Pubic shaving is part art, part science. If you just start down there with a razor, you could end up with razor bumps, ingrown hairs and painful nicks or cuts. Instead, you want to approach the task with the same knowledge as a spa hair removal technician. A few tips and tricks will get you that knowledge, along with the perfect bikini line.
Choose Your Equipment Wisely
One of the worst things you can do to your pubic area is to shave it with a dull razor. Dull razors tug and pull at your skin. You’re more likely to have ingrown hairs, irritation and razor burn if you use a dull razor. Instead, always choose a new, sharp razor each time you shave. Pick a good, thick shaving cream with built-in moisturizers to decrease friction and soothe your skin. If you have specially sensitive skin, apply a shave oil to your skin, and then apply shaving cream on top of it for a really smooth shave.
Prepare Your Hair and Skin
Soak your hair in warm water before you shave, like during a shower or bath. Soaking makes your hair softer and plumper, which gives you a closer shave. Use a wash cloth to exfoliate your skin gently so you have less dead skin and debris to creep into your pores. If you have more than stubble, use sharp scissors to trim your hair as close to your body as possible. This will make it easier to shave and help keep your razor sharp.
Pull your skin tight and shave in upward strokes, recommends the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. If you’re prone to ingrown hairs, shave in the direction of hair growth, not against the growth, even if you feel like shaving against the growth gives you a better shave. Shaving against the direction of hair growth increases your risk of ingrown hairs. Try to shave over each area only once to minimize irritation. Follow up your shave with aloe vera gel or a mild toner to sooth skin and prevent shave bumps. Never use men’s aftershave because it stings and irritates sensitive skin.