Thinking Laser Hair removal??

Laser hair removal can be expensive, with a bikini line costing up to $100 and at least 6 treatments needed it can be a costly luxury some cannot afford. When I heard about a new gadget called LUMEA from Phillips which is a DIY laser hair removal device I had a few questions I wanted to know more. Amy Erbacher is the product ambassador for Phillips Lumea, and a beauty expert. What I wanted to know was does LUMEA really work? with a price tag of $1199.95 it could well be a worth while investment. Amy was kind enough to answer my laser hair removal questions….

Who is an ideal candidate for IPL?

IPL works effectively on naturally dark-blonde, brown and black hair. It is suitable for most women, except those with skin type VI (you rarely or never get sun burnt and you tan very darkly) and those whose body hair color is white, red, grey or light blond. Treating dark skin with a light-based depilation method can lead to skin reactions such as skin sensitivity such as redness, burning and discoloration of the skin.

It is a good idea to do a test patch on the skin 24 hours in advance of treatment. To prepare the skin, make sure the area if free from skincare and tanning products and is not sunburnt.

Once using the Philips Lumea treatment or any other IPL laser, avoid going out in the sun without SPF 30+ sunscreen on the treated areas as it may be sensitized slightly after treatment.

IPL is offered so widely now, how do we know which salon or clinic to choose?

As with any professional beauty treatment, it is important that you do your research before choosing where to go. Make sure you choose an experienced and well-trained IPL operator. It also never hurts to ask for recommendations from family and friends. The best thing is that you no longer have to go to a salon to experience the benefits of IPL technology. You can do it from the comfort of your own home with the Philips Lumea.

Are there any skincare requirements or recommendations to use during the course of your IPL treatments?

Before starting your IPL treatment, the areas you intend to treat should be shaved carefully using an electric shaver or razor blade. It’s important that you do this as treatment on unshaven or improperly shaven areas can also have a number of undesired effects where the hair can actually burn and cause an unpleasant smell. You will need to shave before treatment for as long as hairs are visible. Using the Lumea, hair re-growth will stop after approximately five treatments, in most cases.

It’s also important that the skin is clean and you should avoid applying any type of cosmetics, creams or lotions to the areas that will be treated. If you do not shave and clean the areas you want to treat properly you may increase the risk of the occurrence of skin reactions/sensitivity such as redness and/or discoloration.

Are DIY IPL systems like Lumea as effective as in salon IPL treatments?

Light based solutions are both available in professional salons for hair removal and at home hair removal solutions. Professional salons in general use light intensities at a much higher energy level, which makes hair removal results last longer. However, you will often hear these treatments referred to as long-term rather than permanent as 100% permanent removal is difficult to guarantee.

Permanent hair reduction, as defined by the FDA (Food and Drug Authority of the United Sates), is the long-term, stable reduction in the number of hairs re-growing after a treatment regime, which may include several sessions.

At home laser or IPL solutions work in a similar manner and quite often use gentler light intensities. Although this may result in hair removal that doesn`t necessarily last as long as after a professional treatment, it is proven to be just as effective and longer-lasting than other at home hair removal method such as waxing, epilating, shaving etc.

Philips Lumea works with professional IPL technology adapted for home use. This technology has been used successfully and safely by the beauty industry for more than 15 years. No serious side effects or damage from long-term use of light-based hair removal devices has been reported.