How to Stop Rashes After Shaving Bikini Area & Legs

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Shaving with a razor is irritating to sensitive skin and can cause splotchy rashes to appear afterward. This is especially true for the bikini area and legs where poor technique coupled with the wrong equipment can make for a rash of unsightly red bumps, otherwise known as razor burn. The rashes will eventually go away on their own, but the best way to stop them from occurring is to use the proper techniques, products and tools.

Apply exfoliating product to your bikini and leg area. Massage into your skin then rinse off with warm water. This will remove any dead skin cells and even out your skin's surface. Smooth skin produces a smooth shave.

Smooth shave gel over the area you'd like to shave first. Allow the gel to remain on your skin for five minutes before shaving. This will give the product time to soak into and soften the hair and skin making for an easier shave.

Make sure your razor blade is sharp. A dull blade will pull on the hairs and cause irritation to your skin.

Pull your skin taut prior to shaving. This will allow the razor to glide smoothly over the surface of the skin.

Shave hair in the direction of its growth. For example, hair on your legs grows downward so draw the razor gently down your legs. Try not to go over the same area more than once as this can irritate the skin.

Rinse the shaved areas with cool water.

Pat the area dry with a soft towel. Do not rub or pull on the skin.

Apply an unscented moisturizer to the bikini and leg area once dry. Avoid lotions that are heavily dyed or scented as these contain chemicals that may react with your skin. Your freshly shaved skin is more sensitive than usual so use something that is gentler than your usual product.