Thursday, 13 November 2014

Philips Lumea Update

I have been using Philips Lumea for over a month now and I couldn't wait to share my progress with you. Why? Because it's going really, really well! As mentioned in my first post about Lumea (here), I am very lazy when it comes to hair removal and due to having sensitive skin, I can only rely on one method - an electric shaver. That's why I was very excited to start my Philips Lumea trial.

I decided to use the device on my legs, underarms and upper lip, but I ended up doing just the legs and underarms. A little bit of peach fuzz isn't such a big problem after all and tweezers can sort it out quickly. 

Let's start with the legs. I have to admit - they are the most time consuming body part and you have to be patient and consistent, if you want to see results. I personally find the whole process very fascinating and when I started noticing the results, I couldn't wait for my next session. Instead of using Philips Lumea every two weeks (as stated in the booklet), I have been using it every week and about 30% of the hair on my legs is gone! I even have a big bold patch on my shin, where over 80% of the hair is completely gone! I am so happy with the results so far! Each leg takes about 10-15 minutes in total, but it is worth it. I am a big girl though, so I am working with a bigger area. If you have a slim or average built, it will take 5-10 minutes.

Why have I decided to use Lumea every week? Well...I have been reading forums and blog posts like crazy and most girls use it every week and have no complications. IPL is a very safe method of hair removal, so longs you are being sensible, it's all fine in my opinion. I am just very eager to get rid of unwanted hair.

As mentioned in my first post, I didn't find the process painful at all.  I am using the device on level 5 on my legs and level 4 on my armpits. I only had one painful incident, when I flashed the Lumea on my underarm area with a big strand of my hair being caught under the lamp! Ouch! Make sure to keep your hair out of the way. I haven't experienced that on my legs though and it's been perfectly fine. Armpits are more sensitive in general and setting 5 feels too strong and slightly uncomfortable. That's why I am using setting/level 4. 

Underarms are probably the easiest area to deal with time-wise, as they only take a couple of minutes in total. Again, I am treating them every week and I noticed a 30% reduction in hair growth- yay! My body hair is really dark and quite coarse, so it's very easy for me to see the progress and as mentioned before, I would be happy to just make my hair more sparse, thinner and manageable. 

The only annoying part is the fact that you have to shave before your treatment, but I am ok with that. Each time the hair grows back slower and thinner and a small percentage of it falls out. Sometimes, I try pulling some of the hair with my fingers and it literally falls out as soon as I touch it! It's kind of amazing, don't you think? Oh, another little issue is the fact that I can't use fake tan on the areas I want to treat. Thankfully it's just my legs and underarms at the moment, so it's fine :)

So far, Philips Lumea has exceeded my expectations and I am thinking of using it on my bikini area and arms in the future. I actually really enjoy the full process and knowing that the hair will be completely gone at some point (with a little bit of maintenance every couple of weeks) makes me very determined to be consistent with the treatment.

I could probably ramble for ages, but I will leave you with my 'how-to' video (see it here).
It's very simple!


“Lumea, the secret to beautiful hair free skin, for up to 2 months”

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Philips via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Philips.


  
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