Intimate Shaving for Women – Here’s How You Do It!
Are you one of the many women who regularly shaves down below? If so, you’re probably familiar with the problem of red bumps and itches after shaving. In this guide you can discover how to avoid the razor bumps and achieve a completely smooth, silky shave.
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Intimate Shaving – Who, What and Where
Most women of all ages regularly shave their armpits and legs. Many – especially younger women under the age of 40 – choose to shave their intimate regions too. Some simply neaten up the bikini line while others choose to be completely bare, where all the hairs are removed. It can be a challenge to shave the intimate regions, where the skin is extra thin and sensitive, without irritating the skin with itchy, red bumps.
If you’ve already shaved your intimate regions bare, you may be suffering from skin irritation currently. To ensure that you avoid this problem when shaving in the future, read our guide to intimate shaving without red bumps and skin irritation.
Here you can read more about intimate shaving and receive some great advice on what’s important to remember when removing hairs. Follow this guide so you can comfortably shave and avoid the red bumps and uncomfortable itching afterwards.
Why Women Choose to Shave Intimately
Beauty and fashion trends change from decade to decade – as do our perceptions of pubic hair. Most of us are influenced by the trends, whether we will admit it or not. Current trends dictate that the ideal woman has very little pubic hair, and therefore many women are choosing to shave their intimate regions too.
Pros and Cons of Intimate Shaving
There are actually not many advantages of intimate shaving. For many people, it’s a very personal choice. One of the key benefits to shaving intimate regions is hygiene – people believe that it is easier to stay clean and fresh without pubic hairs. However, regardless of whether you have hair or not, staying clean and hygienic is primarily down to your washing habits and cleanliness rather than fashion trends.
The disadvantages, on the other hand, are more prominent and experienced by many women. They include symptoms such as red bumps, stinging, itching, ingrown hairs and inflammation of the hair follicles. Unless you know how to avoid these issues, they will continue to occur after every shave.
Intimate Shaving – Step by Step
Over half of the women who shave their intimate regions experience these skin irritations and bumps. Nevertheless, the vast majority of younger women under 40 years still opt to shave regularly. Fortunately, there is much you can do to reduce the irritations if you know some simple tips for shaving delicate areas. Follow this step-by-step guide for intimate shaving to get a head start.
Hair grows back fast, so for most people it will be necessary to shave approximately every other day to stay completely hairless. But, keep in mind that your skin benefits from an occasional break from shaving. So, how exactly do you go about intimate shaving?
Intimate Shaving for Women – How to Do It
1) Take your time
First of all, take your time when shaving, don’t rush. Ensure you have plenty of light and can clearly see what you’re doing while shaving.
2) Soften and cleanse the skin thoroughly
Make sure to soften and clean your skin before shaving. Use lukewarm water and an intimate wash product that kills the bacteria that cause red bumps.
3) Trim with scissors first, if necessary
If you have very long pubic hair, it’s a good idea to trim with scissors before shaving, so you do not need to shave the same area many times.
4) Use a good shaving gel
Some women prefer to use good quality shaving cream or shaving soap on their skin while shaving.
5) Use only clean and sharp razor blades
Always use a clean razor, shaver or epilator to avoid spreading bacteria. It is also important that you use a sharp razor blade and not an old, blunt blade.
6) Tighten the skin
Make sure to pull your skin taught while shaving, thus helping you avoiding cutting yourself. It can also help you achieve a closer shave.
7) Rinse the skin thoroughly afterwards
Rinse your skin well after shaving to remove any product residue.
8) Finish with a soothing balsam
Finish with a mild and nourishing balsam that is especially designed for use after shaving your intimate areas. Choose products that contain nutritious and soothing natural ingredients like aloe vera or tea tree oil. It is important that you find a product that your skin is soothed by.
9) Avoid tight panties
Avoid wearing tight panties and briefs made of synthetic material just after shaving, as the material may irritate your skin. Instead, wear a pair of loose cotton panties.
If you are feeling incredibly sore or uncomfortable after shaving, you can treat the area with an antiseptic agent. You can buy these at pharmacies, Boots stores and sometimes in supermarkets.
Avoid Red Bumps After Intimate Shaving
When shaving – regardless of where on the body or face – it is common to get red and itchy bumps developing on the skin shortly afterwards. These red bumps are also called razor bumps.
Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to avoid these problems when shaving. It is important to keep the skin clean and soft so that you avoid bacteria being trapped in the skin’s pores. It’s this bacteria that leads to the red and inflamed bumps.
The most important weapon in your arsenal against the red bumps is a good, gentle and caring shaving product – one that you can use both before and after shaving.
A natural remedy like tea tree oil is known to fight bacteria as well as cool and soothe the skin – most skincare products that contain Australian tea tree oil are ideal for use when shaving. The aftershave products from Australian Bodycare nourish and calm the skin while inhibiting bacterial growth. Thus, these products reduce that chances of developing razor bumps. You can also find a complete care set for intimate shaving with all you need for treating your skin before and after shaving at Australian Bodycare.
Relieve itching after Intimate Shaving
Many people suffer from irritated skin after shaving their intimate areas. These irritations are usually itches and red bumps. These are uncomfortable and unattractive.
If you want to relieve itching and irritation, focus on treating your skin with care before, during and after shaving. The amount of time and money you will spend on soothing and caring skin products is well justified. There are very few people who can shave any part of their body without needing to prepare the skin and treat the area afterwards.
It doesn’t take long to apply the caring skin products when you shave, and the results you get are so much nicer. You need to find soothing and caring products that your skin can tolerate after the abrasive shaving. For the most part, you can use any mild products that are unperfumed and have cooling, nourishing and soothing natural ingredients.
Shaver, Razor or Epilator – What’s Best?
When you wax away your pubic hair, you are hair free for much longer than if you removed your hair with a shaver or razor. On the other hand, many people find that waxing can be a little too hard on their skin, especially in areas where the skin is thin and sensitive.
Most people therefore choose to remove their intimate hair at home with a shaver, a ladyshaver, an epilator or a razor.
An epilator is an electric machine that removes the hair by pulling them out completely. This means that an epilator session leaves you hair free for quite a long time, but the process itself takes quite long and is also quite painful. A good epilator is not cheap to acquire either.
Most people choose to shave with a razor or shaver. An electric shaver is more expensive than a razor, but you’re not so easily cut by it. It comes down to personal taste, whether you prefer a razor or shaver. Whichever you choose, make sure to use a clean blade to avoid spreading bacteria. Finally, be sure to keep your skin clean, soft and well-moisturised, so you can prevent red bumps and skin irritations altogether.