How To Find The Best Bikini Trimmer For Your Needs

The world is divided on pubic hair. It might be because of the popular myth that a hairy bikini bottom is unhygienic. However, OB-GYN Mamta Mamik tells Self, "It provides a cushion against friction that may cause skin injury, prevents dirt and bacteria from entering the vagina, and can help to spread pheromones and reduce heat loss." Those hairs play an important role. Whether you are team bush or bare, a healthy nether region is a priority. Indeed, it is all about personal preference.

A bigger divide on the hairless side is how to remove all that unwanted hair. According to dermatologist Marc Glashofer, pubic hairs are typically coarser and thicker than other body hair (per The Healthy Journal). It can be tricky to remove, but one tried-and-true method is the bikini trimmer. There are different types of trimmers, but one is sure to fulfill your every need.

Get a trimmer made for the bikini area

You wouldn't use foot lotion on your face, so why use just any trimmer for your sensitive area? Dr. Marisa Garshick, a board-certified dermatologist, says, "look for a trimmer that has an attachment specifically designed for the bikini area, given the skin is more sensitive and the angles can make it more challenging" (via Byrdie). Which is right for you depends on your needs and lifestyle. Dr. Garshick recommends taking advantage of features like lights and water resistance. These accessories will make your trimming easier. You'll be able to see specific hairs and have the freedom to trim in the shower, where water can act as extra lubricant.

With an electric trimmer, since the blades don't touch the skin, there is less risk of razor bumps and irritation. However, when all else fails, there is the manual trim. A manual cut only requires scissors. It takes a little more work gripping the hairs and snipping, but it is an inexpensive method and leaves you with full control. If you're careful, there should be little to no irritation, redness, or ingrown hairs.

Prep and aftercare for a smooth pubic area

Before trimming away at your bikini, giving your nether regions some love will make the process easier and pain-free. A clean canvas is essential. It may be tempting to trim first and then wash the fallen hairs away in the shower, but this is a mistake. Healthline recommends showering pre-trim to prevent bumps caused by bacteria; this includes exfoliating for a smooth and soft skin surface. A scrub safe for the vaginal area will remove dead skin cells and oils clogging the hair follicles.

You can exfoliate with a washcloth pre-snip and save the scrub for afterward if you wish to tap into a spa-like treatment. Although to seal the deal, you'll need a moisturizer. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests using a hydrating cream that is fragrance-free. That way the lotion can provide moisture without irritating your freshly pruned skin. Loose clothes and undergarments will also give your pubic area room to breathe. You don't want a trim to end with an itch.