Give your bikini area a smooth, waxed look without having to endure the pain that waxing entails. Shaving is the most painless method for hair removal, and you can even avoid the dreaded razor bumps. By shaving in the right direction, then treating the shaven skin properly, the ingrown hairs that cause razor bumps to develop will not appear nearly as much. Maintain the waxed look by shaving your delicate bikini area without unnecessary irritation.
Things You'll Need
Trim the hair in your pubic area with a pair of scissors. Longer hairs could be caught in the razor, so cut them all down to around 1/2 inch long. Be careful not to cut delicate skin while trimming the hair.
Take a warm bath or shower to soften your hair and skin. The softer the skin and hair are, the less chance that irritation will occur. The areas being shaved should remain submerged or directly under the flow of water for at least three minutes before shaving.
Put a handful of moisturizing shave cream onto the areas of skin along your bikini line. Apply it in the opposite direction than the hair grows, which is mostly downward. Let it sit for a couple of minutes so that the cream will expand and bind to your hair and skin. Moisturizing shave creams made specifically for sensitive skin will work best for avoiding irritation.
Start shaving your bikini area with short, downward strokes. Make sure that each stroke is made in the same direction that your hair grows. Rinse the razor blade off thoroughly after every stroke or two for optimal results. A clean blade will result in less need for repeated strokes, which can irritate and cause ingrown hairs. Apply more cream if needed during the shaving process.
Wash off the remaining shaving cream and hair with warm water. Dry off the shaven area by patting the skin with a towel.
Squeeze a small amount of baby oil into your hand, then pat your bikini area carefully. Keep applying it until all areas of skin that have come into contact with the razor blade are completely covered.
Squeeze out a very small amount of aloe vera gel and apply it to newly-shaven areas of skin as well. Aloe vera is commonly used to treat burns, rashes and other forms of skin irritations.
Check your local drug store for creams, ointments and other products designed for razor burn and ingrown hair prevention.