6 Mistakes You’re Making When You’re Shaving Down There

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Owning a pair of grooming scissors or a bikini area trimmer will help you not only trim back the hair you’re not looking to shave off, but will also get you ready for a big shave if it’s been a while (if you recently had a baby, you might know what we’re talking about here).

Using a fresh, clean razor, pull your skin taut and shave in the direction that your hair grows.

At the very least, take a few minutes to press a hot washcloth against the area you want to shave in order to soften the hairs and prep your skin for a razor.

Now that you've got the basics down, read on for a few more pointers that'll help you prevent ingrowns and razor burn while you're removing hair. 1.

If you do need to make a second pass for a closer shave, you can go against the growth after you've first gone with it—this will help minimize irritation.

Your skin will be dry after all the exfoliation, so you'll want to rehydrate with an unscented moisturizer or an after-shave lotion made for your bikini line.

But if you prefer to rely on shaving and trimming—possibly with the occasional bikini wax thrown in for good measure—know that taking matters into your own hands on the regular can also mean you might be making common mistakes without knowing it.

Shaving the second you get into the shower is a surefire way to earn yourself a raging case of razor burn.

It's better to use shaving cream instead of soap or body wash since it's specifically formulated to give razors a gentle glide. Need a new favorite?

Buy a product that’s specifically geared to soothe the area (be careful of men’s aftershaves, which aren’t the same thing) or use a mild natural moisturizer like aloe vera to hydrate and protect your skin.

Before we get into the step-by-steps of how to shave pubes correctly, let’s get one thing straight: There’s no right or wrong way to wear your pubic hair.

Make sure your skin is damp but not sopping wet—otherwise the shaving cream can slip off your skin.

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