Today I have a rather exciting product to give you an overview of and my impressions so far, the Philips Lumea Precision Plus IPL hair removal system.
I am one of those girls that don’t mind waxing, I have gotten used to the pain but I will avoid it as much as possible as I really dislike waiting for the hair to become long enough to wax again. So I usually end up shaving, which is fast but still annoying because I’m also one of those people with extremely fast hair growth (on my legs at least) and could probably shave everyday. So when the opportunity to trial the new Philips Lumea Precision Plus IPL was offered to me I literally jumped at the chance. I have tried IPL before so I already knew what the process was like and I was pretty comfortable with the idea.
The Philips Lumea Precision Plus to me resembles a sci-fi laser gun, that once charged is cordless and easy to use. Charging took roughly 1.5 to 2 hours and the battery lasted for the treatment of my entire body. The device now also features the face attachment and the 100,000 flashes the device generates should last 5 years to maintain results. It is recommended that the IPL be used every two weeks for a minimum of 8 weeks then every 1 to 2 months for maintenance purposes.
As of now I have done three treatments, well to be a little more accurate I have done 2.5. On my third round I decided to shave my legs then only do one side to see how much the hair growth had actually slowed down. It definitely has, the side I used the IPL on took a couple more days to be noticeable whereas the side I just shaved (no ipl that round) appeared again in 3. Because I haven’t completed the 4 to 5 treatments I will update this post as I go. For my pale skin with dark hair it is recommended that I use the 4 or 5 setting.
- Very easy to use, the device won’t ‘flash’ unless there is full contact with the skin. So easy I can watch TV whilst doing it.
- Can be used on upper lip and chin, sideburns, underarms, arms, stomach, bikini area and legs.
- There has been no pain with the Philips IPL, but there was a bit of discomfort on the bikini line (more of a ‘heated’ feeling than actual pain though).
- Fairly quick, I would say similar time to waxing.
- Can only be used every 2 weeks on shaved hair. Doing it more often does nothing but increase the risk of skin reactions and if there is hair above the skin there can be a ‘burning’ of the hair. It has to be shaved not waxed, (waxing if done properly pulls the entire hair out and there needs to be hair in the ‘growing’ phase under the skin for it to actually work).
- Cannot be used one very dark or fake tanned skin. Or on light hairs. (this is obviously not a problem for me but this is all explained on the box and instruction booklet)
- Can’t use on pregnant or breastfeeding women, some medications and with some diseases so make sure you check these out before purchasing.
- No gels to use with it!
The Philips Lumea Precision Plus IPL retails for $1299 in Australia. I have seen a few people comment online that they had seen it on sale for $799 but as far as I know that was actually for the older model which doesn’t include the face attachment and doesn’t have as long a life as the new ‘plus’ version.
As I mentioned before I will update this post as I go but so far so good!
Disclosure: The Philips Lumea Precision Plus was sent to Madame B Fatale for trial purposes and as always all opinions are my own. There has been no monetary compensation for this post.
UPDATE: it is the new version for that price I went in and checked.