Philips Lumea IPL Advanced Update┃one year of use

IPL treatment at home update

Last year around this time I purchased the Philips Lumea IPL Advanced system and I’ve been using it ever since. I wrote my initial review here, but today I’m bringing an update after 1 year of use.

How often did I end up using it?

At first, I used it every two weeks four times, so altogether 8 weeks, then took a 4-week break, as suggested. This allows for the hair to fully grow back and you can see if you missed any spots etc. I used their app to track my treatments and it even sends you a reminder of when to do your treatment, so you don’t forget. My hair was really thin and almost invisible at this point, but I was certainly not hair-free. I did another cycle, using it every two weeks and I noticed a big change then. My hair grew back in tiny patches, and even when it did, it was invisible and I could go for about 3 weeks with no shaving at all.

When did I stop?

Then, I got a bit lazy with it and stopped using the IPL treatment for a while (I think around springtime), and my hair gradually started growing back more and more. I stopped using it when the sunny, hot days came around due to the potential sun damage on my skin, as laser makes the skin more prominent to UV rays.

How is my leg hair now?

Now, one year later, I shave every week and a half to two weeks and the hair is growing back stronger and stronger each time. This was a long process and my leg hair is still not the same thickness or density as it was before using the IPL treatment. It was of course expected to not be completely hair-free, like the salon laser treatments, as IPL is not as powerful as those. Next time, I need to time out my treatments better, so I can have a hair-free summer, not spring, like this year.

What do I use to shave now?

I recently purchased the Philips SatinShave Prestige BRL170 – yes, I can’t seem to stay away from skincare machines. So far I really like it, it’s much faster to shave with this machine as opposed to a regular razor, as it is wider. It takes a bit of practice to get it right – you need to hold it under a certain angle to get all the hair – but when you do, it’s your best friend. You can use it for wet or dry shaving, which makes it perfect for any quick touch-ups. I personally only use it on my legs, I got slight irritation from razor bumps when I used it on my armpits due to the big machine and a small shave area.

Philips Lumea Advanced

Would I suggest the Philips Lumea IPL?

In my opinion, it’s a perfect alternative to expensive salon treatments. It’s well priced (around 260 eur) and you can even get it on sale from time to time. I’m aware it’s not for everyone, maybe you can’t be bothered to sit and do the treatment for 30 minutes every two weeks and would rather pay to have someone do it for you. I think it takes a bit of planning and adjusting to your own hair to find that sweet spot and be hair-free for up to 6 months, as I’ve read in some other reviews. Overall, I would recommend it to everyone that loves to do treatments themself and can stick to the routine of doing it every two weeks or so.

That’s all for today’s post, thank you so much for reading it! Check back soon for more posts x

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