Tips for Shaving Your Bikini Area

The bikini area is delicate and can become irritated after shaving. Therefore, before doing this procedure, you should know how to do it properly. Discover some recommendations here.
Tips for Shaving Your Bikini Area

Last update: 14 September, 2020

Today, there’s a huge variety of different methods when it comes to shaving your bikini area. However, many women continue to opt for the traditional method: razors.

The downside to this method, and many others, is that it can cause some uncomfortable side effects. According to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, some of the most common complications include skin abrasions and ingrown hairs.

Luckily, there are some things you can do to help achieve proper hair removal, and avoid these kinds of side effects. In the following article, we’ll tell you about them in more detail, so you can start putting them into practice.

Tips to correctly shave your bikini area

An investigation published in JAMA Dermatology revealed that there are a number of factors which prompt women to shave their bikini area. The study, which involved 3372 American women, revealed that more than 50% shaved for hygiene reasons, 31% for aesthetic reasons, 21% because of their partners, while 20% did so to facilitate oral sex.

But whatever the reason women choose to shave this area, it’s important to know how to do it correctly. This is a particularly sensitive area, and shaving can lead to problems such as abrasions, itching, cuts and rashes. So, what do you need to keep in mind? Take a look at the following advice:

First steps: trim the hair and take a shower

  • The first thing you need to do in order to shave your bikini area properly is decide how you want it to look. Choose the style that makes you feel most comfortable and attractive. For example, you could remove all the hair or shave it to create a particular look.
  • Once you’ve chosen your style, it’s important to trim the hair to make it shorter and more manageable. If your pubic hair is particularly long, it’s best to do this with a pair of scissors, shortly before taking a shower. This is especially useful if you have particularly thick or unmanageable hair. Don’t worry about being too precise about this. The hair doesn’t need to be even.
  • Make sure to spend a few minutes in the shower before you start shaving. This will help to warm and soften the skin and hair. If you want to wash down there, do so before shaving to prevent skin irritation.
A woman who just shaved her bikini area.
Firstly, it’s convenient to trim your hair and wash the area. This way, it’ll be easier for you to shave your bikini area.

Wet the razor

To shave your bikini area, you need to moisten the blade that you’re going to use. This way, you can avoid possible irritations and discomfort. Follow the steps that we propose below, and don’t forget that it’s advisable to have several blades to change them when necessary.

  • Before you start shaving your bikini area, it’s important to wet the razor. You should also use a suitable shaving cream to soften and lubricate the area. When it comes to choosing a shaving cream, look for one designed to hydrate the skin.
  • When shaving, use long, slow strokes, working in the direction of the hair.
  • Place your hand on your stomach, just above your pubic area. Pull the skin upward to apply tension, and ensure the hair lies smooth.
  • Don’t press the razor too hard. Let the blades do all the work to avoid irritation and rinse after each pass to avoid stuck hairs.

Remember that both the blade and other hair removal elements are for personal use. According to information from the American Association of the Academy of Dermatology, sharing these types of items with other people increases the risk of sexually transmitted infections.

Shave between the thighs

  • When shaving your bikini area, pick the side you want to start with. It’s better if you start with the side opposite your dominant hand. Lean forward and lift the leg of the side you want to shave. This helps you to see what you’re doing clearly.
  • Prop your lifted leg against the wall of the shower if necessary. By shaving like this, you can reduce the risk of ingrown hairs. Rinse the area and apply the shaving gel, being careful not to get any on your labia.
  • Shave smoothly, working your way outward with horizontal strokes. Stop after every pass until you get to the end of your labia. Stretch your leg a little further and keep the skin tight to prevent unwanted cuts.
A woman shaving.
To avoid irritation, you should use a shaving cream or gel.


Getting rid of hair in your bikini area doesn’t stop with shaving. You need to exfoliate a second time to remove any dead skin that the razor pulled up. This can also help to prevent ingrown hairs later on. However, remember that you should avoid using products with irritating components, as this area is delicate.

  • A good option is to make a sugar and honey exfoliant. You can also use a hypoallergenic one specially designed for sensitive skin. Apply it in small quantities for external use only.
  • In addition, after rinsing your bikini area, dry it with a smooth towel. Don’t rub this area too vigorously, as this can irritate the delicate skin.
  • Through the information cited above, the American Association of the Academy of Dermatology also recommends applying a moisturizer to this area to reduce the risk of irritation.

Visit this article: Shaving Errors and Care

If you have any discomfort, consult you dermatologist

These are our top tips for correctly shaving your bikini area. Follow them carefully, and hair removal will be quick, easy, and give great results.

However, if you experience prolonged irritation or discomfort, be sure to consult with a dermatologist. Don’t forget that there are also several other hair removal methods you can use.

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