Quick question: Is there anything worse than those annoying bumps and ingrowns that appear on your bikini line after you shave?? I'm going to go ahead and answer that for you and say NOPE—they're the worst. But guess what? If shaving is your thing (and it happens to be mine), that redness and irritation can be stopped. I hit up Lillian Tung and Laura Schubert, the founders of Fur (a trendy hair removal brand), for the best shaving tips to save your bikini line from hell. You're welcome.
What is your bikini line?
WTF do the words "bikini line" mean anyway? Well, it was originally meant to describe the hair and skin that was visible around a bikini bottom, but now most people consider the “bikini line” to be, like, the whole thing. In 2020, any skin that grows pubic hair is your bikini line folks.
Is it bad to shave your bikini line?
Nope, not if hair removal is your thing. It's especially not bad if you don't have the pain tolerance for waxing or the bank account for laser hair removal. You just have to make sure that you’re doing it correctly (more on that later).
Does it matter what type of razor you use when you shave your bikini line?
The tools you use (AKA the razor) will make a huge difference in whether or not you’re left with angry bumps or smooth-ass skin. Most importantly, your razor needs to be clean (otherwise you risk irritation, or even worse, infection). Give it a quick rinse before you shave to make sure it’s not clogged up with dead skin or hair.
Also essential: you also want a razor with a very, very sharp blade. A dull one will drag against your skin and lead to ingrown hairs and razor burn (so annoying).
How should you prep your bikini line before shaving?
Lillian and Laura both agree that exfoliating before you shave is key. Exfoliating buffs away any gunk or dead cells that may be laying on the surface of your skin, so when you shave, your razor isn’t pushing debris, oil, and dead skin further into your pores, which can cause ingrown hairs.
Should you use a shaving cream for your bikini line?
Umm, 100 percent. Putting a razor against your skin without a buffer is basically a recipe for disaster (and irritation). So, yes! You should always use shaving cream. A creamy body wash works in a pinch too.
Does the direction you shave your bikini line in matter? Why?
The direction definitely matters. Your public hair is thicker than the hair on the rest of your body, and your public skin is ultra-delicate, so you want to shave in the same direction as your pubic hair naturally grows to avoid any bumps and redness. Be sure to shave using short, small strokes (not long sweeps) and if your pubes are super long, give them a quick trim with scissors before using your razor.
Is there anything you should do after you shave your bikini line?
You want to use a product that’s hydrating and soothing after you shave your bikini line. A post-shave lotion or oil helps to keep your skin soft long after you shave.
The Final Word
If you're over your body hair and want to shave your bikini line, go for it! Just remember to exfoliate beforehand, use a sharp, clean razor, don't shave against the grain, and moisturize after. The result will be hairless, smooth-as-hell skin.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.