Whether you struggle with a slight lady-stache or just hate squeezing in time to shave your legs in preparation for sundress weather, LumaRx confidently claims to make the chore of hair removal a little easier—or, at least, less frequent.
The at-home hair removal device uses intense pulse light (IPL) technology. However, LumaRx isn’t the only company claiming to deliver professional-quality IPL hair removal in the comfort of your own home. The self-service hair removal industry has exploded over the last few years, with the four big players being No!No!, Silk’n, Infini’Silk, and Tria—each of which we’ve reviewed here at HighYa.
If the idea of using a light pulse-based hair removal device makes you nervous, let us set your mind at ease: IPL technology has been viewed as effective and safe for over 20 years. Additionally, LumaRx promises that their products are developed with customer safety in mind. LumaRx devices have been FDA cleared for use on the body and female facial hairs, and they implement a proprietary ComfortFilter technology to block harmful UV energy as well as infrared energy.
However, it’s worth noting that all IPL hair removal devices available in the United States need to receive FDA approval. Each and every one of these devices has built-in safety mechanisms that only allow the pulse of the laser or light when there is total contact with the skin.
If that’s the case, why should you care about LumaRx? We take a close look at the product’s claims, pros, and cons to help you reach a verdict. But first:
What Is IPL Hair Removal? Does It Work?
Intense pulse light (IPL) uses different wavelengths, between 500nm and 1,200nm, that scatter as soon as they reach the skin. Upon scattering, they target the hair’s pigment. But what does pigment have to do with hair removal?
The simplest way to envision how IPL hair removal works is to think about how different you feel when wearing a black shirt versus a white shirt on a hot day. The pigment of your hair is a lot like the black shirt, absorbing heat that kills off hair at the follicle’s root. Alternatively, much like a white shirt reflects the sun’s rays, an IPL device won’t harm your skin.
This analogy can also help you understand an important limitation on IPL hair removal devices: they’re best used by those who have a stark contrast between skin and hair. If you have dark skin and dark hair, there’s a risk of burning your actual skin. Is your hair color medium to light or red in hue? The IPL’s sensor won’t detect it.
Another aspect of both professional and at-home IPL hair removal is that you’ll need more than one treatment. That’s because hair has to be living to be affected by the light pulses to work—surprisingly only 20-40% of the hairs on your body at any given time are, in fact, alive! Hair grows in cycles, but the dead stuff stays in your body for up to three weeks before shedding. That’s why you’ll have to perform up to 12 IPL treatments to catch every follicle in its living cycle.
How Does LumaRx Work
LumaRx is intended for the removal of body hair for both men and women, including underarms, bikini line, arms, legs, chest, and stomach. However, the device is only approved for female facial hair, including growth on the cheeks, sideburns, chin, neck areas, and above the lips—we mention the distinction for female facial hairs again in case any dudes start thinking LumaRx would be a great substitute for daily shaving.
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Additionally, LumaRx is only intended for use on light to medium skin tones, and—for reasons described above—is best used on dark hair.
Don’t know if you have sufficient contrast between your hair and skin tones? That’s okay! The LumaRx comes with a built-in skin tone tester that is designed to help prevent treating skin that may be too dark.
Once you’re ready to get started, using an at-home IPL hair-removal device such as LumaRx is a fairly straightforward point-and-shoot process that’s broken down into three steps on the product’s website:
- Light energy penetrates the skin until it reaches the hair root.
- Then, this energy stuns hair follicles and stops current growth. It will also help prevent future hair growth.
- Within 7-10 days, these hairs will fall out.
It’s suggested that you treat areas once every two weeks, for a total of three treatments during the course of one month. You can also use LumaRx for periodic touch-up treatments to remove any remaining hair.
And that’s it! We can’t attest to the level of instruction that comes included in a LumaRx purchase, but the product’s website doesn’t list any additional instructions or cautions that might limit your use of it—just heed the follicle sensor and don’t attempt to zap any masculine five o’clock shadow.
How Does LumaRx Compare?
LumaRx claims to bigger, faster, and better than the competition for the following reasons:
Better Coverage: The size of LumaRx’s treatment window, which is more than three-times larger than Tria Beauty’s window, promises to give better coverage and in faster treatment times.
Reduced Hot Spots: The LumaRx claims to use cutting-edge filters that are more similar to that of professional devices, resulting in a more uniform output of energy. They claim that this reduces uncomfortable “hot spots” sometimes experienced when using other at-home IPL devices.
2x Better Results: According to the website, in separate clinical studies, LumaRx delivered a 66% hair reduction 12 months after three treatments. This is compared to a 33% hair reduction for Tria Beauty 12 months after three treatments.
That’s a lot of info, so I’d like to bring your attention back to LumaRx’s main claim: That the average user saw a 66% hair reduction after three treatments within one year.
Assuming that claim is 100% accurate, a 66% reduction in visible hair still leaves users wrangling with unwanted fuzz. Is slightly over half of your unwanted hair removed worth it? While the answer is entirely subjective, to decide you need to know:
How Much Does LumaRx Cost?
LumaRx costs four payments of $99.75 ($399 total) on the product’s official website. Unfortunately, at the time of writing LumaRx’s website was experiencing a glitch which left us unable to determine if any additional fees or shipping costs popped up as shoppers proceed through checkout.
However, LumaRx is available for purchase on Amazon.com for a slightly higher final price of $449. It’s worth noting that the device has earned a solid five-star average from 26 purchases, most of which appear verified.
Like all at-home IPL hair-removal devices, LumaRx will require new cartridges after an undetermined number of uses. Undetermined, not only because cartridge wear-and-tear depends on the frequency of use, but also because the product’s website fails to specify how many uses you get out of each cartridge.
It appears that replacement cartridges are not available at this time, so no ongoing price can be estimated.
When purchasing on the product’s official website becomes available, your LumaRx is backed by a 90-day guarantee. However, please note that purchasing LumaRx through Amazon may result in varying return and warranty options depending on the seller—each of which should be researched before purchase.
What Customers Are Saying About LumaRx
LumaRx is so new to the market that those in the beauty blog- and vlogosphere haven’t yet had a chance to post reviews. However, if the product’s Amazon rating and reviews are an accurate representation, then it’s safe to say that LumaRx is a hit.
That’s an “if” because, in my experienced opinion, something is not quite right about those reviews.
For a long time, fake Amazon reviews have been big business. Amazon was a little late to the party in policing scammers—so much so that many consumers, including your HighYa team, became very familiar with the signs of suspicious reviews. Red flags often included poor English, polarizing statements, and reviews left by purchasers who have no other Amazon history.
While Amazon’s Verified Reviews were intended to stop sellers from paying those who haven’t purchased a product from leaving a review, viewing the LumaRx’s 25 perfect five-star reviews, I can’t help but suspect that perhaps scammers have gotten smarter.
So, what makes me think that these LumaRx reviews are possibly fake?
The first thing I noticed was that many of these reviews were posted on the same day, or within days of each other. Then, red flags were raised when I realized that 25 out of 26 reviews rated the LumaRx with top marks—even if the reviewer states not being entirely happy with their purchase.
That’s a suspiciously high number of satisfied customers when compared with so many other at-home hair removal devices.
But, the real kicker? The overwhelming majority of five-star LumaRx reviews have been posted within the last month or two—hardly enough time to decide if you’re really satisfied with a hair removal device that promises permanence and takes several rounds to make a difference.
Again, I have no hard-and-fast proof that the near-complete five-star rating of LumaRx on Amazon is a farce. However, I encourage you to look at them objectively before purchasing and come to your own conclusion as to whether or not something appears fishy.
Bottom Line On LumaRx
While we might not have a wealth of reviews to help us summarize LumaRx, potential shoppers can draw conclusions from similar products such as the No! No!, which currently holds a rating of slightly over one star from 91 reviews.
Echoing those lackluster opinions, one dermatologist speaking on at-home IPL devices in general stated to RealSelf.com:
“They work but are limited in power settings thanks to regulations. They do however have a place to play as they can zap the odd hair after you've had a course of professional treatments. They're a good maintenance, but won't give you good long term results alone.”
Bottom line? Due to LumaRx’s formidable cost and lack of customer feedback, I’d hold onto my trusty Bic razor or consult with a dermatologist for more dependable hair removal options.