Shaving allows you the freedom of saying “yes” to your friend’s spontaneous phone call inviting you to the beach in one hour. You need a hairless bikini-line quickly, and luckily, your razor will do the trick. Yet shaving can also cause unsightly and uncomfortable bumps and marks from razor burn. The correct preparation, shaving techniques and aftercare can help you avoid this completely.
Hydrate & Moisturize
Preparation is a crucial part in avoiding razor burn. Hydrating your skin with warm water will help soften the hair and make it easier to remove. Taking a warm bath or shower for a few minutes before getting started will allow the follicles to soak up the water needed to remain hydrated. Always use shaving cream instead of soap to avoid drying out your skin and reducing razor drag. The shaving cream acts as a lubricant and moisturizer to enforce smooth gliding and avoid irritation.
Using the right razor blade will up your chances of a smoother bikini line. Choose a razor with multiple high-quality spring-mounted blades. More blades mean less strokes, and less skin bulging between the blades. Spring-mounted blades are good for keeping constant contact around contours and curves. Also, never use a dull razor, which can cause irritation, nicks and cuts. How often you change your blade depends on your hair type, frequency of use and proper razor care. On average, women change their blades around every ten uses.
Your shaving technique is just as important as the razor you use. Since your bikini line is a sensitive area, unlike the firm skin on your legs, try to pull the skin tighter to reduce damage and get a closer shave. This will allow you to use lighter pressure, which reduces irritation. The hair on your bikini line grows down and towards the center. Although shaving against the direction of hair growth will get a closer shave, not all skin types react the same way. To avoid a rash, it is recommended to shave in the direction that feels the most comfortable for you.
Once you have finished shaving, rinse the area with cold water to close the pores. Instead of harshly rubbing the skin dry, use your towel to pat the area and allow the leftover water to soak into your skin. You can use a bikini-line-specific gel to apply to the area or a moisturizer containing emollients and exfoliants. This will help keep the skin from drying out and reduce the chances of ingrown hairs. If you plan on lying in the sun after you shave, you can also use a small amount of baby powder to avoid heat rash.