As the days get shorter and we transition into the times of long cosy evenings with the logs crackling in the fireplace, we tend to relax a bit with our shaving routines. I mean, putting on jeans does not require us to have our legs shaved above our ankles, at least not on such a regular basis. Let’s be honest, no one wants to spend more time coming up with weird stretches in the bathroom just to make sure that spot at the back of the thigh doesn’t have a patch of hair growing in its full swing. Only to discover one next to your ankle when you get out of the shower. Every. Single. Time.
No wonder we look forward to winter when we can save the poses for yoga classes and not risk our lives in the shower (or staining your fresh new Christmas bedding with blood, because somehow I always end up cutting myself when I shave).
This year, I’m using the opportunity not only to save me time now but also benefit me in the summer when my legs are expected to be as hairless as possible. To do so, I purchased a Philips Lumea IPL hair removal device. This beauty promises to give you up to 8 weeks of hairless skin! And that also means 8 weeks when you don’t have to pick up the razor. Let’s talk some more about that, shall we?
Philips Lumea IPL uses short pulsating light which is meant to stop your hair from growing back. It’s suitable for most skin tones and hair colours. It gives the best result when used not too long after shaving/epilating because the most access the light has to the root of the hair, the better. This method of hair removal is one of the most popular as it is said to be the fastest and most efficient.
I was very much apprehensive when people were telling me about removing my hair using a laser or anything like that. It sounded very much Star Wars or Matrix style to me. It also looked painful whenever I saw it on TV (actual beauty shows, not ads). I stopped believing in adverts when I saw women smiling whilst waxing or epilating. It lead me to make some painful choices and now I’ve got trust issues, because, guess what, I did not smile at all. In fact, I wanted to throw my epilator across the room.
So imagine me, being pinned down to the sofa by my mum and sister aiming this pulsating light device at my armpits and me screaming even though nothing happened yet?
I’m starting to think I’m overly dramatic sometimes.
Guess what? They pressed the button and… it didn’t hurt. All I felt was a bit of warmth like I put a hot cloth on my skin and that was it. No pain at all. To my disappointment, my hair was still there but that was just the beginning of my journey.
I purchased my own Philips Lumea when I got my first full-time job. I had money to spend and it was 50% off, yet it still took me about a week before I put it in my basket. Have I ever regretted it? Not even once.
I’m not going to lie, it does hurt a tiny little bit now that I started using it on its highest setting. It’s not the same pain I went through with my epilator though. It feels a little bit like being pinched and burnt at the same time (am I selling it to you yet?). The feeling is slight and very much bearable. Lower settings don’t hurt at all, but I’m impatient and my body hair is stubborn. And it leaves a funny smell in the air – after all, you are burning your hair follicles so it will smell of that. Everything we do to get rid of the body hair, eh?
That would be all the minuses I could find in using Philips Lumea. I have been using it for a while now and can see a big difference. I no longer have dark patches under my armpits that I used to have despite shaving. My hair grows back a lot slower and there is definitely less of it. In some places, there is none to be seen at all. It does take time to happen, so you need to take it into account. To see first changes, Philips says you need to use the device for at least 3 times (works out to 6 weeks as you use it every 2 weeks). I still have to use it as often as I’m not 100% satisfied with the result and I am certainly not giving up.
To sum up, Philips Lumea is definitely a device worth investing in. I did not end up with 8 weeks of hair free legs (yet!) but it definitely made my life so much easier. I would highly recommend it if you’re tired of shaving and the whole pain of it. And if you want your skin to look like you put a lot of effort into it when, well, you didn’t have to do it for a couple of weeks.
Until next time xx
What methods do you use to remove your body hair?