How to Shave Your Vagina
How to Shave Your Vagina - Tips for Shaving Your Pubic Hair , Here's how you should shave there If you decide to shave your pubic hair,
How to Shave Your Vagina - Tips for Shaving Your Pubic Hair
Here's how you should shave there If you decide to shave your pubic hair, you want to be prepared with the right tools and information to avoid any nicks, bumps, or razor burn. The process may seem pretty self-explanatory – how different can it be from shaving your legs or armpits, right? In fact, the pubic area is quite sensitive, and there are some dos and don'ts on how to shave there.
You might think you're seeing a million messages about pubic grooming — dudes talking about getting completely naked, advertising wax at every salon. If you are wondering: Is this ideal? Should I shave it all off soon? The truth is, there is no right way to deal with pubic hair. Some prefer a bare bikini area, while others prefer to leave a little hair there. Consider styling your pubic hair a very personal choice, says Jennifer Ashton, MD, OB/GYN and author of The Body Scoop for Girls. Just like you do anything else with your body — your haircut, nail art, makeup routine (or lack thereof) — go with what feels right for you.
But if you're curious and wondering where to start — like, can you use the same razor you shave your legs with? - Read on for expert advice on how to shave your pubic hair.
ait, is shaving better than waxing?
Waxing is a super simple hair removal method — and, TBH, requires less maintenance than shaving — but the truth is: plucking your hair out can be pretty painful. Also, waxing your bikini area is often done in a salon, which can be a bit inconvenient (depending on your schedule) and quite expensive.
On the other hand, shaving can feel like an easier and more familiar introduction to bikini-line grooming: you're probably doing it on your legs, so you've got the basics down. Shaving can be easily done at home, and according to Dr. Rebecca Marcus, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Maei MD, "there is less risk of ingrown hairs or folliculitis than waxing."
If you have sensitive skin, you may want to stick with shaving, "since wax can be more irritating in most cases," says Dr. Marcus. But be sure to moisturize before and after, "to help create a barrier to reduce friction, [and] to soften and smooth the skin," adds Dr. Marissa Gershick, board-certified dermatologist.
Shaving creams are relatively painless, but you need to read the package and instructions very carefully because not all are made for the uber-sensitive skin around your vulva and bikini line. And even those that are safe for the bottom can still irritate or burn your skin if left on too long. Just make sure to do your research.
So, how do you shave there anyway?
It may sound complicated, but follow the steps below to shave your pubic hair and you'll be smooth in no time.
1. Trim your pubic hair.
If this is the first time you've shaved your pubic hair (or it's been a while since you've styled it there), it will be easier and more comfortable to remove if the hair is a little shorter. "Trimming pubic hair before shaving can help improve vision and improve contact with the blade to ensure an effective shave," explains Dr. Gershick. Just use a pair of scissors or a hair trimmer and cut the hair so that it is about an inch long.
But be very careful with this step. "If you trim pubic hair, be sure to do so in very good lighting," advises Dr. Marcus. “And be very careful not to tear your skin with the scissors!
2. Wash and clean your bikini area.
Jump into a warm shower and make sure the pubic hair is soft before you start shaving. "Water helps soften the hair and reduce friction between the blade and the skin," explains Dr. Gershick. She also recommends that you wash the bikini area with a gentle cleanser like Dove or Cetaphil.
. Exfoliate your skin.
This step is important. "Every time you shave or wax, your skin opens up those pores," explains Dr. Ashton. "This makes it easier for bacteria to enter and cause infection." So, you want to make sure the area is clean before you work. An exfoliant will remove dead skin and help prevent ingrown hairs. Remember, these products are not for the inside of your vagina, just the outside.
Grab some shaving cream.
Again, make sure you choose a simple shaving cream for sensitive skin. Then dab it all over your uterus. "It's good practice to apply a shaving gel or cream to the skin before shaving to reduce friction and reduce the chance of irritation," explains Dr. Gershick.
He and Dr. Marcus Aveno positively recommend Smooth Shave Gel and Vanicrem Shave Cream. "Both are formulated to soothe and hydrate sensitive skin," says Dr. Marcus. Another suitable option is EOS Shea Butter Sensit