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.



  1. This sounds like a great product. I'd love to try it for my legs and underarms as well. xx

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  2. So the results aren't permanent?

    1. Basically, since you can't really see the hair you are treating and you don't catch it all in the right phase of regrowth, you will miss some during most sessions. That's why you have to do some maintenance every 2 months even when you are technically 'hair free'. I will be adding my next update in December and I will make sure to follow up with another one next year too once I am supposed to have hair free skin.

  3. Certainly sounds good - look forward to your update.

  4. If it's IPL hair removal, shouldn't the results last longer than 2 months? I know they're probably just being careful not to make their promises too grand, but why would the dead follicles start growing hair again after two months? Unless the product isn't strong enough (understandable as you need to be in a laser salon for the professional grade lasers) and it doesn't actually kill the follicles fully, just heats the hair enough to fall out, but later regrow? I need more science, lol, but I so want it to be legit :P

    I've had IPL before, not for hair removal, just to get rid of burst capillaries. It's heavy duty stuff, it can only be used every 6 weeks and the skin can burn and have all sorts of bad reactions. My guess is that this device isn't really IPL but mimics its effects to a small degree by just heating up the follicle enough to damage it a little. If the hair regrows after a couple of months it can't really be destroyed, and I guess it isn't really wise to sell legitimate IPL lasers to the public, lol.

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    1. Most of the hair I got rid off back in Oct/Nov/Dec didn't grow back yet and it has been over 2 months since the last time I used my Lumea, which looks very promising. I have lots of totally bald patches allover my legs and some random hair growing back, as I didn't get it all at the right stage of hair growth. I think that's why they say 'hair free for up to 2 months'. You will always get some hair growing back. It also depends on skin and hair colour and using the correct setting. Some people might be using the wrong setting, making the treatment less effective. Also, the process requires serious commitment and patience and marking the areas with a white pencil, if you want to treat every single inch of the skin. I am 100% sure that none of us can do it as precisely as a professional, so the effects won't be as good and you will get some hair growing back once in a while. I don't mind doing some maintenance every 2 months to be honest, but... I had to stop using the device in December because I am pregnant. I am a bit annoyed that I can't continue, but I can't wait to start the treatments again, because the results so far have been amazing. PS. I am not sure, if they would be able to call it IPL if it wasn't IPL? Even with salon IPL treatments, you have to go back for maintenance, because they can't get rid of all the hair forever. I am glad that Philips actually disclaims that you won't be a hair free goddess without maintenance, unlike some salons who scam people and charge them thousands of pounds.

    2. Oh I get it now! I remember reading about the hair growth phases a while back too, oops ha. I might have to invest in this in that case, when I can afford! I think that one course of treatments at a salon would be the same price if not more, so its worth it not to have to pay for later touch ups..

      I think I was sceptical because a while back my mum bought the "No No" which painted itself as being something similar to this, only it turned out that it was basically a hot wire cauterising the hairs half way down, no root removal to speak of. I couldn't believe the nerve of it!

      Congratulations on the pregnancy! :)

    3. Yes, it's a bit of a pain in the butt that we can't get all the hair at the right phase of regrowth, but I am positive that if you stick to the treatments, you will be technically hair free :)

      'No No' really freaks me out. They used to have demo stands in shopping centres and all you could smell was burnt hair, haha :)

      Thank you lovely. x


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