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My first memory taking notice of body hair was in a year 7 P.E lesson, I remember it vividly. Sitting in the school hall with my navy gym shorts, bright red polo top, and football boots. Some of the girls were making fun of those with ‘hairy’ legs, I suddenly felt a pang of ‘oh my god’ when I looked at my legs with, y’know, natural hair growth but girls are mean, especially at that age. I subtly rolled my socks up to hide my legs and avoid any confrontation with the mean girls.

I don’t know if high school is quite as bitchy as it was when I was there, but I’d like to think times have moved on from when I was a kid, and that young people are more accepting of each other, and our natural bodily functions.

My mum didn’t want me to start using a razor, she warned that it can cause thicker and faster hair growth and offered to take me for a leg wax instead. I was so excited! I couldn’t wait to get rid of the hairs on my legs and flaunt my hairless pins during my next P.E lesson. I did just that, but what I hadn’t accounted for was the awkward in-between phase of waiting for the hair to grow back and wax. Cue me subtly rolling up my socks a few more times until my mum eventually gave in and bought me a razor.

Since then, I’ve mostly relied on a humble pack of 5 value razors, and experimented with a few hair removing creams and treatments in-between. To be honest, I’ve found anything that isn’t a razor a bit of a faff. A razor is easy to use in the shower but I do find myself shaving daily as my hair grows quite quickly. I celebrate those that let their hair grow naturally and don’t care, but I personally just feel better when I’m hair-free. It boosts my confidence and makes me feel better about myself when my legs and armpits are silky smooth.

Introducing the Philips Lumea

After hearing great things about the Philips Lumea, I really wanted to try it for myself. Hair-free for up to six months? Count me IN! I’m always a little bit sceptical with promises like this, so I was eager to find out whether the Lumea would work for me and produce the results I was after.

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If you’re unfamiliar with the Philips Lumea, it’s an IPL hair removing device that uses light pulses to essentially tell your hair to stop being so eager and chill out a bit, as it puts the hair into a resting phase It’s a pain-free process which can result in 92% hair reduction in just three treatments. The Lumea has been developed with dermatologists, so it’s safe to use and even suitable for sensitive skin too. There’s also an app you can download which offers personalised support and guidance.

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How do you use the Philips Lumea?

I wanted to test the Lumea on my armpits, as I find this is where my hair grows fastest and thickest, so I was really putting it to the test! As you can see in the ‘before’ pic, although I’d shaved that morning, I was already showing a fair amount of armpit stubble, and would need to shave again the next morninghence why the Lumea was so appealing to me.  Although the images don’t do it justice, in the ‘after’ photo my skin is smoother and noticeably different. I don’t have the stubble, and I’ve seen a great reduction in hair growth.

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The Lumea is also so easy to use.I actually recorded a little video which I published on my Instagram showing the easy three-step process.

Step 1: Remove your hair with a preferred method

Step2: Use the SmartSkin sensor to enable the Lumea to determine the correct setting for your skin tone

Step 2: Press the treatment window against your skin in a 90-degree angle and wait for the ready to flash light and press the flash button

Step 3: Slide the Lumea across the desired treatment area while flashing

It’s as easy as that, it takes a matter of minutes and you can barely feel a thing.

How did I get on with the Philips Lumea?

I found the Lumea incredibly easy to use, and after just ONE treatment, I could already see a difference. I used the Lumea a total of three times over six weeks and saw a great reduction in hair which meant I didn’t need to use my razor every day anymore. Impressed? Most definitely. It has saved me a whole load of time and effort every morning and it’s great not having to think about shaving, especially with summer approaching. I’ve now started using the Lumea on my legs too, I actually did my first treatment last week and I’ve already started to see the results and less/slower hair growth than usual. It’s also worth noting that you can charge the Lumea to use it cordless which makes it much more comfortable to use in my opinion.

Before & After! *I had just shaved so had shaving stubble, but a big bonus for me since using the Lumea is how much smoother my underams are.

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So far I’m thrilled, and the Lumea will definitely remain a staple in my self-care routine. With a fair few trips planned over the summer, it’s a relief to have one less thing to think about..

I’ll update you guys how my hair removal journey with Lumea continues and how I got on but I’m almost certain I won’t be disappointed.

Where Can You Buy The Philips Lumea?

The Philips Lumea is available to purchase via the Philips website,  and although it’s a little pricey, when you think about how much money you’ll save on razors, hair removal cream, waxes and treatments…it is SO worth it! A full body laser hair removal treatment costs £3,780, when compared to the cost of the Lumea, you could save up to a staggering £3,000. The average woman spends £12 per month on at home hair removal methods, a further £30.67 per month on in salon hair removal methods! It makes total sense to invest in a Lumea, and the reviews also speak for themselves.

Stay tuned and keep an eye on my Instagram for progress updates…

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