Hair removal can be a tricky and uncomfortable process for many people, especially when it comes to the more delicate areas of the body. In particularly sensitive areas like the bikini area, scrotum, buttocks and arm pits, irritation and ingrown hairs are a chronic side effect of trying to look your best and can be frustrating to deal with.
Shaving body hair is something that has long been included in the body care regimen among a lot of men and women today. But when it comes to shaving those sensitive areas, such as the armpit and the bikini line, it takes a good amount of caution and care. Aside from preventing any injuries, doing it right will also provide you better looking results. There are some steps that you can take to ensure that you get this done the right way even without professional help.
It is basic hygiene for a woman to remove underarm hairs, and it is also aesthetically appropriate and comfortable to have your bikini area waxed. In that way, you can sport a bikini without worrying about unruly hairs embarrassingly peeking out in the corners.
But before you do anything you must know that shaving intimate areas would require certain conditions, particular instruments and a specific technique. And that is also because the hair in the pubic area and the armpits are thicker compared to hairs on other parts of the body.
Preparing Your Skin and Hair
Before shaving, it is of course important that the skin and hairs are properly prepared. This prevents a stubble-free skin that is also free from nicks, cuts and other problems.
Before getting a razor to touch your skin it is best to shower first, because most importantly, this cleans the area. If in the event that you accidentally cut yourself shaving, you lessen the risk of introducing infection.
It is also advisable to shave after a warm shower. Doing this will place you way above others in terms of ease in shaving, comfort and end results. What a warm shower does is that it triggers the pores to open up allowing the skin to release its natural oils. This makes both the skin and hair to become softer. Another alternative that you could use is to apply a wet and warm towel over the area to also create the same effect. This will make the hairs easier to shave, and it also creates less friction on the skin resulting to fewer incidences of cuts and irritation.
Choosing a Good Shaving Cream
Before you think about taking that razor and glide it through your armpit or your pubic mound, it is important that you get the right product that will protect your skin. That is when a good shaving cream comes in.
This medium can either come in the form of a gel, foam or lotion. To make sure of this, you can test at the back of your hand or on your legs to see if you develop any reaction from it. This product has to be gentle to your skin to avoid irritation especially in these delicate areas. It should also be slippery enough to allow the razor to easily glide through the skin.
You should also be very meticulous when choosing shaving creams because there are actually those that are particularly formulated for pubic or highly sensitive areas. It is also preferable that you steer clear from products that are heavily scented because they are more likely to contain harsh chemicals and become irritating to the skin.
You can also dab on some shaving oil to create a barrier over the skin. This will also allow the shave to glide over the skin easily without dragging it. Therefore, it creates less irritation and it also reduces the chances of ingrown hairs. It also prevents any razor burns which are small pink or reddish rashes that aren’t bumpy which results after poor shaving.
Do not even think of using your regular soap because it can only dry the skin, and it does not create the best ease when shaving. But there are already shaving soaps that are available in the market today. They usually come in very hard textures, but once a generous lather is created, it is known to provide a protection that is just as good as shaving creams. They either come in glycerin form or hard-milled.
How to Choose the Right Razor
The right razors to use for those sensitive areas are those that are slightly dull. This protects accidental cuts, especially with newbies. You can also choose those type of razors that have moisture strips to make the constant contact less irritating to the skin. Adding to that, a person who is highly sensitive or has a very delicate skin should opt for single blade razors instead of double blade ones.
Laser hair removal is a popular way to permanently get rid of unwanted hair from sensitive places. Although the procedure is somewhat costly and can also be painful, it is a one time ordeal that can prevent you from having to ever again touch a blade to your skin. There’s no more pain, discomfort, hassle, mess or inconvenience. It’s even possible to reduce the amount of pain experienced during this procedure by using a numbing cream that can be bought from any pharmacy. Used liberally, this cream reduces pain by as much as half for both laser treatments and waxing.
Proper Shaving Technique
Use Plenty of Lubrication
It doesn’t matter whether you’re shaving your face, legs or bikini area, you absolutely must use sufficient lubrication. A good, thick shaving cream made specifically for sensitive skin provides a generous protective layer that allows the razor blade to essentially float over your skin. Never, ever use soap for shaving. Besides not offering enough defense, it also dries the skin and leads to itching and irritation later on.
To properly shave the pubic area, it is advised to trim the hairs first because they can grow long enough to be uncomfortable when shaved. Hold your skin taught to create smoother strokes and provide better ease. You first start at the back and then at the sides and then end your work on the area of the pubic mound.
First shave the pubic hairs on the same direction that it grows, and then after a full coverage is done, you can proceed with shaving against the grain. In this manner you can also create a clean and thorough shave.
For the equally sensitive armpit area, you can also do the same technique. And you should make sure that you don’t press too hard on the shave and that you rinse it between strokes to prevent hair buildup which could cause rashes.
After shaving the area, you can rinse it with cold water to help seal in moisture and to close the pores. It is also important that you keep the outer layer of the skin moisturized with a light lotion or aftershave.
Other Hair Removal Alternatives for Sensitive Areas
Other alternatives aside from shaving include waxing, depilatory creams, bleaching, electrolysis and lasers. All have their pros and cons, but when compared to shaving they are either more risky, less aesthetically successful, while some are downright expensive.
Don’t Use Depilatories
Depilatories, or hair removal creams, are a mixture of chemicals designed to dissolve hair and its follicles, allowing it to be rinsed or wiped away. These are products that people typically associate with a foul odor similar to rotting eggs. As you can imagine, these are very harsh on the skin and can cause chemical burns, rashes, soreness and inflammation of sensitive areas. Furthermore, people with sensitive skin all over are cautioned to avoid these products altogether.
If your skin is particularly sensitive, you may find that you have problems after using conventional shaving products. These often contain chemicals like alcohol that dry, irritate and cause inflammation, even if they are designed for sensitive skin. People with such problems might wish to either spend the extra money on natural products or make their own at home using simple ingredients.
Shaving can be considered the easiest and the fastest way to remove hairs. But it is also not permanent. Unless you ultimately fall into pubic or body hair loss, you just have to be consistently diligent in shaving these sensitive areas.