Sep 07 2011
Consider trimming the pubic hair on your vulva short, rather than shaving it bald. A small hair trimmer that can be bought in a supermarket or pharmacy is good and safe, and will cut the hair in a way where it will not scratch you. Or use a comb and a pair of sharp scissors.
If you do decide to shave:
Choose your shaving cream or gel carefully. Use a product meant for women. If you cannot get this, use a moisturizing male product for sensitive skin that are unscented. Do not shave with normal bath soap.
Get a good razor. Stay away from cheap disposable razors. Use a razor meant for women, with a pivoting head and multiple blades (and preferably a moisturizing strip) to give you a smooth, close shave.
Trim your hair before shaving, Place a comb flat on the skin and trim over comb with scissors, or use a hair trimmer or use a clipper with the shortest guard. The less hair you start out with, the less you have to shave.
Never let shaving products get inside your vulva. It will most likely not do anything bad, but it can cause some irritation or a yeast infection.
Do not shave during your period. The skin may be more sensitive then.
Take a warm shower or bath. At least 5-10 minutes of the heat will soften skin and hair. Exfoliate to get rid of dead skin cells. Pat yourself dry and give your skin 5 minutes to recover.
If you have some shaving oil, put some on. It will moisturize your skin, and form a barrier on your skin which will make the razor glide easier instead of dragging over your skin. It helps prevent razor burn, general irritation and ingrown hairs.
Apply shaving cream or gel. Make sure skin is damp but not overly wet. If you have a shaving brush, work the product with the brush in circles to help lift hair and get a closer shave.
Pull the skin tight, and shave in the same direction the hair is growing in. This is normally downwards. For an extra close shave, shave again in the opposite direction. Do not shave over the same area too many times.
Rinse the blades between strokes. Clogged blades does not work well. Use water at room temperature to rinse the blades. Cold or hot water can warp the blades and cause nicks and cuts.
When done, rinse your pubic area and pat it dry with towel.
Moisturize by putting some unscented baby oil on your skin. Aloe Vera with vitamin E can sooth sensitive skin. The following products are also safe to use to sooth your skin there: Keri lotion, Aveeno moisturizing products (contains oatmeal), Eucerin cream and lotion, and Cetaphi Moisturizing cream.
Sleep without panties if it is safe. Wear cotton panties with a full crotch to wick humidity away from your vulva and allow it to breath. String panties can chaff and scratch the area.
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