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Need some tips on shaving the bikini zone? Read this guide to shaving pubic hair and find out how to achieve smooth intimate shaving results safely.


Safe & smooth: a guide to intimate shaving

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It’s not just an aesthetic choice: a bit of grooming ‘down there’ can make you feel lighter, cleaner and fresher. But before you start, it’s important to know the right way to shave the bikini area.

Your intimate area is one of the most sensitive parts of your skin. Because of this, traditional manual razors can easily leave you with painful bumps nicks, nicks and irritation. This also makes removing large areas of hair from the root by waxing a painful choice. Some choose to avoid this discomfort by using a hair removal cream but the strong chemicals in these creams are especially risky to use in this delicate area. The easiest, safest and least painful method is trimming or shaving pubic hair with tools that protect your skin while removing hair effectively.


This step-by-step guide will take you through the whole process of intimate shaving with helpful tips on how to shave ‘down there’ safely and get smooth results!




Take your time when shaving the bikini zone

The best way to shave pubes without nicks or irritation is to exercise patience. Shaving the bikini zone is not something you want to rush. Play it safe and slow, and use the right tools, and you’ll get smooth results with less irritation or cuts.


Clean skin, clean results: what to do before shaving pubic hair

Cleaning before shaving the bikini area will lower the risk of an infection afterwards. Wash your skin with warm water and a mild shower gel. Warm water relaxes your skin and keeps it soft but make sure it doesn’t get too hot: excessive heat can irritate your skin and make it more sensitive.

Next, exfoliate your skin with a gentle loofah or mild, pH-neutral exfoliating wash. This will remove dead skin cells that could clog your pores and lead to ingrown hair after shaving. Then, lightly pat yourself dry with a soft towel.


First things first: trimming before shaving the bikini area

Always start by trimming before moving onto shaving the bikini area. It makes it much easier to see what you’re doing and it’s also better for your razor: if the hairs are short then they won’t get stuck. This saves you and your skin an uncomfortable pulling feeling and potential irritation. 

For safe and effective trimming, it’s best to use a tool that has been developed specially for use in this delicate area. The BikiniGenie trimmer from Philips is designed with rounded teeth that cut hairs to your choice of length with no nicks or cuts. To remove as much hair as possible before shaving, you can cut to lengths of 0.5mm. Or, to keep it at a neat crop in some places, you can cut the hairs to 3mm.  


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Shaving the bikini zone and more intimate shaving

Once you’ve tidied up with a trimmer, you can move onto shaving the bikini area. For a smooth and cut-free shave, make your skin even and taut by turning your leg outwards and placing your foot on a stool. For uneven areas like this, it’s best to use a tool with a small shaving head like the SatinShave Essential electric shaver. With a hypoallergenic foil to protect this sensitive area from irritation and rashes, you can get both effective and comfortable results.


Once you’ve tidied up your bikini line, then you can move onto shaving pubic hair in the really sensitive areas. Of course, this is optional. If you are happy with a cleanly trimmed intimate area and shaved bikini area, great! Your skin will thank you for it.

If not, make sure can see everything clearly. Pull your skin taut while shaving to avoid scratches and achieve a smoother finish. First shave in the direction of hair growth, then against it if necessary – but sure not to over the same area too many times. Finally, rinse the area off with lukewarm water and pat it dry. Ta-da!


A thorough alternative: epilating

When you know the right way to shave the bikini area, it can be really easy and effective. But if you’re looking for an intimate hair removal method that lasts for weeks, you might want to try epilating. Epilating removes hair from the root, like waxing, but unlike waxing the method is gentler and more gradual. With the Satinelle Advanced Wet & Dry Epilator, you can enjoy weeks of smooth skin. With faster disc rotation than ever, the epilator head can quickly remove hairs that are 4 times shorter than the ones picked up by waxing. Plus, you can use it in or out of the shower or bath, so it can easily fit into your routine. Simply apply the head to your skin and move it against the direction of hair growth.


After intimate shaving, give yourself some TLC

You know how to shave ‘down there’, but do you know how to keep it soft and comfortable afterwards? After epilating or shaving the bikini area, rinsing and drying, don’t forget to treat your skin to a mild balm. Make sure that it’s made specially for this sensitive area and look out for products with soothing aloe vera or tea tree oil. Plus, keep tight or synthetic underwear in the drawer for now. Stick to cotton to allow your skin to breathe without irritation.


Now, with all these tips on the best way to shave pubes under your belt (so to speak), you’re ready for your smoothest, calmest ever shave!


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