A 67-year-old reviewer named Karen says, “No botox or filler needed again.” Hundreds of five-star reviews, many from women in their sixties—including 67-year-old model Christie Brinkley—echo that sentiment. The wonder-product in question? The SBLA Facial Sculpting Wand ($84).
This ultra-popular beauty tool rose to popularity during the pandemic thanks to Brinkley’s vocal endorsements and eventual partnership with the brand. As such, it’s been sold out for months but was recently restocked.
Essentially, it’s a serum that’s infused into your skin via a rollerball, and promises a “non-invasive solution” for aging skin. You simply pump the device to dispense the serum, then roll it onto your face with the stainless steel roller ball.
Though the brand makes some lofty claims about the wand’s ability to firm up skin over time, its real magic comes from the instant sculpting effects that it offers. The serum is made with an ingredient called Dynalift, which has been shown to immediately diminish wrinkles up to 23 percent.
While the wand may make your skin look tighter within minutes of using it, it’s unclear how long these results will last. According to dermatologist Anthony Youn, MD, instant lifting creams, like this one, give skin a temporary tightening effect, thanks to a “film” they create on top of your complexion. The ingredients in the SBLA wand formulation, including Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, VP/VA Copolymer, and Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose corroborate this — those are film formers to give an “instant” tightening effect, which wash off and don’t last under makeup. Remember that viral Peter Thomas Roth eye mask? This is like that, but for your whole face.
With that in mind, there are a few other skin-firming ingredients in the serum that are also worth mentioning. It’s got collagen-stimulating peptides, damage-reducing antioxidants, and hydrating squalane and hyaluronic acid, all of which are encapsulated into a time-release formula that’s meant to work on the top two layers of your skin (and thus probably won’t give you any legit, lasting effects).
So is it worth it? If you’re looking for something that will give your skin a quick boost, this may get the job done. But if you want a longer-term solution to wrinkles or sagging skin, your best bet is to invest in a science-backed solution, like a highly-concentrated peptide serum or a quality retinoid. Your best bet? Use both together for sculpted skin that will last.
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