Shaving your bikini line can be an invitation for irritation if you’ve got super sensitive skin. Whether you shave it regularly or just do so when it’s time to actually don a bikini, these tips are for you. They can help you avoid the pain and breakouts shaving here can cause. Try these 7 tips so you have a silky, smooth finish to shaving.
1 Do Some Trim Work First
If it’s been awhile since you shaved your bikini line, it can be helpful to do some trim work first. You can use a pair of men’s trimmers or even a pair of scissors to cut away the excess hair. This helps you see better when it finally is time to shave. It’s also easier on your razor. You don’t have to take time to try to rinse yucky hair clumps.
2 Soften up with a Soak
It’s easier to shave when your skin is soft. One of the best ways to make sure it’s soft is to soak in the tub for a little while first. If you’re more of a shower girl then that can work too. Do everything you need to do in the shower first then shave. Soft skin is less likely to become razor burned.
Exfoliating before shaving is a good idea. It helps with any dryness and gives your razor a smoother surface. Skin can be a bit rougher in the creases so exfoliating becomes extra important. I try to exfoliate each time before I shave. You can use a washcloth to do the job or try a fresh smelling sugar scrub.
4 Use a Fresh Razor
You always want to change your razor regularly, of course. But whenever you’re shaving your bikini line, it’s good to use a new one. The bikini line involves shaving around the curves of your body. You’re always more likely to cut yourself around areas that involve curves such as your knees, ankles and bikini line. Using a dull razor raises the risk.
5 Choose a Soothing Shaving Cream
All shaving creams aren’t created equal. Some are better at giving you an even surface to shave than others. Some are also less irritating to your sensitive skin than others. Aveeno is a good brand to try when it comes to shaving cream for sensitive skin. If your skin is too sensitive for even that then try Dove body wash. That works well for my daughter, whose skin falls under the extremely sensitive category.
6 Apply a Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin
It’s always good to apply a moisturizer after you shave. It helps to soothe the skin and prevent irritation and razor bumps. Lubriderm and Eucerin are both brands with products that’re very gentle to your skin. You only want to apply the tiniest bit of lotion, though. Getting lotion in your vaginal area could lead to an infection so use sparingly.
7 Wear Breathable Panties
As sexy as silky panties are, leave them in the drawer the day you shave your bikini line. They’re not breathable and can exaggerate any irritation you may be developing. On the flip side, cotton panties are a breathable fabric and can reduce any building irritation. If you’re just hanging at home in pjs or something, going completely without underwear can be the best choice of all. Freshly shaved skin benefits from air.
8 Choose the Right Razor
Sometimes we like to stick with what we know, but if you check out the shave aisle at your local store, you'll see there's a ton of options on the market nowadays. They even make special bikini trimmers and razors to be extra groomed. Find whatever works for you and go with it.
9 Shave Right
You might not believe it, but there is a wrong way to shave; especially when it comes to the already sensitive bikini area. Shaving with the hair as opposed to against the hair will ease the process and prevent ingrown hairs that could become infected or irritated. Also, do not apply too much pressure as this is more likely to cause nicks and cuts that will also cause unwanted irritation and pain.
10 Exfoliate between Shaves
Just like exfoliating before you shave is a great tip, so is exfoliating between shaves. This also prevents dead skin cells from making their way into your pores and causing ingrown hairs. There are even exfoliating pads you can buy that are said to reduce the prickly feeling and the hair grows back, allowing you to not shave so often, which also irritates the skin.
These 10 tips can help you to shave your bikini line when you suffer from super sensitive skin. Is shaving an issue for your skin? What products work well for you?