So you just picked up a few cute new bathing suits to chill out at the beach in this summer. But then you look *down there* and realize...grooming hasn't been done. Where do you even begin?
Relax. All you need is 10-20 spare minutes and a few good products to get things looking prepped, polished, and beach-ready.
Not that pubic hair's a bad thing. Feel free to embrace it - but also don't feel bad about wanting rid of it.
If you're wondering how to shave your bikini line without red bumps, cuts, and ingrown hairs, you’re in luck. We've got the best tips (and skincare products!) for a super smooth, close shave minus skin irritation.
Shaving is always best done in or after your shower. Between the wetness and heat from the warm water, your body hair softens, leading to a closer shave and less chance of razor bumps. It's important that the area you're shaving is clean to prevent infections.
After cleaning the bikini area using a gentle foamy cleanser, you can now switch off your shower and start the hair removal process.
Exfoliation is crucial for preventing razor burn and bumps on your bikini line.
"For patients prone to razor bumps, I recommend a product that exfoliates the dead stratum corneum of the epidermis to allow new hairs to pierce through the skin surface, thus minimizing the ingrown hair phenomenon," says Christine Choi Kim, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in Santa Monica, California.
Look for alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) like glycolic acid or salicylic acid, as these acids slough away dead skin cells, which enables your blade to glide more smoothly over your skin. Another good exfoliating product: jojoba seeds. They gently remove dead skin, promote brightness, and encourage smoothness.
We recommend Truly's Buns of Glowry Smoothing Polish, a watermelon and jojoba seed-formulated exfoliator. It's suitable for all skin types and effective at helping you prevent and get rid of ingrown hairs. Plus, it smells incredible! Like a warm summer's day.
Shaving your bikini area sans shaving cream is a recipe for ingrowns. Always use a shaving cream, butter, or gel when shaving your bikini line to provide slip for your razor. In fact, use it whenever and wherever you shave - on your legs, armpits. It makes a huge difference and prevents a lot of nasty side effects.
See, shaving butter softens hair follicles which results in a smoother, cleaner shave. It must never be missed!
We recommend Truly's Coco Cloud Luxury Whipped Shave Butter, a coconut and argan oil-formulated formula for combatting ingrown hairs and delivering a silky-smooth shave.
"When you’re actually shaving, hold the area taut," says board-certified New York City dermatologist Dr. Debbie Palmer. "You want to create a smooth surface." She warns against applying too much pressure as this can cause bumps and ingrowns.
Work your way from the outside in, always shaving towards the direction of hair growth, and repeat the process for an ultra-close shave. Whatever you do, don't use tweezers to remove bikini line hairs, as tweezing may cause ingrown hairs or possibly pimples in the affected area.
Now it's time to soothe any inflammation or irritation by slathering your skin in a nourishing, hydrating serum. Look for ingredients like aloe vera, tea tree, and watermelon, which are all known for their calming properties.
We recommend Truly's Buns of Glowry Serum. This formula blends soothing watermelon and aloe with skin-smoothing bitter orange for softer, tighter skin. It's also effective for soothing dry skin.
Moisturizing post-shave is essential for locking in hydration and preventing irritation. That's because shaving is a form of exfoliation, which can leave your skin feeling a little dry. To replenish moisture, use an antioxidant-loaded lotion and apply generously to the freshly shaved area.
We recommend Truly's Buns of Glowry Butter for a velvety soft bikini shave. Its two key ingredients - wheat protein and watermelon extract - offer hydration, firmness, and nourishment. It's also ideal for sensitive skin thanks to its natural, calming formula.
Use it after every shave - and every shower session - to keep your skin smooth, soft, and glowing all day long.
In between bikini shaves or underarm shaves (or any shave for that matter!), store your razor in a clean, dry place to prevent bacteria growth which may lead to folliculitis.
Keep an eye out on how well your razor is performing. It should easily glide over your skin and remove hair with it. If it's becoming harder to do that, you might want to swap it out for a new one for best results. Remember: the sharper your razor, the easier it is to remove hair. We advise investing in a quality razor instead of relying on disposable ones.
You mean waxing? Depilatory creams? Yeah, well, these are also useful methods for removing bikini hair. However, waxing can be painful and increase your chances of ingrowns if you use the incorrect technique. Plus, it can be messy and requires waiting longer between sessions to effectively remove hair.
Depilatory creams are less painful, but they don't always work so effectively. You might not get the super smooth shave you're after with these products.
One hair removal that supersedes shaving in terms of its long-term effects: laser hair removal. It takes several sessions or more, but the results mean a future free of red bumps, cuts, and ingrown hairs. Yoo-hoo!
Before booking a laser hair removal session, speak to your dermatologist to see whether it would be the right method for you. Not everyone is a good candidate for this treatment.
In the meantime, perfect your bikini line shaving technique with our above tips and products.