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While buffing and polishing your body and face may be second nature, it’s important not to neglect the bikini line. If you wax or trim your bikini line, exfoliation one day prior to hair removal will help prevent ingrown hairs. Exfoliation brings hair to the surface and removes dead skin for smoother results. The bikini area is more sensitive than the rest of your skin, so put down the fragranced scrubs and whip up a gentle exfoliator with items from your kitchen cupboard.

Pour 1/4 cup of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a bowl. Mix them together with a spoon. Baking soda contains fine grains that will buff the skin without causing irritation, while the olive oil moisturizes.

Step into the shower and apply warm water to the bikini area. Avoid hot water -- it could burn your skin.

Pick up the paste with your fingertips and gently massage it into the bikini area using a circular motion.

Rinse your skin with warm water and gently pat dry with a clean towel. Apply a soothing moisturizer, such as aloe vera, to lock in the moisture provided by the olive oil. Repeat once a week, or one day before waxing or shaving if applicable.