Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Guest Review! Philips Lumea Hair Removal System (sp)

Today I've got a guest post from my best friend Lissie for you all! Philips approached me a few months ago and asked if I would be interested in reviewing their Lumea hair removal system. Having known Lissie wanted to try out an IPL system for ages, I asked if she'd like to take it on a test run for me. Here are her thoughts...
When Fleur initially approached me to try the Philip’s Lumea Precision Plus I positively jumped at the opportunity. Since around the age of around 14, I have tried endless ways under the sun attempting to remove unwanted body hair. This ranges from foul-smelling hair removal creams, to unbearable waxing and the both painful and time consuming epilating. And still, 12 years later, I search for that elusive, cure-all solution that is both pain-free and effective...

In Philips Lumea Precision Plus I think I’ve found that magic combination. Its ease of use, creating real results and most of all the fact that it is pain free (for me!), has now made this my go-to product for depilation. Having used it regularly for the last 3 months I cannot recommend it highly enough.
When it first arrived I was initially impressed with how it looked. It has a sleek design to it and is also lightweight, making it really easy to use. Additionally, it also came with a small case for it to sit snugly into, so you are not heaving a large box around with it, either for storage or travelling.

The product works by applying gentle pulses of light to the hair and the hair root, just underneath the skin. As a result of this, hair will shed from the skin naturally and it also prevents regrowth. You need to shave the desired area first (be it leg, armpit, bikini line etc.) and then consult the skin tone graph as to what light pulse intensity would be suitable for you. With fairly dark hair, and somewhat pale skin, I chose the second highest setting of ‘4’. You then need to decide which attachment is appropriate for the area that you are depilating. The one I use the most is the ‘body’ attachment, especially suitable for legs, however there is also a ‘face’ attachment, a smaller piece with an extra integrated light filter, suitable for sensitive areas and also hard-to-reach places, such as armpits.
You then place the Precision Plus at a 90° angle to your skin, and when all contacts are touching the skin, a green flash light shows that you can start the process. This is when you chose to use either the ‘Slide & Flash’ mode, especially useful for legs, where you can do long strokes, with the product pulsating light at regular intervals, or the ‘Step & Flash’ mode, where you place the product precisely where you want it to flash, useful for awkward areas, such as the knees. Whilst it did take me a couple of minutes to get used to the product, ensuring I did not overlap areas that had already been flashed, I quickly became used to it, and realised how quickly this can be done. Within about 10 minutes I had done my lower leg. Within half an hour I had completely finished.

I will happily admit that I was more than slightly sceptic as to how effective this would be. However after only one use, I already could see the result on my legs, where the hair took longer to grow back and was thinner than previously. Having now used it for the past few months, repeating the process once every 3 to 4 weeks, I can now really see the difference this has made on all the different areas I used this.  My underarm hair is not as coarse as it once was, and my legs need far less maintenance than they used to, something I am definitely looking forward to come summer. If you are after a pain free hair removal product that shows results after consistent use, this is the one for you, I really cannot recommend it highly enough.
“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.

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