IPL hair removal is the latest innovation to remove hair semi-permanently. Back then, it was only offered in clinics and salons for thousands of dollars for a complete set treatment.
But why waste thousands of dollars, when you can get the same professional results right at home for a fraction of that cost? That’s right, different brands created compact versions of these bulky machines that are safe enough to be operated and used by non-professionals like us.
One of the biggest names in home IPL is LumaRx.
So, if you’re here searching for the best IPL device to use at home or maybe want to know more about the LumaRx IPL hair removal machine, this review is for you.
Let’s Get Real
Though the LumaRx IPL hair removal device may seem expensive, I find that it is still cheaper than getting salon or in-office laser hair removal treatments, which may cost you roughly around $3000 to $6000 for a complete treatment.
I like the fact that you can own this machine (unlike paying someone else, say, $3000 and still not own the device!), you can do this on your own (be as thorough and go as slow or as fast as you want) and do it all in the comfort of your own home.
LumaRx is like the MAC or Giorgio Armani of IPLs, and being that expensive, I want to give y’all a thorough review to help you gauge whether or not this product is for you and tell you if it’s well worth it.
Thus, I’ll review this amazing device in terms of the following IPL buying considerations:
- Overall look and feel
- Ease of use
- Number of flashes available
- Safety and efficiency
- Add ons
Overall Look and Feel
I find the overall look of this device as bulky. It has a corded design which has its own pro and con.
- It means it has unlimited power for uninterrupted zapping
- It keeps you glued to that spot where your device is plugged
That being said, if you’re planning to bring your IPL device on your travels, this might not be the best one to bring as it takes up too much space and can add up some weight on your luggage.
As for the handheld device, while it is ergonomically designed, I still find it bulky for my small hands.
The cord is meant to be rolled around the base for easy storing, which is good as I already have lots of cords laying around my drawer that I don’t even know which device they belong to.
In general, the look and feel of this device are ok, it looks sturdy and the materials don’t look cheap. Not sure if they can improve on its size or if other features would suffer to achieve that.
Ease of Use
The device is pretty easy to use. Just follow these steps:
- Clean and prep the area to be treated by shaving.
- Using the Skin Tone Tester (the small window on the base), test if the machine can be used on your skin tone.
- Select your desired energy level and zap away.
While treatment is not painful at all (I find it more shocking, but never painful), make it a habit to start with the lowest setting and work your way up as you build tolerance.
Also, avoid caffeine hours before treatment as it can make you jumpy with every zap of the laser.
Number of Flashes Available
This bad boy comes with 65,000 flashes before its cartridge requires replacement. This amount is quite a lot compared to some other brands which only carries 30,000 or 50,000 flashes.
It’s enough to completely treat your body (face, legs, arms, underarms and bikini line) and do touch-ups.
In case you use up all the flashes, you can replace the cartridge (cheaper than buying a whole new device) and continue using your good ol’ LumaRx.
With this, you’ll save money in the long run by getting the most use out of what you paid for (heck, I might even offer to use it on my friends and charge them money – lol! I’m just kidding, but we’ll see!).
Safety and Efficiency
Compared to other IPL brands that were built to simply zap hair away, LumaRx was built with efficiency and safety in mind. Thus, it comes with this technology that protects the skin by filtering harmful energies (hope it can filter a friend’s negative vibe too) while maintaining its efficacy.
Love that it comes with the skin tone checker, which really helps in assuring me that I’m ok for treatment rather than just going for it and burning myself. I find this product more efficient on visible hairs.
If you’re buying this to get rid of peach fuzz, don’t. You’ll only get disappointed cause it’ll do nothing to remove it (stick to dermaplaning if that’s your goal. You may check out my Tinkle razor review here, for more info on this topic).
Also, the claim that it can deliver up to 94% hair reduction after 3 treatments may not be true for some people. Depending on the area being treated and how coarse the hair is, it may take up to 5 treatments (or more) for some people to see at least 94% improvement… just sayin’.
This baby comes with 2 interchangeable treatment windows, which is awesome!
Because if an IPL device only comes with 1 and, say, it would be the small one, then it may take forever to do your arms and legs. If it only comes with the bigger window, then it may be trickier to use on smaller areas like face and underarms.
So the flexibility that LumaRx offers is a win for me.
Putting it All Together
Overall, I will recommend LumaRx IPL hair removal to men and women with light to medium skin tones and visible hair who want to be hair-free for a longer period of time and want the best quality and results.
Why am I not saying, “permanently get rid of hair”? Because IPL lasers are semi-permanent. Meaning hair would still grow after a looooong period of time and they are noticeably finer than before, thus touch-ups are required.
I won’t recommend this device for people with darker skin tones, uber light hair (such as peach fuzz) and those with tattoos as it may cause more harm than good or find it worthless.
Hope this brutally honest review helped y’all in making that decision (such a big purchase after all).
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