Nothing is more of a summer bummer than a itchy, red, bumpy bikini line and pesky ingrown hairs! Not only do broken-out skin and ingrown hairs put a damper on the debut of your itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny yellow polka-dot bikini, but they can scar your skin and majorly cramp your hot weather style! Read on for Bless Blog’s 7 essential tips for your easiest shave and your smoothest skin ever!
Exfoliate! Exfoliate! Exfoliate!
The most important rule for soft, smooth, touchable skin everywhere – exfoliate! Keep a body scrub in your shower and get in the habit of scrubbing down a few times a week. Exfoliating regularly will remove dead skin cells, increase your glow, and reduce the risk of ingrown hairs by whisking away dead skin cells before hairs can get trapped underneath them! I love these sugar scrubs by Hand In Hand (featured in the Something Is Blooming Spring Bonus Box!)
Grab A Fresh Razor
I get it – razors are expensive, and it’s soooo tempting to get your money’s worth. The problem is that shaving with a dull razor takes twice as long, because you have to keep going over an area to get a close shave. This repeated shaving can irritate your sensitive skin, and can also lead to ingrown hairs! If you use a disposable razor, be sure to toss that baby out after using. If you’re using a reusable razor, make sure you’re switching the razor heads frequently (after about three shaves!).
Don’t skimp on the shaving cream! We love this shaving cream from Swedish skincare company DeoDoc that’s actually perfectly formulated to balance your body’s natural pH! Remember, absolutely no dry shaving (no matter how late you’re running!)
Try Shaving In The Direction Of Your Hair Growth
Try switching up your shaving technique! Chances are you’re probably shaving against the grain of your hair to get the closest possible shave. Instead, they shaving with the direction of your hair growth. This technique will irritate your skin less, and in my humble opinion a slightly less-close shave is a fair trade-off for less irritated skin!
Steal Your Man’s After-Shave Products
Men use aftershave products to soothe irritated skin and prevent ingrown hairs, so why shouldn’t you? There’s a ton of products on the market to prevent ingrown hairs and calm stressed skin – some of our favorites are: the Bliss Bump Attendant Pads ($20), the Completely Bare Bikini Bump Blaster Ingrown Hair & Bikini Bump Eliminator ($9.99), and the Anthony Ingrown Hair Treatment ($32).
Apply A Cold Compress
This skincare hack is totally free! No extra products needed. After shaving, simply run a clean towel or washcloth under cold water, wring out, and apply to your skin for a few minutes. Not only will the cool water feel great on your skin, but it will also help reduce redness and irritation! Win-win.
Try a Different Hair-Removal Method
If you find that you just can’t dodge the ingrown hairs no matter how much exfoliating you’re doing, it may be time to consider switching to a different hair removal method like waxing or sugaring. With waxing and sugaring, hair is removed at the root which means longer regrowth time – just remember to keep exfoliating so those hairs grow back where they’re supposed to!