15 Bikini Trimmers That Are Just as Effective as Your Monthly Wax (K, Almost) πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

If I’m being real, I don’t even remember why I used to get a monthly wax. Seriously, maintaining your bikini line at home (if that’s your ~thing~) is actually really, really easy, thanks to the fact that today’s bikini trimmers and razors are (A) effective as hell and (B) so simple to use. Even though they aren’t the best at-home method for removing every trace of your body hair (hi, lemme introduce you to my good friend laser hair removal), they’re a genius way to get smoother skin and shorter pubic hair in a few mins max. And, in case you’re like me and you get ingrown hairs at the drop of a hat, having the right tools is an absolute game-changer if you want to avoid those infuriating lil red bumps.

Even though bikini trimmers are pretty intuitive (and usually way better at preventing ingrown hairs than traditional razors), it’s still important to go into the process with a few tips and tricks for avoiding irritation. That’s why I called up dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, associate clinical professor at Yale School of Medicine, to run through the basics before you get started. Expert tips FTW!!

How to trim or shave your bikini line safely

1. Work in one direction

The easiest way to prevent bumps and ingrown hair when trimming or shaving your bikini line? Make sure you’re shaving with the grain (i.e., the direction your hair grows). Think about it: When you shave, you’re basically pulling your hair from the follicle, says Dr. Gohara, and shaving against the grain (or switching up your direction with each stroke) is basically a recipe for irritation. β€œTake it slow and don’t rush,” she says.

2. Prep your skin

Dr. Gohara says lathering up your skin with a hydrating shaving cream is a tried-and-true method for avoiding irritation and bumps. An oil works too, and some people swear by it. Just make sure that you consider how your ~intimate areas~ are sensitive, so think before introducing any products with scents or harsh ingredients. And while we’re on the subject of prep work: You’ll definitely want to exfoliate your skin prior to trimming or shavingβ€”it’ll help you get a cleaner, smoother shaveβ€”but Dr. Gohara says you’ll want to do so a couple days before shaving. Using a chemical or physical exfoliant immediately before or after trimming is a shortcut to irritation (especially if you’ve got sensitive skin).

3. Invest in after-care

As soon as you’re done trimming, Dr. Gohara suggests following up with a generous layer of moisturizer to keep your skin soft and bump-free (she’s a fan of Frederick Benjamin Bump Clear, but any barrier-repairing cream will also work here). P.S. It’s never a bad idea to slap on an ingrown-fighting solution (like Oui the People PHA Ingrown Relief Toner) while maintaining your bikini line in-between shavesβ€”just dab one on every few days post cleansing.

4. Replace your tools regularly

Hot tip: Shaving or trimming with a dull blade is not ideal and can often lead to irritation or infections. I get itβ€”it’s soooo easy to forget how long you’ve been using that particular blade or trimmer. The easiest solution? Make sure you’re replacing your blades regularly for a more painless experience (think: every few weeks depending on how frequently you shave) and even put a reminder on your calendar if you forget. Also, never share your toolsβ€”even if your roommate asks nicely.

Alright, now let’s get to what you really came here for. Keep scrolling for the 15 best bikini trimmers and razors worth shopping rn.

15 Bikini Trimmers That Are Just as Effective as Your Monthly Wax (K, Almost)

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