So I have been using the Philips Lumea Precision IPL hair
remover for a year now and wanted share my thoughts.
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and a brief
explanation of the process is the light stimulates the hair to go into a
resting state eventually making the hair shed and re-growth becomes inhibited.
As we all know ANY hair that is not located on the top of our
heads (or our eyebrows of course!) is our worst nightmare/enemy and causes us
ladies nothing but grief.
I have very fair skin and very dark hair which is also not
the greatest combination when I want to get my legs out in the summer or lounge
by the pool in my new bikini or simply fake tan.
I have tried and tested everything from shaving, waxing and
epilating. Nothing I did seemed to leave my skin smooth for longer than a day
or two and the pores on my legs were always left very red and visible. Shaving
left my legs rashy, bleeding and I would have stubbly legs the next day
guaranteed. The ingrown hairs on my legs were terrible. Waxing left some areas of my skin smooth but
re-growth was always patchy and annoying. Epilating was just far too painful
and timely. The problem I also had with waxing and epilating is having to let
the hair actually grow in order to get it removed – not exactly ideal for
anyone unless its winter and you’re going to remain celibate!
When I heard about
Lumea IPL I was very sceptical about whether it would work for me. As
the product was quite pricey (£350) I did some research and after seeing some
great reviews I decided to buy one and see what all the fuss was about.
The instructions state that you should shave the area before
you begin, chose a light intensity (which is suggested for your skin type in
the manual), place the machine at a 90 degree angle to your skin and
begin. Philips suggests that to remove
all hair & to prevent hair follicles from becoming active again you should
repeat once every 2 weeks for the first 2 months. By then you should be
hair-free. After this they suggest to repeat every 4-6 weeks or it could be more/less
depending on the individual hair
I followed these instructions to a ‘T’ and the above was a
little too good to be true but I was still pleasantly surprised to see that
after the 1st, 2nd and 3rd use my hair
re-growth was becoming slower. After 2 months I was not hair-free but had seen
a drastic change. My skin was much smoother and after shaving I would have
smooth legs for at least a week!! (This was a long time for me and a huge
deal!!). After about 6 months I was using the machine
every 3- 4 weeks and at this point I had large areas that seemed to be hair
free. My skin was so smooth and my big red pores had gone completely. I now IPL
around every 4 weeks and may shave once in between sessions. My legs and bikini
area stay smooth and soft for the 4 weeks. My armpits are more or less hair
free and I may occasionally have to shave them in between sessions but very rarely.
I finally no longer have to worry about having my legs on
show in public which has really boosted my confidence!! I can finally buy
pretty skirts, dresses and shorts and fake tan my legs – it’s amazing!!
The great thing about this is you do not have to change and
re-purchase new bulbs like other IPL machines. This product cannot be used on
all skin types so check their website before purchasing. This product will not be for everyone – if
you are someone who is not bothered by shaving and your legs already stay
smooth for a week or more then the con’s may outweigh the pros.
I have highlighted the pro’s above but please see below the
- Very timely – can take up to 20/30 minutes to do one leg
- Battery life – Battery covers only one leg before running out. My routine is usually one charge for armpit, bikini and as much of one leg as I can get done with the remaining battery charge. I then re-charge and finish that leg and move onto the other. I usually have to charge it for a third time to finish the other leg. This is if I am doing a full leg. You should be able to cover armpit, bikini and half legs with 2 charges.
- Cannot use whilst on charge
- Although this is not supposed to be painful it can now and again catch you off guard and zap you with a little burning sensation. This usually means that you have the setting to high or you have not shaved the area properly. This only seemed to happen in the early stages and was not overly painful for me.
All in all I think this product is a miracle – I never
thought I would see the day that I was confident with my legs. I cannot say I am completely hair free or it
does exactly what it says on the tin but I rarely have to shave anymore. I no
longer have sore red pores and in-grown hairs and my legs are always silky
Please see pictures below – the smaller attachment can be used on the face or on smaller areas such as the bikini area or under arms. I have not tested this on my face but if anyone has let us know how you got on.
Let us know if you have any further questions about our experience with this product.
For more information visit: http://www.philips.co.uk/c-m-pe/hair-removal/
|Power and the light intensity buttons
|The machine, two precision attachments and pouch