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Can't Leave Home Without Shaving Your Bikini Area? Here Are Some Tips

Shaving your bikini line is a personal decision (and no one can tell you what to do about your pubic hair), but we also know that it’s often the more socially acceptable option when you’re headed to the beach or having a lingerie photoshoot. That said, there are no health benefits to removing pubic hair, and it’s one of the most tricky areas to shave because the skin is so sensitive, and therefore can result in injuries and ingrown hairs. Still interested? Well, then there are a few steps to take, and a few to avoid, to make the hair removal process as simple and easy as possible.

Shave, wax, use hair cream removers, or get it lasered? There are many different options when it comes to removing hair, and again, these are all personal choices, but shaving is probably the easiest way to rid yourself of hair on the bikini line—and Women’s Health reported that 77 percent of women shave their bikini line!

First things first, when it comes to shaving, special importance should be placed on the type of razor that you’re using. According to Women’s Health, the best razor would be something that is firm and with multiple blades to dispense more pressure. “Choosing a firm, sturdy razor with soothing strips will make a huge difference," esthetician and hair removal specialist Eileen Bischoff told the publication.

When your razor is old and blunt, don’t reuse it, just get a new one (we know, they’re costly, but these things matter)! Also, make sure to shave in the direction that your hair grows to prevent ingrowns.

Actually, finding the best razor should be step two because according to Buzzfeed, doing some trimming work ahead of shaving could make a big difference. The publication suggests scissors or a bikini trimmer to reduce the hair to just a few centimeters. And then take your time with this process to avoid injuries.

It’s also important to use shaving cream, and Women’s Health spoke to Eileen Bischoff about why. “When you shave, you’re shaving your skin, too,” Bischoff told the publication. “If you don’t use enough shaving cream to create enough slip, you’ll lightly abrade your skin, leaving it irritated.” It may also help to find a shaving cream without a heavy fragrance.

Many women who have shaved their bikini line have probably experienced irritation or ingrown hairs at some point, but there are ways to reduce the chances of this happening. According to Buzzfeed, spend 5 to 10 minutes in the bathtub or the shower before shaving as this will give the skin time to soften. Glamour also notes that if you’re showering, make sure to shave your pubic hair last, as this will give the hair follicles time to soften and therefore reduce the risk of ingrowns and irritation.

When prepping the skin ahead of shaving, it’s also beneficial to exfoliate. Dendy Engelman, MD, of Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery in New York City, told Women’s Health that you can do this with a wet washcloth or a gentle scrub to remove dead skin cells.

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