Solawave Radiant Renewal Wand Review

It’s become my personal mission to try every red light device out there. I’ve tried masks, handheld devices, I’ve laid in red light LED beds and now, I’m finally trying a red light therapy wand. When Solawave reached out to ask if I’d like to try their new Radiant Renewal Wand, it was an easy yes on my end.

This newest model, the Radiant Renewal Wand, has a few key differences from it’s predecessor, the 4-in-1 Advanced Skincare Wand. The old model is currently still available on the Solawave site but it looks like once it sells out, it will be no longer. If you currently own the previous Solawave wand, the chart below should help you to decide if you need to upgrade.

Solawave Radiant Renewal vs. 4-in-1 Skincare Wand

WARMTH107 degrees107 degrees
RED LIGHT7 lights, 630 nm5 lights, 660 nm
MASSAGELow vibrationLow vibration
AUTO ON/OFFButton to turn on, auto shut offAuto on/off w/skin contact
HEAD SWIVEL180 degrees90 degrees
TREATMENT TIME3 minutes5 minutes

Solawave sent me the Radiant Renewal Skincare Wand in Rose Gold which retails for $169. They also sent the Renew Complex, an accompanying serum for use with the wand that retails for $32. It should be noted that the wand does not require the serum to work, nor any, but you are welcome to use your skincare as well. I would focus on simple, hydrating serums vs. anything with retinols or acids to avoid possible sensitivity.

When I used the wand with the Renew Complex serum, it absorbed quickly, so I didn’t experience additional glide throughout the entire treatment time. I love the scent of Blue Tansy so I liked that about it a lot.

The Solawave arrived with a travel case and magnetic charging cord. I like how minimal it is and I especially appreciated the travel case as I was about to go on a trip. I don’t normally travel with my red light masks but being that the Solawave wand is no bigger than a toothbrush, why not?

How To Use the Solawave Wand

When you first receive your Solawave, you’ll want to let it fully charge for 2 hours.

They recommend using the wand on clean, makeup-free skin. You can apply their serum, your own, or none. It does provide better glide to use something but I’ve used it on dry skin without issue too.

To begin, you press the button on the wand to start it, press the wand to your skin and move the wand in upwards, outwards motions. You do not need to use pressure and can use either short or long strokes. It’s key to just keep moving in upwards motions.

You can use the wand with the LED head perpendicular or parallel to the wand. It easily turns and it’s position depends on your preference and what area of the face you’re working on.

I notice that the heated mechanism takes a bit to kick in. Now that I know this, I use it on my forehead an temples first, where I have melasma, which can be heat-triggered.

The vibration is gentle, not enough to feel tickly or bothersome.

The wand automatically shuts off after 3 minutes. Sometimes I push the button again and do another round.

I find the Solawave wand easy and relaxing to use, increasing the likelihood of me using it.

Solawave Radiant Renewal Wand Benefits

  • Red light therapy-promotes collagen production softening appearance of wrinkles
  • Theraputic warmth-soothing, depuffing
  • Low vibrational facial massage-stimulate lymphatic drainage, reduce puffiness
  • Galvanic current-boosts absorption of skincare


  • Can use while multitasking 
  • Super compact to travel with, size of a toothbrush
  • Warmth and vibration is nice for muscle tension or nasal congestion
  • Easy, freeform use
  • Comes with a travel case
  • Holds a charge a long time


  • Can’t turn off certain modalities, specifically heat
  • Longer treatment time may be required to attain the same benefits as masks
  • More manual work required than an LED mask

Who is the Solawave for?

If you’ve been wanting to try red light therapy, need to be able to multi-task while you do it and want to do so for under $200, the Solawave Radiant Renewal Wand just might be your best bet.

This is great for frequent travelers, not only due to it’s slim size, but it’s less scary appearance compared to LED masks. I would have no qualms about using this on a flight or public transportation.

If you’d prefer to throw a mask on and just zone out for your red light therapy, you’ll likely prefer something something like this, but you’ll also pay over twice the amount.

I consider the Solawave Radiant Renewal Wand to be a great, compact tool and an excellent first foray into red light therapy.

Thank you to Solawave for providing product for review purposes.

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