The shaving of pubic area for women can be a hassle. The sensitive skin in this area is more prone to breakouts and shave bumps than on other areas of the body.
Pubic Area Shaving Tips
Trim first. If your hair is long, you will spend more time cleaning your razor than actually shaving with it. This will serve to dull your razor and, and a dull razor irritates skin. Use small grooming scissors and a mirror, if necessary, to trim the hair down to about a half inch. If you’re worried about cutting yourself, use a comb as a barrier between your skin and your scissors.
Clean and exfoliate. Once you’ve trimmed, you’ll want to wash away the extra hair with a mild cleanser and exfoliate using an exfoliating body wash or an exfoliating brush or loofah. Gentle exfoliation removes dead skin cells, which can otherwise clog pores and lead to razor bumps.
Use shaving cream, not soap. This area of the body is more sensitive than others, so extra skin lubrication is needed. Shaving with soap dries out the skin and doesn’t provide as much lubrication. Use a thick shaving cream with added moisturizers. You can also rub on shaving oil before you apply shaving cream if you are extra prone to shave bumps or break outs.
Use a new razor. The older a razor gets, the duller the blade becomes. Disposable razors are really only meant for one use and dull quickly. More expensive razors with interchangeable heads can be used more than once, but given the extra sensitive nature of the area you’re shaving, you’ll want to use a new razor or head each time you shave your public area.
Shave in the same direction as the hair first. Use one pass, then rinse the hair and shaving cream from your razor before making another pass in another area. Once you have made one pass in each are, re-coat the area with shaving cream.
Pulling the skin tight, make a second pass in the opposite direction of the hair. Try not to make more than two passed over the same area to avoid irritation.
Allow the skin to dry. Pat with a clean towel and wait 10 to 15 minutes before getting dressed. This period of time allows the hair follicles to close and will help prevent shaving bumps by keeping the pores clean. Apply a light moisturizer if you have sensitive skin.