Just because you're an adult (allegedly) does not mean you just automatically know how to shave your pubic hair. Though it seems like a menial task, it doesn't come simply for everyone, and TBH, did anyone ever sit down and actually teach you? Positioning this way and that way to meticulously go into those nooks and crevices is basically a task fit for a pro, not a girl (or guy) on the move, running late, or just trying to get a clean look for a hot night.
If you feel a little embarrassed to admit shaving your pubic hair without hurting yourself is a bit of a challenge, perhaps you can take some comfort in the literal fact that you are far from alone. According to a study in published in JAMA Dermatology, more than 25 percent of adults have injured themselves while shaving their pubes. Even better? The study came about when a urologist in San Francisco reported that more and more patients were coming in to address such grooming injuries.
So much for being a responsible grown-up, huh?
The study shows that 61 percent of those injured were scathed via razor cuts, while 23 percent were injured via waxing. Ouch.
If you can relate to this unfortunate truth on a deep level, I've got you covered. Here are five ways to shave your private area without wreaking pain on your precious parts.
1. It Starts With The Right Razor
It all comes down to choosing the right razor. The next time you're in your local pharmacy, look at all of the specs. If it has multiple blades, that's good. Check to see if it helps for a smoother finish.
Also, try to get a razor with flexible blades, because then it'll move whichever way you want the razor to move, leaving you less prone to nasty cuts and scrapes.
2. Exfoliate The Area Before You Shave
No, exfoliating is not just for your face; it works fantastically on your pubic region, as well. Exfoliating before shaving helps to prime the area, so that you can remove the hair more easily.
Once the hair is easy to remove, the less chance you have of cutting yourself and getting ingrown hairs.
3. It's Not A Matter Of If You Lube, But How You Lube
When it comes to picking the best shaving cream, above all, just make sure that it is gentle.
Look for a shaving cream that is fragrance-free, because scents and perfumes can cause irritation. Also, it's best to stay away from oils as an alternative, as they may clog your pores.
4. Shave This Way
According to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, you should shave in the counter direction of the way your hair grows. However, if you're prone to razor bumps, then shave in the direction of your hair growth.
For your pubic area, this means that you'd be shaving upwards. For all of you rebels out there, this is not the best time to go against the grain. For the sake of smooth, sexy skin, please, just follow the instructions.
5. The Aftermath Is Also Important
So, how do you care for yourself after you shave?
Well, for starters, you should definitely apply moisturizer. As with your shaving cream, make sure the moisturizer is oil- and fragrance-free to avoid clogging your pores.
Also, try to remember to wear a pair of cotton underwear that don't feel too tight. If they're a little too snug, you risk the chance of getting those unsightly razor bumps.