Dream of a hair free body? Intense Pulsed Light (or IPL for short) was the answer to my prayers! And definitely Philips Lumea IPL has become my number one beauty device.
Over the years I have tried and tested many beauty devices, for all sort of things, hair, manicures, skin… When I discovered this one, I was a bit skeptical at first: I couldn’t believe it was going to be as good as promised. But backed with decades of medical research I thought I would give it a try, and I can assure you it is the one beauty device that has changed my life!
I have jet black hair, which looks lovely on my head, but it has been a real pain (sometimes literally!) everywhere else.
When I was about 14 I started waxing at the salon, but on top of the pain and the money it costs, my hair is so thick and black that even after 3 or 4 days you could already see it growing back again. In an attempt to save some money and the convenience of doing it at home, I tried DIY waxing kits, from heat in the microwave pots, to different wax machines like the ones in the salons. All these methods proved to be very messy, expensive, and even more painful since beauty technicians actually know how to pull to minimize the pain.
I quickly gave up on the DIY wax, and bought yet another device, an epilator. It was the top of the range at the time, promising to get rid of even the shortest of hairs, without having ingrowing ones: both turned out to be untrue. It didn’t work for me. I had loads of ingrowing hair after using it, some even getting infected. And I still remember the day I used it on my underarms, what a disaster; the hair was a bit too long for what the machine could handle and it got stuck and then started bleeding from where the machine was trying to rip the hair from my skin. Never again!
I then switched to shaving my legs and underarms, but this is no fun. You waste a lot of time, since at most it only lasts a couple of days. And the worst bit for me was the shadow of dark hair in my underarms, which I couldn’t get rid of.
This then led me to look for alternatives, and I can proudly say that after a lot of research, I found the answer!
The solution: Intense pulsed light (IPL) hair removal
What is IPL
IPL devices work by delivering pulses of light in the right wavelength that target hair follicles. This hair follicles absorb the light, and are heated which means that the hair production is stopped. Hair follicles have a specific cycle of being active and inactive, and only a few hair follicles would be in the active phase at a given time, hence the need to repeat the IPL treatment several times for it to become effective. But after about 4-5 treatments with my Philips Lumea IPL I declared myself hair free.
Does it really work?
Yes! This is not a permanent method, since the follicles will eventually become active again, and the hair will grow, but it will take years to do so. For example, I did the initial 6 treatments under my arms 5 years ago. I then became pregnant and breastfeed both my babies, so I didn’t use it for 3 year, and only 1 hair grow in one underarm, and 2 in the other! Which I happily removed with my tweezers.
I now only do about 1 top up treatment every 6 months, and it keeps my hairs at bay.
Test of time
I can vouch for my Philips Lumea IPL. I got my one six years ago, and they have only improved since, in the number of flashes the devices will deliver, to how long the battery lasts. However, my six year old device is still going strong, allowing me to do both lower legs in one charge session.
IPL hair removal started 25 years ago, and specifically Philips Lumea IPL has been desingned in conjuction with dermatologists and tested on over 2000 women. Used according to the instructions manual is a very safe method for hair removal.
With all that said, I can only vouch for IPL as the number one beauty device that has changed my life, and that I can proudly recommend.
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