Philips Lumea IPL Hair Removal Drilled
It is always exciting to check out a new laser hair removal system. At 2014 we saw more and more companies releasing their latest laser / IPL hair removal system to the markets. The latest arrival of a home hair removal device is the small and compact Philips Lumea IPL. The official name is: Philips Lumea Comfort IPL Hair Removal System.
In this post you can read more about this device and learn more how it may meet your needs. First we must say that according to the FDA, home hair removal device, can only promise ‘hair reduction’ and not ‘hair removal‘. But since we are too used to calling these systems “hair removal”, we will use this term, though they all reduce hair growth and not fully eliminate it.
Philips Lumea Comfort IPL Hair Removal System
The Philips Lumea Comfort IPL is using the IPL technology (invented by the Israeli Dr Shimon Eckhouse) which emits an intense light pulse at the skin, the light energy gets attracted by the dark matter in the hair and turns into heat, the heat zaps the root of the hair the hair growth is slowed or even discontinued. In the Philips user guidebook, you may see they refer to the technology as Home Pulsed Light (HPL), don’t worry, it’s IPL technology under a slightly different name.
The device has 1.2-3.6 J/cm2 energy level, which is similar to other IPL systems. The Lumea has a 100,000 flash capacity which is by far more than most of the competitors like Remington IPL or Veet InfiniSilk, which have up to 5000 flashes and then a replacement cartridge needs to be purchased.
The downside is that when the 100,000 flashes are finished (approx six years!) the device will cease to function.
The device is corded, which is a great plus! It means continuous power, and no ‘low battery’ beeps during the treatment. We mention this factor because we noticed that in some of the item’s images the cord is not seen, which may create the impression it is cordless.
Philips Lumea Eye & Skin Safety
Many people who think of purchasing a home hair removal system, are worried from the safety aspects. The Philips Lumea has standard safety mechanism to ensure the users do not emit IPL pulsed to their eyes and has safety sensors to prevent IPL being pulsed on dark skin. These two safety measures will ensure a safe treatment with the Philips Lumea IPL when used reasonably.
1. The eye safety mechanism prevents the system from pulsing light unless the treatment window is placed fully on the skin. This prevents accidental pulsing of light toward the user’s eyes.
2. The skin tone sensor, is located just below the treatment window (see image) and it checks the user’s skin tone before pulsing light on it. Because light energy turns to heat when it is absorbed by dark matter, pulsing light on dark skin can cause the tanned/dark skin tissue to burn!
There are 5 energy level settings, you should begin with the lowest setting, and gradually raise the level. The IPL is not painful, but for some people it may be unpleasant.
There is a warmth sensation after each pulse, and to prevent side effects, you should move the applicator at each pulse to prevent overlapping and treating the same spot over and over.
You can read more Amazon customer reviews about the Philips Lumea IPL Hair Removal system here.
Best Candidates For The Lumea IPL
The best skin and hair combination for a successful treatment, are people with dark hair on fair Caucasian skin. For them most of the light will be absorbed by the hair and not by the skin and the heat will affect the hair.
The Lumea system like any other IPL or home laser, (except ELOS) are not safe for people with naturally dark skin or people with tanned skin complexion. The device will not remove also grey, white or red hair, as there is too little pigment for the light to react with.
Can The System Be Used For Facial Hair Reduction
By the manufacturer user manual the system is “not recommended” for facial use. But they will write anywhere it is designed for “Gentle and effective even on the most sensitive areas of the body”. And the image shows a model doing facial hair removal. I think the FDA clearance does not approve home systems to treat facial use, to be extra sure no eye damage is caused. So the official PDF guide will say “not recommended” and all the rest will say something else..
Even when reading their own specs page you can see they specify treatment areas and mention “Face (upper lip, sideburns, chin)”.
You will not be at risk as long as you follow the safety guidelines which are to stay away from the eyes areas, no eyebrows treatments and no high sideburns. To be careful around the lips, because they are pigmented! Use safety goggles to reduce the light flashes when treating the face. And always use the lowest settings when treating the face.
The system can be used on bikini line, and even lower.. By using the lower settings the energy gets more bearable, and even full pubic hair removal can be done carefully.
Philips IPL is User Friendly
The cons of the Lumea Comfort IPL system:
- Not safe for tanned or dark skin or people with blond, red, white or grey hair.
- The fact that when the 100,000 flashes are over the system will reach the end of it’s functionality.
- The treatment window is rather small compared to some IPL systems, which means more pulsing is required to cover the same skin area.
The device has some pros compared to other IPL systems.
- It is small and compact, which makes the treatments easier.
- The Lumea IPL holds more flashes than compared systems. Most of them have 2000-5000 flashes per cartridge only, the Lumea has 100,000!
- The device has a gliding motion feature, which reduces the treatment time, and allows the user to glide the device rather than step press for each flash.
- Smaller window size 2.7cm² means more precise when treating delicate areas like facial hair (upper lips, chin) or bikini line.
Philips Lumea IPL Hair Removal Conclusion
The bottom line is that the Philips Lumea IPL can reduce for the right candidates up to 75% of the hair. Mind that effectiveness varies from person to person, because each skin is different, by tone, texture, pigments, hormones, skin thickness, oil level, hair thickness, hair color, hair type and other personal segmentation.
You can get the Philips Lumea IPL Hair Removal system here, and read Amazon’s users comments and reviews.
We hope this covers most of the main features you may have wondered about.