It's almost beach season, which means it's time to whip out the bikinis and short shorts. For some, it also means it's time to get your bikini line in shape. The decision to shave your bikini line is completely up to you, but once you go down that road, it's best to be equipped. Whether you're low-maintenance all year round or trying to transition to regular trimming after a long winter (sorry we're not sorry), you might be facing down irritated skin, bumps, or stubble that seems to regrow within a few seconds. But with the right tips and tricks, shaving your bikini line can be simple and stress-free.
So after a long winter of pajamas, binge-watching shows, and pizza, it's time to shed the layers, show off more skin, and restock that summer wardrobe. The bikini line is a big part of that equation, whether you're hitting the beach or attending a friend's pool party in your new favorite swimsuit. So why make it hard on yourself?
In partnership with BIC® Soleil Shine™, we give you the foolproof way to shave your bikini line. This way, you can focus on enjoying the season, soaking in the sun (with SPF, of course) and not checking your email — just like it should be.
Get a Fresh Razor
Raise your hand if the last time you changed your razor was… oops, you can’t remember. You're not alone. Razors can be so expensive that it's tempting to stretch their lifespan to weeks and even months. But really, you should only use a blade four times at most to avoid shaving with a dull blade — which not only prevents a close shave, but also increases the risk of nicks — and rinse and dry it thoroughly each time you use it. Try the BIC Soleil Shine razor for a smooth shave. Its pivoting head and soothing moisture strip will lower your risk of irritation, too.
Prep Like a Pro
In the same way you need to exfoliate before you use self-tanner, it's vital that you slough off dead skin cells before you shave. (Translation? Less stubble.) Before you get in the shower, dry brush your body with a brush made with jute or sisal fibers. Then, make sure you're lathering up with a hydrating shave cream to ensure you get the smoothest skin surface possible before you shave. Plus, it helps the blades glide easily over any rough patches.
Time It Right
If you're planning on going anywhere near a beach, don't wait to shave the morning of. We know, we know: everyone procrastinates. But while shaving removes hair, it may also take the very top layer of skin with it. This is completely safe, but it can leave your skin more vulnerable to dryness and bacteria for a few hours — so it's better to wait that out in your own bed than in, say, a resort pool. Then, once you're ready to shave, hold off until after you've washed and conditioned your hair. Waiting at least five minutes to shave once you're in the shower will give steam time to soften hair, making it easier to get a close shave.
Keep It Smooth
Goodbye, ingrown hairs! If you've exfoliated first, you're already ahead of the game. Make sure you shave in the direction of hair growth, which helps minimize irritation, and then follow up with a moisturizer to keep skin hydrated and healthy. Ready, set, hit the beach.