Intimate shaving for men - what you need to know

Most men are familiar with the little bumps you can get when you shave. But how do you get rid of them? Or to put it another way: What steps should you take when you take the plunge?

Groin grooming, pube pruning, fuzz taming – intimate shaving is more popular than ever among men. From a slight trim along the edge for a well-groomed look to complete hair removal for a perfectly smooth finish, pretty much everyone who shaves downstairs has experienced the razor bumps or ingrown hairs that come with intimate shaving.

What causes the problem?

Shaving rash, razor bumps and ingrown hairs are caused by a mild staphylococcus bacteria that everyone carries on their skin. Shaving causes tiny abrasions where bacteria can get in and cause localised infection under the skin.

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What can you do about it?

Because irritation associated with intimate shaving is caused by bacteria that live on our skin, the trick is to keep the skin free of bacteria. To do this, simply follow this guide to intimate shaving. Or you can just use ShaveSafe instead – find out more here.

Or you can just use ShaveSafe instead. Most people find that they don’t need to be as careful when they shave with ShaveSafe. ShaveSafe removes the cause of the problem: bacteria on the skin and the razor.

Guide to intimate shaving:

1. Soften the skin

Soften the skin with warm water before shaving. This opens up the pores and softens the hairs for an easier shave, reduces the number of tiny cuts the razor makes, and reduces the risk of developing razor bumps.

2. Choose the right razor

NEVER use a disposable razor. If you only get one take-away from this article, make it this one. The blades on disposable razors are of such poor quality that they always leave cuts and irritate the skin. Instead, choose a razor with the sharpest possible blades. The sharper the blades, the smoother they’ll be against the skin and the fewer cuts they’ll make.

3. Choose the right shaving foam

This one’s easy: choose ShaveSafe. This antibacterial and disinfectant shaving foam cleans the skin and eliminates any bacteria on the razor, so they don’t get into the cuts and cause irritation, razor bumps and ingrown hairs.

4. Choose the right lotion

It’s a good idea to use a mild lotion after shaving. It keeps the skin hydrated and minimises irritation. But make sure you choose a lotion that is fragrance free, and preferably also antibacterial, like ShaveSafe Aftershave Repair Balm.

5. Exfoliating

If you have a serious problem with ingrown hairs, it may be a good idea to exfoliate the area in-between shaves. This doesn’t just remove dead skin cells and bacteria, it also closes the pores so the hairs don’t become ingrown.

6. Cold water

After shaving, it’s good to give your skin a refreshing cold shock. Cold water closes the pores and prevents bacteria from getting in and irritating the hair follicle.

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