Wet shaving is not only popular with men. Ladies also shave their armpits, legs or intimate areas to conform to the popular ideal of beauty or simply to feel good. Hairless bodies look more attractive and body odor cannot settle in the hair. However, smooth skin after shaving, especially in the bikini area, you get only with the right preparation, a sharp razor blade and the right technique when shaving.
Shave intimate area – do not just shave it!
Intimate shave: tips and tricks
Shaving is more successful when the skin is moisturized. Therefore, it is worth taking a shower or bath beforehand. Exfoliation before shaving removes dead skin cells. After peeling, apply plenty of shaving foam or shaving gel. It forms a protective layer and the skin is less irritated during intimate shaving. Now it is the turn of the shave. A gentle intimate shave is done in the direction of hair growth for ladies. Rinse the shaved area with clean water afterwards to remove stubble and soap residue. After hair removal in the bikini area, care for the skin with a moisturizer.
How often should women shave?
In general, it is enough to shave intimately every two to three days for a smooth skin feeling. Underarm hair grows faster than hair on the legs and in the intimate area. Most razor blades last up to ten shaves before they need to be replaced. Shaving with dull blades irritates the skin, causing razor burn.
What to consider when shaving armpits and legs
How to shave armpits ladies
Extend your arm upwards backwards to create a smooth surface for shaving the armpits and apply shaving cream for women generously. Then shave the underarm hair from top to bottom and then from right to left.
How ladies shave their legs properly
Whether you shave the entire legs or only up to the knees, it’s up to you. Shave the legs in the direction of growth the first time and perform the shave against the direction of growth the second time. Do not forget to shave off the hair on the ankles and the back of the feet. It is important that you apply shaving cream beforehand so that there is no razor burn. Avoid painful razor burn by never dry shaving the skin. Moisten the skin with shaving gel or shower gel. Make sure you use sharp razor blades so that you have to exert less pressure when shaving and always shave with the stroke in the direction of hair growth. Very sensitive for sensitive skin are women’s razors with gel pads that moisturize the skin while shaving.
What to do if there is after all razor burn?
Cool the skin areas so that the pores close again. Dry the skin carefully with a kitchen towel so that no germs are transferred. Apply a care product with a soothing effect, such as aloe vera or tea tree oil. At night, you can apply a wound and healing ointment. Do not shave the areas with razor burn for at least 24 hours, but better for another two to three days.
Shaving pubic hair – what to consider
What is the bikini line?
The bikini line is the area of pubic hair below the abdomen, which is covered by bikini pants in the summer. There are several options for shaving the bikini area. Either the complete intimate area is shaved during the pubic hair shave or only the intimate hair at the edge of the bikini pants is shortened so that the hair does not peek out from under the panties. Alternatively, trim the hair during pubic shaving as a triangle or strip (landing strip).
Shaving bikini area without skin irritation
For a close shave, shave pubic hair first in the direction of growth and then against the direction of growth.
Which bikini line shaver is the best?
It depends on whether you prefer a wet shave or a dry shave. Wet shaving in the intimate area is more thorough. For the dry shave speaks the shorter time factor, but the hair is not completely removed. Electric razors for the intimate area are usually narrower than conventional razors. With wet razors, you have the choice between a wet razor with a blade like a razor plane or a disposable razor. With a wet razor with several blades in a row like from Braun, Gillette, Babyliss and other manufacturers, you will finish shaving faster. If the hairs are too long, a trimmer is used before shaving the intimate area. It shortens the long hairs with special attachment, so that they do not clog the wet razor later.
Peeling intimate area
Before shaving should be made exfoliation. The peeling removes dead skin flakes. This also applies to the intimate area. Peeling every two to three days after shaving helps against the ingrowth of frizzy hairs. Immediately after shaving, the bikini area should not be exfoliated.
Which peeling in the intimate area?
Natural ingredients and free of microplastics and alcohol are the first choice. An enzyme scrub or sea salt/sugar with a little olive oil are just as suitable.
Shave intimate area
The intimate area is an erogenous zone. Under the skin hides a plexus of nerves and many sebaceous glands that can react to intimate shaving with inflammation. Therefore, proper preparation is the essence of intimate shaving. Before shaving, apply shaving foam from shaving gel or shaving soap to soften the pubic hair. After a short exposure time, tighten the skin and shave off the pubic hair without much pressure in the direction of growth. Soothe the stressed skin after intimate shaving with cold water. The pores contract better this way. Then use an after-shave lotion for women without perfume or alcohol for care.
Which razor for the intimate area should women use?
The market leader in wet razors for the bikini area are Gillette Venus razors with a slim shape, several blades in a row, with skin-care properties and interchangeable razor heads. Other manufacturers for wet razors ladies are Wilkinson and Nivea. For shaving in the intimate area, use a wet razor that you use only there to avoid the transfer of bacteria to other areas of the body.
When should you start shaving your genital area?
There is no rule from when the intimate area should be shaved. Theoretically, you can start at puberty, as soon as the pubic hair starts to grow.
Should women shave the genital area completely?
This is a personal matter of opinion. The natural pubic hair prevents clothing from rubbing against the skin. According to a study by Nivea, however, 80 percent of women under 30 shave. The advantages are obvious: the intimate area can be cleaned better, fewer odors develop and the use of tampons and sanitary napkins is more hygienic. Disadvantages are skin redness and rashes as well as itching after intimate shaving.
Intimate shave without pimples and redness
It is not uncommon for pimples and redness to appear after intimate shaving. Therefore, prepare the skin for shaving by taking a bath or a warm shower. This softens the pubic hair and stubble and stimulates blood circulation in the skin. So that the skin is irritated as little as possible, women use shaving foam or shaving gel for intimate shaving. The razor blade is thus guided more easily and the skin is less irritated.
What shaving cream to use for intimate areas?
Experts advise to use a shaving gel instead of shaving foam. Normal shaving foam is rather not suitable for the female intimate area, because it is more sensitive than the male intimate area. As an alternative to shaving gel, use an intimate wash lotion that is ph-neutral or contains lactic acid bacteria that strengthen the flora of the vagina or a shaving gel that lays a protective film on the skin.
Shave vagina so succeeds painlessly
Stretch the folds of skin between two fingers, creating a smooth surface for shaving. Alternatively, place one leg on the edge of the bathtub so that the skin is taut. Shave the hair in the direction of growth first. For a particularly smooth surface around the vagina, run the razor over the skin once again against the direction of growth. Modern wet razors for women are considered safe, so that only in the fewest cases injuries occur. With a razor you have to be more careful.
Remove stubble from the genital area
Sometimes the hair in the intimate area grows back so quickly that stubble can already be felt the next day. This happens especially after dry shaving, because it is less thorough. For less stubble, use an intimate scrub before wet shaving. This will not only remove dead skin particles, but also fine hairs that are just growing back. Take care of the skin after intimate shaving without pimples with a moisturizer. It keeps the skin supple and stubble is less noticeable. To remove stubble completely, only epilation, sugaring, waxing or a depilatory cream will help.
Which razor to use for the intimate area as a woman?
Trimmer for the intimate area
Hair trimmers for the intimate area of ladies are mostly multifunctional, because they can also be used for underarms and legs for preparation for wet and dry shaving. However, a hair trimmer does not remove the hair root. The hair in the bikini area after intimate shaving still has a length between 0.2 mm and 6 mm. The shape of the Ladyshaver is narrower than a trimmer for the beard and most trimmers for electric pubic hair shaving are waterproof and have a wide variety of attachments for different applications and cut lengths.
When buying a bikini line trimmer, look for whether the shaving head can be replaced if necessary and that the handle is rubber coated for better grip with wet hands. Additional features include a shaving attachment, pressure control, pivoting shaving foil, rounded edges. Women’s razors are usually powered by batteries or a rechargeable battery. The Gillette Venus wet razor for women does not count as an electric razor for the intimate area, because there is currently no trimmer from Venus. Renowned suppliers for a “woman-friendly” trimmer for the intimate area and for the bikini line are Veet, Braun or Philips, whose trimmers may also be used in the shower.
Using templates, a trimmer can trim the hair on the sides, while you let the rest grow in the middle of the bikini area. Trimming is considered gentle on the skin and pimples. Razor burn and strawberry skin are avoided.
How to use the trimmer in intimate area?
Trim the hair against the grain during intimate shaving. This way the hairs stand up and can be shortened comfortably.
What helps with strawberry skin?
Small red dots on the legs or arms are called strawberry skin. The dots can appear after shaving the legs, due to sweating or due to a genetic predisposition.
What can you do against strawberry skin?
The red dots are caused by inflammation of clogged pores. They are medically harmless, but look unsightly and dark-haired women are affected more often than light-haired women.
Getting rid of strawberry skin
A Peeling is a good idea. It removes dead skin flakes against strawberry skin on the face, legs and arms. A chemical peeling with AHA/BHA removes cornifications better than peelings with abrasive particles. However, you can also make a simple peeling with salt and oil or baking soda against strawberry skin even at home.
To prevent strawberry skin, the legs must be exfoliated at least twice a week. Another option is not to shave the hair on the legs, but to remove it completely by waxing or epilating. If strawberry skin appears after shaving, either the blades were dull or lack moisture. For less strawberry skin on the legs use sharp blades, a scrub or toner with salicylic acid before shaving and a moisturizer without perfumes and oil, which could irritate the skin and clog pores, after shaving.
Strawberry skin on the arm
Strawberry skin is not the same as rubbing iron skin. Rubbing iron skin is a cornification disorder of the skin. The skin is quite rough, unlike strawberry skin.
Strawberry skin: Cream provides help
For strawberry skin, use a cream with a high moisture content due to the nourishing ingredients urea, hyaluron or glycerin after shaving.