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With swimsuit season comes the desire for a prepped and polished bikini line. Of course, don't by any means feel obliged to shave down there. It's totally your choice! But if you're fed up of ending up with a red, irritated, bump-ridden bikini line, it's time to change that.
Thankfully, there are some things you do and shaving products you can use to safely shave your bikini area without dealing with razor bumps.
Below, we show you how to prevent razor bumps down there with a few simple skincare methods.
Razor burn describes two different conditions: skin irritation and ingrown hairs.
So basically, skin irritation occurs with shaving if you're using dull razors, poor shaving methods, and skipping shaving cream.
Ingrown hairs happen when hair grows into the skin and triggers inflammation, resulting in red bumps surrounding a hair follicle.
Razor bumps usually occur in parts of the body where hair grows the thickest, such as the underarms and bikini area.
Even hair texture plays a part, with bumps more frequently occurring in those with thick, curly hair. That's because there's a greater risk of trapped hair in tresses that curl.
Whether you're looking to prevent or get rid of razor bumps, follow an effective shaving routine especially for your bikini area.
1. Exfoliate the Area
Want to know how to shave your bikini line without getting stubble or sore razor burn? Try exfoliating the area first. Using a washcloth or gentle scrub, exfoliate the skin on your bikini line to slough away dead skin cells and prep the area for shaving.
"If you're prone to razor bumps and irritation, you may want to exfoliate the area beforehand to ensure that the hair can come cleanly out," says Dendy Engelman, M.D., a dermatologist in NYC.
Look for a gentle over-the-counter exfoliator like Truly's Blueberry Kush CBD Body Scrub. It contains a blend of blueberries, collagen, coconut, and salicylic acid to clarify, hydrate, and soften your skin.
2. Start with a Good Razor
Shaving with sharp razor blades is the number one secret for avoiding razor burn.
Ensure your bikini line stays smooth and bump-free by investing in a razor with more blades. When there are more blades, the razor dispenses more pressure, delivering a more effective shave. It also slashes your risk of getting a cut or irritation.
3. Always Use Shaving Cream
Think soap and water suffices? It doesn't.
You should always be using a hydrating shaving cream or shaving gel when removing your pubic hair to keep bumps at bay.
"When you shave, you’re shaving your skin, too," says Eileen Bischoff, esthetician and hair-removal specialist at Eve Salon in New York City. "If you don’t use enough shaving cream to create enough slip, you’ll lightly abrade your skin, leaving it irritated."
Try Truly's Coco Cloud Shaving Butter for an ultra close shave minus nicks and bumps. This gentle, hydrating formula provides all the slip you need to remove hair from the skin's surface without irritating or drying out the area.
4. Shave in the Direction of Hair Growth
Using a clean razor, pull your skin taut and shave in the direction of hair growth. If you're shaving in multiple directions, you're immediately putting yourself at risk of ingrowns.
While gliding your razor along your bikini line, keep the blade faced downward. One pass should be enough to effectively remove unwanted hair.
5. Clean Your Skin
Once you've finished shaving, wash off the leftover butter, cream, or gel with warm water and hold a cold compress to the affected area for 5-10 minutes to soothe irritation and redness.
You can also apply a calming serum with tea tree oil or aloe vera as a natural anti-inflammatory to prevent razor burn. This is especially recommended for sensitive skin types.
6. Treat any Trauma
For your aftershave pamper session, use a serum specifically targeted at treating hyperpigmentation, scarring, and redness.
Truly's Jelly Booster Pigment Treatment does just that! Made with pomegranate extract, spirulina, vitamin B12, and aloe vera, this formula effectively fades discoloration, pimples, trauma, and ingrown hairs for a flawless bikini line.
Moisturizing postshave is crucial for steering clear of razor bumps and burns. It makes all the difference when it comes to keeping your bikini area smooth and bump-free. And because your skin will be extra dry from all the exfoliation, you'll need to rehydrate it with lotion to ward off dry skin.
"Apply an unscented, alcohol-free moisturizer to both sides of the bikini line to lock in the moisture and avoid over-drying, which leads to further irritation," says Engelman.
Choose a product that's specifically designed to soothe the area, like Truly's Coco Rose Fudge Body Butter.
The hot water from a shower opens up your hair follicles and softens the hair, lowering your risk of razor burn and bumps by a lot.
Don't rely on disposable razors. They're usually meant only for one use and yet people tend to use them repeatedly. Choose a high-quality reusable razor instead.
Dry shaving is practically asking for painful ingrowns. In order to achieve a smooth, blemish-free shave, you should always be using warm water and shaving cream. If you don't have time, reschedule your shaving session. You're better off doing that than dealing with the painful side effects of dry shaving your bikini area.
Shaving might not be your favorite hair removal method, but it also may not be the best option for your skin type. If you feel like you're continually getting bumps and cuts down there, consider other hair removal techniques like waxing and laser hair removal.
If you're interested in trying laser, speak to your dermatologist to check whether it would be the right method for you.