What, you’re not a fan of the ‘70s full bush? If waxing, trimming or other hair removal techniques don’t always (or ever) cut it for you, and you find yourself shaving your bikini area, then this article is for you.
Shaving down there is convenient, no doubt, but even the best of us could use some help with our technique. Between the potential to cut or nick your skin, or get irritation or ingrown hairs (those little red ant-bite like bumps that can pop up), shaving your bikini area can be a dangerous job.
But if you’re going to do it, do it right. With the help of our ChickRx experts, we’ve put together an awesome list of dos and don’ts for how to shave the bikini area to maximize your chances of getting smooth results and minimize the likelihood of ingrown hairs and rough skin. Your lady parts will thank us.
You know by now that exfoliation is key to maintaining youthful, radiant skin on your face and body, but did you also know it’s a crucial step to preventing shaving irritation?
Before you shave, you need to exfoliate to remove the dead skin cells to give you a clean surface to shave. Certified holistic health coach Heather Vargas recommends a mix of sugar with jojoba or almond oil as a great exfoliation product. Bonus: this scrub can be used to exfoliate the underarm area before shaving to reduce bumps and irritation there as well.
Or, dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman explains that a simply gently rubbing the area with a warm washcloth may do the trick.
Soak in Warm Water
You want to shave at the end of your shower so that your skin has time to soak up the steam from the shower. Or, if you shaving outside of the shower or bath, try first covering the area to be shaved with warm washcloths, Dr. Jaliman recommends. She explains, “Warm water opens the pores around the hair follicles so they are more easily released when shaving.”
Now you’ll need a clean, sharp razor. Shaving with a dull blade is an invitation for irritation and bumps to come party on your skin. To ensure your razor is sharp, you could go for a disposable razor and ditch it after one or two shaves.
You could also consider trying a man’s razor, which we personally find to work best (love the Gillette Mach3 Turbo—yeah it’s not normal looking for a woman, necessarily, but we find it stays sharp for a lot longer than women’s razors and gives a nice close shave!).
Soothing, Protective Shave Gel
Apply a shave gel to the area. Dr. Jaliman recommends Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel with natural colloidal oatmeal, particularly for shavers with sensitive skin prone to ingrown hairs. Dr. Jaliman explains that the product’s oatmeal formula “really seems to help the inflammation patients experience during shaving.”
She explains, “Colloidal oatmeal has been used for centuries to sooth irritated, dry skin, rashes and even poison ivy. It has the ability to bind water to the skin and act as a barrier to outside elements. Also, the protein components in colloidal oatmeal can offer long-lasting moisture protection.” Apply a generous amount of shave gel to the skin before taking out your razor.