- Pre Treatment Tips
- Tips While Shaving
- Post treatment tips
Are you ready to give up on shaving all together? You love how smooth shaving feels, but hate the bumps and irritation it leads to? The bikini area is a very sensitive area, and the soft skin and curled hair there is more likely to cause bumps and ingrown hair.
You want to know how to shave the bikini area without bumps? Follow these tips and it will be smooth sailing.
Pre Treatment Tips
1. Soak in the bath for at least 7 minutes
Not only is this great for some relaxing downtime, but soaking has other benefits too. Soaking the bikini area in a warm tub or shower softens the hair and opens the pores making shaving easier on the blade and more efficient. You will get a closer shave if the hair has been soaked.
Can you picture your finger tips after you have been soaking in the bath or in a pool for a while? That is why you should not soak longer than 15 minutes or your skin soaks up some water too and the shave is not as even.
2. Exfoliate the skin with a sugar scrub
Exfoliating the skin removes dead skin cells, lotions and oils that are on the skin. This lifts up flat laying hairs, clears debris that may harbor and grow bacteria that can cause bumps, makes your razor less likely to gunk up and get dull and leaves your skin glowing and beautiful.
Avoid salt scrubs. Salt is unnecessarily harsh on skin, especially in the bikini area. It’s along the same lines as putting salt on a wound. Not something you want to do, plus salt is corrosive to metal razor blades.
Tips While Shaving
3. Use a quality shave gel meant for women
Do not use bar soap. It is drying to freshly shaved skin, or any skin really. It will leave a residue and dull the razor and can clog it up. Shave gel allows the razor to glide over the shaving area creating a super smooth surface.
If there is no shave gel, the razor will drag across the skin instead of gliding which causes irritation that leads to bumps.
4. Use a fresh razor
Dull razors require you to pass an area several times before it is clear, resulting in inflammation and irritation. A fresh razor shaves clean on the first pass, minimizing irritation that leads to bumps and ingrown hairs.
A new razor should allow you to just glide over the skin without applying pressure to the skin. Applying pressure while scraping a blade across your skin inevitably leads to irritation or worse.
5. Avoid shavers with moisture strips
These newfangled razors with two gloppy moisture strips and 5 blades are not as useful or effective as advertisers would have you believe. Five blades are not necessarily better that one or two. The moisture strips are not useful for many reasons.
First, you need the moisture on shaving area before the razor reaches that specific area, not while you are shaving. The strip also makes the shaving head larger and bulkier, and harder to get around angles and curves in the bikini area.
Also, those moisture strips keep the razor wet after the shave. Moisture corrodes razors, dulling and blunting them.
I have super sensitive skin, but I try to stick with razors that are cheap with two blades, and use that razor for one time only.
When I have tried razors with 5 blades AND a moisturizing strip, it actually does the opposite of helping me to shave, because the soap (moisturizing) strip starts to dissolve with the wet skin, making the blades clog up much quicker.
The ideal razor for me in the bikini area would probably be safety razor (one blade, super cheap afterwards to change the blades). Only problem – can cut yourself quickly if not properly holding the razor.
6. Shave in the direction of hair growth
Shaving against the grain of hair growth leads to ingrown hairs. Going against the grain when shaving is like petting a cat backwards. It’s irritating, and eventually results in you getting unintended cuts and scratches.
Shaving against the grain means you have to push the razor harder, which can cause skin irritation, and this causes the hair to go backwards against the hair follicle which can cause irritation. That irritation leads to bumps.
Post treatment tips
7. Use an after shave serum or aftershave pads meant to prevent ingrown hair
Use this religiously to prevent ingrown hair. You can even use witch hazel, hydrogen peroxide or tea tree oil after the shave. These help kill bacteria that can infect the follicle and cause inflammation leading to unsightly razor bumps.
I can’t overemphasize the importance and difference this will make. If you are not a believer, try it just once.
8. Do you have silica packets lying around?
You know, the ones that say DO NOT EAT on them. They come in shoe boxes, pill bottles and in purses. Save those!
Those silica packets contain silicone dioxide, a water thirsty compound that can help you keep your razor dry. Yup. Moisture is the main reason razor blades become dull. It’s not actually hair that does all the dulling and blunting of the razor blade.
Store your razor in a container with a few of these bad boys to keep your razor as dry as the desert in summer.
9. Don’t store you razor in the shower or by the sink
See tip above. You must keep the razor dry between shaves to keep it sharp and help it last longer. Water, oxygen in the air, and salt from your skin cause oxidation of the metal and micro particles of the blade flake off leaving a jagged and dull blade.
It is also important to rinse it well before storing it because some chemicals in soaps and shaving creams can add to the oxidation.
10. Blast the razor with some hot air
Give your blade a blast of hot air from your blow dryer before storing it away. The fast moving hot air will dry moisture trapped between blades.
If waxing or epilating seems too painful for you, but you’re still irritated by the thought of buying so many razors, just to shave every other day the bikini area with a new razor, look into trimmers!
But if you want peace for a couple of weeks, you might need to look into epilating or waxing. Or ripping the hair out and going over the skin with a piece of metal is not OK with your skin, perhaps try some of the best depilatory creams (but please be careful when using them in the bikini area)
It is my hope that these tips, tricks and hacks help you as you learn how to shave the bikini area without bumps.