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What anyone does (or doesn't do) with their pubic hair tends to be personal—down to the products you use. Because erogenous zones are delicate and sensitive, they're prone to all of the unwanted side effects of using improper tools such as a too-dull razor or the wrong kind of shaving cream. And nobody wants shallow cuts or razor burn. Much like with any other part of your body, you need the right items to care for your pubic area.
Here are the best products to help groom your pubic area.
A long-beloved product with an unnecessary gender designation, Panasonic's Bikini Shaper & Trimmer for Women is a safe entry into electric pubic hair shaving. It can be used wet or dry, has multiple position settings, and was designed for use on the most sensitive of skin. Small enough to take traveling, it's cordless and battery-operated, so you don't have to worry about buying razors for travel. Included cleaning attachments extend the life of the product, and prevent your razor from interfering with your shave.
For the heavy-duty shavers, there's no better than Braun's epilator, which pulls out hair rather than trims it. It's meant for all over, so you will probably want to test it out on other body parts before moving to your pubic regions. According to reviewers, this device hurts a bit, and does take some getting used to. However, it's not incredibly painful, and the same reviews say that the completely smooth result is totally worth it.
No matter how hard you try, or how diligent you are, sometimes pesky ingrown hairs do pop up. For this, on any part of your body, there's Malin + Goetz's Ingrown Hair Cream. A mixture of botanicals, reparative ingredients, and gentle exfoliants, it's just gentle enough for use on your pubic area, and effective enough that you can use it anywhere else, too.
There are shaving kits for your face, so why not for your genitals? The people behind DeoDoc had the same question, and developed a 3-step kit intended to give your intimate areas the best shave possible. Their Pre-Shave Intimate Oil softens up the area, their Shaving Foam provides a lush and silky cushion to use while you shave, and their After Shave Balm moisturizes the skin and prevents irritation. For special occasions, or if you really want to up your shaving game, DeoDoc provides a genital-safe alternative to traditional shaving sets.
Fur was one of the first brands to focus fully on skincare for your genitals, and their signature Fur Oil has become a beauty-editor favorite. It works to prevent ingrown hairs and difficult shaves by softening pubic hair and cleaning out dirty pores. It's like a leave-in conditioner for your nether regions, with a gentle cleanser built in.
If you're not ready to abandon razors, but the one you're using isn't cutting it, direct-to-consumer shaving brand Flamingo has a kit to get you on the right track. Like most other shaving companies, their kit includes one of their signature razors, razor heads, and a shower mount so you can keep the razor close. But the $16 bundle also contains a shave gel and body lotion meant for use all over your body, including your bikini line. It's a very small price to pay for a much more comfortable shave.
Although we're not super excited about the name of the product (shaving down there shouldn't be relegated to one gender,) the good reviews Magnitone London's Go Bare! Shaver has garnered make it a worthwhile item. Ringing in just under $40, it's the cost of a few packs of standard razor blades, and much gentler. You can use it on your whole body, but this shaver was designed to work for your pubic area, and it might have you giving up razors altogether.
Vitamin B3, also known as niacinamide, is an essential water-soluble vitamin, which is not synthesized in the body, meaning we have to eat it to receive its benefits. It helps restore cellular energy, repair damaged DNA, and reduce the immunosuppressive effects of sun-induced UV rays.
We know that the itchiness that comes post-shave can be a pain. This hydrating mask works to soothe and restore your bikini area. Made of biocellulose material, this mask acts like a regular sheet mask you'd put on your face. Niacinamide, honey, and rose extract add moisture and brighten skin while cooling any itching or burning.
If you've never used a shave cream before and just want to dip your toe into the waters, spending $5 on EOS's Sensitive Skin Shave Cream is undoubtedly going to be a worthwhile purchase. Like many products on this list, it uses aloe to calm the area you're shaving, and provides a super smooth shave. It's also fragrance-free, which means you don't have to worry about nasty irritants. What you see is what you get, and for products touching the most sensitive skin on your body, transparency is key.