Intense Pulsed Light
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is a treatment in which gentle pulses of light are applied to the hair. The light is absorbed by the melanin (pigment) in the hair, and converted to light energy. This light energy then travels down to the hair root, stimulating the hair follicle to go into its resting phase.
As a result, the hair falls out naturally and regrowth is discouraged, leaving you with silky-smooth skin.
Clinical studies with Lumea IPL Hair Removal System have shown you can obtain significant hair reduction after two months or 4 treatments. For optimal results, simply repeat the treatment when needed, based on your individual hair growth pattern.
- As with other light-based treatments, IPL's effectiveness depends on the level of melanin in the hair. Melanin is the color pigment that absorbs IPL. Due to the low levels of melanin in light-blonde, white/grey and red hair, light-based hair removal treatments are not effective on these hair colours. IPL treatment is also not suitable for women with naturally dark skin tones.
After tanning, wait for the recommended period of time before you use Lumea IPL Hair Removal System, and do not use it if you have sunburned skin. Be aware that all types of tanning darken the skin, so always check the Lumea skin/hair color table. If appropriate, adapt the light intensity to a lower setting to avoid skin reactions and side effects.
Your skin will be more sensitive directly after an IPL treatment. Wait for the recommended period of time or until all redness has disappeared before you expose treated areas to the sun. Cover treated areas when you go out into the sun or use a sunblock (+30 SPF) in the two weeks after treatment.
For more information, please check the user manual provided with your Philips Lumea IPL Hair Removal System.
- Using Lumea IPL Hair Removal System is simple, straightforward and comfortable. You can achieve hair-free, silky-smooth skin after just a few treatments. There are no replacement lamps to buy.
Philips Lumea should not be used by women with medical conditions such as skin cancer, lesions, epilepsy, vascular disorders, immunosuppressive disorders or skin allergies to light. If you take medications that cause photosensitivity or other reactions, please consult your doctor before use and follow your prescription's instructions.
Do not use Philips Lumea IPL Hair Removal System if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and do not use the appliance near any piercings, tattoos, injection sites (e.g. for insulin), pacemakers or implants.
In clinical trials with Philips Lumea IPL Hair Removal System, no women rated the experience as painful, providing the correct settings according to skin tone and hair color were followed. Some women did describe experiencing a 'warm sensation', 'prickling' or 'itching', but in most cases these disappeared within a few minutes or an hour.
To get accustomed to Philips Lumea, it is recommended that you make test flashes near the area you intend to treat, using the lowest recommended light setting. Once you are comfortable with this, you can increase the light setting, but it should never become uncomfortable.
- Appliances from the Philips Lumea range* have won a number of prestigious international awards for its innovative technology and efficacy.
- Find out how to make the most of the benefits of long lasting hair removal with IPL.
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