Your bikini line is a very delicate area, so any grooming down there requires a light touch and the right products. Without good shaving habits, you risk having issues like razor burn (redness and bumps) on the very spot you're trying to keep looking immaculate.
Here are seven tips to get a smooth, close shave while avoiding irritation, nicks, razor burn, and ingrown hairs beneath your underwear line.
Always shave during a warm shower or bath. Heat and hydration soften your skin and relax the hair follicles, making the shaving process a lot smoother.
Choose Your Shaving Cream or Gel Wisely
A bar of soap just doesn't cut it. Shaving cream or gel makes a difference in getting a close shave, while also protecting the sensitive bikini area from irritation. For something gentle and calming, try Cremo French Lavender Moisturizing Shave Cream ($6).
Don’t Skimp on Your Razor
Cheap disposables will not do. A great razor is a worthy investment, but it doesn't even have to be pricey at all. Actually, Dollar Shave Club's The Executive razor (10) is very legit even though the brand is marketed to men; the razor has a whopping six blades.
Billie's Razor Starter Kit ($9) is designed specifically with women's bodies in mind—plus, the brand's razors come in fun colors. These only have five blades, but that's quite enough.
If you’ve never shaved your bikini line, or haven’t in a while, it’s helpful to trim the hair down as short as possible. The less hair you start out with means fewer times going over the area with a razor, as well as less clogging of the blade.
Using a fine-tooth comb, comb through the hair, keeping the comb flat against your skin. Trim over the comb with scissors, with a bikini trimmer, or with clippers, using the shortest guard.
Getting rid of dead skin cells on the top layer of your skin not only makes it easier to get a closer shave, but it also helps prevent ingrown hairs. Use a gentle body scrub like Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Polish ($36) on your bikini line pre-shave.
Practice a Good Shaving Technique
Perfect your skills. Before you start, rinse the blades with warm or hot water. No need to apply a lot of pressure while shaving; a new, sharp razor does most of the work for you. Shave in the direction of hair growth first. Rinse the razor in between strokes in order to avoid clogging it. If you still need a closer shave after that, shave against the hair growth while holding skin taut. Try not to go over the same area more than twice, especially if you have sensitive skin. When you're finished, rinse.
Moisturize Your Bikini Line
After shaving, apply a light lotion or oil. Avoid anything too thick that may clog the hair follicle. Moisturizing helps soothe the skin and prevent razor burn, as well as relieve any redness or irritation if you do happen to experience that. Fur Oil ($46) was made especially for the sensitive pubic area.
There you have it: a smooth bikini line and no razor burn in sight.