Philips Lumea Prestige, who knew hair removal could be this easy!
When it comes to hair removal, I’ve always kept it simple; mainly because I’m not the bravest person in the world and, secondly, because these things can add up! So when I was approached by Philips beauty to test out their new IPL system, I was a tad bit anxious, but game to see if this home intense pulsed light system can prevent hair regrowth and if it was easy to use at home versus going to a salon. After doing a bit of investigating and attending a breakfast seminar hosted by Philips, I was shocked to discover that only 4% off women are currently using home IPL systems with the majority of women opting towards using a wet shaver. Now let’s face it: no one really likes shaving or waxing their legs or taking part in any form of bodily hair removal, really. It’s not pleasurable! It’s more like a maintenance necessity which we, women, fight daily to keep the hair at bay (that is if you’re not the au naturel type). So with only 4% of women being customer to the home IPL system, I thought it was only fair that I started at the very beginning and explained exactly what it really is.
What is an IPL?
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light.
How does an IPL work?
An IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) product emits high intensity light that pulses through the skin, to the root of the hair causing the hair follicle to shed naturally.
How easy is it to use?
For a procedure that is also offered in salons at a much higher price, this is as easy as shaving your legs and something that you can do while watching your favourite TV show or series as it’s cordless. The only thing that an IPL requires from you is commitment of keeping up with the process (twice a week for 6 – 8 weeks) so that all the hair follicles are caught in their different growth cycle stages. Before your first go with an IPL, you are required to remove any excess hair via shaving, waxing or epilating. Then after choosing the correct intensity level for your skin tone, you turn the IPL on and wait for the light and move it over the desired area. It’s as simple as that!
Is this device safe?
Yes, this is totally safe for home use and is not as strong as what you would find in a salon. Philips has built in an internal safety measure to prevent unintentional flashing to keep your skin safe. The integrated UV-filter also protects your skin during the treatment process.
We all have different thresholds when it comes to pain. If you have ever had waxing as a form of hair removal previously, then this really is a walk in the park. The IPL unit emits pulses of light that can feel warm on the skin. This shouldn’t burn in anyway. If your skin feels hot then check if the level of intensity is correct for your skin before continuing with the process.
Mrs J’s verdict
What an invention! Hair removal has naturally fallen into that daily routine for me: whether it’s shaving my legs in the shower, going off to the salon to get my eyebrows done, or sitting in front of the mirror for hours with a pair of tweezers when there are no salon appointments left! It’s annoying, costly and time consuming! IPL (or any sort of salon laser treatment) was nothing that I had really considered before. I think I had looked at the prices and had been totally put off. Yes, this home IPL is an investment as a sole purchase can quite dent your credit card balance. Between the total amount you have paid for salon treatments or on home hair removal products and the long term investment on IPL, you’ll realize it’s really worth forking out for. The unit itself is slightly heavier than I thought it would be, but nevertheless it’s not a 2Kg weight. It being not light as a feather, I think, makes you pay attention to where you are moving the light to on your body. There are many pros to the IPL that I could rave on about but I’m going to pick out just three: 1) It is cordless, yay! This means that you can pretty much indulge in a bit of hair removal anywhere you like; i.e. in front of the TV! 2) It’s up to you what you want to target on the body, face or bikini area. You just have to change to the relevant attachment piece. 3) You don’t have to wait for the hair to grow back to use it! With traditional hair removal procedures like leg waxing, you have to have a certain amount of hair before you pay the salon a visit which in the summer is a massive pain. I mean who wants to walk around in trousers for three weeks just to have one full week of smooth hair free skin? With an IPL, yes, you have to continue with your hair removal method in-between your twice weekly treatments, but if you shave like I do, this is so easy and it eventually takes no time at all after the hair stops growing back at the same rate as it did before. The one thing I would like to point out if you are just about to go and purchase one is that the Philips Lumea only works on skin that is fair to dark and hair that is blond to dark brown/black. If you have very light skin and hair, or very dark skin and hair, this will not be a suitable choice for you. Check out Philips skin and hair chart to find out if it is right for you.
If you have read enough and are ready to enjoy that feeling of being hair- free like me try out the Philips Lumea prestige – £525 (currently on offer for £399).
Mrs J xx
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