How to Prevent Shaving Rash and Irritation

There's no right or wrong way to treat the hair on your body. From letting it grow long and luscious to waxing it all off from the roots, how you decide to tend to your body hair is totally up to you.

The same can be said for your bikini line. Gone are the days when it was normal to shape your most intimate area to suit the latest trends.

Now it’s all about what feels good to you and right for your body.

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Letting things Down Under grow naturally might feel comfortable and right, but if the hair around your bikini line feels awkward, you might prefer removing it. There are benefits to shaving pubic area female parts if it’s something you want to do for yourself. If the pain of waxing sends you running, and IPL feels like too much of a commitment, perhaps shaving is an option you’d like to explore.

While shaving your legs and underarms might seem intuitive, shaving your bikini line is more of an art. With shaving bumps and feeling itchy after shaving common issues, before you lunge at the area with a razor, it’s good to keep a few things in mind.

When armed with the right tools and the best shaving oil, gel, and balms, you’ll keep the bikini zone after shaving free from nicks, pimples, burns, and rashes.

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How to prevent shaving rash?

To prevent shaving rash, it's important you prepare your hair and tend to your delicate skin with the best luxury bath and shower products. Trimming the hair before you attack it with a razor will make it all easier to manage. If you’re tugging at the area, trying to navigate long hair, you’re more likely to irritate the skin and cause a rash.

Exfoliating is a great way to slough away dead cells so you can shave as close to the skin as possible. Pick up a gentle exfoliator to keep the skin soft and supple. And use a hydrating shaving gel oil to help protect the skin as you shave. Luxurious Lady Suite Rejuvenating Botanical Oil for the Glow Below 30ml hydrates and calms the skin, helping your blade glide over hairs.

How to get rid of shaving rash?

To get rid of a shaving rash (or, better yet, prevent one), you need to nourish your tender skin before taking a razor to it. It’s normal to experience itchy legs after shaving. But if you’re suddenly breaking out in a raw, red rash, it’s a good idea to arm yourself with some caring products to keep your skin in shape.

Gentle and effective Lady Suite intimate care products help keep your skin safe as you shave. The beauty brand formulates multifunctional products with the very best ingredients. Hydrating the skin to keep it soft and smooth as you shave, Lady Suite products help you easily remove hair from all over your body.

It’s also important you consider aftercare when shaving your bikini area. Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream protects the delicate area from bacteria, so you experience no irritation post shave.

How can you shave without getting razor bumps?

To avoid the dreaded shaving bumps, it’s important you use a shaving balm or gel-oil that calms the skin and helps it stay smooth. First-time shaving razor bumps are usually a result of shaving the hair in the wrong direction. Unlike shaving your legs, which feels intuitive, shaving your bikini area takes a little more attention.

After exfoliating, apply your Lady Suite Rejuvenating Botanical Oil for the Glow Below 30ml, which hydrates the skin and helps prevent shaving ingrown hair and rashes. With one hand, pull your skin taut. Then look to see what direction your hair is growing in. Shave the hair in the direction of its growth to prevent irritation or pimples after shaving.

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How do I prevent ingrown hairs after shaving?

To prevent ingrown hairs after shaving, it’s important you tend to your skin gently. Always use a hydrating gel-oil and a good shaving cream for bikini area. Be sure to rinse the area thoroughly after shaving. Finish your routine with an aftershave balm to keep the area soft and bump-free. Avoid swimming or very hot water immediately after. And keep gently exfoliating the area every time you bathe or shower.

If you’re still wondering how to stop shaving rash, it’s important you consider the products you use. A dull razor and dry skin are a recipe for disaster. Your skin will feel irritated. And as you drag the razor across your skin, you may invite ingrown hairs and pimples under the skin. Always take care of your skin with a soft touch, and invest in luxury products that tend to your troubled areas. Keep your aftercare products in the fridge. That way, if you do get a razor burn on the bikini area, you’ll have something that will soothe your shaving rash instantly.

Which Products are Best for Shaving Rash?

You should never feel pressured to remove your body hair. It’s your prerogative, and it’s always important you feel confident about making any change. If shaving your hair does appeal to you, it’s important you take it slow and arm yourself with the very best products to take care of your delicate skin.

Shaving down there doesn’t have to be scary. Of course, taking a razor to your most private, intimate parts can seem intimidating. But when you use the Lady Suite Rejuvenating Botanical Oil for the Glow Below, your skin will stay protected. With a luxury blend of hydrating and nourishing Jojoba and Meadowfoam Seed Oil, this formula quickly absorbs into the skin so you stay soft and supple. Helping prevent bumps and irritation, this multipurpose product can be used anywhere on the body. The luscious oil texture helps your razor glide across your skin, so hairs lift away effortlessly.

  • With a wonderful blend of unique emollient ingredients, this formula treats your most intimate areas with an extra level of care. The oil keeps your skin protected, and you'll experience fewer nicks, cuts, and rashes as a result of less razor pressure. Your intimate area should be treated with the utmost care, as it’s often very sensitive to irritants and synthetic fragrances. This luxury formula from Lady Suite contains few ingredients, so the skin has less to react to.

  • If you’re looking for the best oil for shaving your intimate areas, this perfect hydrating formula will help you shave without fear of irritation. Lady Suite Rejuvenating Botanical Oil for the Glow Below 30ml won’t interrupt the skin’s natural pH balance. Perfect for use on the bikini line, under the arms, and on the legs, the protective formula keeps bacteria at bay, so rashes and pimples are reduced. Apply this shaving oil after a bath or shower.

When you shave, your skin goes through a lot. From tugging at the skin with a dull razor to accidentally shaving in the wrong direction, shaving your intimate area can create some issues. Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream is a healing balm that has an army of fans singing its praises. With legendary healing powers, this formula mixes natural, organic ingredients to help heal rashes, cuts, nicks, and other skin complaints that might arise. Handmade with a unique blend of soothing bee products, this formula is a great after shave option.

  • Blending an abundance of nurturing ingredients, this formula includes Olive Oil along with almost-magical Propolis, Honey, Royal Jelly, and Beeswax. When you’re shaving, it’s easy to harm the skin and cause ingrown hairs. But this cream is gentle enough to use on a baby's skin, so you’ll for sure be able to use it wherever your own skin needs it most. Even the Egyptian queen Cleopatra used the same blend of ingredients to keep her skin glowing with health!

  • If you’re looking for a natural formula to help keep your skin in the best condition post shave, consider Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream. Not only an after shaving balm, this cream will help soothe insect bites, heal dry skin, and get rid of any ashiness. Also available in a travel size, this unique cream also eases itchy skin and relieves ingrown hairs and razor bumps.

Shaving your most intimate areas requires preparation and a gentle touch. To help slough away dead skin cells and help prevent ingrown hairs, reach for Weleda Birch Body Scrub. Cruelty-free and sulphate-free, this unique formula smooths the skin and helps remove any toxins or bacteria. Aside from using a smoothing gel-oil to keep your skin supple as you shave, it’s also important you exfoliate the area gently. Far from being an aggressive formula, this scrub helps keep the skin safe and clean.

  • When you shave, it’s true you might experience razor rash, ingrown hairs, and pimples under the skin. This formula from Weleda can be used all over the body to keep bacteria away and dead skin cells to a minimum. Designed for all ages to enjoy, this exfoliant is perfect for all skin types and also helps the body get rid of any impurities.

  • Weleda Birch Body Scrub prepares the skin for shaving by detoxing skin and removing dead cells. Working to promote a healthy skin tone, this formula contains natural Beeswax Pearls, which gently soothe and exfoliate the skin. The perfect gentle formula for the skin's most sensitive areas, this scrub improves the appearance of your skin without harming the environment. Purifying and detoxifying, this formula leaves skin looking and feeling soft and ready for shaving.

Rather than just tending to your skin minutes before you shave it, an ongoing softening routine will help prevent razor rash and ingrown hairs. As well as exfoliating regularly, it’s important you nourish and moisturise the skin as much as possible. L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil is loved by many for its lavish, softening lather. Always quick to sell out, this oil transforms into a fluffy foam once it hits the water. Your skin will drink up the unique, satin-like texture. Gently cleansing your skin, this body oil has been infused with a blend of hydrating ingredients to ensure your skin stays soft enough for shaving.

  • The perfect shower companion, L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil 250ml contains a loving blend of Almond Oil and other nourishing lipids. A luxury formula that leaves you feeling softer than ever, the subtle scent won’t detract from your perfume. Unisex and suitable for all skin types, this oil pampers your skin so you don’t have to worry about razor drag treating you harshly.

  • Transforming from an oil into a lavish foam in water, this formula can be applied directly onto the skin and worked into a lather. L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil 250ml won't dry your skin out or leave it feeling thirsty. The natural Almond Oil is very mild on the skin and extremely nourishing. Perfect for dehydrated skin, use this kind formula before shaving to ensure your skin is as soft as can be.

Your skin is at its most vulnerable after you shave. To keep it looking its best, it’s important you apply a balm designed to nourish and care for your skin. Aesop Moroccan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion is cruelty-free, vegan, and made in Australia. With an anti-inflammatory approach and hydrating ingredients, it glides effortlessly across the skin, leaving you feeling soft and nourished. With the Aesop signature calming scent, this lotion soothes skin perfectly post shave.

  • Shaving your legs doesn’t have to leave your skin looking and feeling uncomfortable. This formula from Aesop is perfect for every age. It tends immediately to unsightly dull, dry, and dehydrated patches, which can occur as a result of shaving constantly. To keep your skin feeling hydrated, keep it nourished with the soothing blend of natural ingredients in this lotion.

  • Especially formulated for sensitive skin or post-shave sensitised skin, Aesop Moroccan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion contains a unique and thoughtful blend of Olive Oil and Shea Butter. The perfect after shave lotion that everyone can enjoy, apply a thin layer to your skin and massage it in gently. Not designed just for the face, use this product on the body to stay silky-smooth.

When you’re preparing your skin for hair removal, it’s a good idea to use products with natural, organic ingredients. Dr. Bronner Organic Shaving Soap Unscented is a smooth gel formula that doesn’t contain any synthetic ingredients. Designed with an abundance of organic ingredients, the soap’s nutrients act as a gentle conditioner for the skin and hair. Always kind to your skin and kind to the environment, Dr. Bronner products are completely biodegradable so they don’t linger on the earth.

  • When you’re shaving, it’s important you use a nourishing formula that takes care of your skin in the gentlest way. Organic Shikakai, which comes from a small South Asian tree, is combined with Dr. Bronner’s signature pure Castile liquid soap. Moisturising the skin and providing the perfect base for shaving, this shave soap nourishes and protects.

  • If you’re looking for a super-calming, super-nourishing formula to use on your skin before you shave, you might enjoy applying Dr. Bronner Organic Shaving Soap - Unscented . The perfect formula for slow living and self-care, even when you’re in a hurry, this unscented shaving soap cares for your skin and keeps it free from nicks, cuts, and rashes. Apply to wet skin before shaving. And always glide your razor in the direction of hair growth.

When you’re preparing your body for shaving, it’s good to get your skin as soft as possible. A good exfoliator like Mr. Smith Exfoliating Body Wash will help. Designed to smooth and rejuvenate the skin, this formula won’t tug at your skin or leave it feeling raw and red. Working to replenish moisture with a blend of natural Pumice Stone, this formula removes dead cells and helps get your skin into its best condition. Lifting impurities away and leaving the skin smooth and soft, this body wash keeps your skin supple even after a shaving session.

  • Keeping your skin touchable and beautiful doesn’t have to be hard work with this gentle, all-over body exfoliator. Perfect for all skin types, it leaves your skin nourished and silky—perfect for when you want to shave and remove hair, even on your bikini line.

  • Rich in antioxidants and a blend of naturally derived Pumice, this microbead-free scrub formula is kind to the environment and kind to your skin. Free from parabens and silicones, this formula is also PETA-certified, vegan, and cruelty-free. Mr. Smith Exfoliating Body Wash is a great formula to soften your skin before you shave your hair away. Apply the formula to wet skin, gently massage to a lather, and rinse.

If shaving just isn’t for you, get smooth, silky skin with this at-home handset.
If shaving just isn’t for you, get smooth, silky skin with this at-home handset.

If waxing isn’t for you and shaving seems like a lot of hassle, try something completely different. The Selfie Skin At-home IPL Handset is an easy-to-use device that uses intense pulsed light to stop hair growth from the root. A great option if you want to permanently remove hair, this handset leaves your skin silky and soft after every use. Getting to the root of your hairs, this hair removal device works to stop hair growth over time. After only 3 or 4 sessions, you’ll start to enjoy the results.

  • Perfect for use all over your body (yep, even on your most intimate areas!), this device permanently reduces body hair and is suitable for most skin types. Once you’ve purchased the device, there’s no more expense! This handset will work perfectly on all but very deep skin tones and very fair hair.

  • If you’re sick of shaving your bikini line, get your hands on the Selfie Skin At-home IPL Handset. After you’ve used the handset, you’ll start to notice the treated hair falling out after a week or so. Always exfoliate your skin gently but thoroughly before you apply the light treatment. And follow up with a soothing balm to keep your skin silky-soft.

Safety razors are truly the best way to take care of your shaving needs while taking heed of those important three R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle). This shaving kit comes with an elegant silver razor, aromatic shaving oil, disposable blade bank, 10 extra razor blades and a nifty travel bag. Really, what more do you need to ditch your disposable and switch to a sleek safety razor?

  • The experience of shaving becomes streamlined and simple with the Nära Shaving Starter Kit - Silver, a one stop starter kit with everything you need for a clean shave. Not only is the solid brass shaver included easy to use, but it also helps you reduce your plastic wastage. It comes with 10 extra razor blades and a razor bank you can store your blades in after use to then recycle later on. 

  • These types of razors may seem intimidating, but we assure you they glide easily over the skin, especially when using the luxurious Nara Oil in Rose Geranium. Made with Jojoba and Castor Oil, this product helps the razor glide while lightly hydrating the skin. The full kit comes with a convenient travel bag, making it the perfect all in one for when you’re on the go.

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Quick Recap! Which Products are Best for Shaving Rash?

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