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Reduces hair growth but a little high maintenance
on 18 March 2015
I've been using this product for about a year now. In case it can help anyone decide whether this product is for them or not, here are some of my personal pros and cons I've experienced from using this product, and I've got some tips for use too:
- Hairs do get finer and growth is reduced with continued use
- It has reduced number of ingrown hairs for me
- Very minimal discomfort in use (mostly a flash of heat)
- Device is easy to use and easy to clean
- Device is cordless which is convenient
- Good battery-life of product
- Hair growth hasn't been 100% eliminated for me. After a year of treating every 2 weeks I've seen a reduction of about 60-70% - but I still need to shave the remaining hairs that still grow. (And you can't use waxing, hair removal creams or any other method that removes hairs from the roots because in order for the Lumea treatment to work you need the roots of the hairs to stay in the skin). It's worth noting though that different bodies may respond differently. Some people have found more than 60-70% hair reduction. Just thought I'd mention that :)
- Some body areas respond better than others: underarm for me hasn't reduced hair growth as much as the legs did.
- It's quite time-consuming to do the Philips Lumea treatment AND the pre-treatment shaving
- For facial hair removal, shaving the face in the areas pre-treatment as the instructions specify is kind of terrifying the first few times.. I got used to it eventually though, and thankfully my worst fears about shaving the face (people warned me "it'll grow back thicker and coarser!") didn't come true. When coupled with using the machine it has resulted in finer, lighter, less obvious facial hair growth.
- It's not a permanent hair removal solution, and in my experience, it requires constant upkeep. It requires quite a lot of discipline to keep doing this treatment every 2 weeks, especially if you're doing large areas like both legs (though smaller areas like upper lip or underarm are easier to keep up). I should note that because different bodies respond differently, some people have found that instead of having to treat every 2 weeks, they can go much longer before needing a top-up treatment.
- It's kind of hard to make sure you've treated all the skin in a complete, even way. On my legs I've found that I have little rectangles with really sparse hair growth where I've done the "flashes" but occasionally there's a rectangle that's surrounded by a little frame of hairier skin that I must have missed. I try to overlap the flash-zones during treatment to avoid getting these hairy frames, but for me it's been tricky to avoid getting them.
Tips for use:
- Read the manual to make sure you're using the product safely.
- Wait a couple of hours between prepping the skin (shaving) and using the Philips Lumea to avoid redness and irritation
- Close eyes for the flash when you hit the flash-button - the light is kinda bright. Either that or sunglasses.
- For large areas like the legs, I recommend using a white eye liner pencil to mark where you've already done. It helps you keep track.
- You're not supposed to use the machine on very dark skin or on moles (I think it's because the darker colour absorbs too much of the light to be safe). If you have moles on the area you are treating, use white eye liner pencil to paint over moles so that if you accidentally go over one, it'll be ok.
- Don't be scared of using the highest setting if the manual tells you your skin is the right skin-type for the maximum setting. I was really scared at first and spent the first 4-5 treatments on setting "3" just in case the higher setting was too painful or because I was scared a higher setting might burn my skin but the result was a minimal reduction in hair growth. Once I was brave enough to ramp up the setting to "5" (full strength), I started seeing results. I should note though that I still use setting "4" rather than "5" on my face because the skin there is more sensitive and is a little red and puffy after "4" so I wouldnt want to risk a "5". (The redness & puffiness goes away after like 20 minutes though)
- Be consistent and don't leave it too long between treatments
Overall: Even with only 60-70% reduced hair growth, I still felt this is significant enough to make a difference so overall I'm l happy I bought this product.