Whether you wax, shave, or epilate, there’s always the risk of razor burn, bumps, and ingrown hairs. By learning to use a bikini trimmer correctly, you can reduce the risk of post-shave irritation. Since trimmers only cut the hair without the blades scraping against the skin, this hair removal method is much less likely to leave skin irritated.
Still, you do need to use the right electric trimmer if you want a smooth, irritation-free bikini area. By prepping properly, using the right trimmer, and following the correct technique, you can enjoy a super smooth bikini line free of nicks, bumps, and ingrowns. As pubic hair is generally coarser, you’ll need a trimmer designed for that type of hair.
To get a close shave and zero red bumps on your bikini line, here’s your guide on how to use a bikini trimmer.
#1: Cleanse + Exfoliate
Good prep can lead to a smoother, closer shave. Before you whip out your bikini trimmer, start by cleansing the skin with an antibacterial wash and exfoliating with a gentle scrub or chemical exfoliant. Alternatively, use a skincare product that combines both, like Truly‘s 24k Gold Black Soap Impurity Cleanser.
Cleansing and exfoliating prior to shaving removes the buildup of dead skin cells, oils, and impurities, which can clog up the blades. It doesn’t matter which type of hair removal method you choose, you should always start with a good cleanser and exfoliator to prep skin.
#2: Choose the Right Bikini Trimmer
The tools you use to remove body hair can have a huge impact on the end result of your shave. The experts recommend looking for a bikini trimmer with a guard that protects skin from irritation and ingrown hairs. Instead of choosing just any body hair trimmer, pick one that’s specifically designed for the bikini area and the sensitive skin of the pubic area.
If you don’t have much space or travel a lot, find one that’s compact and cordless. That way, you can easily store it and take it anywhere you go for effortless pube grooming. Some are even waterproof, meaning you can use it in the shower.
Some dermatologist favorites include the Philips Bikini Perfect Women’s Rechargeable Electric Trimmer and the Panasonic Bikini Shaper and Trimmer for Women.
#3: Use as Directed
When it comes to how to use a bikini trimmer, it depends from model to model. That’s why it’s important to read the instructions carefully so that you know exactly how to use it. Some trimmers are designed to be used on dry skin and hair, while others may be used with shaving cream. If yours is the former, make sure you keep your skin dry before using. If it’s the latter, use a hydrating shaving cream prior to use to minimize friction which can lead to irritation.
If yours requires shaving cream, try Truly’s Coco Cloud Luxury Shave Butter. It’s made with coconut, argan oil, and vitamin E to soften hair and skin, ready for hair removal. Plus, it smells delicious!
#4: Trim in the Direction of Hair Growth
Whether you’re using a wet shaver, electric razor, or trimmer, you should always trim hair in the direction of hair growth rather than against the grain to prevent razor bumps and ingrowns. As the bikini area is such a sensitive area, it’s important to be extremely gentle to avoid ending up red and irritated. You’ll also want to avoid going in different directions, which can also irritate the skin.
Many people think that using an electric trimmer means they don’t have to be as careful with what direction they shave in. You still need to if you want to secure a smooth bikini line sans ingrown hairs!
#5: Stick to One Area Only
It might be tempting to do a full body shave all at once, but resist the urge. Instead of shaving your underarms, legs, and bikini area all at once, stick to shaving just one area, like your bikini line. Then clean before moving on to the next area.
You should never rush shaving, regardless of which tool you’re using to do it. Give yourself plenty of time, and you’ll be less likely to make mistakes that lead to inflammation.
#6: Soothe Skin with a Topical Anti-Inflammatory Treatment
After shaving, quell inflammation and dryness by applying a soothing serum like Truly’s Coco Cloud After Shave Serum. Packed with vanilla, coconut, and argan oil — all brimming with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties - this formula alleviates post-shave dryness, irritation, and ingrowns while upping skin’s radiance.
To minimize post-shave dryness and irritation, apply a gentle moisturizing serum or lotion such as Truly’s Coco Cloud After Shave Moisturizer to help soothe the skin, soften hair follicles, and prevent hyperpigmentation.
Shaving is a form of exfoliating, which can dry out the skin. Always finish your shaving routine with a nourishing moisturizer to seal in moisture and keep skin smooth and soft for the rest of the day. It’ll also create a barrier between your bikini area and your clothing to avoid friction and ultimately, irritation.
#8: Keep Your Trimmer Tidy
Always clean and dry your trimmer after using to prevent possible infection. You’ll probably need to remove the trimmer head first, then you can use a gentle soap or cleanser to thoroughly clean the blades. This way, when you do touch ups or are ready for your next full shave, it’s ready for use.
It’s also important to change the blades every now and then to keep your trimmer working efficiently.
From facial hair to nose hair, leg hair to bikini hair, shaving needs to be done properly to secure a smooth shave minus irritation or infection. Whether you usually use a wet razor, depilatory, or epilator, we definitely recommend trying a bikini trimmer — even just to keep things neat and tidy down there.
Both men and women can benefit from investing in a good bikini trimmer. If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, however, we recommend speaking to your dermatologist about other, longer-lasting methods like laser hair removal.