Who is it suitable for?
Philips Lumea works effectively on (naturally) dark blonde, brown and black hairs. As with other light-based treatments, Philips Lumea is NOT effective on red, light-blonde or white/grey hair. This Philips Lumea is also NOT suitable for very dark skin (please see chart).
Why do you need the Philips Lumea facial attachment?
Light from an IPL flash is white; white light is made up of all colours. Only orange, red and infrared light penetrate the hair follicle deep enough for effective hair reduction. Lumea’s red integrated UV filters protect your skin from UV light.
Certain Lumea models contain additional filters for body and face treatments. The facial attachments UV filter provides extra protection and prevents skin damage to the face. The facial attachment should only be used to treat unwanted hair on cheeks, upper lip and chin, this attachment has been designed to treat the facial hair safely and effectively.
Should i have to prepare my skin before treatment?
Pretreating your skin - Before you use Lumea, you should pretreat your skin by removing hairs on the surface of your skin. This allows the light to be absorbed by the hair parts below the skin surface to ensure effective treatment. You can either shave, short-trim, epilate or wax. Do not use depilatory creams, as chemicals may cause skin reactions.
If you chose to wax, please wait 24 hours before using Lumea to let your skin rest. We recommend that you take a shower before the treatment to ensure that all possible residue of wax has been removed from your skin.
1 Pretreat the areas you intend to treat with Lumea.
2 Clean your skin and make sure it is hair-free, entirely dry and free from oily substances.
Note: Once the hairs stop growing back, which usually happens after 4-5 treatments, you no longer have to pretreat your skin before you use the device.
Should i perform skin test before using Lumea?
When you use Lumea for the first time or after recent tanning, perform a skin test on each area to be treated. The skin test is necessary to check your skin's reaction to he treatment and to determine the correct light intensity setting for each body area.
1 Choose an area close to the area you intend to treat.
2 Turn on the device. Make sure you select setting 1.
3 Put the device against your skin and press the flash button to release a flash.
4 Slide the device over the skin to the next area to be treated.
5 Increase the setting by one level, apply a flash and slide the device to the next area. Repeat this for all levels within the recommended range for your skin type.
6 After the skin test, wait 24 hours and check your skin for any reaction. If your skin shows reactions, choose the highest setting that did not result in any skin reaction for ubsequent use.
How do i place and remove attachments?
Placing and removing
To place the attachment, simply snap it onto the light exit window.
To remove the attachment, pull it off the light exit window.
How do i use attachments?
You can use the body attachment to treat unwanted hair on several body areas below the neckline. You can use it for example for fast treatment of larger areas like legs.
The facial attachment includes an additional integrated light filter for extra safety and you can therefore use it to treat unwanted facial hair on the upper lip, chin and deburns.
- Do not treat your eyebrows with Lumea.
- When you treat the area above your upper lip, be careful that you do not flash on the lip
Bikini area attachment
The bikini area attachment has a special filter for treating the coarser hair in the bikini area.
How often i should use Lumea?
For the first 4 to 5 treatments, we advise you to use Philips Lumea once every two weeks to ensure that all hairs are treated.
After the initial treatment phase (4-5 treatments), we recommend touch-ups every 4 to 8 weeks, when you see hairs growing back. This is to maintain results and enjoy smooth skin for months.
The time between treatments may vary based on your individual hair regrowth and also across different body areas.
Is there any common skin reaction after treatment?
Your skin may show slight redness and/or may prickle, tingle or feel warm. This reaction is absolutely harmless and disappears quickly. Dry skin and itching may occur due to shaving or a combination of shaving and light treatment. You can cool the area with an ice pack or a wet face cloth. If dryness persists, you can apply a non-scented moisturizer on the treated area 24 hours after the treatment.
After use, you can safely apply lotions, creams, deodorant, moisturizer or cosmetics to the treated areas. If you experience skin irritation or skin redness after treatment, wait until it disappears before applying any product to your skin. If you experience skin irritation after applying a product to your skin, wash it off with water.