Afraid of hot wax coming anywhere near your bikini area? We hear you! While bikini waxing is something best left to professionals, you can certainly try shaving your bikini area at home if you want it to be more groomed and tidy! Here are some mistakes to avoid while shaving your bikini area… Have a smooth shave!
1. Not trimming your hair
Your hair should ideally be 1/4th of an inch long. Always make sure that you don’t shave when your hair is at its maximum length, instead, use a trimmer to trim it down to the optimum length before shaving. This will make for an easier shave and less effort on your part.
2. Not soaking before shaving
Before shaving, soak yourself in lukewarm water for five to ten minutes. Doing so open pores and softens hair, making hair removal that much easier.
3. Not exfoliating
Exfoliating beforehand can really help give you a smoother shave. Make sure you use a gentle scrub on your bikini area a few hours before you shave to eliminate dead skin cells and reduce chances of ingrown hairs.
4. Using a blunt razor
Never ever make the mistake of using an old or blunt razor for shaving down there. Blunt razors can cause chafing and lead to ingrown hairs. We suggest you save your old razors for shaving less sensitive areas like your arms and legs. Also, if you notice rust on the blade, throw the razor away ASAP!
5. Using a razor with only one blade
A lot of women’s razors have only one blade. Not only does this make shaving more difficult, it can also lead to cuts and bruises. Our advice to you is to get a razor with two or three blades and a moisturizing strip for a closer and smoother shave.
6. Using harsh soaps
While you can use shaving creams, soaps or even hair conditioner while shaving, your bikini area is extra sensitive and requires some extra TLC. Stay away from harsh soaps and scented shaving creams. Instead, invest in good, unscented shaving lotion or cream.
7. Shaving against the direction of hair growth
You should always shave in the direction that your hair is growing in. Shaving in the opposite direction can give rise to those annoying red bumps and lead to irritated skin - something you definitely don’t want down there!
8. Pressing the razor down
Don’t do it! We know it’s tempting to press the razor down and shave with some pressure, but that can actually lead to cuts and bruises. Gently glide the razor over the skin instead of pressing it down for a safe shave!
9. Not using enough shaving cream
Don’t make the mistake of shaving dry skin. Use plenty of shaving cream before you use a razor, and make sure you reapply as and when needed. After shaving, make sure you use baby oil or an unscented lotion to moisturize the area.
10. Not holding your skin tight
Your skin down there is soft and sensitive. To get a closer shave to reduces chances of cuts, you need to hold it taut before you shave. This will ensure you don’t end up with any painful cuts!
11. Wearing tight clothes afterwards
Avoid wearing tight clothes for at least a couple of days after shaving. Let your skin breathe in soft cotton panties and avoid any rough and synthetic fabrics that can irritate your delicate skin. Internal Images: Shutterstock