Pools are open and bikini season is officially in full swing. It’s that time of year when we are increasingly asked how to stay free of the appearance of unsightly and uncomfortable razor burn in the sensitive bikini line area. So we’ve gathered some options for keeping you smooth at the beach and lounging poolside.
Step 1: Prep. Start by exfoliating the skin with a mild glycolic acid or salicylic acid wash. Apply the wash with or without a loofah in the shower to help prep your skin. This step is going to help slough away dead skin cells and release trapped hair follicles.
Step 2: Lather up. Always use a shaving cream made for sensitive skin. Wet the skin and let the cream soak in for three minutes or so. (For legs, try using hair conditioner instead – you’ll get an extra smooth feel!)
Step 3: Time to shave! Use a sharp razor and rinse the blades in between strokes to allow for more even cutting. While you are shaving, shave in the direction of hair growth. Razor bumps happen when strands of hair curl back on themselves, grow into the skin and cause inflammation.
After following this process, if you notice razor bumps, rinse the area with cool water and apply a mild astringent, like witch hazel. Skip the aftershaves and fragranced toners; they are just going to worsen the irritation.
Or, skip all of this and see us at Aurora Medical Spa for laser hair removal, which will permanently reduce unwanted hair on your bikini line – or many other areas of the body.
How it works: A cosmetologist spreads sticky wax on your skin, then covers it with cloth strips. When the wax dries, the strips are quickly pulled off, taking the hair with them. Some types of wax can be pulled off without cloth strips. Waxing lasts for about 3 to 6 weeks.
Possible side effects: Redness and bumps. You could also get an infection around the hair follicles. The more often you wax, the less likely you are to have an infection.
Downside: Hair has to be at least 1/4 inch long for the wax to grab it. So you should let your hair grow for a few weeks before waxing.
LASER HAIR REMOVAL
To eliminate hair, our FDA approved laser emits gentle pulses of energy that pass through the skin to the hair follicle. This energy is then absorbed into the hair follicle to destroy it.1
Because laser hair removal only affects actively growing hair follicles, it may take several laser hair removal treatments to provide significant hair reduction.1
Prepare for Laser Hair Removal: Before your laser hair removal procedure
- Avoid sunbathing, tanning beds, waxing, chemical peels or collagen injections for two weeks prior to the procedure.
- Avoid perfumes, deodorants or any potential irritants in the treatment area before and after treatment.
- Avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements due to increased risk of bleeding.
Hair removal creams are an option for hair remover in your bikini area. Stick to the sensitive formulas and test them on your leg or arm first to make sure you are not too sensitive for them. The bikini area is especially sensitive.
HAIR REMOVAL CREAMS
Remove any loose hairs or dead skin cells. Use an exfoliator to smooth out the skin and open the pores up a bit, making hair removal easier.
Trim your hair. Hair removal creams will take a much longer time (and thus be potentially more harmful to you) if your hair is very long and thick. Expedite the process by trimming all your hair to about ¼ of an inch. Use a pair of nail or sewing scissors, or use an electric razor specified for use on the bikini.
Wet the skin. Although you can use these creams on dry skin, soaking your bikini area with a bit of warm to hot water will open up the hair follicles and make removal easier. Sit in a hot bath for a few minutes or hop in the shower. Towel dry off so that you skin is just damp before applying the cream though, so that it doesn’t just slide off.
Apply. Squeeze some of the cream out onto your fingertips, and spread it over the area of desired hair removal. Spread it only as thick as necessary to cover the root of the strands, but not so thin that you can see your skin through it.
- If you are removing all of your hair in the Brazilian style, test a small patch of more sensitive skin prior to slathering your entire pubic area with nair.
- Avoid getting any of this strong cream inside the vaginal canal or near your rectum; if inserted internally, it can cause an infection.
Give it time to work. Have a timer or clock handy. The directions on most bottles will likely suggest a time of 3-5 minutes before rinsing.
- If at any time the removal cream causes a burning or stinging sensation, rinse it off with warm water.
- Do not exceed a total of 10 minutes of application (no more than an additional 5 minutes after the first 5 minutes).
Wash off all the product. Use a steady stream of warm water or a dampened washcloth to wipe away all the removal cream and hair. Make sure that all of it has been removed, so that you don’t end up burning your skin or getting an infection.
Moisturize your skin. After putting your skin under so many chemicals, its probably a bit inflamed and dried out. Use a moisturizer for sensitive skin to replenish any lost nutrients and to minimize razor burn.