Shaving the bikini line – avoid razor bumps
Many people choose to shave the hair visible at the edge of their bikini underwear. But it can cause ingrown hairs, irritated skin and red buds. Following this guide will help you create the best conditions for your skin after shaving the bikini line.
The red bump-like buds, which often occur during intimate shaving, are caused by bacteria in the skin’s pores and hair follicles. The symptoms are also called razor bumps.
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Stop the red bumps
The red razor bumps can appear anywhere on the skin where you shave or remove hair. But it is especially a problem in the intimate area, which is both delicate and extra exposed to bacteria. If you get red buds after shaving, it is important that you do something to keep the condition from deteriorating.
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How to shave bikini line – Cleanse the skin of bacteria
The first step in intimate shaving is to cleanse your skin well of bacteria so that they are not pushed into the open hair follicles during shaving. Therefore, go under a hot shower and wash thoroughly with, for example, Intim Wash from Australian Bodycare. When you are under the hot water, you not only get the skin washed free of bacteria with soap, you also soften both hair and skin, making shaving easier.
If your hair in the intimate area is long, it is a good idea to trim it with a trimmer or regular scissors before shaving. Then shaving is easier because you avoid the long hair getting stuck in the razor blade.
Good light and a sharp razor
When you start the shaving process, it’s important that you have a good light so you can see what you’re doing and not cut yourself. It is important that you make sure to shave yourself with a sharp razor. Using a dull razor can give you scratched and irritated skin.
A good shaving gel
Before shaving, apply a gel or foam. For example, it could be Intim Shave, a transparent shave gel that allows you to have full control over your intimate shave.
You need to apply the gel in a thin layer on the intimate area you want to shave and allow it to penetrate and act on the skin for about a minute. The intimate gel makes the razor glide easier on the skin, giving you a comfortable and close shave.
The right direction
Always shave your intimate area in the same direction as your hair grows. Even though the shave gel puts a protective layer on your skin, a razor moving against the hair’s natural direction will tear and be extremely hard on your skin. That is why you are most gentle on your skin if you shave in the direction the hair grows. During the shave, you will be able to tighten the skin in the area quite easily by pulling it.
After removing all the hair and achieving a smooth result, thoroughly rinse your skin free of hair and product residue. You can add a new coat of gel and go again with the razor if you haven’t got all the hair the first time.
Cool and soothe the skin
To finish your shave, you also need to give your skin the necessary aftercare. Therefore, use a product like Intim Balm from Australian Bodycare to give your skin optimal treatment when you are done shaving. The balm soothes and cools the skin while providing plenty of moisture for the dry shaved skin.
Like Intim Wash and Intim Shave, Intim Balm contains Tea Tree Oil, which is best known for its effective antibacterial properties. That’s why the products are particularly suitable for a smooth, intimate shave free of red buds, ingrown hairs and inflamed itching.
Air the skin
After shaving the delicate intimate area, your skin may be slightly irritated, so it is a good idea to avoid tight trousers, underwear and boxer shorts right after shaving. The skin needs air and rest, and that works best with loose clothing.
The Australian Bodycare intimate products are pH controlled for intimate use and dermatologically tested, and the products are skin friendly – even for people with sensitive skin.
Cream hair removal
Epilation with hair removal cream is a cheap and easy way to get a hair-free bikini line. An added benefit of epilation compared to shaving is that there is no risk of you getting cut. The disadvantage may be that many hair removal creams smell chemically and can irritate the skin slightly. In addition, some cheaper products leave some hairs so that the finished result will not be satisfactory.
Wax is effective
Waxing is an effective way to get a nice bikini line, and it doesn’t have to be expensive, especially if you do it yourself. But it can be a good idea to get the first wax treatment done professionally. Then you have a better understanding of how to perform it on yourself.
The treatment is not painless, and red buds may appear, however they quickly disappear again. It is also a good idea to use Intim Balm from Australian Bodycare, which soothes and cools the skin after a wax treatment.
The Brazilian wax method
With a Brazilian wax treatment, all the hair in the area is removed and you get the ultimate long-lasting bikini line. You get the most optimal result with Brazilian wax if it is done by a professional. At most cosmetologists and beauty clinics, Brazilian wax is in the high price range.
Furthermore, it is often more painful than other wax treatments. It can also be unnerving to let a stranger touch the most intimate parts of your body.
Laser hair removal
Laser treatment can be used for permanent hair removal around the bikini line. The treatment is expensive and it requires that you attend several treatments. In addition, it can be painful and there is a risk of scarring.