Intimate Shaving for Men – Here’s How You Do It!
Intimate shaving is something that more and more men are choosing to do. Unfortunately, for many, this results in red bumps and irritated skin in awkward places.
To get rid of the itching and red bumps, ensure you are doing your intimate shave properly with safe and caring skin products.
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Many Men Prefer to Intimate Shave
It is not just women who choose to remove their body hair. More and more men – especially young men – also prefer to remove body hair. It’s not just the back, chest and legs that get a turn with the trimmer either.
Shaving off pubic hair, grooming and intimate care is something that an increasing number of men are choosing to do.
Many men are even choosing to shave off all their hair completely.
Shaving can often cause red bumps, localised itching and general skin irritation. This is especially prevalent on the nether regions where the skin is extra-delicate, sensitive and thin.
If you want to avoid the red bumps and itchy skin, it’s worth reading our quick guide to intimate shaving.
Learn about shaving technology, use the right tools, and find soothing products for intimate hair removal that care for the skin before and after shaving.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Intimate Shaving for Men
The current beauty and fashion trends say no to genital hair. So, if you want to be fashionable, or if you just prefer to be hair free down below, set forth with your trimmer or razor!
In general, intimate shaving is about fashion, personal preferences and pleasure. Furthermore, you don’t need to shave yourself purely for hygienic reasons. You can easily keep your nether regions clean, even with hair.
For men, the typical disadvantages of intimate shaving are problems such as irritated skin, red bumps, stinging, itching, ingrown hair and inflammation of the hair follicles.
Not all men will experience skin problems after intimate shaving, but many do. Fortunately, there is much you can do to avoid the problems of intimate shaving.
There are actually not many advantages of intimate shaving, but it’s a personal choice that you may choose to do regardless. One of the benefits is that many people find it easier to keep their genitals clean when they are shaven.
However, you can easily keep good hygiene habits and stay clean with pubic hair intact. It primarily comes down to personal preferences and fashion trends.
There are more disadvantages than there are advantages. Disadvantages include problems with red bumps, stinging, itching, ingrown hair and inflammation of the hair follicles.
You can avoid these problems with the right technique and, most importantly, the right products for intimate shaving.
Step by Step Guide
Most men who shave their intimate regions experience skin issues after shaving. If you’re still set on intimate shaving – as more and more young men are – it is worth following our very simple advice about shaving. Start by following this guide.
Hair grows fast, so if you want to be completely hairless all the time, you must shave yourself approximately every other day. However, your skin will really benefit from an occasional break from shaving. Consider taking a break whenever it is possible.
But, how exactly do you shave your nether regions as a man?
Intimate Shaving for Men – How to Do It
1) Make time for shaving
First of all, take your time when shaving. Ensure you’ve got good light and can clearly see what you’re doing at every step along the way.
2) Trim long hair with scissors
If you have very long pubic hair, it’s a good idea to trim with scissors or an electric trimmer before you start shaving. This way, you don’t have to shave over the same area multiple times, which further irritates the skin.
3) Soften and cleanse your skin thoroughly
Before you start shaving, make sure to soften and thoroughly clean your skin. You can do this with lukewarm water and a good antibacterial soap designed for intimate areas. It’s a good idea to have a good wash in the shower before you get started.
4) Use shaving cream while shaving
Some men prefer to use shaving cream or shaving gel on their skin while shaving. Of course, you only need to do this if you are using a razor.
5) Use clean and sharp razor blades
Always use a clean shaver, razor or trimmer to avoid bacteria and infections. It is also important that you use a sharp blade and not an old, half-worn razor.
6) Tighten the skin
Make sure to pull the skin taught while shaving. That way you can get a closer shave and avoid cutting yourself.
7) Rinse thoroughly
When you are finished intimate shaving, rinse your skin thoroughly to remove any product residue.
8) Finish with an aftershave balm
Finish with a mild and nourishing aftershave balsam that is especially designed for use on intimate areas. Choose unperfumed products with caring and soothing natural ingredients like aloe vera or tea tree oil. It is important that you find a product that is soothing and tolerable to your skin.
9) Avoid tight underwear
If you can, avoid wearing tight underwear just after shaving, as it may irritate the skin.
If you frequently get small cuts or ruptures after an intimate shave, try using hair removal cream for intimate use instead, if you are comfortable with it. Many of these creams will be antiseptic too. You can find hair removal products at local pharmacies, Boots or even in the supermarket.
Intimate Shaving Without Bumps
Many men experience red bumps on their faces after shaving. The red marks are also known as razor bumps.
For some men, this is something they are very used to. Others, fortunately, have only experienced it once or twice. It really depends on how delicate your skin is and how well you care for it before and after shaving.
Just as you can get red bumps when you shave your face, you can also get these red bumps on your skin when you shave your nether regions. It’s just as painful and bothersome down below as on your face. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to avoid these problems with shaving.
Focus on taking care of your skin and keeping it clean and soft. You want to avoid getting bacteria in the hair follicles which can cause the red and inflamed bumps. You can simply remove these bacteria by using a good intimate soap or care products for intimate hair removal.
You should use mild and nourishing skin products. Remember to use them each time you shave – both before and after.
Australian tea tree oil is an herbal remedy known for its antibacterial, cooling and soothing effects. It is therefore very effective when used in shaving treatments.
We use tea tree oil in the aftershave from Australian Bodycare, so you can care and soothe your skin after shaving, reducing the chances of developing red bumps.
In the complete set for intimate shaving from Australian Bodycare, you will find everything you need for shaving care, before and after:
Avoid Itching After Intimate Shaving
Many men experience problems with irritated skin after intimate shaving. They experience itchy skin with red bumps. It’s uncomfortable and unappealing aesthetically.
Often the red bumps will develop shortly after shaving, and the itching will start when the hair begins to grow out again (a day or two after shaving).
The best remedy for itchy skin is using care products that soothe the skin – before, during and after shaving. We especially recommend using a good intimate shave cream.
It’s important that you take your time to shave carefully and use the right products on your skin. It doesn’t take long to care for your skin when shaving, but it’s very much worth it.
Shaver, Razor or Trimmer – Which Is Best?
Whether you use a razor, shaver or trimmer when shaving is largely down to a matter of taste and preference. This applies to your body as well as face.
If you prefer a razor, both for your face and nether regions, it is important that you do not use the same razor for both areas. It is unhygienic and you risk spreading bacteria from one area to another.
There’s also a greater risk of cutting yourself with a razor compared to a shaver or trimmer.
Therefore, many men prefer to use the shaver or trimmer when it comes to intimate shaving. You can also buy a special trimmer for body hair, a so-called body trimmer or bodygroomer.
Some women prefer to remove the hair on the legs with an epilator; an electric machine that removes the hair without any mess. It can also be used for intimate hair removal by both men and women, but it’s not completely painless.
Whether you can use the epilator on sensitive areas of your body is down to your personal pain threshold. The biggest advantage of this method is that you stay hair free for longer.
In any case, be sure to use a clean epilator with a clean blade to prevent bacteria from infecting your body. And always remember to care for your skin so that it’s clean and moisturised – before, during and after shaving.
By taking care of your body, you can easily avoid red bumps and itches when you go about intimate shaving.