Top Tips For Bikini Area Hair Removal
Posted byAlicia Trent
Warm weather is on its way and before you know it, it’ll be time to break out that swimsuit. But first, there is that not-so-minor detail of “landscaping” around your bikini area for smoother sailing, so to speak. For those that choose bikini area hair removal, it can be difficult to know which method is best. Here’s what you should know about the ins and outs of each choice and the health risks that could result.
Opt for the Right Option
Today, there are a plethora of ways to get rid of unwanted bikini area hair. From shaving to creams to waxing, there is no shortage of methods for bikini area hair removal. Choices include:
- Shaving. Perhaps the most inexpensive option, shaving with a traditional razor removes those pesky hairs. Another choice is a fancier electric razor specifically designed for bikini areas and sensitive body parts. Keep in mind electronic razors require regular maintenance and batteries. Disposable razors, on the other hand, must be thrown out after a few uses.
- Creams. If you’re not the most steady hand with sharp objects, a cream for bikini area hair removal may be your best bet. Such depilatory creams work by dissolving the hair at the skin’s surface, according to Cosmopolitan.1 The method does not hurt like waxing, but you may need to repeat the process more often because the hair will grow back faster.
- Waxing. There are various types of waxing that can remove the hair down there. If you’re brave, opt for a box of waxing strips from your local pharmacy and wax the hair yourself. Some women, however, would rather get a wax from a professional. A popular choice is a Brazilian wax, in which all or most hair is removed with only an optional central strip remaining. Another choice is the French wax, where professionals remove all or most of the hair in the front and middle, but hair is left in the back. Remember: Waxing hurts, so steel yourself for some pain.
Know Hair Removal Health Risks
Be mindful of the risks that come with each removal method. With traditional shaving, there’s the possibility of ingrown hairs, which can hurt and get infected. An ingrown hair, also called pseudofolliculitis, is a hair that curls and pierces the skin, causing inflammation, according to the University of Rochester Medical Center.2 To avoid ingrown hairs, it helps to wet the area with warm water or use a lubricating gel before shaving. When using an electric razor, shave downward in the direction of hair growth to curb ingrown hair.
Bikini hair removal creams, meanwhile, have strong chemicals that can cause irritation, redness or rashes. In some cases, skin can crust or ooze, describes the New York Daily News.3 The effects of waxing can be even more troublesome. Stripping away your hair through waxing also puts you at higher chance for a vaginal infection, warns Dr. Whitney Bowe, a dermatologist, speaking to Health.com.4
Ensure Successful Hair Lift
Before choosing a bikini area hair removal method, talk to your doctor about the best choice for you. If you have a compromised immune system because of an illness or medical condition, you may want to skip waxing to avoid infection risks. Ensure that hair removal creams are not expired and most importantly, read the ingredients so you know what you’re putting on your skin. Before using, test a small amount of cream on a portion of hair to check for reactions. If you’re using razors, make sure to change them regularly and keep that electronic razor clean. By educating yourself on each hair removal option, you can choose the right method for you and hit the beach running.
1Cardellino, Carly. “Hair Removal: The Pros of Using a Depilatory Cream.” Cosmopolitan. June 26, 2012. http://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/how-to/a10343/depilatory-creams/.
2“Ingrown Hairs.” University of Rochester Medical Center. https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=85&ContentID=P00294.
3Engel, Meredith. “Experts warn against using depilatories like Veet, Nair.” New York Daily News. March 10, 2015. http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/experts-warn-depilatories-veet-nair-article-1.2144447.
4Dawsey, Holly. “The Gross Reasons You Should Think Twice About Getting a Full Brazilian Wax.” Health.com. May 21, 2015. http://www.health.com/beauty/the-gross-reason-you-should-think-twice-about-getting-a-full-brazilian-wax.
- Posted by Alicia Trent
- On April 12, 2017