How Often Should I Use Philips Lumea

Philips Lumea IPL on the bathroom counter

Are you considering investing in a Philips Lumea System?

With a large range of attachments, the options of cordless or corded and an exceptionally long lifespan, many people choose a Philips Lumea system for all their body hair removal.

Philips Lumea is one of our favourite brands for home IPL use because:

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  • It can be used anywhere on the body
  • It has extra UV safety filters for sensitive areas
  • You can chose between corded and cordless
  • It can last for decades with no replacements needed
  • You get more for the price than with other IPL brands

How often do I need to use the Philips Lumea?

The whole point of IPL systems is that they save us time.

It’s such a faff to shave your legs every day or make a waxing appointment and then, y’know, go through the horror of waxing.

But how much time does the Philips Lumea actually save you? How often do you have to use it?

The Science Behind It

Philips Lumea works by a system of flashes.

These Intense Pulsed Light flashes get to the core of the hair follicle and effectively switch them off - they stop growing.

As the light only works on actively growing hairs, and not all hairs are active at the same time, the first few treatments need to be closer together than treatments from then on.

Treatment Schedule​

The first four treatments need to be completed every two weeks on the areas you want to be hair free.

To give you an idea of how long these treatments take, with the Philips Lumea it takes just 15 minutes to do both lower legs.

After the initial four treatments, you no longer need to treat every two weeks and can instead move to 4-8 weekly treatments. That’s just one treatment every two months!

Week #

Treatment Required

Week 1

Treatment

Week 2

-

Week 3

Treatment

Week 4

-

Week 5

Treatment

Week 6

-

Week 7

Treatment

Week 8

-

Week 9

-

Week 10

-

Week 11

-

Week 12

-

Week 13

-

Week 14

-

Week 15

-

Week 16

Treatment

Week 17

And onwards!

That’s a whole lot of treatment free weeks!

Considering you have to shave every day to keep smooth skin or wax every three weeks, IPL treatments every two months is nothing.

The infrequency of IPL treatments mean that it’s a fantastic system for not only busy people but also:

  • People who travel a lot or for long periods of time - backpackers no longer need to lug around razors or worse, try buying them in far-off places.
  • Hair-free holidays - no more spiky legs on beaches or last minute speed-shaving!
  • Big events - who wants to shave their legs on the morning of their wedding?
  • Winter - Shaving or waxing in winter is a nightmare and its easy to put it off or just not bother. But do you really want hair legs over the winter months? No! Just use an IPL system and have smooth legs all year round!
  • People who value their time - You know it and we know it, time is precious. Rushed hair removal can be messy, gives you a rash and often draws blood. With IPL, you don’t even need to do it more than every two months, let alone rush it!
  • People who value their money - IPL devices can seem expensive as they are essentially covering 20 years of hair removal in one purchase.
    • But not only does this mean you never have to buy razors or pay for waxing ever again. It also saves you money through saving you time. Philips Lumea doesn’t require any additional purchases at all.
    • Guess what, you don’t need to have extra long showers to shave in hot water! Extra long showers for shaving mean more money washed down the drain in power and water consumption. The savings with IPL are endless.

So now you can see that with just one treatment every eight weeks, you’ll be saving yourself time, money and effort with a Philips Lumea IPL system!

Philips Lumea SC2009

Top of the range

Application Areas

  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Belly
  • Bikini
  • Underarms
  • Chin
  • Sideburns
  • Upper lip

Pros

  • Great life span with 250,000 flashes
  • Hands down best of the range

Cons

  • Pricey

The SC2009 has got it all; 250,000 flashes, body, bikini and facial attachment and it’s cordless. This one is a long-term winner for those who want to invest in a great IPL machine.

Philips Lumea SC2005

Best budget lumea

Application Areas

  • Arms
  • Legs
  • Belly
  • Bikini
  • Underarms
  • Chin
  • Sideburns
  • Upper lip

Pros

  • Great life span with 250,000 flashes
  • Best budget Philips IPL hair removal system

Cons

  • Not for use on the face

The SC2005 is great with just a couple of compromises. This has a body attachment but it lacks a bikini and face attachment. If you can overlook this then you can get yourself a bargain.

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