Los Angeles, CA (PressExposure) May 26, 2008 -- Summer is here, which means those bushy hairs (no pun intended) that have been creeping toward your thighs all winter should be on their way out. Given that shaving is the hair removal method of choice for 85 percent of women 18-45*, here are 10 terrific tips for a safe, smooth glide:
1. Don't rush the sun, surf and chlorine. The area down there is roughly 87 times more sensitive than, say, your legs-not to mention significantly more complicated in terms of terrain. Get your skin accustomed to a "down there" shaving routine a few weeks ahead of bathing suit day.
2. Before getting started, trim the area you are shaving so long, unruly hair doesn't clog and dull your razor.
3. Take a warm, 15 to 20-minute bath or shower to soften the hair. This helps prevent ingrown hairs.
4. Use a new razor blade the first few times-and ALWAYS change your blade as soon as you have to press harder to get a close shave.
5. Prep your skin and hair with a shave gel or foam to make the razor glide more easily.
6. Determine the direction that your hair grows and shave in that direction for the first several times you shave. Go over the area with just one stroke. As you become more experienced (and as your skin becomes more accustomed to the razor), you can shave in multiple directions for the closest shave.
7. Follow your shave with an astringent formula that contains salicylic acid to prevent ingrown hairs.
8. Finish with a soothing moisturizer, Look for one that contains aloe to prevent redness and/or a rash.
9. Shave every other day for the first few weeks; then switch to daily shaving.
10. If you experience itching as hair grows back, do not shave again until the itching subsides. Dot on an over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream and avoid scented body lotions, suggests Torrance, CA dermatologist Susan Goodlerner, M.D.
The good news is that you can avoid rashes, bikini bumps and razor burn thanks to the Hair Care Down There shaving kits that help you go "bare" down there. The Bikini Shaving Kit comes in a pink carry-all and The Ultimate Shaving Kit comes in a cute aqua carry-all. These kits allow you to have all the supplies you need to get a smooth, sexy shave.
Hair Care Down There is an e-commerce beauty company that creates products exclusively for pubic hair grooming as an alternative to painful bikini waxes or expensive laser hair removal. No more rashes, bumps, ingrown hairs and itching guaranteed. To find out more about our products or to interview Judy Pfleger visit [http://www.haircaredownthere.com]
*Information compiled from a 2003-2005 survey of over 4,000 women & men conducted online at [http://www.haircaredownthere.com].