I know what you are thinking….bikini season is over, who care’s about shaving and smooth skin? I have seen a lot of patients lately who told me that they never put on a bathing suit all summer because they were too embarrassed by unwanted hair or irritated, bumpy skin from waxing or shaving. So I figured, let’s address this issue now and nip it in the bud before next bathing suit season!
Even though bikini season is over, most of us still choose to wax or shave even during the cooler months. Men commonly get irritated along the neck or jawline after shaving and women commonly experience irritation in the bikini area. Although razor blades are expensive , it is important to use one with multiple blades, and change them frequently to avoid bacteria from growing in them which can cause pimple like breakouts. Some men may find that using an electric razor and not shaving completely smooth can help prevent ingrown hairs. In my experience, both men and women have appreciated a benefit using a product called bump patrol after shaving to keep the skin smooth.
It is helpful to mildly exfoliate once in a while to eliminate dead skin and allow for a closer shave. Don’t scratch your skin, a soft body sponge or mild scrub once a week is enough. Use a shave lotion or gel to allow the razor to glide smoothly across your skin and avoid catching on small irregularities in the skin surface. Neutrogena makes a nice scrub and shave gel for men. Remember, to avoid bumps you should shave in the direction that the hair grows.
At home waxing can be dangerous! Be careful not to burn yourself. This technique is best left to a professional. If you are a little red or itchy after a wax, you can apply over the counter cortisone twice daily for a couple of days.
Sometimes, no matter which hair removal technique you prefer, you cannot avoid a painful ingrown hair. These can be treated at your dermatologist office by injecting a small amount of cortisone to shrink the inflammation or by giving you a short course of antibiotics.
Laser Hair Removal is rapidly gaining popularity across the country. This is the only way to permanently reduce hair. It is fast, safe and effective for dark hair and can be used for any part of the body. Be prepared for 3-6 treatments and the occasional touch up treatment. Expect costs between $100-800 per treatment depending on the size of the area you want to treat. The only effective way to permanently remove blond or grey hair is with electrolysis. Electrolysis is a slower process where one hair at a time is treated. Electrolysis is great for delicate areas like eyebrow shaping or eliminating nose hairs.
While you may not be in a bathing suit in the next month or two, you can test out these smooth skin tips with your spouse or significant other. Let them be the ones to appreciate the new smooth and sexy you!
Personally, I am ready to put aside the bikini(or tankini in my case) and prepare for fall. I welcome the cool crisp days. This is my favorite season. Time to get out the scarfs, watch the leaves change color and get ready for the long winter months ahead!
I hope you are enjoying the beginning of the change of seasons, and I wish you a happy Halloween!