Shaving the bikini line, or entire area, has become a trend among women of all ages. Some women have taken to professional waxing, or expensive electrolysis visits in attempts to remove hair, while the majority of us stick with the tried and true method; the razor. If you’re one of us who don’t feel comfortable having hot, sticky goo poured on your nether regions by a complete stranger, here are some grooming tips to help you keep your bikini area smooth all by yourself.
So, is it okay to trim first? Not only is it okay to trim before shaving, it’s highly recommended. Using a nice, sharp pair of scissors (cuticle scissors can be a great choice because of their blunt tips), or electric trimmers to trim the length first is the best way to go. You’ll want to make sure to trim down to about a quarter inch of hair before you jump in the shower. This will alleviate the potential damage that too many passes with a razor could cause, and help prevent ingrown hairs or a bumpy, irritated rash later on.
Once you’ve finished trimming, you can jump into the bath or shower to rinse away loose hairs, and thoroughly wash your bikini area with mild soap to ensure that there are no lingering bacteria, and to help avoid irritation later. It helps to soak the area in warm water (you can use a washcloth) for about five to ten minutes to soften the hair and surrounding follicles.
You’ve probably heard to exfoliate your skin after shaving, but it’s really best to exfoliate before and after. This will make using your razor so much more effective by aligning the hairs so that they’re going the same direction, as well as removing any dead skin from the area. With nothing in the way, your razor can get much closer to the root, leaving a much closer, smoother shave and a less likely chance for skin irritation, or ingrown hairs.
After exfoliation, wet the area once more and apply an unscented shaving cream (preferably one designed for the bikini area) generously. This is absolutely necessary to provide adequate lubrication and avoid “razor rash” or “razor burn”. Make sure that you use a clean, sharp razor. Dull razors are going to irritate the sensitive skin, and may require additional passes that will further lead to agitated skin and those nasty little red bumps.
While shaving, take slow strokes. Make one long even pass at a time in the same direction as the hair grows for the best results. As you shave the hair, you are also removing skin, so it’s a good idea to limit the number of times you go over one area. Rinse your razor between passes, tapping out any excess hair or shaving cream.
After you’ve completed shaving, rinse and wash the area again. You don’t want any stray hairs or leftover shaving cream remaining on the skin when you exfoliate. Gently exfoliate the area, pat dry with a towel when you step out of the shower, and apply an anti-bump serum. Use a gentle, unscented lotion to moisturize after you’ve dried completely.
These steps will help you to maintain a silky smooth, healthy bikini area-free from rashes, bumps, or other unsightly blemishes. While shaving can require a lot more attention from you than other methods, it’s also the cheapest and easiest way to remove unwanted hair from your bikini line.