IPL hair removal at home

(16 Posts)
ThisOnesForYou Sun 14-Jun-15 20:08:30

Has anyone used an IPL machine(?) at home?
I'm considering getting one but don't really know where to start.
I've seen threads on here but couldn't find a recent one so any recommendations would be great!
I have olive skin and very dark hair and my priority is to remove hair on chin/neck.
Thanks in advance!

ThisOnesForYou Sun 14-Jun-15 21:08:38


Looserella Sun 14-Jun-15 21:22:17

Yes, I have one and it's amazing for legs, bikini line and underarms. Took a few months to see results but a year later there is minimal hair, just the odd missed one on my legs and the knees are still hairy but I just run a razor over them - perhaps it the thicker skin? I'm pale with dark hair and can't comment on its use for facial hair.

mcdog Sun 14-Jun-15 21:25:24

Which machine do you have loose?

ThisOnesForYou Sun 14-Jun-15 23:34:36

The only one I remember people discussing on here is the Lumea but the thread is a couple of years old so I'm sure things have moved on a bit now. Are there any other types worth considering?

Talisin Sun 14-Jun-15 23:47:13

Lots of threads on this recently. This is probably the longest.

Floralnomad Sun 14-Jun-15 23:53:19

I've just bought the Illuminage Touch , I've only had it a couple of weeks so can't vouch personally for it having the desired results but the reviews I read seem very positive . I must say it is incredibly easy to use and doesn't take long to do a treatment .

ThisOnesForYou Mon 15-Jun-15 06:05:11

Thanks Talisin! I thought I'd seen one but a search only brought up really old ones. I'll go and have a read. flowers

Marymaymay Mon 15-Jun-15 06:44:33

Don't don't don't use it on your face!!! I have olive skin, used it on my face and now have bad pigmentation which requires factor 50 all year round. Great for rest of body though.

Looserella Mon 15-Jun-15 07:54:18

I have a Philips Lumea, not sure which model

Floralnomad Mon 15-Jun-15 09:39:01

You can use the Touch on your face ( below eye level) and it treats all types of skin .

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 15-Jun-15 11:17:24

Mary - I always thought you should only use it on your face if you are pale with dark hair and olive skin was an absolute no no.

TheFlis12345 Mon 15-Jun-15 13:03:31

I have a Lumea and it's incredible! Properly life changing. After a few months use I now have virtually no leg hair (just the odd few which I zap as they appear) and no armpit hair at all.

AdventureBe Mon 15-Jun-15 13:16:17

How dark does hair need to be? I am very pale and blonde on my head but the hair on my upper legs is darker, but still fair, maybe mousey coloured. Would it work?

squoosh Mon 15-Jun-15 13:20:33

Oh I'm desperate to get a Lumea! Love the idea of having permanently hairless armpits.

butterfly133 Mon 15-Jun-15 19:25:38

I just bought this from QVC, 90 day money back guarantee


huge purchase for me, only made because of the money back guarantee. used it yesterday and it says not to use it again for 2 weeks. My skin is fair and quite sensitive but I used the full power with only a bit of redness and itchiness today - complicated by the fact that I get a lot of random redness and itchiness so may be no connection!

I'm still a bit confused about how I am meant to know which areas to treat. I used to epilate so have only patchy hair but really wanted to kill it off for good. I feel like I have spent enough of my life removing hair!! I will post an update at the end of 90 days. My main concerns is my arms - dark hair and fair skin being a nuisance.

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