Unwanted hair at the most inconvenient times – is there anything worse than this?
I always regret not shaving my armpits when going to an important meeting, but the night before this is the last thing that’s on my mind. Putting my kids to sleep, pre-cooking lunch and washing the dishes are my priorities, and I can’t change them. Well, at least not for now.
However, what I can change and what I have changed is my shaving technique. Ladies, if you want to say goodbye to razors, sugaring, and those awful and painful at-home waxing strips, now is the right time!
This might be how to remove your body hair, at home, fast, and pain-free.
What Is The Philips Lumea Prestige?
The Lumea Prestige is a powerful IPL device which is designed to softly remove all of your body hair. It is a laser hair removal tool which emits light pulses to the hair root and is designed to work even on sensitive skin areas.
It is definitely a higher-end type of a product, and it is not something which you can just find at your Walmart. It also comes with a hefty price which can be justified if you need an in-depth solution and long-lasting results.
The device is designed and used by professionals, or at least women who have had some sort of experience when using IPL (pulsed light) treatments.
Philips Lumea Device Specifications
- You get 2 different attachments for the device
- Enjoy up to 8 weeks of smooth, hair-free skin
- You will experience up to 92% hair reduction in just 3 treatments
- Safe on all skin types
- Chargeable and should be fully charged every 3 months
- Can be used cordless
- Can be used when plugged in
- Can be used anywhere on the body
- Can be used on the face
- Beautiful pink & white design
- Quite pricey
- 2-year warranty
Why I Like Philips
Why not? Did you know that they are the biggest electronics company in Europe, with headquarters in Amsterdam (love that city btw). And did you know that they’ve been around since 1891? Amazing.
They have a huge selection starting with tools that we all need in our everyday lives. In fact, I’ve used their electric toothbrushes all my life and have had minimal dentist appointments, yay me!
On the other hand, all men that I’ve ever met in my life swear by their electric shavers. I also find these shavers to be pretty handy and amazing as birthday presents, so I’d recommend them.
Not too long ago I purchased the prestige model since I knew I wanted a change, and IPL seemed like a good way to go. Also, I’d recommend this as a birthday present for your loved ones as well. But make sure you really really love them, since this is quite pricey.
What I Love About This Device
I love the fact that it is a multi-purpose beauty device. Meaning that I can use it both on my body and my face. However, I don’t have a lot of facial hairs, but it does come in handy whenever I’m trying to remove my mustache (which is only for some special events like weddings etc).
Next off I love its curved attachments since they truly glide against your body, and apparently, this is the key to those amazing and optimal results.
I’ve been using this IPL for 4 months now, and I have noticed that my hair growth has gotten a lot lighter and thinner and that it grows very very slowly.
For instance, I’ve used it sometimes in May, and had to re-use it in July! This is 8 weeks of smoothness guys!
I also love the fact that you get to work with 5 different energy settings since not everything is safe for every skin type.
And lastly, I love the fact that I don’t need to charge it for up to 3 months! 3 months! This is how long this bad boy can go without the need for recharging, which means that I can freely carry it with me whenever I’m traveling.
How I Use It?
Here’s how it goes:
- Your first 4 treatments should be done every 2 weeks. After this, you can use it as often as you please. Ideally, you will maintain your results by touching up every 3-4 weeks. After 8 touch-ups, you should have hair-free skin for up to 6 months.
- I always start off with the lowest setting and gradually turn it up if needed.
- It is crucial for you to shave or wax your targeted area before doing the treatment. Also, make sure your skin is not too sensitive, bruised or red since the device can zap you.
- If you are going to do your face leave it on for 2 minutes.
- If you’ll do your bikini area leave the product on for 2 minutes.
- Underarms should be done in less than 2 minutes.
- Both of your lower legs will take around 9 minutes.
You should select any setting from 1-5 and place the sensor to your skin. Press it and hold it at a 90-degree angle. Press the flash button and work inch by inch. Slowly slide your IPL across the treatment area while flashing. Make sure you don’t splash the same area two times, and always ask for someone’s help if there are some areas that you can’t reach.
What Has Drastically Changed In My Life
Well, for starters, I started to put my hands up in the air much more often without worries, so how about that?
Believe it or not, IPL has been around since 1997, who would have thought? I thought it was a newer late 2000’s kind of a thing. The best part is that you can use different attachments and get rid of hair on any part (including super sensitive parts like your upper lip and arms).
I think it helps you save time since it only takes around 30 minutes to do your entire body.
Oh and also, there is this little Lumea app which you can download on your phone. It will help you determine which spot demands more care and for how long you need to zap it.
It can be helpful, especially if you are a beginner who doesn’t know how to handle IPL just yet.
Would I Recommend It To Other Women?
Well, have you struggled with unwanted hair all your life?
Are you a lot like me where your time management sucks, and you can’t find time to squeeze in weekly waxing sessions? Or you simply prefer to DIY things on your own and save some time and money by not rushing to the salon?
Mom’s on the go may also find this helpful since you get to do all of your treatments – at home, pain-free.
As long as your budget is flexible and you need a trusted long-term solution, I’d say this is it.
Pros & Cons Of The Philips Lumea
- Will remove your unwanted hair in 8 sessions
- Can be used on arms, legs, bikini area, and on your face
- Takes less than 30 minutes to zap your entire body
- You can download an APP which helps you do the treatment properly
- 5 different settings to choose from
- No reason to charge it too often
- May not work on super thick hair
- May be less effective if you have darker skin
- Quite pricey
Guilty Pleasure, Or A Must-Have?
In the end, it is your money and your choice.
What I personally can say is that it is a statement piece in my household and that I love it! What makes me a bit sad is the fact that I can’t use it on my husbands back (since he has quite a lot of hair) and my device can’t work on men’s thick and dark hair type.
However, I bought it for me and me only, and it works on my arms, lips, and legs. I do not use it on my bikini area but might give it a go one time.
Therefore, I can justify its price tag, and I can recommend it to other women with unwanted hair. If you need long-lasting results and you’ve already owned something by Philips and you know they can be trusted, why not give Lumea a chance as well?