Philips Lumea Prestige on brown Asian skin compared to IPL, sugaring, waxing, threading, Soprano or ND Yag?
Let’s face it, the bane of a woman’s life is hair removal. Let’s have a look at some of the methods of home hair removal then a close look at the Philips Lumea Prestige model for more permanent hair removal.
Well if you want the hassle of shaving your legs practically every day, or every other day, not to mention the nicks, cuts and the stubble, then this is definitely not the best way of women’s hair removal. It also doesn’t leave your skin as silky smooth as some other methods of hair removal. This also doesn’t remove hair from the root, so it grows back thicker and with more stubble. It may be fine for a quick fix when you’re on the run, but it’s definitely not the best method.
You can combine this method with the Philips Lumea Prestige (which I will discuss later).
This is a really good method for home hair removal and in the beauty salons. The wax strips are less messy, quick and easy and remove hair from the roots. Hair grows back softer and finer and generally this method lasts up to 6 weeks. The residue doesn’t wash off and you have to use an oil or finishing wipes to remove any excess residue. You can buy a home kit waxing machine, that can be a little messy, so be careful to cover your floors and carpets. Be warned, having wax on your carpet, isn’t easy to remove.
You can buy wax and melt it in a wax pot which controls the temperature and use strips to then remove the hair. Or you can use ready max wax strips themselves that don’t need heating. You can also get wax beads which you can melt and use.
This is another really good method, and the residue is really easy to wash off. There are many good DIY methods to make this at home, although you have to be careful of the temperature that it’s not too hot when placing on your skin.
This is good for smaller places of your body, like your upper lip, however it does take time to practice and learn how to do this effectively. Alternatively, you can go to a beauty salon. This method removes hair from the root, so it grows back finer and lasts up to six weeks.
Laser hair removal
There are various methods of laser hair removal, don’t think that all laser is the same. For example, there is IPL hair removal that uses pulsed light and is generally not suited to very dark skin, or even some south Asian brown skin tones. This is due to the fact that the light works on the pigmentation of the hair (colour of the hair). The more contrast between the skin and the hair, the more effective this method of hair removal. It works best on fair-skinned people with dark hair.
As a person with a light-medium toned Asian skin, I went for six weeks of IPL at a salon, for my upper lip and chin and neck area and although it reduced hair growth and reduction, I did find I needed much more than six treatments to see better results and it didn’t justify the cost for me. The did turn up the setting towards the last treatment and it slightly burnt my skin and left a small scar on my neck.
I have also tried Soprano laser on my upper and lower lip and while it being slightly more effective than IPL, I still didn’t feel it was best suited to my skin tone.
I have also tried ND Yag laser hair removal. This has been the best and most effective on my hair. Within a six-session process, I now haven’t had hardly any hair grow back in two years on my underarms and growth on my upper lip has been much slower and finer and it worked much better than the IPL at the beauty salon. Although I must admit, I have the odd one hair grow on my underarm every now and again, but nothing to really worry about. I think I had no underarm hair for over a year, and now maybe one or two (since before I bought the Philips Lumea). Although I had to go for touch ups now and again on my upper lip (before the Lumea). I recommend this above other methods of hair removal for Asian and darker skins tones.
Philips Lumea on medium-brown Asian skin
I recently decided to try the Philips Lumea for my legs and Bikini line and arms. I wanted to go again for ND Lag laser however I thought I would invest in this, seeing the price would be a lot less over the long-term of going to a beauty salon and I get the convenience of using it whenever I need at home. I have medium-brown asian skin, so I was a bit unsure if it would be effective, but I thought I would give it a try,
I bought it on sale for half price, from Boots, which was an excellent bargain as it was the newest model of the Philips Lumea Prestige. I bought it mid-June and now it is the end of August, so I have been using it for a little over two months.
Settings of the Philips Lumea
It has five light energy settings from 1-5, 5 being the highest setting for hair removal. It has as a smartskin sensor to skin test to automatically calculate which number you should use the device on your skin. Mine is generally a 4 setting and my bikini line, I use a lower setting of 3.
It claims to “prevent hair regrowth to feel continuously hair-free” and uses IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). I have the Philips Lumea Prestige model which as 4 unique attachments for each area of the body: face, bikini, underarms and general body parts.
You can use it cordless or corded, so you don’t have to worry about running out of charge half way through a treatment. The charge usually lasts two full legs treatment before needed a charge. Although I tend to keep it on charge while using, as its quicker to treat.
Treatment Duration and Usage
You should use it every 2 weeks for the initial 4-5 treatments and you can download the handy Philips Lumea app to remind you of treatment times. In between treatments, hair falls out naturally and growth is slowed.
After the initial 2-5 treatments, you can start using it every 4-8 weeks and if you use the app, it sets the reminders accordingly. The app also records what setting you are using and how comfortable you found the treatment.
There are two flash modes, one for stamp which means you press it once for a flash of light, or you hold it and it continuously flashes.
It claims that each lamp has 250,000 flashes and comes with a 2-year worldwide warranty. The lamp lifetime does not extend the Philips 2 year warranty. However, if you work out the cost of IPL or other laser treatments at a beauty salon, the cost of the Philips Lumea, outweighs this by far.
Treatment times per body area
For face – the face attachment has a 2cm squared treatment area window. It is suitable for the upper lip, chin and jawline and estimates a 1.5 minute treatment time.
For Bikini – the bikini attachment has a 3cm squared window size and is curved and as an extra transparent filter. The hair in this area tends to be stronger and thicker than other parts of the body, so this attachment is unique to this area. Treatment time is estimated around 2 minutes.
For Underarms – the underarm attachment has a 3 cm squared window size and is curved to treat hard to reach underarm hairs. Treatment time is estimated at 2.5 minutes
For Body – the body attachment is the largest, being 4.1 cm squared. It is curved for optimal skin contact and treatment time is approximately 8.5 minutes in total for both legs.
Where you can’t use the Philips Lumea
You can’t use it near the eyes or on the eyebrows, on the lips, nipples, areolas, labia, vagina, anus and inside the nostrils or ears. Or near anything artificial likes silicone implants. In addition, it is not suitable for children under 15 years of age.
How IPL Works in the Philips Lumea
IPS technology is gentle pulses of light which are applied to the skin and which is absorbed by the hair root, The more contrast between hair and skin colour, the greater the results as the better the pulses of light are absorbed
The light pulses stimulate the hair follicle to go into the resting phone, thus making the hair shed naturally and prevents and slows regrowth.
The hair cycle consists of different phases and IPL only works effectively when the hair is in the growing phase. However, it is important to remember that not all hairs are in the growing phase at the same time.
Model types for the Philips Lumea
The Philips Lumea comes in various models such as BR1959, BR1956, BR1954, BR1953, BR1950
Best types of hair and skin colour for the Philips Lumea
The Philips Lumea is not effective on light blond, grey, red or white hairs as these type of hairs do not absorb enough of the light. It is also not recommended for very dark skin tones. The Philips Lumea actually won’t work on light skin tones as it has an inbuilt mechanism to prevent it from allowing the pulsed light to beam out when it touches darker skin tones.
The instructions say in between treatments you can use the normal method for hair removal, but I have heard shaving is the best in between IPL treatments, so that is what I have been doing.
After the first 4-5 treatments
Touch-ups are recommended every 4-8 weeks after the initial period when you see hairs growing back. They will probably go back patchy. I definitely noticed hair growing back in some areas and not in others.
I found hair on my arms grew a lot less and only in certain places. My legs were also more patchy in places and there was a definitely noticeable hair growth reduction in many areas.
My bikini line also now has sparser hairs and some places where there are none.
How am I finding it after two months of usage?
I have been using the Lumea for 2 months. I started using it mid-June and now it is the end of August. I have a tanned Asian looking skin, medium brown. I was sceptical at using it as I found 6 sessions of IPL at a beauty salon many years ago was not so effective for me. I have found a definitely noticeable reduction in two months that has definitely been worth the investment for me.
When I first started shaving my arms and legs the hair did grow back quite quickly every few days could feel the hair. I persisted with shaving and using the Philips Lumea Prestige every two weeks, actually at the beginning I was more desperate and used it every week, for a few weeks. Although the manufacturer states it doesn’t work any faster if you use weekly and it may damage the skin so best to stick to every two weeks initially. After three proper sessions, so 6 weeks I definitely saw a slow improvement in hair reduction in some places and growth. It was only after 2 months that I can say I have seen a massive improvement. I have patches in places but even then the places it does grow back at a much slower rate.
Skin type and light intensity setting
If you have white/ fair skin and always sunburn and never tan, you may use light intensity 4 or 5/
If you have beige skin and you tan minimally but easily get sunburnt, you may use light intensity 4 or 5.
If you have light brown skin, you sunburn easily and tan slowly, you may use light intensity setting 4 or 5.
If you have mid-brown skin, rarely sunburn and tan easily, you may use light intensity setting 3 or 4
If you have dark brown skin, rarely sunburn and tan easily, you may use light intensity settings 1m 2 or 3.
If you have brownish black or darker skin, you rarely or never sunburn, very dark tanning, you cannot use the device as it simply will cut off, won’t allow you to use it and it won’t work on your skin.
I found a certain strip on my bikini line it simply won’t work, maybe because there is slight pigmentation, and I have a very small strip of hair there as it has worked in other places on my bikini line. I am hoping over time I am able to do that strip.
You can check the light intensity setting, with the sensor feature, but this may be overridden for example if it says to use light intensity 4 but you find it more uncomfortable you can change the setting to 3, but it won’t be as effective.
How does the Philips Lumea feel to use?
It feels slightly uncomfortable when the pulsed light touches your skin, like a zap of heat, but not burning. I usually apply Aloe Vera gel to the area after use. Some areas are more sensitive than others, like the backs of my legs below the back of my knees.
To buy or not to buy?
If you are considering costly IPL treatments at a beauty salon, I would definitely recommend the Philips Lumea Precision for hair removal at home. I have no regrets and I will add to this post in a few months to update on my results.
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