I’ve been delaying this review for so long – I know! I have been messaged endlessly on my Snapchat and Facebook to talk about my experience. But I really wanted to try it for at least a month before passing a verdict.
Now I got introduced to the world of laser hair removal last year, when I started going to a dermatologist in Karachi and Jeddah for it. I only got my face done professionally. It felt really good to not have to worry about regrowth for a whole month. And as the number of sessions increased the gaps became longer. So I would be able to be hair free for months before needing another session. However, the dermatologist in Jeddah gave me a big, fat burn from her machine and since I couldn’t just depend on Karachi trips for Laser sessions I needed another method.
Which is when I got my Philips Lumea. It cost me approximately SAR 1299 – PKR 37000 (from what I can recall) when I got it. It was on a great deal at a store and I got the older model i.e. SC1997 which is the older model. It is not battery powered and has to be plugged in – which is actually more feasible because I have heard the battery in the newer models needs a lot of taking care of. Considering this can last a good few years the overall cost per session is even lesser than getting waxed. I say it is phenomenal value for money.
What is IPL
IPL is not like Laser and instead works like a flash-lamp, sending out scattered wavelengths of light, making IPL very targeted. That also means it affects the pigment in your skin too, so IPL only really works for those with light to medium skin and dark hair.
How do you use this?
Now this has 5 levels of intensity. And works only for people with light to medium skin with dark hair. If your skin dark and your hair light or your skin is light and the hair is light colored too – it will not work for you. My skin tone is about NC 30 in MAC Foundations and I do have dark hair so it works brilliantly for me on the 3-5 intensity levels. As mentioned earlier I have gotten laser done on my face professionally so hair growth there was already lighter but for the rest of my body it was the first time through this device.
- You first need to remove hair from the area you want to use the device on. Using a razor is best because you don’t want to remove the roots of your hair which is what will stay under your skin and be destroyed by the IPL. Shave a day before for best results and make sure your skin is clean and dry when you start.
- Find a power socket and plug the device in. Make sure the room is lit well and you are close to a mirror if you are doing your face.
- Plug it in and pick an intensity level by pressing the power button.
- Hold the head window against your skin pressing completely down on the skin till the white light is on. That’s the ready light and you can now press the flash button on the gun.
- Wait for a few seconds before targeting the next patch.
Does it hurt?
My pain threshold is REALLY low. I’m the girl who gets traumatized after blood tests. With a butterfly needle. But this does not hurt at all except a slight zing. If it hurts, you’re doing it wrong. Lower the intensity. And always – do a patch test before running this over your face or body.
Is it safe?
Yes – I believe so. It is designed for people like us who have no training and has safety features to ensure you don’t get burnt. If your skin isn’t the color suited to the technology it won’t work on you. And unless the device is fully pressing down on your skin at a 90 degree angle it will not flash.
Is it difficult to use?
Not at all! Super easy. Takes 15 minutes to do both the legs. But like any other hair removal method it does get tiring and tedious. However, after using it, you don’t have to worry about regrowth for at least 2 weeks (if you’re in your initial sessions) and for months if you have gotten lots of prior sessions.
What accessories does it come with?
My specific model has 2 heads – a small one for precision on the face and a larger one for body and large areas. The 2 cm2 precision attachment and the 4 cm2 body attachment. Other than it has its cord to plug it in and a small bag to keep the kit.
What is your verdict?
I have to say, despite the fact that it initially burned a hole in my wallet, it has to be one of my best purchases. Especially since I live abroad and even going for a wax costs a fortune. Don’t expect the results you would get at a clinic with this device. Because the laser technology you would get a dermatologist would be far superior than this at home IPL technology. But this is great to use at home and is literally a small fraction of the charges you would have to pay a professional.
According to recommendations online one should use this once in 2 weeks for the first 4 sessions and then decrease the frequency of sessions. That has worked pretty well for me and is also great for someone who has gotten laser treatment professionally in the past and now simply wants to maintain the regrowth.
However, because of the fact that this does not work on all skin tones and hair types be sure that your skin tone is in the range that is recommended by the device.
You can purchase this on Amazon or ask one of the many pages that deliver to Pakistan to purchase and deliver to you! In Saudi Arabia it is available at Saco and Extra Stores.