Bathing suit season means it’s time to pay attention to your bikini line. From shaving and waxing to sugaring, there’s several ways to keep that area looking bikini-ready. Our beauty contributor, Caylee Ashwell, is breaking down the pros and cons of each technique and offering tips on how to make each procedure as painless as possible. Read on to see which one’s right for you.
The Pros: Quick, painless, no appointment necessary
The Cons: Ingrown hairs, fleeting results, razor burn
Tips on How to Avoid the Cons: Shaving is easy and seemingly painless, but you’re really only happy with the results for a day. This isn’t ideal for a long beach vacation! To get the most out of your shave, make sure to wait until the end of your shower so your skin can warm up and soften a bit. Always use a creamy, thick shave gel rather than a soapy wash so that the blades have something to glide down. Speaking of such, switch out your razor head every two to three shaves so that you’re using a fresh, sharp blade on the area. After the shower, moisturize with a natural lotion or oil to extend the life of your hair-free bikini.
The Pros: Moderately quick, long-lasting results, easy to book an appointment
The Cons: Aggressive, painful, irritating to surrounding skin
Tips on How to Avoid the Cons: Waxing is a familiar, but rather harsh, method for removing hair on the bikini line. To make the experience a little less painful, it’s best to shower and exfoliate before arriving to your appointment. Use an exfoliating mitt or sugar scrub to buff off dry skin cells and soften the hair. This will loosen the hairs at the root, making it easier (and quicker!) for the wax to work its magic. After your appointment, moisturize the area daily with a natural oil or lotion and wait to exfoliate for a couple of days because the skin is sensitive.
The Pros: All-natural solution, long-lasting results, less painful than waxing
The Cons: Longer procedure, harder to get an appointment, difficult to remove coarse hair
Tips: While sugaring has been around for a long time, it’s only recently become a mainstream and popular method of hair removal. The “sugar” is made with only sugar, water and lemon juice, so it’s an organic solution to waxing. Unlike traditional wax, the sugar does not remove dead skin cells because it only sticks to the hair. This makes for a typically less painful, less aggressive procedure. Because it does not remove coarse hair as easily, it’s important to exfoliate before arriving for the appointment and moisturize with natural oils after. This will keep new growing hair smooth and soft between sessions.