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Say hello to Philips' most powerful IPL hair removal device yet. With over 250,000 flashes and designed for an easy at-home experience, the uniquely curved device and intelligent attachment heads adapt to your body and switch between specialist treatment modes. Plus, you can enjoy up to 6 months of hair-free and smooth skin when you follow the recommended treatment plan. With an attachment head for the face, body, bikini line and underarms, it’s never been easier to remove unwanted hair.
There's also a free Lumea app to download - available on both Apple and Android - where you can get personalised hair removal tips and IPL coaching. Not only will it help to boost your results, but you’ll get the most out of your device with a bespoke treatment plan for each body area.
- Philips Lumea Prestige BRI947 IPL Hair Removal Device
- Four attachment heads - Underarm, Bikini Line, Body and Face
- Storage pouch
- User manual
WHAT IS IPL?
IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. It works by sending gentle pulses of light into the root of the hair. The hair then goes into a resting phase and gradually falls out. The amount of hair that your body grows will also decrease. Safe and effective, IPL hair removal can be used on the face and body - including on sensitive areas. Philips Lumea IPL devices have even been clinically tested and approved by dermatologists for their quality and safety.
IS IPL RIGHT FOR ME?
The Lumea Prestige is safe and effective for a wide range of skin types and hair colours. It works on naturally dark blonde, brown and black hair, and skin tones from very white to dark brown. IPL hair removal is not safe for those with white, grey, light blonde or red hair, and is not suitable for very dark skin. This is because these skin tones and hair colours don’t have the appropriate pigmentation required.
MAKE IT PERSONAL
Choose from 5 energy settings or allow the smart skin sensor to do all of the work. A variety of attachment heads also make it easy to tailor your hair removal treatment, depending on where you’re treating. These include:
•Underarm attachment - Curved in design, this is ideal for treating those hard-to-reach areas and comes with a medium-sized window. After using the Lumea, 86% of women were satisfied with hair reduction on their underarms.
•Bikini area attachment - Extra light and with a transparent filter for boosted comfort, this head adapts to your body’s contours for maximum contact. 78% of women said they were satisfied with hair reduction in the bikini area.
•Body attachment - With the largest treatment window, this head is perfect for quickly treating areas like the arms, legs and stomach. 83% of women were satisfied with the hair reduction on their legs.
•Face attachment - Ideal for your upper lip, chin or jawline, this attachment head has an extra filter for added safety as well as the smallest and flattest treatment window. 84% of women were satisfied with hair reduction on their face.
WHY IT WORKS
Even if you’ve never done a hair removal treatment before, it’s easy thanks to Lumea's SenseIQ technology. The skin sensor automatically detects your skin tone and chooses the right light setting for you. The smart attachments also adapt the treatment for your specific body area. In short, it does the thinking for you.
SAFE AND EFFECTIVE
Studies have shown that the Philips Lumea device reduces hair by up 92% in as little as 3 treatments. You can be confident in the safety of the device too as it comes with an integrated safety system to prevent unintentional flashing and an integrated UV filter to protect your skin.
IT'S AS SIMPLE AS
Step 1: Remove any excess hair. Attach your chosen treatment head.
Step 2: Hold the device on your skin to allow the sensor to adapt its setting.
Step 3: Slowly slide the device across the treatment area, avoiding flashing in the same spot. Repeat until the entire area has been treated.
The first 4 treatments must be carried out every 2 weeks for best results. To maintain results, use the device every 4 weeks for a top-up. After 8 top-up treatments, you can enjoy hair-free skin for up to 6 months.
Delivers greater than 250,000 flashes
Time to treat: armpit (2.5 mins), lower legs (8.5 mins), bikini line (2 mins) and face (1.5 mins)
Never use the device if you have skin type VI (you rarely to never sunburn, very dark tanning). In this case you run a high risk of developing skin reactions, such as hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation, strong redness or burns.
Never use the device if you are pregnant or breastfeeding as the device was not tested on pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Never use the device if you have any active implants such as a pacemaker, neurostimulator, pump etc.
Never use the device if you take any of the medications listed below:
- If your skin is currently being treated with or has recently been treated in the past week with AHAs and BHAs.
- If you are taking photosensitising agents or medications, check the package insert of your medicine and never use the device if it is stated that it can cause photo-allergic reactions, photo-toxic reactions or if you have to avoid sun when taking this medicine.
- If you take anticoagulation medications, including heavy use of aspirin, in a manner which does not allow for a minimum 1-week washout period prior to each treatment.
Never use the device:
If you have diabetes or other systemic or metabolic diseases.
If you have congestive heart disease.
If you have a disease related to photosensitivity, such as polymorphic light eruption (PMLE), solar urticaria, porphyria etc.
If you have a history of collagen disorder, including a history of keloid scar formation or a history of poor wound healing.
If you have epilepsy with flashlight sensitivity.
If your skin is sensitive to light and easily develops a rash or an allergic reaction.
If you have a skin disease such as active skin cancer, you have a history of skin cancer or any other localized cancer in the areas to be treated.
If you have a history of vascular disorder, such as the presence of varicose veins or vascular ectasia in the areas to be treated.
If you have any bleeding disorder.
If you have a history of immunosuppressive disease (including HIV infection or AIDS).
Never use the device:
If you have infections, eczema, burns, inflammation of hair follicles, open lacerations, abrasions, herpes simplex (cold sores), wounds or lesions and haematomas in the areas to be treated.
On irritated (red or cut), sunburned, recently tanned or fake- tanned skin.
On the following areas without consulting your doctor first: moles, freckles, large veins, darker pigmented areas, scars and skin anomalies. This can result in a burn and a change in skin color, which makes it potentially harder to identify skin-related diseases.
On following areas: warts, tattoos or permanent make-up
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