Caring for the Bikini Area

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The skin of your bikini area is some of the most delicate, sensitive skin on your body and requires some additional care. When it comes to hair removal from your bikini area, there are several options available, all of which have to potential to be irritating and cause damage to your skin. These four tips help you to properly care for and remove hair from your bikini area.

Cleanse
When in the shower, use a gentle soap that is free from fragrances, dyes and alcohol. Rather than using a harsh or irritating product, look for soaps or cleansers that are made for sensitive skin so you can avoid any irritation or infection.

Exfoliate
It probably seems like a bit counter-intuitive for us to say that you need to exfoliate just after stressing how delicate your bikini area is, but exfoliation is important when it comes to caring for your bikini area. Exfoliation is particularly important if you shave, wax or otherwise remove hair along your bikini line because it removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin and reduces the likelihood of ingrown hairs. Just because you need to exfoliate doesn’t mean you need to grab a harsh scrub or a chemical exfoliant, simply use a washcloth or loofah to exfoliate the area.

Remove Hair
The method of hair removal you choose should depend on your skin type. For instance, if you are prone to ingrown hairs, then you might want to skip shaving. Shaving cuts hair at the surface, which leads to stubble and disorderly growing patterns and this results in painful ingrown hairs. While waxing painful, it often yields far smoother, long-lasting results than using a razor. Hair removal creams, lotions and foams can be used on those with sensitive skin, but it is imperative you perform a spot test and follow the directions thoroughly. Leaving the product on your skin for longer than recommended can result in chemical burns. If you aren’t satisfied with any of these methods, you can visit your dermatologist to discuss more permanent hair removal options like laser therapy.

Prevent Razor Bumps and Ingrown Hairs
Razor bumps and ingrown hairs are prevalent along the bikini line and shaving incorrectly can increase the likelihood that you will experience ingrown hairs. To avoid razor bumps and ingrown hairs, be sure to exfoliate before and after shaving and shave in the direction of hair growth to avoid irritating your skin. Additionally, always use a new razor or a fresh blade as a dull razor can increase irritation and pain while shaving. If you have waxing professionally done, be sure that the salon or spa you are visiting is hygienic and reputable.

Avoid irritating and damaging your bikini area by paying a bit of added attention to the hair removal process. If shaving, let hair soften in the shower prior to shaving and pat dry when you emerge from the shower. A little bit of extra care can help your bikini area look and feel smooth and soft.

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