzy skin-care technologies in one sleek package. It combines red light therapy, microcurrent energy, soothing warmth and facial massage for softer, smoother skin.

Wash your face, apply Solawave’s Renew Complex Activating Serum (or your favorite water-based serum) and glide the wand on your forehead, cheeks, under eyes, neck and upper lip. Repeat daily for a more radiant glow.

1. Red Light Therapy

Red light therapy, also known as photobiomodulation (PBM), is gaining traction as an anti-aging and skin health treatment, as well as for pain management. A growing number of medical practices, including dermatologists, pain specialists and wellness centers, are offering in-office sessions or LED light masks or wands for at-home use.

The low-level wavelengths of red and near infrared light absorbed by your skin’s mitochondria encourage the production of ATP energy, promoting collagen and basic fibroblast growth. The therapy is thought to reduce inflammation and boost circulation, leading to a more youthful appearance. It’s also said to promote hair growth among those suffering from alopecia, as well as improve eczema and psoriasis.

While red light therapy may seem like the answer to all your skincare and health concerns, it is important to consult a doctor before beginning any new treatment. It isn’t currently recommended for pregnant women, and those with a photosensitivity condition, such as lupus, should avoid using it, says Dr. Debra Jaliman, a New York-based board-certified dermatologist.

If you decide to try a home device, be sure it is FDA-approved and contains only high-quality LEDs. LoGerfo recommends choosing a red light therapy mask or wand from a company with an excellent track record and research backing the product’s efficacy. Her favorite is the Priori Skincare UNVEILED Face LED Mask, which she describes as portable, rechargeable and comfortable to wear.

2. Micro-Current Energy

A wand-based treatment that’s popular among celebrity aestheticians, micro current facials deliver the promise of lift with very low electrical stimulation at a cellular level. (Stimulated electrical currents are measured in amps, and microcurrent is in the milli-amp range—one millionth of an amp).

The micro-current energy helps physically firm and tone muscles through a process called muscle re-education. It also increases ATP (the cell’s energy), encourages collagen and elastin production, and moves lymph for a detoxifying effect. It’s important to note that unlike more invasive treatments like fillers and facelifts, advanced skincare wand results from a microcurrent facial are progressive. “Muscle memory” is achieved with consistent use, and clients can build on these initial benefits over time to achieve their desired outcome.

To get started, clients can apply a cleanser or serum, such as the HOP+ PLLA Promoter Collagen Gel, to their skin. The gel is packed with transformative ingredients, including poly-L-lactic acid, to plump the skin, and epidermal growth factors for cell regeneration and healing. It then acts as a conductive layer to ensure that the device is making contact with the muscles of the face.

Next, the client can hold and glide the wand over the face and neck. This is done in a slow linear motion, starting at the jawline and working up the cheekbones. The device can also be used to address stubborn areas of drooping or dryness.

3. Facial Massage

Facial massage, which has gained popularity with Elaine Huntzinger’s wait-listed facials and Meghan Markle’s fondness for her buccal technique, increases circulation for brighter skin. It also stimulates lymphatic drainage, which moves personalized cosmetic bags toxins out of cells, helping to reduce puffiness and minimise under-eye bags. Plus, it promotes collagen production, a protein that keeps skin plump and wrinkle-free.

But facial massage does have some drawbacks, and it’s important to know your limitations if you plan on giving yourself face workouts at home. “Facial massage may help reduce swelling and tighten muscles in the short term, but it can’t truly firm or lift the skin, only reduce excess fluid,” explains board-certified dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD. He adds that massaging the face too vigorously can lead to bruising and redness.

Another potential downside is that it can trigger jaw pain and dysfunction, which occurs when the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) becomes locked up from stress, chewing or teeth grinding. According to the Cleveland Clinic, facial massage can help alleviate jaw pain and discomfort by gently loosening and re-aligning the muscle.

Lastly, facial massage can increase the absorption of your favourite skincare products. By massaging your serums and creams with a facial massage tool, they can penetrate more deeply and work better for younger-looking, healthier skin. Solawave’s wand, for example, has a low vibration as you move it along your face that the brand says helps decrease puffiness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in as little as two weeks.

4. Therapeutic Warmth

The wand’s heat therapy promotes blood flow to the face, and the brand says it reduces fine lines, dark circles, puffiness, and blemishes. It also enhances absorption of skincare products, allowing them to work faster.

The beauty device is dermatologist-approved and uses technology loved by estheticians for over a decade. Allure commerce writer Jennifer Hussein tried it out, and she reports that after one month of consistent use, her skin looked radiant, lifted, toned, and softer. The wand is portable and rechargeable, and it lasts 12 sessions on a single charge.

To use the wand, start with a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water to ensure your complexion is clean and hydrated. Then, smooth a hydrating serum onto your skin and glide the wand over it in upward and outward strokes. You can do this on your cheeks, undereyes, neck, and forehead. The wand automatically turns on when it makes contact with the hydrating serum, and it’ll turn off when your skin is dry.

The wand has four buzzy skincare technologies (red light therapy, microcurrent energy, facial massage, and therapeutic warmth) that combine for the ultimate at-home spa facial. The company says that using it for three minutes per day, twice a week will help minimize the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, crow’s feet, and puffy eyes.

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