Even in this modern day and age there are still areas of the body that are a bit taboo. The bikini line, for example, is one of those regions we rarely discuss in terms of upkeep and care, yet it’s one of the most important areas to keep in check (especially in the summer months). So today, we’re going for it, even if it means ruffling some feathers. We’re talking about the zone “down there” and how to keep it lovely while you’re rocking that skimpy bathing suit. If you’re uncomfortable, tough. You’ll thank us later.
The hair in the bikini area grows just as regularly as the hair on the rest of your body and needs to be kept trimmed and tidy. Whatever form of hair removal you choose — shaving, waxing, sugaring, laser etc. — make sure you keep it up regularly. Hair growth cycles are different for everyone, so become familiar with how quickly your hair grows back. For waxing and sugaring, hair needs to be about ¼-inch to ½-inch long for efficient removal. Shaving can be done as often as every day or every few days (just be sure to exfoliate beforehand to prevent ingrown hairs), while laser is typically done every four-to-eight weeks.
The skin around the bikini area is often prone to irritation and chafing, so try to treat it with the utmost care. Cleanse with a soothing body cleanser (preferably one that is antibacterial and free of scents and irritating ingredients). If you’ve just shaved or waxed, avoid hot environments or working out right away, as this can expose the area to sweat and may cause redness and irritation.
Apply Sunscreen Regularly
The bikini area is sensitive and is often exposed during the hot, sunny summer months. We would never deprive you of wearing that super-cute (and super-tiny) bikini, so make sure you don’t neglect your bikini line when slathering on that SPF. Try a fragrance-free sunscreen that won’t irritate the region, like La Roche-Posay Anthelios 45 Body.
Not only is sunscreen important to prevent sunburn and damage, but overexposure can also cause the area to darken over time. Be sure to reapply your SPF when having fun in the sun to prevent this! Other contributing factors such as sweat, chafing, shaving, and even some types of clothing can also cause darkening — waxing and moisturizing the area with natural olive oil can help reduce dark lines and prevent irritation. Scheduling a visit with your dermatologist is also recommended for treatment if the discoloration persists.