If you are looking for a pulsed light epilator for whole body treatments at home, the Philips Lumea Prestige is a particularly good choice because this model is one of the most efficient on the market today, while being easy, ergonomic. and comfortable to use. Indeed, this top-of-the-range hair regrowth prevention device is the brand new model concocted by the famous brand Philips promises 75% hair reduction after 4 uses. We will see in our test that the price-performance ratio is excellent in the long run and the user reviews are very good. Here is our test in more detail to learn more about the Philips Lumea SC2009.
The summary of Philips Lumea Prestige SC2009 Review:
A handy epilator
First of all, at the first grip, the device seems very solid compared to other models which we feel the fragility of the plastic. It is also heavier because wireless, the weight is largely explained by the built-in lithium battery. It takes about 1 hour 30 minutes to charge it before first use, enough time to read the user manual!
The French manual is clearly presented and easy to follow. It will teach you everything you need to use the epilator properly, how pulsed light hair removal works, which skin and hair colors are suitable, how to choose an energy level according to the color and sensitivity of your hair. your skin, how to make it work and advice in case of failure.
It is important to check the list of medical conditions, ie the list of drugs and diseases that are not compatible with the IPL epilator. On the other hand, tattoos, implants and other freckles that are not suitable with this technology, so be sure to check the entire “contraindications” section before you start using it.
The Philips Lumea Prestige SC2009 / 00 epilator has 5 levels of light intensity to choose from depending on your skin type. The guide table in the instruction manual is really easy to follow. Note that a device sensor simply confirms if your skin tone is appropriate, but will not tell you the level of intensity you need. You have to choose the setting yourself. So remember to do a skin sensitivity test at each recommended level and on each treatment area. If there is no reaction after 24 hours, continue your full treatment at the highest level that is comfortable.
It is advisable to shower and shave the treatment area before use. If you opt for waxing, you must wait 24 hours before applying the device to the area. This allows giving enough time for the hair follicle to grow a little, necessary for the pulsed light epilator to target the hair well.
Easy to use
Sitting on a bed or sofa, near a full-length mirror is the perfect solution for underarms, back or legs. Turn on the device button to full load and select your energy intensity level using the button with the up / down arrow. Hold the device at a right angle to your skin so that the treatment window and the safety ring are in contact, a green “ready” light flashes on the back of the device. Press the trigger button to flash.
Make sure you are in a well-lit room and do not look directly at flashes. The flashes are bright but harmless to the eyes but prevention is better than cure by equipping yourself with special glasses on sale everywhere.
The gun shape makes a lot of sense. First of all, because it’s comfortable to hold, easy to grip, and the trigger button is exactly where it should be. Second, because you can clearly see the safety ring on the end of the device. The safety ring is a ridge of 8 small sensors around the treatment window. Each must be in a hurry before it blinks. Note that the weight of the pulsed light epilator gives the safety ring a good contact against the skin without having to press too hard.
The 2 processing modes, standard on home devices these days, are easy to change. There is a manual mode called “Stamp & Flash” and a continuous flash mode “Slide & Flash”. For the legs, this last mode is suitable. With the trigger pressed, and as long as you have full contact with the skin, the epilator will continue to flash every 3 seconds. So it’s easy to get into a good rhythm: just wait for the flash, slide down the leg, flash, slide slide, etc. It is ultimately much less tedious than manual mode for large areas.
Some areas of the body, on the other hand, are delicate and difficult to reach, such as the back of your knees and thighs. Using a mirror is helpful, but you can’t avoid the inevitable twist when turning to reach them. Again the gun-shape offers great maneuverability and visibility, but also the freedom of cordless design. It is also difficult to position the large 4cm2 body treatment window on the knees, upper shins and bony ankles. That’s where the smaller 2cm² precision attachment comes in, the perfect tool for getting the job done quickly. It is easy to put on and exchange thanks to the small buttons on the safety ring to obtain a good fit around the contours.
Fast and efficient treatment
Compared to other devices, it has a very large 4cm2 body treatment window and it takes up to 3 seconds between flashes. This means that it can cover a full treatment in about 1 hour 30 minutes. Philips advises about 14 minutes per full leg in theory. In practice, it will take around 35 minutes to complete 2 full legs using the precision accessory on the knees and ankles.
Many users advise cutting a full treatment into two sessions over several days: full legs first, then the rest: upper body, bikini line, armpits and face. Each session will then last about thirty minutes which prevents the treatment from being too tiring and boring, while avoiding running out of battery. Some online reviews indeed mention that it is not always possible to finish all the areas to be treated in a single charge.
It is therefore important to take into account the advantages and disadvantages of a device before buying. While some liked the freedom of movement, others found the discomfort when they couldn’t complete a full treatment in a single charge. You will need to take care of the battery because just like other portable devices such as phones, it will degrade over time. To extend the life, you need to remember to recharge it every two months, even if you are not using it.
The bulb of this model can provide a minimum of 250,000 flashes. Combined with the 4 cm² body treatment window, this means that you can treat a total body area of up to 1,000,000 cm². This equates to at least 200 full body treatments (entire legs, bikini line, armpits and face), or a lifespan of 8 years for 2 monthly uses!
Also, if the price of the epilator may seem expensive at first glance, it is not when you know the price of beauty institutes for this kind of services: it is an investment that will allow you to save money. very quickly.
Our opinion About Philips Lumea Prestige SC2009 / 00:
The Philips Lumea Prestige SC2009 / 00 epilator stands out from other devices especially for its high quality cordless design, long life and low cost per use for body treatments. It is very simple, easy and comfortable to use and the processing times are good. The 2 precision tips specially designed for the bikini line and the face are a great additional asset. Finally, there are hundreds of reviews that love their results. It is quite simply the best model of the moment for body and facial care with IPL technology.
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