Laser v IPL – which is best for hair removal? Tria laser and Philips Lumea compared

In this latest review I look at the difference between laser and IPL for at-home hair removal and reveal how they compare on face, underarms, bikini and leg. #hairremoval

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Affiliate link to Philips Lumea Advanced on Amazon UK
Philips Lumea is no longer listed on Amazon US but Braun do this highly-rated IPL device
Tria Laser product info and skin tone guide

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25 replies
  1. Anya G
    Anya G says:

    Thank you for your review, I've seen your video after getting my device; I got the Braun IPL. I've been using it for 4 weeks and started to see results ☺️ of course I'll finish the treatment. I'm happy so far.

  2. Shaima Zaher
    Shaima Zaher says:

    hi, the honest channel i have pigmentation on my arms and chin area, they are dark skin , however iam fair to medium skin tone, can i use IPL or tria or will it burn my skin recognizing the dark areas to be hair?

  3. Davinia Robbins
    Davinia Robbins says:

    How come everyone here on YouTube claims these home machines worked for them in just a couple of sessions and here I am with my device I have used on my beard hairs for 17 weeks up to 3 or 4 times a week seen barely any reduction in hairs?

    Am I unlucky or are people like you and others bloody lying?

  4. Davinia Robbins
    Davinia Robbins says:

    I been using an IPL home device on my facial hairs for 17 weeks and have only seen very patchy results. Slowed growth but otherwise tones of black and brown hairs still remain. Waste of time and money. Not sure if I would have any better luck with this Tria machine. Not sure I want to spend between 3 and 4 hundred quid on something that might not even work.

  5. Nanana Ko
    Nanana Ko says:

    I am using the Philips Lumea (newer model) and my armpit and bikini hair is 99% gone. I have just used it 4 times and it is just amazing. I have fair skin and thick, dark hair on my body. It is soooo worth it!

  6. Rodi Mousa
    Rodi Mousa says:

    first Thank you for this amazing review, Second thing i Have already bought philips Lumea Advanced and i got really good result so far, but do you think is this new device worth it to upgrate it from philips to this new one that you showed in the video please?

  7. can aslan
    can aslan says:

    Thank you for your honest opinion i also watched your video about lumea months ago and i found it very informative just like this one. I have lumea and it works well for me but i have to reapply it at least every 3-4 month. Now my hair is kind of thinner and since you have said tria takes lot of time maybe i should wait for technology to improve a bit more right? Also i have seen some comments about women from my country that can not apply tria on the bikini area so i am bit suspicious about the bikini area.

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