Shaving your pubic area: mistakes to avoid

Shaving the pubic area and the bikini line can be a scary endeavour for a lot of people. Pros or beginners, men and women alike. It’s tricky with all those nooks and crannies and your skin is much more sensitive, easier to nick and more prone to razor burns which hurt even more than, say, on your legs or face.

It can be really hard to do it properly and mistakes are bound to happen. However, if you want to do it the best way possible, avoid making these mistakes

Not steaming

Shaving as soon as you enter the shower is understandable. You are in a rush and you don’t have time to beat around the bush. Pun intended. However, this is a mistake.

You need to spend some time simply standing in the shower and letting the steam soften up your hair and skin, allowing for a closer, more accurate shave which will result in no razor bumps or burns.

So, the next time you decide to shave, wait at least a few minutes – the longer the better – and then move on to the next step.

Not exfoliating

Exfoliating is tedious and definitely not something you want to do if you don’t have a lot of time. But this is another mistake. Instead of jumping straight from steaming to shaving, you could wait a few more minutes and spend them exfoliating.

Apply an exfoliating gel on your loofah or on a washcloth and gently rub it across your pubic area to get rid of any dead cells or hairs that could get clogged up in the razor. This also lifts your hair and makes it easier for the razor to come closer to your skin.

Using the wrong tools

For one, using an old, used razor is a terrible idea. You should always get a new, sharp one which will easily shave off all of your pubic hair.

An old razor just causes more problems – razor bumps, rash and irritation comes to mind.

Another mistake is using a regular shower gel or just water for shaving. These two are not the best you can do for your skin and they can cause you a lot of issues.

There are plenty of area-specific gels, oils or creams out there which can help you and leave your skin looking fabulous instead of itchy and dry.

Not trimming

If you don’t trim before shaving – and if your hair is especially long – you can cause yourself many problems. Longer hair requires multiple strokes and this in turn causes a rash or burns. In order to avoid this, trim your hair and shave after – it doesn’t take a lot of time but it can save you the itchiness and the ugly razor bumps.

Dry shaving

This is a huge no-no. People often don’t have enough time so they just go over their pubic area or around the underwear with just the razor and nothing else. There is nothing worse for your skin than doing this. It’s a very gentle area and it needs special care and attention. Dry shaving will leave you itchy in seconds and it can even cause infections since shaving leaves tiny lacerations on the skin through which bacteria can enter.

Save yourself and always set a specific time to patiently and gently shave your pubic area and bikini zone.

Using regular lotion

“Your regular lotion which you use for the rest of your body is probably heavily scented and full of chemicals that you don’t want down there.

Instead, opt for area-specific lotions and creams that can save you from any infections and help you feel great”, says hair stylist Maria Vasquez.

Wearing the wrong underwear after

Finally, it’s also about what you wear after the shave. If it’s tight, lacy, itty-bitty underwear that you mostly reach for, you couldn’t be more wrong.

These usually cause more problems. They are tight and rubbing against your skin from the movement thus causing irritation. Next, they usually come with tight elastic bands which further irritate the skin.

“If you can, put on some soft, 100% cotton panties and wear them at least for a few hours until your skin heals a bit. If you think the cotton panties look unappealing, just look at the redness a lacy thong could cause”, says beauty blogger Caroline Moore.

So shaving down there can be quite an adventure. But if you do it properly, you have nothing to fear. Hopefully these mistakes will teach you how to avoid them and end up looking and feeling fabulous.