Razor burn, ingrown hairs, itching and discomfort are a common problem when shaving sensitive areas, including the bikini line. For many women, this concern comes up every summer as swimsuit season arrives. Depending upon the sensitivity of your skin, shaving irritation may be a significant inconvenience and quite unsightly. The right products, razor and shaving strategy can reduce your discomfort and keep your skin smooth and soft.
Change your razor blade or replace your razor regularly to get a close shave without razor rash. Plan to replace your razor whenever it becomes dull or you feel a dragging or pulling sensation as the blade moves against your skin.
Take a warm bath or shower and allow the water to soften the hair before shaving. Exfoliate the skin with a loofah or an exfoliating cream.
Apply a moisturizing shaving cream or gel and allow it to stay on the hair for a few minutes.
Shave in the direction of hair growth to reduce the risk of ingrown hairs and razor burn. Go against the grain of the hair for a closer shave, but expect more skin irritation and tenderness.
Rinse well. Pat dry. Apply a light lotion or aftershave product to reduce further irritation.
- Try different brands of shaving cream and lotions to find options that agree with your skin, especially if it is sensitive.
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