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After trying out the Philips Wet & Dry Epilator, I was excited to then try out their new compact home IPL hair removal system which promises pain-free hair removal. The Philips Lumea SC1981 is a compact beauty gadget that uses IPL technology in the comfort of your own home. So what is IPL? It stands for intense pulsed light and it is what is normally used in salons when you go for laser hair removal. The light stimulates the hair follicle to go into a resting phase and as a consequence the hair sheds naturally until hair regrowth is prohibited.

Philips Lumea SC1981

Philips previously had the Lumea Precision Plus home IPL which was a bigger gadget and much more expensive at £450, this one however is now priced at £200 to make it slightly more accessible for those of us who want to be able to try it. Comparing it however to the price of waxing in a salon or even adding up the costs of shaving at home, it definitely becomes a cost-effective option for hair removal.

Philips Lumea SC1981 Hair Removal Review

The device itself easily fits in your hand and you have to use it plugged in, which is really easy to do as it has an extra long cord. The Lumea SC1981 has 100,000 flashes which relates to the pulses of light, giving you they say over four years of treatment.

Will it work for you?

So the Lumea is suitable for skin types 1-4, so it will work effectively on naturally dark blonde, brown and black hairs but will not work on red, light-blonde or white/grey hair. The compact comes with a guide to let you know if you are suitable and also what strength to use it on, which are numbered 1-5.

Philips Lumea Sc1981 Review

Philips Lumea SC1918 Guide

How long does it take and where can I use it?

Philips suggest doing up to 6 treatments every two weeks and then maintaining once a month afterwards until as necessary to stop the hair growing back. The process itself doesn’t take long at all. For legs I’d say about 15 mins and underarms about 2 minutes! It works on legs, underarm, bikini and face.

Does it hurt?

Unlike the epilator this doesn’t hurt at all. All it is are light pulses, so you won’t feel a thing. There are different strengths depending on your skin colour so just make sure you choose the correct one to avoid it getting too hot on your skin. For me I started on a 3-4 and then went up to a 5 as that felt fine for me, but it all depends on you. But it is completely pain-free!

Philips Lumea SC1981 IPL Hair Removal

How do you use the Philips Lumea?

Shave the areas you want to work on ready for removal. Place the machine over the part you want to IPL and press the top part down, it will omit a flash and then you can move onto the next. You can also hold that down and glide it along to send pulses out. You can see it in action in the video below.

Does it work?

For me, so far so good. I have been using this for 6 treatments now which has been over a period of 12 weeks, I have seen a big difference in my hair growth. It is less coarse, very soft and hasn’t grown back in as much, so I can definitely see it starting to work. For me I think I will need a few more before it completely goes.

Hear more on my results and see a demo of how to use it in my video. The Philips Lumea SC1981 is priced at £200 and is available from Boots.

Have you tried this type of hair removal before, I’d love to hear your thoughts?