10 September 2021

NSWinter, laser, ultrasonic, photo-, electro- … In the 21st century, the word “epilation” has many variations, and we have a wide range of hair removal methods. Now it can be done even at home, and without pain, skin reactions and other problems, and most importantly: the dream of all girls – to get rid of body hair forever – has become closer than ever.

How it all began

Hair removal seems to be an extremely modern concept, but in fact, women (and not only women) were worried about hair removal even before our era.

Now, admiring the smooth skin after epilation, imagine the average Mesopotamian getting rid of her leg hair with a pointed shell!

A little later, the measures became less draconian, but still extreme: arsenic, quicklime or ivy juice extract were used – the hair was not just removed, but burned out. But Arab women were the first to come up with the idea of ​​getting rid of hair with a thread – this method is still used today.

The first razor for progress

It took almost 200 centuries to invent the razor. First, the tool was presented to the world by the French barber Jean-Jacques Pere, then the American businessman King Camp Gillette suggested a safer option.

But the first women’s razor appeared only in 1915, and its advertising slogans called for making all parts of the body as smooth as the face.

The desire to remove unwanted body hair grew, as did the number of blades on razors. It was necessary to urgently come up with a new method – then the scientists began to develop the first electronic epilator.

Wax 60s

The idea to use wax for hair removal was submitted by the inhabitants of Ancient Rome – they mixed it with resin and tar.

The first attempts to make a paste for shugaring were made in the Middle East, and Turkish women were the first to come up with strips, however, they remembered their existence only in the 60s of the XX century.

By the way, the girls trusted the wax strips more than the mysterious powders and powders for depilation that appeared from time to time.

Brazil and bikini

The advent of bikini swimwear has a lot to do with the progress in hair removal. Brazilian hair removal appeared – the one that Carrie Bradshaw decided on for the sake of her Petrovsky. True, she had little in common with Brazil, except that the sisters who opened an epilation salon in New York were from there.

Hair on the body became less and less, there were more ways to remove them: in the second half of the 20th century, photoepilation and laser hair removal finally appeared, and the life of millions of girls around the world became much easier.

Interest in these modern methods grew exponentially: it was necessary to pre-grow hair and gather strength before visiting a specialist – painful sensations and embarrassment (especially during epilation of the bikini area) were a bonus, but still the dream of smooth skin became closer.

New technologies, high standards

In the late 90s, the company Philips started developing a home photoepilator. Until recently, a method in which hairs are removed by a powerful pulse of light was associated with science fiction, but in salons for a professional procedure every now and then queues were lined up – which means that it was necessary to make photoepilation accessible, easy and understandable.

IPL technology (that is, intense pulsed light), which has two indisputable advantages – safety and efficiency, is finally embodied in the first photoepilator Philips for home use.

After clinical studies on more than two thousand women, the company has proven that a home appliance can provide a result similar to a salon procedure and prevent hair regrowth for up to six months. There was only one problem – the dimensions of the photoepilator.

Our days

Original photoepilator Lumea released in 2010, and it became the world’s first home photoepilator – the fruit of creativity and many years of research, not only by the Philips team, but also by a large number of dermatologists and cosmetologists. Close cooperation with experts helped to make the device as safe as possible for use at home, and the final touch was a modern futuristic design.

Lumea uses flashes to target melanin, a pigment found in the hair.

Melanin converts light into heat and causes hair not only to naturally fall out, but also to stop growing.

Philips calculations confirm: after three treatments, on average, about 85% of unwanted hair is gone. But progress does not stand still, and Philips are also not going to stop there. Recently, Lumea has added attachments for different areas of the body, including the face, and special sensors have learned to detect skin tone and hair color in order to prevent outbreaks where the skin is darker than normal, and to help avoid discomfort and skin reactions (how to deal with the most sensitive areas, we told here). They also took care of our free time: now the photoepilator works much faster than the prototype, and the procedure on the whole body will take no more than half an hour.

Undeniable benefits

So, between the Lumea Advanced photoepilator and prehistoric hair removal methods, there is a huge chasm of pain and desire for perfectly smooth skin. Achievements are evident with a more detailed acquaintance with the device Philips

Lumea Advanced removes light brown, brown and black hair equally effectively (the result lasts up to three months), and is also suitable for different areas – the photoepilator comes with convenient attachments for bikini, body and face. Even in the most delicate area, removing hair is not painful and not scary (and the editor-in-chief of BeautyHack Karina Andreeva is confirmed) – various intensity settings (there are five in total) help you choose a comfortable mode.

As you know, no photoepilator can be used on dark skin in order to avoid burns, and Lumea will not allow this: a special sensor will detect the skin tone in the treated area and will automatically stop generating light pulses if it is too dark.

A large light window and operation from the mains allow you to spend no more than half an hour on the whole procedure, and the photoepilator itself will serve you for more than 20 years (a lamp resource of 250,000 flashes allows).

Well, and the main advantage of the method is that over time, the amount of hair is noticeably reduced, and the skin becomes smoother without pain and other problems. We are sure that girls from Mesopotamia would exchange a lot for modern technologies.

Text: Anastasia Speranskaya