It’s officially legs out season! Whilst I’m all for body hair if that your thing, I absolutely love the feeling of soft, hair-free legs (and, ahem, other areas) – so I’m going into how I achieve that with the help of the Philips Lumea Prestige.
A little while ago in a post about body confidence, I briefly mentioned that I had started doing my own IPL hair removal at home. Understandably so, a bunch of you asked how it was working out and if it was worth it, so here I am a few months later with a more in-depth review.
Cutting to the chase, YES, it works. Whilst this imagery is all about the legs, in honesty, most of my Lumea efforts have been focussed on my bikini area (thought it best not to go posting pictures of that on the internet). Without getting too graphic, this is where my hair is thickest and darkest (the best kind for IPL)- I’ve even likened it to wearing a little furry pair of shorts before as it’s more than a little unruly down there. Waxing is a no-go for me (ouch), and shaving always felt a little like a battle through a dense jungle (oh dear, it’s getting a little TMI up in here isn’t it?), whilst shaving my legs felt like a necessary evil, shaving my bikini area was an ordeal. Well, not any more!
So, what is IPL? This little space-age-looking gun emits high-intensity pulses of light that cause your hair follicles to shed. The Philips Lumea Prestige comes with three different attachments – one for larger areas like legs, one for your face and another for bikini. It’s recommended that you zap your chosen areas four times bi-weekly before you see a difference. The time it takes to complete the session will depend on how many areas you’re working on – legs do take quite a while, whilst everywhere else can be done in a matter of minutes.
Unfortunately IPL isn’t right for all hair colours/skin types as it targets the colour pigment in hairs (making those of us with pale skin and dark hair the best candidates) so do be sure to check the chart on the website to ensure you’re right for IPL.
Purchasing one of these can feel like a bit of a splurge, but if you were considering going to a salon, it’s far far more cost effective – you can do it on your own terms in the comfort of your own home, and don’t need to worry about a stranger poking around your bits and bobs.
I won’t lie, I’ve not been as religious with the Lumea as I should have been – I managed to stick at it for around 6 weeks, but even after that I could see a dramatic difference. Okay, I wasn’t hair free, but the ‘shorts’ were no more. I had large patches with no hair at all, and the hair that was coming through was sparse, and so much easier/quicker to remove with my razor than ever before. The effect was felt the most on my bikini area despite also treating my legs and underarms, this is possibly because I tend to keep the hair short on those areas at all times, so I hadn’t allowed it to grow enough to see.
Winter had me feeling a little lazy and I didn’t make the effort to ‘zap’ as much as I should have, but this just proved to me that using my Lumea made a difference, as after a few months my hair was back. It’s worth mentioning that all it took was a couple of weeks worth of using it again to get back to where I was. It’s not a miracle cure that will remove all of your hair forever, it requires top-up sessions, but the beauty of having it at home in my cupboard is that I can do that whenever necessary.
Now it’s summer, I’m back at it, and plan on concentrating on my legs, because there is nothing I love more than the feeling of smooth, tanned legs. It’s a total luxury. An exfoliating scrub in the shower followed by a session with the Lumea and then some of my favourite leg-perfecting lotions is such a treat.
And if all of that was a little long, let’s sum it up with a few pros and cons:
Pros: Cost-effective hair removal, despite initial price. IT WORKS. Totally pain free.
Cons: Can take a little while if working on large areas, only works on certain hair colours/skin types, if you want 100% permanent hair removal, this isn’t the product for you.
I couldn’t recommend the Lumea enough if you’re the right candidate for it. And please know that despite this post being sponsored by Philips, I had purchased the Lumea at full-price for myself and used it for months prior to this post.
This post is sponsored by Philips but this in no way affects my views and experience of the product
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