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How to Stop a Shaving Rash on Bikini Line

When it comes to being ‘summer-ready’, there’s no such thing as too much preparation. We want our skin to be soft and smooth all-over, every day. With the temperatures heating up and rays of the sun beating down, there’s always someone to suggest an impromptu trip to the beach. Such a spontaneous idea is often welcomed with open arms. That is, if you’re prepared. A beach outing means swimming suits and unless you put care into how you shave your bikini line, there’s no hiding those razor bumps. Shaving can be incredibly irritating on the skin, especially on the delicate areas below. However, ingrown hairs and angry bumps should not simply be accepted as a byproduct of shaving. It is, in fact, possible to have both a hairless and a smooth bikini line.

Keep reading for everything you need to know about how to stop a shaving rash on the bikini line.

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How to shave your bikini line

Before we look at how to stop those shaving rashes on the bikini line, let’s begin by looking at how to actually shave your bikini line. You can of course, use a razor, but make sure it’s a clean, sharp one. Shaving the bikini line is similar to shaving the legs in that the less care you put into the routine, the more effort the process involves. A few strokes of a rusty old blade is a recipe for irritated bumps and constant stubble that won’t budge. The tool of choice should be a four/five-blade razor with a moisture indicator strip to let you know when it’s time for a blade change. Once you have your equipment ready, it’s time to put a stop to that shaving rash on the bikini line.

How to shave the bikini line requires a gentler method than shaving anywhere else. For example, shave with the hair growth rather than against it and always stick to the one direction. Only apply a light pressure with short strokes. One sweep of each section should be enough if you’re using a razor with four or five blades.

What causes razor bumps?

There are plenty of causes of razor bumps, from a rusty blade to poor technique. If you have sensitive skin you may find it particularly difficult to avoid these nuisances. Razor bumps can be caused by ingrown hairs and lead the skin to feel inflamed, itchy and irritated.

There are some tips to prevent razor bumps, the first being to soften the skin as much as possible before shaving. During a warm shower, leave the task of shaving the bikini line until last. This will open the pores and allow the hairs to be removed easily. Exfoliating the skin also helps. Try lightly dry brushing and follow up with a body scrub to shed away the tough skin that can end up trapping hairs.

Lastly, always pair your clean, sharp razor with a pH balanced cleanser when shaving. Mixing harsh soaps will only aggravate things further!

How to reduce shaving rash

Next up we have how to reduce the shaving rash. Not to be confused with razor bumps, the shaving rash is pure irritation that’s usually caused by friction between the skin and the razor blade. To stop shaving rashes, we must also put an end to dry shaving, shaving too aggressively, or using dull blades. Luckily, shaving rashes can easily be reduced. If you’ve taken the steps mentioned to prevent razor bumps, like exfoliating and allowing the pores to open first, you’re half way there! Getting rid of the dead skin first means that there won’t be any to clog up and blunt your razor blade.

Also, make sure to use a lubricant of some sort to hydrate the area and create enough slip for your razor. Without it, you’ll lightly abrade the top layer of the skin which can lead to irritation. A good-quality cleanser with moisturising ingredients, like shea butter to lock in moisture and protect your skin and aloe vera to soothe, cool and hydrate is the best choice.

Apply a very thin layer to the area that you’re focusing on so you can see the skin and hair follicle underneath. This will set a base for your razor to glide over and easily remove the hairs.

How to soothe shaving rash on bikini line

To soothe a shaving rash, put on a cold compress followed by a soothing cream to relieve any irritation. Whether you wax or shave, Mio’s soothing balm is formulated with nourishing oils to help keep your skin calm and moisturised after you’ve removed the hair. It contains a blend of exfoliating plant-based actives for soft, smooth skin and to prevent the pesky post-shave ingrown hairs.

It’s always best to avoid shaving the area until bumps and irritation have completely gone down. So why not try au natural for a while? The Mio Skincare Tame Game Conditioning Oil will keep your intimate hair tame for the time being, with added sleek and shine. Infused with a fresh floral scent and charged with plant-based oils, Tame Game keeps the hair down there, under your pits and all over your body looking and feeling refreshed. You might never go back to the blade!

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Josie Wilkins

Josie Wilkins

Writer and expert

Josie is an Online Beauty Editor with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. Her passions involve all things skincare and beauty and in her free time she likes to travel, read and get her beauty sleep.