While removing bikini-line hair is a deeply personal choice and isn't actually necessary, some people prefer to have hairless skin. Removing said hair, however, can be a little complicated, especially if you shave with a classic bikini trimmer or razor.
Meet The Experts: Dendy Engelman, MD, is a dermatologist based in New York City. Lauren Penzi, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist who specializes in medical and cosmetic dermatology.
Shaving, while arguably the easiest of hair removal methods, can often leave the skin crowded with razor bumps and ingrown hairs—though this typically happens when it's done incorrectly, using the wrong products. That's why, when it comes to shaving, Dendy Engelman, MD, a dermatologist in NYC, says that the most important (and often overlooked) part of bikini hair removal is how you prep your skin, as well as how thorough your aftercare routine is.
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Aside from skin prep, you will also want to ensure that you have the best razor for your bikini area so you can shave sans the irritation.
"Bikini trimmers are an excellent choice for people prone to ingrown hairs and infections," says Lauren Penzi, MD, a board-certified dermatologist specializing in medical and cosmetic dermatology. "They're ideal for people with coarser, thicker hair who would likely get irritated by a close shave with a razor. They're also for those with super sensitive or eczema-prone skin who are prone to razor burn-like rash."
Need help figuring out what to buy? Ahead, find the best trimmers and electric shavers you can shop right now, per expert recommendations.
Oui The People Rose Gold Sensitive Skin Razor
Sometimes the use of multi-blade razors can lead to irritation and ingrown hairs. (The blades pull at the hair, potentially causing any strand that grows back to get trapped under the surface of the skin.) And that's why this single-blade razor is a godsend for those with sensitive skin. It removes hair in just one to two swipes and is also weighted, so it eliminates the need to put additional pressure on the skin as you're shaving.
Rave Review: "I’ve been using these blades for quite a while, and they are awesome. I’ve tried other brands, and they are too harsh. With Oui the People, I get a close, comfortable shave, silky skin, and no irritation."
Hanni Weighted Razor
Single-blade razors can closely cut hair without tugging at it, consequently irritating the skin. And what makes this one of the best is that it's weighted and can even be used outside of the shower—its sister product is a moisturizing "shave pillow" that glides onto the skin via a rollerball applicator, so you can shave pretty much anywhere you want.
Rave Review: "I really like the feel, look, durability, and convenience of this razor. I bought it for the sustainability, and everything else was a bonus. The quality is amazing, and it's so nice always having a fresh blade! Never going back to the throw away razors again."
Brori Electric Razor
This cordless electric razor allows you to easily (and quietly) eliminate any body hair without causing irritation, sensitivity, or nicks. It can be used on wet or dry skin, plus it has an LED light for hard-to-see areas.
Rave Review: "I bought this razor for my wife and she loves it. Very easy to use and gets the job done. Def will be buying another soon."
From the company that launched Fur Oil comes this quiet, cordless, and water-resistant trimmer with an LED light that can shine on hard-to-reach areas. It comes with three guides, a storage bag, and an adapter. So yes, this one's worth the money.
Rave Review: "This is the best trimmer I’ve ever used. I love the guards that let you customize the length you can trim too. It works so well, and it’s great that it can be used in the shower."
Zomchi Double Edge Safety Razor
If you're looking for a few more sustainable products to add to your overall beauty routine, try this safety razor. Not only does it come in a gorgeous rose gold finish, it also comes with replaceable blades, eliminating your need to keep tossing your all-plastic, disposable razors whenever they get dull.
Rave Review: "Buy it. You will not regret it. The weight and quality is amazing. I literally had to double check that I was actually shaving because that's how smooth it was. Best shave of my life. When I was putting this in the shower, my multi-blade disposable razor dropped off the shelf and broke. It was almost like it knew that it couldn't compete. I will be recommending this to everyone"
Schick Intuition Sensitive Care Razor
This budget-friendly razor replaces the need for shaving cream by surrounding its four blades with a moisturizing blend of vitamin E and aloe vera. It's also vegan and hypoallergenic, making it a popular option for people with sensitive skin.
Rave Review: "I'm someone who has really sensitive skin and has had trouble finding shavers for years! The first time I used it, my skin never felt softer, and it's not as irritated as it usually is! I like how this shaver works and the whole concept behind the soap being attached on the shaver head. I would recommend this to anyone who has sensitive skin!"
Philips Bikini Perfect Women's Rechargeable Electric Trimmer
This hypoallergenic micro-shaver/trimmer has customizable length settings so you can groom your bikini area to your exact specifications. It can also be used in or out of the shower.
Rave Review: "Love how easy this is to use! I have very sensitive skin and also don’t like to be completely shaven. I used the regular trimmer head, and it was so quick and painless. So happy to have this to get summer ready this year!"
Luminess Silk & Smooth Hair Remover
Using rotating twin blades, this battery-operated electric shaver gives close, precise results with zero pain. And contrary to Dr. Engelman's tip above, this one requires no water or shaving cream.
Rave Review: "This product does exactly what it claims... removes hair. I haven't had any issues with it. It works just fine. And of course, after a week or so, I need to use it again to remove peach fuzz."
Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle Razor With Bikini Trimmer
This dual-ended shower must-have is a standard razor (with skin-hydrating properties) and a bikini trimmer in one—which makes it perfect for travel, as you’ll only need one tool instead of two. Beyond that, the bikini trimmer has four settings that make it easier to customize your results.
Rave Review: "This razor is everything. The electrical razor cuts very close but doesn’t hurt at all, so you get a close shave without any nicks. The other razor side is super moisturizing with the strip, so you only need a little shaving cream. I feel super smooth!"
The Art of Shaving Rose Gold Safety Razor
In order to combat the all-too-common problem of razor burn and bumps from pressing down too hard while shaving, The Art of Shaving created a gilded razor that’s already weighted. With just the right amount of pressure needed for silky smooth results, this razor will do all the heavy-lifting, and all you need do is hold it lightly.
Rave Review: "My wife convinced me to purchase this exact set pictured in rose gold. I am so glad I did. Very high quality. Fits like a glove and looks fantastic. Never looked back, excellent quality. Highly recommend buying this set together."
Athena Club Razor Kit
Using the right razor safely is half the battle; changing it frequently is the rest. With The Best Shave Ever from Athena Club, you’ll get an innovative, curve-loving razor with patented blades and a water-activated serum for smoothness and a regular replacement. Choose a subscription plan that fits your needs, and you’ll get a new set of blades every two, four, or six months.
Rave Review: "Leaves my legs and armpits feeling nice and silky-smooth. The lubricating strips make the blades glide nicely over skin. Also, means no need for shaving cream."
Gilette Venus Extra Smooth Sensitive Razor
If you want a classic shave but need to keep it gentle, try the Venus Extra Smooth sensitive razor, which is designed especially for women with sensitive skin. It features a “SkinElixir” Lubrastrip that helps it glide on smoother, preventing nicks and cuts.
Rave Review: "I am 5'10" with very long legs. The surface area of this razor's head is bigger than any other women's razor, saving me boatloads of time. Love!!!"￼
Wahl Pure Confidence Rechargeable Electric Razor
This gentle, multitasking razor comes with three interchangeable heads that remove hair from all body parts. It also provides a super close shave, giving you a smooth base and longer periods without stubble.
Rave Review: "This rechargeable trimmer is easy to use, and the attachments are easy to switch out. The attachments work smoothly with no pulling or discomfort and no irritation wherever it is used. I charged it overnight then took it on vacation for a week, where it performed beautifully without having to be charged again. I'm very satisfied with this product."
Bushbalm Francesca Trimmer
If you're looking for a razor that isn't super loud and has a long run-time, you'll love the Francesca Trimmer. Its batteries allow it to run for up to five hours long. Plus, it's controlled with a 6,000 RPM motor that provides a subtle vibration that will cut any hair type.
Rave Review: "Exactly what I was looking for. [It's] small, rechargeable, and I can use it in the shower."
Panasonic Bikini Shaper And Trimmer
If you want to take your trimmer with you when you're on the go, this one from Panasonic can easily fit in your bag or luggage. It was also designed with hypoallergenic stainless steel for folks with sensitive skin.
Rave review: "I purchased this around seven years ago and remember it working phenomenal. For whatever reason, I stopped using it. I recently purchased another one, and it is the exact same quality as before. I would highly recommend. You get a very close shave, it's quiet, it does not snag on the hairs, it's very quick to use, easy to clean, and easy to pack if traveling. Thank you Panasonic for this timeless device, I would highly recommend it."
Olov Electric Bikini Trimmer
Aside from its sleek design, this trimmer can do more than just one thing: It comes with several attachments that work well for the face, arms, legs, body, armpits, bikini area, and nose. It can also run for up to 90 minutes nonstop so that you can take your time grooming.
Rave review: "Very lightweight and quiet! Battery life is pretty darn good. Once it’s fully charged, you're good to go for a while. It trims hair down nicely and I didn’t experience too many (if any) nicks on my skin. It’s a nice electric razor for the price!"
Remington Smooth & Silky Body and Bikini Kit
Remember what the experts said earlier about the importance of taking care of your skin before you start shaving? Well, this kit includes everything you'll need, including a rotating exfoliator to prevent ingrown hairs and razor burn.
Rave review: "This hair trimmer works amazingly on the pubic area! Especially with the safety attachment that allows for use around the more sensitive area, I never have to worry about getting a nick. I like to use this dry, and I find it works just as well if not better than in the shower. No razor burn or itchy irritation. Love this product—couldn't recommend it enough!"
Gilette Venus Intimate Grooming Razor
If you want a barely-there shave with a super lightweight razor, try the Gillette Venus Grooming Razor. It was tested by a dermatologist and gynecologist, so you know you're in good hands. The handle also has a rubber-like grip so you can feel in control while shaving.
Rave review: "I am really prone to ingrown hairs, but this has worked GREAT for my bikini line! No ingrown hairs, no redness, no itching.... definitely recommend for ladyscaping!"
Pritech Rechargeable Pubic Hair Clippers And Trimmer
This trimmer is quiet but effective. Its powerful motor can trim hair easily, and the blades are removable for fuss-free cleaning. It's a complete barber set, so you know it's worth your money.
Rave review: "[This] changed everything!!!! It’s so fast, the battery lasts a long time, and it looks cute too. I use it around my whole body, and I love it. It’s a great substitute from razors that can give you bumps and rashes, so this is definitely a better option for hairy babes like myself."
Clio Palmperfect Bikini Trimmer
If you love a budget-friendly deal, you'll love the Palmperfect trimmer. While it might not be as durable as the other trimmers, it can still trim hair down efficiently. It can be used on wet or dry skin, and users love it for quick touch-ups.
Rave review: "I really love this trimmer. It’s not meant to completely shave off everything, but it trims down the hair to just the tip of it, which is amazing if you don’t mind it. I hate shaving because of the ingrown hairs and razor bumps. This way, I can still be trimmed by avoiding all of that."
Finishing Touch Flawless Bikini Shaver And Trimmer
This might not be the same as your standard bikini trimmer, but reviewers are huge fans of how efficient this model is. The angled blades make it easy to clean up those hard-to-reach areas and have a built-in LED light.
Rave Review: "I love this little razor. It is not a total substitute for your regular hair removal routine, but it’s an amazing addition. I do not have thick or super hard to remove hair, but I carry this in my purse for an armpit or bikini line touch up, and it does a great job."
What should I keep in mind while shaving?
Here are the dos and don’ts of at-home bikini hair removal, followed by the best tools for the job, depending on your specific needs and goals.
- Never dry shave. Always use shaving cream, gel, or “at least water,” Dr. Engelman says, adding that doing so “greatly reduces the chances of razor burn and irritation.” Find a cream-based shaving cream that, when applied to the skin, softens the hair and follicles so that when a razor goes over the skin, there is less irritation. (This one from Fur is a great option.)
- If you’re prone to razor bumps and irritation, exfoliate first. Though shaving indeed exfoliates, those prone to irritation will benefit from exfoliating before shaving. “It ensures that the hair can cleanly come out and will smooth skin texture, buffing away dirt that may be clogging your pores and causing inflammation,” Dr. Engelman explains. While it might sound a bit odd, using your facial products—be it a cleanser, toner, or peel—on your bikini region before shaving can be a great help, but there are also slightly more site-specific solutions (like this body scrub from LATHER).
- Shave in one direction. “Shaving in all directions increases the chance of razor bumps, irritation, and even ingrown hairs,” Dr. Engelman says. Her advice? “Shave in the direction in which your hair grows. Shaving against hair growth gives you a closer shave, but the blunt-tipped end of hairs can grow back into the skin rather than up and out.” Don’t use a dull razor, either. “A dull razor is more likely to cut you than a new, sharper razor,” Dr. Engelman explains. If you shave every day, the general rule of thumb is to change your razor every two weeks; if you shave every other day, you should change your blade every three weeks.
- Remember to moisturize after shaving. “It softens the hair and hair follicle, as well as the skin, reducing the chances of ingrown hairs,” Dr. Engelman notes. Your usual body moisturizer will do the trick, but if you feel like treating your bikini line to a little extra something special, try an aftershave balm (like this one from DeoDoc). If you cut yourself or have post-shave irritation, Dr. Engelman recommends a standard facial toner (like this Thayer’s Witch Hazel Facial Toner with Aloe Vera classic). “Look for formulas with ingredients that have anti-inflammatory and soothing properties like aloe, witch hazel, allantoin, or willow bark,” she says.
Are bikini trimmers safe to use?
If the idea of using a trimmer over a razor makes you skeptical, know that it's the better option. "Bikini trimmers are very safe to use," says Dr. Penzi. "Rather than razors that cut at or below the skin surface, trimmers cut the hair above the skin surface. This lowers the risk of cutting yourself or introducing potential infection."
How should you use a bikini trimmer?
First, start by prepping your skin with an anti-bacterial wash. If you experience flakiness or buildup, Dr. Penzi suggests exfoliating.
Once you've cleansed and rinsed the area, start trimming in the direction that your hair grows. Just make sure that your trimmer is compatible with either dry or wet skin, depending on how you'd like to use it.
How should you treat your skin after using a bikini trimmer?
After trimming, Dr. Penzi recommends applying a fragrance- and oil-free lotion or cream to help prevent dryness or irritation. "If you're especially prone to ingrown or irritation, see your dermatologist, who can prescribe you either a prescription antibacterial or anti-inflammatory lotion that can help combat these issues," she says.
Sara Spruch-Feiner is a native New Yorker and a longtime freelance beauty writer, featured in Women's Health, Marie Claire, Allure, Racked, Coveteur, NY Mag, Man Repeller, and more.
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