Using Lumea

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.

How do I use it?



First shave the areas you want to treat, to ensure that the light energy is channelled effectively to the hair root.

This is generally only necessary before the first 4-5 sessions, when you still experience some hair regrowth.


Then select the correct light intensity for your skin tone at the time of treatment.

This will ensure gentle but effective results, while avoiding redness.


Place the device at a 90° angle to the skin. When the 'ready to flash' light appears, you can release a flash.

Move the flash window to the next area and repeat the action, ensuring there is some overlap to avoid missing any hairs.

How long does it take?

Treatment times depend on the area to be treated and the light intensity used. You can see the average treatment times per area.

When to not use Lumea IPL Hair Removal system

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.

Does it hurt?

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.

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