Summer is nearly over, yes, so bikini season ends, but that doesn’t mean shaving does. Most women feel more comfortable in their underwear when they’ve shaved away those irritating hairs. The trick to removing those hairs is a complicated one. There are many questions and quests for the perfect shave – one without bumps, cuts, and scars. But no one wants to talk about it. Don’t walk around with razor bumps and burns. We’re here to help ease the shaving process with a few bikini area shaving dos and don’ts.
Shave before you get out of the shower.
The ultimate goal, besides a smooth pelvic area, is to avoid razor burn as much as possible. Do not let shaving be the first thing you do as soon as the water’s hot enough. Wash yourself, first. This allows the sensitive skin and hairs around your bikini area to soften, reducing possible damage to the skin. Shaving should be the last thing you do. An optional second step: exfoliate. Exfoliation never hurt. . . too bad. But, be careful not to over-exfoliate; this could rip the skin. A homemade exfoliating scrub can be made with sugar (white or brown) and oil (coconut or olive). Just a little in a circular motion can go a long way.
It all starts with a good razor.
A bad razor can literally make or break you. . . out. A good razor paired with a thick layer of shaving cream equals a great shave. It’s best to venture away from scented shaving creams. Your vagina doesn’t need to smell like radiant raspberries or merry mangoes. These scents can often irritate and increase your chances of rash or razor burn. When shopping for shaving cream, lean towards those with an oil-based formula. Eos, Cremo, and Avalon are best for shaving sensitive skin, even though they are lightly scented. Also, use a new razor. Of course, not a brand-new razor every time you shave, but watch for rust and shaving cream residue that can build up over time. Let’s say you haven’t shaved in a while; you want to get back in the swing of things. Try trimming the area first. This is not a necessity, but if you feel more confident tackling the task by hand then buy a pair of grooming scissors. These are small, cheap scissors specifically made for “lady parts”.
Never, ever, go against the grain.
The most common way to give yourself a nasty case of razor burn is to shave in the wrong direction. Because you’re looking down to shave, you may think it’s okay to drag the razor up towards you. This is great for shaving legs and thighs, armpits too. But typically vaginal hairs grow in a specific direction. Whether up, down, or sideways, you must shave with the direction of the hair. Pulling against the grain causes much more irritation than one would want. It stresses the follicles, causing ingrown hairs, bumps, and dark marks.
Use aftershave, though not of the Home Alone type.
More along the lines of a moisturizing lotion. The oil-based brands are best for such a tender area. Aloe vera and coconut oil work wonders. Be sure to read the label, searching for which oils or natural ingredients are used. Many women trust Aveeno or CeraVe for an aftershave lotion, as these are typically oil-based products. Or just buy a tiny bottle of skin oil. Olive, tea tree and shea butter oils are perfect for keeping a smooth surface afterward.
These are just a few answers, but the Internet is full of them. Hopefully, these little tips help your shower go a bit smoother. Happy Shaving!