Hope that helps. Hiya what would you say the percentage of hair on your bikini area has gone? I epilate now and it is very patchy and quite light to be honest and i am wondering if it will be worth it purchasing this device since my hair is not really that dark anymore. 3) when you’re doing IPL, it’s actually the waxing or shaving that removes the hairs. Philips Lumea Prestige IPL - SC2007 is an at-home hair-removal solution that’s long-lasting, pain-free and effective - and it can be used on your body and face. I knew this from years of waxing. And there is a reason for that, it’s because the Philips Lumea actually works! Good luck! YES LOOK AT MA ARMPITS. The Philips Lumea is really easy to use so in 30 minutes I was able to do both legs; Yeah, unbelievable, I know! (some machines won’t zap when detecting the tone- I’m also pale). agreeing to a wax then finding out it was actually a threading (Vietnam). So, about 8-10 weeks assuming you’re diligent, which I was – because I wanted those hairs gone. I really enjoyed reading this review so useful. And most importantly, it still doesn’t promise to make you hair free. Is too much exposure to laser is harmful esp for sensitive areas such as bikini line, underarms? 5) And I apologise for this question, might seem stupid, but what do you mean “time it before sunshine”? And also scared. Not every couple of days. But at the same time, it didn’t seem to caused me trouble when I zapped it either. Or my other part of my body ,so do not know ,what should I do?? Numerous reasons actually. Coupled with using the IPL in between, I’m happy with the combination. Meanwhile, I’ve buried the lead because my legs and underarms have achieved almost hair free states (having adjusted my expectation and knowing I wasn’t going to achieve hair free). Now, I might be doing this against all sensible advice, but I’m trying to achieve a Brazilian bikini wax effect so I’m zapping everywhere (though absolutely not the inside areas that a waxing lady might get her wax into. There is a separate attachment for face, underarm and bikini so you are definitely ok on those areas. I don’t know if I’m harming myself by doing this (hopefully not and nothing has happened to my skin in the year I’ve been doing this) but I think a few ‘initial treatment’ phases are required to really have a noticeable impact on your hair. HI Jo… Thanks for such a detailed review. Thank you for a very thorough review. Have you tried it? Would love to hear your response! The Lumea Essential IPL works using Intense Pulsed Light Technology, which essentially targets the root of the hairs to slow down and eventually stop hair growth altogether. After a few uses, most of the treated area will have a reduced amount of body hair, and if you stick with it, eventually all the hair will be gone. It can damage your skin. Developed with expert dermatologists, the Philips Lumea is safe, effective, convenient and fast. Not convinced? Another concern is for my gf. Doing IPL isn’t about getting 100% hair free. Well, I suppose it makes sense because the laser zaps below the skin so you need to remove anything that’s in the way. Amazon, Bluehost and Prosecco tours) that provide a commission to me if you buy through these links. And there is a reason for that, it’s because the Philips Lumea actually works! I hope the at home IPL works out for you and well done on grabbing a good deal!). Compared to a Philips Lumea at around £300, which also doesn’t promise complete hair removal, but can be used for infinite sessions, it was a no brainer to give the Philips Lumea a go first. In our Philips Lumea review we … On the topic of ingrown hairs, after a lot of research and wasted money, I’ve found using products with salycic acid in them are the best way to stop the ingrown hairs. Good luck and let me know how you get on. The handheld device ‘flashes’ this intense light which in turn travels down the hair to it’s root where it stimulates the hair into a resting phase and consequently discourages hair regrowth. I have their Hue lightbulbs in my house (‘Alexa, turn off bedroom light…because I’m too darn idle to get out of bed’) and I use the Philips SAD Lamp in winter and for jet lag because…winter and jet lag and most recently I’ve splurged on the USB charging toothbrush for travel. Good luck! The Lumea is closed pretty tied, first you will have to take off the lens cover (1). In the case of larger areas like legs, you can keep your finger on the trigger and just move the head over your legs. I apologise and hope you can skim reads the bits that make you squirm. Very simply, it was the one that was on offer on Amazon when I hit buy on Black Friday. It’s the thought of shaving my bikini line that puts me off this. Hi Shay, (apologies for the TMI to anyone else reading this who doesn’t want this level of info, ha ha): I haven’t had the courage to use the IPL machine there and it is an area I have waxed during my Brazilian, so I completely get it. After following a monthly or bimonthly laser hair removal treatment plan, hair growth will be significantly reduced but it is never 100% and never permanent. Got a bit nervous, thinking it will hurt badly, but to be honest, the treatment itself is not painful. Just need to work out how to reset the app to 2 weekly reminders rather than 4 now…. Hope it works for you . I do still have top up waxes every now and then just to tidy up the areas I don’t manage with the IPL and also for a bit more precision on the shaping as well as stray hairs I miss ‘underneath’ with my IPL, so that’s when I include the butt area. I read your whole article and went ahead and bought this device for her birthday coming up! First would be the price, the Lumea IPL machine, cost around £300 in the UK and can provide the same results, if you are using it properly and reguraly. The IPL has a go at stopping some hairs growing back. Or at least nothing that you want to try. Not quite as strong as they’d been before but enough that I’ve just decided it’s time to do another initial phase – I’ve let things get way past maintenance. That was my biggest deliberation when I was trying to decide whether to buy a Philips Lumea or not. Brilliant. As it is, I’m not back to square one. And any advertising material that tells you otherwise is telling big, fat hairy lies. Try to buy around a holiday and you’re likely to get a heavy discount. So, expecting an IPL home device to reach heights even an actual professional diode laser with all its might an power can’t reach, is just too much. I've used the device twice on my underarms, and noticed results after the first use. In fact, my leg looks like someone that religiously wax it where in fact, I never wax it. Also, from what I understood you have to do these sessions every 2-3 days during the initial phase. I use a cheap bikini trimmer before using the Lumea. The downside is the bravery it requires to point some sort of gun shaped device at your own lady parts and know it’s going to feel like being shot with 1,000 elastic bands. After some fiddling around with it so I could write this review, it turns out you just go in and hit ‘start treatment’ and it logs the new date for you. This is what the therapist does for me at the clinic, to minimise the pain. laughing as a friend (in the same room because, ‘no space’) had wax pulled from her butt cheeks with sheets of A4 paper. I researched the price of professional laser hair removal before buying my Philips Lumea and there was a huge cost difference. I will say though that I really really struggle to get the facial attachment to work at all. I haven’t edited the photos and they’re not pretty – pale legs that are in desperate need of some sun and am I the first person to take a series of underarm selfies? PS: I consider you very tough. Or just use it for 8 treatment? Let me remind you about how the Philips Lumea device works. Ha ha, it’s a legitimate question and one I thought about because I know from years of waxing – if you thin the hairs long enough, they eventually don’t come back. Though I haven’t tried any of them, I’d seriously save your money. Nothing is. IPL machines are the perfect buy on Black Friday or during holiday season sales. So am hoping that this may help! What I did notice is that using IPL, I don’t get anywhere near as many ingrown hairs (bikini areas is where if suffered), even if I was shaving before using the device. I read that you would zap certain lady parts but will not do so for the inner areas, which you would leave it to waxing by professionals. Hi Jodie, keep at it – results do improve. In most cases, these effects disappeared within an hour. After those initial treatments, my underarm hairs have become wisps that friends genuinely tell me they can’t see, even when I’m paranoid that I looked like a yeti. Having a product to use at home is far more convenient. Fingers crossed for some success because I so over hair removal!! I’m no expert but I think on tattoos the different pigmentation on the skin will confuse the laser so I would probably skip for fear of burning or at least changing the tattoo somehow. What is the Best Shampoo for Cradle Cap in 2021. I’m dark and so so hairy. The science behind the initial phase is that each follicle has two hairs and they grow at different rates. There were hardly any guides or tutorials around. Take care, ladies and gents . In fact, I can expect up to a maximum of 90% deforestation only. Personally, I’d ask at the salon if it’s safe and going to work. Out of the box, it took me under 5 minutes to get set up and ready to zap my hairs. I think this is a great review for people who are still on the fence. I’ve not noticed because I didn’t have any permanent ones. Between siblings? Hi Roberta, to be honest that was the advice from the Philips handbook. Overall, it was a pretty significant win, with better results possible if I could just persist at shooting elastic bands at my bikini area. I was slower to the waxing table with my bikini area (pain and embarrassment were factors), so there was definitely more work to be done. I can almost guarantee it’s going to be better, simple and cheaper in the long run. Don’t just zap on full power, you need to zap at the level suggested for your skin tone so you don’t fry your skin! I’m trying to decided between the Lumea Prestige and Advanced. If I’d got my arse into gear and spent just 30 minutes once a month, I’m sure I could have kept things under control. Thanks! Such a thorough article – thank you. I really liked how you covered everything. Hi Maheen, you need to do the hair removal before the laser. But, like all other effective devices, the problem is the price. The Philips website says it’s safe for tummy and I don’t see any reason why the chest would be any different. But for the device to work in the first place, the most important thing for you to know (if you don’t it know already) is to make sure you are a suitable candidate for using the device, meaning you have a specific skin tone and hair color. you do not need a white pencil to mark the areas – it blocks the laser (I mention this because there are lots of articles about it on the inter webs); it’s quicker (you’ll have less recharge time between each zap) if you use the Lumea plugged in –  the zaps will be almost instant. Hope that helps? If you have to shave prior to zapping, would you still get stubble growing or are the hairs that grow back softer? Warning: I get personal. Warm regards. Hi Katie, good question. Philips Lumea uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology to prevent hair regrowth so you can enjoy smooth skin everyday. And grows really slowly, although it does grow back. Highly effective and suitable for a range of hair and skin colours, these are systems that will last for five to ten years and use the latest technology. The Philips Lumea Prestige is the GHI's best IPL device for at-home ... I’d suggest taking your time while using the machine to ensure your sessions really count. Unfortunately this lovely zapper then sat in dust for 4 months after I got it because it was record-breaking summer heat, and if I treat with IPL then I was not suppose to have that skin exposed to the sun for a few days. Hi Elena, I might be wrong but I have a suspicion that epilation somehow stimulates hair regrowth because I had the same problem. Without wanting to sound like a preachy feminist (promise, I’m not), I’d think hard about what you want for your body and your hair long-term and go with what you prefer downstairs. I know that’s not a straight yes or no but hopefully helps you decide? Any pain with the Philips IPL was gone within seconds, like an elastic band snap. if I’ve been on holiday and my legs are more tanned. But please do it with the IPL and come back and let me know if it was easy and pain free and nothing fell off, ha ha, and I might give it a go. Yes, now I got the app running and I’m back to the initial bootcamp stage. Please bear in mind this is not a permanent solution, but it does provide a hair reduction and a slower growth of the hair. My leg hair took off and went wild after 18. Thanks so much for this detailed review. It’s probably fair to say that the Philips Lumea is the market leading at home hair removal machine. You do…go for it, then.) Still a positive one, so I’m going to give it a go. For me, if it’s that painful (like a bikini wax), I’d rather a professional inflict the pain because after a few goes, I’m not going to motivate myself to do it. If you are concerned about the Philips Lumea treatment being painful, don't worry. This device, Philips Lumea Essential BRI863, is one of the best. A lot. then go for it. I know that’s not an especially helpful reply but there doesn’t seem to be a clear answer on this topic. You probably need to add an extra minute per leg if you’re 6ft tall. Thank you. The Philips Lumea Prestige is the first IPL device that comes with curved attachments for every body part – four attachments for face, body, underarms, and bikini. Paper cuts at stake (Cambodia). (I also feel a sting if there’s a hair that I’ve missed when shaving, so just be sure to get all the hairs while shaving that you want to treat) I have used it over stretch marks that have already gone white, and have had no issues at all. I’ve not been paid or sponsored by Philips to write this. But oh Lordy Lord does it hurt down there. Otherwise click on those links above if you don’t. My guess is this is for legal reasons – it’s safer for them to say that. If this method keeps my body hair free for about 1-2 months and results in hair growth reduction after a while I am happy with it. I suffer terribly with ingrown hairs in my bikini area. So after 3 years of 1 session a month I would say the hair down there (male) has reduced by 90%? Also if one were to zap the entire area on full power do you think they could achieve complete hair removal? The only area I shave are my underarms and bikini line, and yes those parts are where the problem lays. Thank you so much for the really detailed review! That would be around £3,000 to treat my lower legs, bikini and underarm. So after a year, today I zapped my legs with this device and I hope using this will further reduce the remaining hair both on my legs and mustache. Is it right to say the purpose of the phillips lumea is to reduce the hair significantly, but still require waxing if you want to achieve butter smooth skin? Like you I can’t shave due to ingrown and boils. Hope that helps. Answer: yes and no. Coupled with the fact that ‘those’ hairs are more fierce anyway and I wasn’t surprised to have less success downstairs. It didn’t even come up as a valid option when I was doing my research and the reviews I quickly checked on my usual UK websites give it bad reviews. I was between this device and the tria4X. Convenient, cordless design for easy operation… Before using the Lumea, legs must be hair free. Good luck! Hi Steve, I actually had to Google Tria – it must be a lot more popular in the USA (perhaps because of the ‘FDA accredited’ claim that we Brits don’t know/care about). I’ve written in more detail about my experience using the IPL on my bikini area (aim: Brazilian). But here’s the thing – both with at home IPL and professional IPL, it requires upkeep. Which often leaves me with red lumps, bumps and spots. A word on sponsorship: I paid for my Philips Lumea with my very own money. I was thinking of buying an IPL device for my wife as she has been asking for laser treatment lately. Black Friday is by far the best time to buy your Philips Lumea. Hi Kathleen, I thought that too but this is on the Philips Lumea website: “Removing hair from your skin before using Philips Lumea is very important. Hi Ani, thanks for stopping by and sharing your experience with ‘expensive’ laser. I have been using Philips Lumea IPL Bri863/00 for about 9 months the now-a healthy amount of time to formulate a well-researched opinion to share with you guys. Well, simple. Tip needed – I struggle to get the leg head to align with the thinner parts of my leg, mainly around the shin. (I’m not crazy I ramped up the intensity at salons too – will bare pain for results). There is clearly an improvement after the two first sessions; the hairs grows thinner and most of it its gone as seen on the photo. Thanks. Why this machine? I recommend keeping an eye on prices for all the models in the next month or so. I know, it makes no sense! Hi Regina, thanks for stopping by and sharing your experience. Some work better than others but none work completely. Add the fact that I often go to developing countries. I have to say, the idea of buying a cheap (probably knock-off) on eBay terrifies me and the fact you had pain for up to an hour later makes me even more worried. I haven’t used it on my face so I can’t tell you whether it works but my guess is if it can tackle my very dark bikini line hairs, it can cope with face hair. the leg attachment isn’t a good fit for bony shins, you’ll never feel as smooth afterwards compared to having a wax, it’s boring so your commitment and therefore hairlessness might wane, you need to time it right before sunshine exposure (probably also true of waxing? Of course, I did my research and briefly considered buying the cheaper Braun product, as it was another brand I’d heard of. One last question Is this safe to use on my 11 year old daughter? So don’t forget to shave before proceeding with the IPL treatment. Hi Alexa, here are my answers: 1) yes, I can and do. Sadly, I tend to pack light so it’s overall too big and heavy for me to take on my travels, which means I still need to plan my IPL sessions around being at home, but for most people that won’t be an issue. I rarely look a razor to my legs but would regularly shave my underarms between waxing sessions. Overall I am happy with the machine, and although I am not hair free there I totally recommend it. Good to know (for comparison with the Lumea) that the expensive laser isn’t permanent. She bought the device a while ago, and she was kind enough to share her experience with us, so this is her Philips Lumea Review. And lastly, I have facial hair with peach fuzz. Hi Henna, I did read that the laster kills ingrown hairs that are stuck under the skin. I imagine stretch marks might fall into the same category as scars and varicose veins, which would be a no (though I used it on both). Before then I never shaved because I was not ashamed of it even though I knew I was a bit hairy. It’s taken me over a year to write this. Thank you for taking your time. When I first bought the machine, I understood this too but I think the advice must have changed. I was curious, since you are able to get this done at a salon, you should in theory be able to do at home – but that’s where I can’t get an answer. So I finally stepped out of my comfort zone, picked up the shaver and started shaving just the leg…a year later when I was 19. So, I don’t tend to want to carry a lady rug around in my underwear or nestled in the pit of my arm. The Philips Lumea was really easy to pick up (as a skill, not just physically) and after a few sessions it would take me: So, definitely under 30 minutes to do those areas including set up and put away of the IPL. Eventually it should help but I’m not sure laser will ever get you hair free totally (or maybe when I’m 73?!) The machine itself I’d give a 9/10 on ease of use. Well, if you need to imagine it, it’s like a teenager that hit puberty and starts having this hair problems. Things that I think make a difference are number of heads/attachments (make sure they cover the areas you need) and zapping time. Hi Lisa, I completely understand. I’ve seen early Black Friday deals on Amazon with prices as low as £200 (for an older model) which is and absolute steal. But if it doesn’t really work then no point for me to even go ahead. For bleached hair, I think you’ll need to let it grow back in its natural colour as IPL doesn’t work on blonde hair – it needs a colour contrast between the hair and the skin colour. Ingrowns were one of the major reasons I went with IPL. The drawback I felt with the Advanced was it being corded, but if the Prestige works faster with the cord I feel like I would be using it with the corda lot more often. Does It Really Work? Philips says 18 or older for using their device. Stretch marks? I also travel. having an old-school veet strip applied to my bikini area which removed not one bit of hair it was so old and dried. Sure, I’m British but I have dark hair and it gets darker the further south you go, if you know what I mean. Thank you so much for your great review. is it really suitable for the more intimate parts of the bikini area? I have had many many diode laser treatments since 2015 both on my face and legs. Compared to the user manual, the app is slick. And this is where I fell down. The upside is that it’s quick. My hair didn’t seem any different. While I saw a significant hair growth reduction especially on my lady mustache and my lower legs, I still need regular laser touch ups. 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