When it comes to beauty, nothing is more of a trial and error process than achieving a hairless, smooth bikini area.
Between all the hair removal options, personal preferences and every girl’s specific “down-there” skin type, it can take forever to actually find a routine that works.
Work with your skin type. If your go to method is shaving, the first thing to note is how your skin reacts. If you have little bumps after a shave, moisturizing the area for a couple of days before and after a session can help.
If your skin is moderately-to-extremely sensitive, develop an exfoliating and moisturizing routine.
Rule of thumb: if it’s sensitive enough for your face it’s sensitive enough for your bikini zone.
Go slow. A lot of irritation can be caused by shaving too fast. The friction of razor on skin can cause bumps, redness and ingrown hairs. Slide the razor slowly but firmly, and you’ll be surprised at how much less irritated the area is.
Break out a new razor, often. If you shave daily or every few days, throw out your razor every two to three weeks. A fresh sharp razor is essential to a great shave.
I haven’t been lucky enough to try Laser, but here are what some experts recommend:
Shave the day before. A fresh shave helps the laser locate the follicles. Use a clean, new razor to ensure there is no lingering bacteria that could cause contact dermatitis (a delayed allergic reaction) after your laser treatment.
Avoid coffee. Or anything with caffeine, really, it has been said to increase sensitivity.
Be rested and hydrated. Your pain receptors will be higher if you're fatigued and dehydrated.
Ask your technician to try different paces. Each technician has his or her own technique. Some perform in quick bursts, while others use a slow, continuous pace. One technique may feel better on your skin than the next.
Avoid tanning. Both tanning beds and the sun can be harmful after exposing your skin to laser, avoid both and put on SPF!
Prep your skin. Exfoliate and moisturize for about a week until the day before your wax. Clean, moisturized skin if more flexible; it’s much less painful to wax than dry skin.
Find the right wax for you. Hard wax is usually a honey color and is peeled by the technician using her hand, as opposed to the paper strips used to remove soft wax. It is commonly said that hard wax is less painful and better for skin. There is also sugar wax, and many other varieties that boast different benefits.
Work around your period. Your skin is more sensitive and your pain threshold lower, both before and during your time of the month.
Make sure your hair is long enough. It should be at least ¼ of an inch long for wax to catch it. If you can grab it with your fingertips you’re good to go.
Don’t shave in between sessions. Shaved hair grows back harder and coarser, as opposed to waxed hair, which grows back thinner each time. Shaving in between sessions ruins the benefits of waxing.
Whatever method you choose, go out and conquer!
Jennifer Linklater"Beauty is more beautiful when it is on the inside"