Pubic hair grooming is an intentional choice. You can decide to let the bush grow or get rid of it. Either choice you make you must be ready to follow proper steps to maintain your pubic health and hygiene.
Pubic hair shaving or waxing comes with a lot of perks and side effects. To enjoy the benefit and avoid the side effects you have to make adequate preparation and take necessary after hair removal precautions.
Many ladies just prepare their bodies towards getting rid of the bush. Once the hairs are gone, they are quick to jump off to enjoy the fresh skin. Such hasty celebration of hair removal without necessary aftercare will only lead to complications and short-lived smooth skin.
This article will enlighten you on things you should avoid after shaving and waxing for you to avoid complications and enjoy a smooth bikini area for a prolonged period.
The concept of bikini shaving and waxing
Shaving involves the removal of unwanted hair with a sharp razor. The shaving hair removal method is considered the easiest and most cost-effective. It only cost you a razor and some other optional apparatuses. You can safely shave at home by yourself.
Despite the ease of DIY and reduced cost, it has several potential side effects. Side effects of pubic hair shaving include shave bumps, shave burns, itching, and cuts. To avoid these side effects you should prepare adequately and take necessary safety precautions.
Use a sharp and clean razor. Exfoliate before you shave to get rid of dead skin cells and soften your skin. Apply shaving cream or gel to act as a barrier between your skin. Also do not shave against the direction of your hair growth.
Bikini waxing involves the removal of unwanted hair with melted wax. Either a cold or hot wax, the wax uproots your hair from its follicles. It leaves you with bare skin on the treated area. Waxing does more than shaving, it uproots the hair rather than cut it. As such it reduces the risk of shave bumps and it is durable compared to shaving.
Just like any hair removal method that involves uprooting hairs from their follicles, waxing is relatively painful. Aside from pain, it has some other side effects such as ingrown hairs, inflammation, skin irritation as well as skin burn. To avoid these side effects you have to adequately prepare your body.
Before your waxing appointment, it is advisable to take pain-numbing pills to ameliorate the pain. You should also avoid consuming anything that can raise your body sensitivity. Aside from that, it is advisable to exfoliate your pubic skin a night before your waxing appointment.
This softens your skin and makes hair removal easier. Aside from that, it gets rid of dead skin cells that can cause ingrown hairs. After that, conduct a patch test to confirm if the waxing ingredient will be compatible with your skin. Waxing ingredients with harsh ingredients can irritate your public skin. If you are not sure of the proper waxing procedure don't attempt to DIY. Research a professional spa and do it there.
Let's assume you have made necessary preparations and you have successfully gotten rid of the bush. Is that all? Is that preparation sufficient enough to prevent the side effects of shaving and waxing and make your hair removal last longer?
No! Your journey has just begun.
Hair removal either shaving or waxing peels your upper skin layer along with unwanted hairs. As a result, your pubic skin is left vulnerable to irritation, infection, and injuries. As such you have to be extra careful to avoid these terrible incidents.
What you should not do after waxing and shaving
Leave your pores open after shaving and waxing
Waxing and shaving exfoliate your skin along with hair removal. It opens your pores and makes your pubic skin vulnerable to infection. To close your pores and soothe your skin, you need to moisturize your skin. The pressure of the multiple wax application and removal would have also irritated your skin. If you fail to moisturize it, you may experience skin inflammation and itching.
Place an ice pack on your waxed skin to close your pores. Don't apply the ice directly. Let the pack act as a barrier. To moisturize your skin and prevent inflammation, apply moisturizing natural oils or aloe vera gel. To soothe your skin and close your pores against infection after hair removal, apply OYO ' final touch '. It contains anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing natural oils such as jojoba oil, almond oil, and coconut oil.
Having sex immediately after waxing
Even if you feel horny, you should quench your sexual urge in a different way than actual flesh-to-flesh intercourse. Waxing would have left your skin very soft and delicate. Body friction during sex will irritate your pubic and can even cause bruising. Avoid sexual intercourse at least 48 hours after you wax your pube.
Visiting the sauna and bathing in a hot tub after waxing
Exposure of your sensitive pubic skin to heat may increase skin irritation and inflammation. To cool your nerves after hair removal you take a cold shower. Aside from the hot temperature, warm places and stagnant water are breeding grounds for bacteria. Your pores would be open after waxing your skin and will be easily penetrable by bacteria. As such, you should avoid the sauna or hot bath at least 48 hrs after your waxing appointment.
Exposure to direct sunlight or use of tanning spray
Exposure of your waxed or clean-shaven skin to direct sunlight or even artificial tanning may lead to skin burn and discoloration. Hair removal renders your tender pubic skin sensitive and vulnerable to ultraviolet ray damage. Tanning sprays contain harsh chemicals that irritate your sensitive pubic skin. As such avoid that tanning bed and spray till you are healed. Waiting at least 48hrs after hair removal is highly recommended.
Exfoliating immediately after waxing and shaving
Yes, exfoliation prevents the break-out of ingrown hairs and shave bumps after hair removal. That is the pubic hair grooming gospel! However, exfoliation has to be done strategically. While exfoliating before hair removal can soften your skin and get rid of dead skin cells, over-exfoliation can damage your skin. Waxing and shaving also peel your skin as such you should let your skin heal before another exfoliation.
Exfoliate your skin 3 to 4 days after hair removal to eliminate dead skin cells and debris that can block your skin and cause bumps and ingrown hairs.
Excessive touching of newly waxed or shaved pubic skin
Smooth pubic skin may feel itchy and touchy. It. The smooth skin may seem inviting to your partner. However, resist the urge to touch it or let anyone do so. You should avoid excess contact with the skin to avoid the transfer of germs to the vulnerable skin and avoid irritation.
Swimming after waxing
Either indoor or outdoor swimming, you should not go under chlorinated water at least 48 hrs after your pubic waxing. The chlorine in the swimming pool will irritate your skin. Aside from that swimming in a public pool can also expose you to infection.
Putting on tight-fitting clothes and pads after shaving and waxing
Your pubes need fresh air after hair removal. Put on loose underwear and pants to give way to fresh hair. Aside from the heat, tight clothes can irritate your skin and cause itching. If you decide to remove your hair during your period, don't use a sanitary pad.
Tampons and period cups are better. Waxing will require you to be naked down there for a while. At the same time, you can't stay without period protection for a long period if you don't want a bloody mess. On the other hand, putting on a pad after you wax or shave can irritate your skin. Your skin wouldn't be allowed to breathe and the contact can even cause itching.
Pooping ingrown hairs and shave bumps
If after all effort, you still end up with ingrown hairs and shave bumps, don't scratch or pop the bumps. Popping or scratching it may lead to an open wound. If such would is not properly managed, it can be infected by bacteria.
Such infection is called Folliculitis. Instead of pooping them, gently exfoliate the affected area with a mild scrub to get rid of dead skin cells and release hairs trapped within the bumps.
Using cleanser, exfoliator, and moisturizer with harsh ingredient
Cleaning, exfoliation, and moisturization of the pubes at the right time is an important hair removal follow-up routine. However, using products that contain harsh ingredients and fragrances can irritate your pubes. Avoid alcoholic aftershaves. Instead of risking your pubic skin, opt for natural moisturizers or products made with natural ingredients.
OYO "final touch " is a safe pubic skin moisturizer made with natural soothing and anti-inflammatory ingredients such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, and oat silk oil. It does not only close your pores, it soothes your skin and smoothens it.
Exfoliation before and some days after shaving and waxing is necessary. However, you should avoid harsh scrubs that can bruise your fragile pubic skin and cause adverse reactions. "OYO ingrowns out" is a mild pubic skin exfoliator. It is specially formulated with anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and skin brightening ingredients. It will help you get rid of dead skin cells, eliminate existing ingrown hairs, and counter skin discoloration.
Cleaning your pubes regularly is also important to get rid of remnants of pubic skincare products, specks of dirt, and sweat. However, soap with fragrance and harsh ingredients such as parabens and sulfate will hurt your V area.
Such harsh ingredients will irritate your pubic skin and disrupt your vaginal ph. OYO "keep it clean " is a mild pubic skin cleanser made with natural ingredients devoid of fragrance. With it, you don't have to worry about adverse reactions or ph disruption. It keeps you clean down there without compromising your vaginal health.
These three magical products can be purchased in one set, OYO pubic skincare kit. It contains a moisturizer, exfoliator, and cleanser. For a safe and effective pubic skincare routine, choose OYO pubic skincare kit. With it, you can shave and wax your pubes successfully without the fear of adverse side effects.