17 Best Products to Prevent Razor Bumps on Bikini Line 2021
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As if keeping up with hair removal weren’t hassle enough, waxing and shaving often lead to painful ingrowns and razor bumps. These spots aren’t to be confused with razor burn, which Lara Kaiser, an aesthetician at Brooklyn’s Shen Beauty, says is a different thing. “Razor burn is caused by friction against the skin when the skin is not prepped well enough or the person shaved too aggressively,” she says. Razor bumps are basically ingrown hairs, which can pop up anywhere you remove hair, and often occur on more delicate areas where the hair is coarse, like the bikini line. And they can happen to anyone, no matter how you remove the hair: “Razor bumps are very common and can happen no matter what your landscaping method is and how thorough it is,” assures Ania Siemieniaka, the manager and owner of Freckle, a spa in Greenpoint.
Luckily, there are lots of products out there that you can use before and after waxing and shaving to help prevent or eliminate irritation — including some products that you might have assumed were only for the face but are more versatile than we thought. We talked to nine aestheticians, waxing experts, and dermatologists to hear which creams, gels, and serums to reach for in the days after waxing or shaving, and other steps you can take to stave off razor bumps in the first place.
Three of the waxing specialists named this culty product as the best for combating razor bumps. The oil, which is specifically formulated to be safe for the pubic area, blends several soothing antiseptic and antimicrobial ingredients, like grape-seed, jojoba, and tea tree oil, which will help keep the area clean and smooth. “A great way to prevent razor burn is by keeping the skin around the bikini line really healthy, like with Fur Oil,” says Kaiser. “This is an oil you apply for a few days before or after hair removal that is antiseptic and helps soften hair and hair regrowth. As far as I know, it’s about the only product on the market specifically for pubic hair.” Samantha Garlow, waxing specialist at Daphne, agrees. She says that while Fur Oil does carry a specific spot treatment for ingrowns, the original Fur Oil “can be used daily on clean, exfoliated skin, and is safe for your most sensitive areas.” Audra Senkus, co-owner of Haven Spa, recommended the oil as well, telling us, “We love Fur Oil.” She also pointed to the brand’s stubble cream as a useful product to keep in the medicine cabinet. The stubble cream “smooths the skin after waxing, and it also softens any prickly stubble,” she says, noting that it also “prevents ingrowns and bumps.”
If you prefer the (smoother) consistency of a paste, Allison Tray, founder of Tres Belle Spa, has an inexpensive solution: baking soda. “At home, you can combine baking soda and water, and use it to gently exfoliate the bikini area,” she says. “Not only will you get a good exfoliation, it may also brighten the area.” The brightening, Tray says, comes from baking soda’s ability to naturally unclog pores. As for the ratio, she suggests mixing one teaspoon baking soda with a splash of warm water. “Gently move the mixture over your bikini line with light pressure, then rinse it off with cool water,” she says. “You can help keep ingrown hairs at bay by repeating this process once a week.”
For those who want to exfoliate with a cleanser (or want to combine one with their scrubbing mitt), Mihoko Ninomiya, skin-care manager at Great Jones Spa, suggests using a gentle facial scrub. She likes Dr. Hauschka’s Cleansing Cream, which has a “grittiness close to that of a rice flour or an almond meal or powder,” the ideal texture for a scrub for more delicate areas, according to Ninomiya.
And for those who prefer bar soap, Stalina Glot, senior aesthetician at Haven, recommends Crystal Peel Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Soap Body Bar. She says you can use it in the days leading up to shaving, but to “avoid doing that the same day as shaving.”
Unlike the other physical exfoliants on this list, Cure Aqua Gel is made with 91 percent hydrogen water, which Winnie Zhong at oo35mm says works on the surface to remove dead skin. She says it can be used on the face and more sensitive parts of the body. “You would use this after cleansing steps or on dry skin; rub the gel into the skin and it reacts to dead skin,” Zhong told us.
Zhong also recommends Alpha Skin Care’s Renewal Body Lotion, which she calls “a cult favorite.” The lotion contains 12 percent glycolic acid, which makes it ideal for improving skin texture. “Many of our customers use it on keratosis pilaris and stubborn bumps,” Zhong says. “It can also be good for acne scars.” (We imagine it would be good for fading any scars left from past ingrowns as well.)
Speaking of cult exfoliants, you’ve probably heard of Biologique Recherche’s Lotion P50, a favorite facial toner of celebrities, beauty editors, and your skin-care-obsessed friends. The exfoliating toner can be used for more than your face, though, according to Garlow. “P50 has a smart blend of proven clarifying ingredients like lactic acid, gluconolactone, salicylic acid, and sulfur, which moisturize, regulate oil, and prevent ingrown hairs,” she says. Depending on sensitivity, you can dilute P50 with water. “It’s best used out of the shower by pressing, not rubbing,” Garlow told us. “It’s recommended to use once a day and 24 hours after hair removal, and you can follow it with Fur Oil.”
Ninomiya recommends Rosebud Woman’s Refresh Cleansing Spray as a pre- and post-waxing-and-shaving cleanser rather than harsh, alcohol-based wipes. “As the name suggests, there are refreshing ingredients such as aloe and lavender, and helpful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory naturals such as tea tree oil and witch hazel,” she says. To use the spray, you just have to spritz some on, pat it in, and let it dry — no need to rinse off after using.
Another alternative to harsh wipes are Skyn Iceland’s Nordic Skin Peel pads, which Siemieniaka says were designed for acneic skin but “work wonders on your bikini bumps.” She told us that she learned about the pads — the perfect application format for when you’re feeling a bit lazy or busy — from Katie Jane Hughes, a British makeup artist. “I got hooked, and after a while, I realized that it works really well on the bikini area, especially those sensitive types,” says Siemieniaka, who also notes that they won’t dry out your skin.
Siemieniaka also told us about PFB Vanish, which can be used with not-so-sensitive skin. “Its powerful combo of glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acids will reduce inflammation, kill bacteria, and exfoliate the skin (yes, ingrown-hair prevention right there),” she says. “Our clients love it.” It comes in a roll-on bottle, which makes it easy to apply.
Ninomiya says that this gel is designed to help prevent razor burn on the face, but that it’s also effective for ingrowns anywhere else on the body. It’s full of natural antioxidants like green tea and anti-inflammatory ingredients rosemary and turmeric, making it a useful product for keeping skin healthy overall.
If you’d rather use a formula specifically designed for women, Senkus suggests UltraLuxe’s Women’s Ingrown Hair treatment, which she says can be used on the face and body to stave off ingrown hairs. “The technology actually cools and calms your skin post-shaving, preventing the chance of irritation before it begins.” The cooling factor comes from the ingredient allantoin, which is known for its anti-redness, anti-irritation properties.
This one is a favorite of both Glot and Senkus. Glot suggests using it twice a day and notes that “serums are designed with low molecules that penetrate to the hair follicle and remove dead skin cells, pushing the hair up.” Senkus told us that Princereigns also “removes dark spots and softens and straightens curly hair while removing ingrown hairs and razor bumps.”
“For natural-remedy lovers, I recommend a tea-tree-oil compress,” says Siemieniaka. “Tea tree oil is extremely rich in antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that will help you get rid of redness and itchiness caused by razor bumps.” She cautions against using tea tree oil in its pure form and suggests mixing a couple of drops of oil with a few tablespoons of warm water instead. “Then make a compress with a cotton ball and apply it to affected areas for about ten minutes. For best results, I would do this twice a day,” she says.
Two of the experts we talked to named CBD as a useful ingredient in helping prevent razor bumps, largely thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. This CBD-infused cleanser comes recommended by dermatologist Dendy Engelman, who told us that it’s packed with “phytonutrient-rich CBD, essential fatty acids, and plant extracts,” that make it particularly calming and moisturizing. Engelman uses the cleanser as a shaving cream, and says that it leaves him with little to no post-shaving irritation.
Christine Marie Mason, founder of the feminine care line Rosebud, told us that she uses Foria’s CBD lube both to prevent ingrown hairs and to moisturize her skin. According to Mason, the consistency of the Foria lube is similar to that of Fur Oil — but has the added benefit of CBD, which helps soothe any existing irritation and redness. (And, of course, it can also be used as lube.)
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How to Get a Smooth Bikini Line — Shave, Wax, Sugar, or Laser
For the best results, in addition to not exfoliating for a couple of days after your sugaring appointment, Claghorn recommends avoiding exposure to the sun, hot tubs, pools, or cosmetic products with potentially irritating fragrance for 48 hours post-treatment. “Skin will be more susceptible to UV rays and bacteria during this time,” she says. Also: Avoid sweating for 24 hours. “Perspiring could potentially clog the hair follicles and cause those pesky bumps.” Hayag agrees, adding that sweating could even lead to breakouts in the area.
That said, Claghorn says bumps are actually less likely with sugaring. “Unlike shaving or waxing, sugaring removes hair in the natural direction of hair growth, which helps to prevent ingrown hairs,” she says, and that’s especially true if you’re being consistent with your sugaring appointments. “Initially, it may take two to three sessions to work out ingrowns lying beneath the surface of the skin. Regular monthly maintenance will ensure smooth skin free of bumps — and hair.”
If regularly doing anything to achieve and maintain a smooth bikini area is annoying to you, it may be time to trade in your razor and say sayonara to your waxing and sugaring pros to visit a dermatologist for laser hair removal.
“Lasers commonly used [for bikini-area hair removal] are the diode laser, alexandrite laser, and Nd:Yag laser. IPL (intense pulsed light) can also be used, but on lighter skin types,” Hayag says. “For darker skin types the Nd:Yag is safest because it has a relatively lower rate of melanin absorption, making it safer on the surface of the skin.”
Although Hayag says you should shave longer hairs at least 24 hours before treatment, other types of hair-removal are a big no-no when before or between laser hair-removal sessions. “Do not wax or tweeze the hair between laser treatments,” she explains. “The laser target is the follicle — the root of the hair — so it must be present for the laser to be effective.”
Although lasers promise the most permanent option for a smooth bikini area, it doesn’t come without risks. Hayag lists redness, swelling, pain during the procedure, burning or stinging sensations afterward, pigment changes, superficial skin infections, folliculitis from ingrown hairs, burning, blistering, scabbing, or crusting, textural changes, scarring as possible side effects.
The risk for burning is higher in patients who have tanned prior to treatment because the additional melanin “competes for the laser energy,” she says, reiterating that Nd:Yag devices are the safer option for darker skin tones.
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What Bikini Atoll Looks Like Today | by Stanford Magazine | Stanford Magazine
Nearly 60 years after the last of 23 nuclear explosions in its land, air and water, Bikini Atoll again looks like the idyllic Pacific paradise it was in 1946 — a bracelet of sandy, palm-covered islets encircling an azure lagoon. But it doesn’t take long to pick up on Bikini’s enduring eeriness, says Stanford biology professor Stephen Palumbi, who visited the remote atoll for a 10-day research trip featured in Big Pacific, a documentary that aired this summer on PBS.
At one point, Palumbi was boating around Bravo Crater, a mile-wide scar blasted into the lagoon by the most potent U.S. bomb ever detonated, when the navigation system began screaming a warning. The device thought they had run aground. The boat, Palumbi says, was in 160 feet of water.
It took a moment to realize the alarm wasn’t malfunctioning. The navigation system was simply relying on maps that haven’t been redrawn since before 1954, when a bomb 1,000 times more powerful than the one that dropped on Hiroshima vaporized three islands in the lagoon, including the one where the expedition crew was.
Using the navigation device, they then boated around the perimeter of the missing coral to estimate how much mass had been hurled heavenward. “It’s equivalent to 216 Empire State Buildings being blown into the sky,” Palumbi says. “These tests are the most violent thing we’ve ever done to the ocean.”
Yet when Palumbi — the director of Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station — and others dove near the crater’s rim, they encountered something even more astonishing to behold: a reassembling ecosystem, including schools of large fish, reef sharks and robust coral, which may have begun life as little as a decade after the area’s annihilation.
“We found, much to our surprise, not just scattered corals, but very abundant, big healthy coral communities — corals larger than cars scattered about the edges of a hydrogen bomb crater,” he says. “You’re kind of looking at that and thinking, ‘Well, that’s strange.’
“Frankly, the visual and emotional impact of it is just stunning.”
Given their short life spans and their mobility, the hearty fish were comparatively easy to understand. But the corals look like they have been growing in place for 50-some years. How they emerged from such toxic beginnings is a question Palumbi and doctoral student Elora López hope to illuminate using the genomes of samples they took from Bikini. It’s an area of research López says has received scant attention.
‘It’s equivalent to 216 Empire State Buildings being blown into the sky. These tests are the most violent thing we’ve ever done to the ocean.’
Initially, they plan to sequence the full genomes of their samples, López says. Then, using bioinformatics methods originally developed to study cancerous tumors, they plan to create a map of mutations in the coral colonies to compare with samples taken from American Samoa and, they hope, from pre-bomb Bikini.
The research, Palumbi says, could eventually have ramifications not just for understanding how corals tightly manage their genes, but for advancing therapeutic applications to prevent cancers and other mutations in humans.
“The terrible history of Bikini Atoll is an ironic setting for research that might help people live longer,” Palumbi says. “By understanding how corals could have recolonized the radiation-filled bomb craters, maybe we can discover something new about keeping DNA intact.”
A DISTANT PLACE
Getting to Bikini is a logistical feat. The atoll is in the Marshall Islands, halfway between Hawaii and Australia. For most outsiders, it takes several island hops, including a 27-hour boat ride. The few who make the trek are typically expert scuba divers keen to explore the armada of sunken warships, including the USS Saratoga, an aircraft carrier the length of a Manhattan avenue block that lies on the lagoon’s bottom. The ships — some loaded with animals — were targets in the tests.
It’s that remoteness that damned the atoll to inclusion in America’s nuclear “Pacific Proving Grounds” soon after World War II. The United States persuaded Bikini’s 167 inhabitants to relocate by assuring them a quick return, a promise that quickly soured as the residents were shunted among inhabitable islands and exposed to radioactive fallout.
EVOLVING ECOSYSTEM: Palumbi (above) and his research team will compare the genomes of coconut crabs and corals from Bikini Atoll with those from American Samoa to see what decades of radioactivity have wrought. (Photos: Dan Griffin)
It’s a promise that remains unfulfilled today. Normal life on the atoll is impossible, because the groundwater is contaminated. No one lives there apart from a half-dozen custodians who tend a small ghost village. All food and water must be imported.
“One of the guys working on the boat we were living on was of Bikinian descent,” López says. “Talking to him put in perspective what his family went through and how weird it is now to make a living off bringing scientists and tourists to the islands when his own family can’t live there.”
And despite Bikini’s remove, the rest of the world wasn’t beyond the reach of the blasts, which is how Palumbi grew interested in the atoll. The explosions — along with similar tests by other nations — caused a spike in atmospheric levels of carbon 14, a radioactive isotope that’s naturally created by cosmic rays interacting with nitrogen. Like other forms of carbon, C-14 is readily absorbed by plants and, in turn, animals.
“Every human on Earth had twice as much radioactive C-14 after those tests as before,” Palumbi says.
The “bomb pulse” isn’t harmful, but it is traceable, leaving an indelible mark on cells that scientists have learned to harness to remarkable effect. Traditional carbon dating — measuring the half-life of C-14 — estimates when an organism died. Bomb pulse forensics, by contrast, reveal how long something has been alive. Because C-14 levels have been steadily dropping since the open-air nuclear tests ceased, scientists can look at a cell’s concentration of C-14, cross-check it against the declining atmospheric levels of the isotope, and determine when the cell was born.
‘The terrible history of Bikini Atoll is an ironic setting for research that might help people live longer. By understanding how corals could have recolonized the radiation-filled bomb craters, maybe we can discover something new about keeping DNA intact.’
The method has been used for everything from measuring the age of ringless trees in the Amazon to examining whether humans generate new olfactory bulb neurons into adulthood. In Palumbi’s world, it helped establish that many creatures in the deep sea are far older than previously thought. “All of a sudden beluga whales live twice as long because we realized we had gotten the calibration wrong,” says Palumbi, who grew fascinated with the technique while writing his 2014 popular-science book, The Extreme Life of the Sea.
Palumbi’s varied career has focused on the genetics and evolution of a range of marine animals, from whales to shrimp. He’s also had a longtime interest in how the ocean fights back against human-made disasters. His book The Death and Life of Monterey Bay details that body of water’s recovery from a century of abuse.
But the idea of explosions capable of putting radiocarbon into every person, plant and animal on Earth made vivid to him a whole new level of destruction. When the producers of Big Pacific invited him to choose an expedition for use in the documentary, he knew exactly where he wanted to go.
“I’ve been talking to people to get to Bikini for years and years,” he says. “I thought it would be a good lesson in what the ocean is capable of in terms of recovery. How does it grow back from this most devastating thing ever done?”
PALM TREE SENTINELS
Having previously done research on American Samoa and other Pacific islands and atolls, Palumbi was at once on familiar terrain in Bikini and aware of its pervasive oddity. The atoll is still littered with parts from exploded planes and ships. At one point, the expedition crew found a 100-foot-long steel chain, suitable for mooring huge ships, lying on a beach, as if it had washed up — and yet no wave on Earth could have moved it. Even the palm trees on Bikini’s main islands were off.
Planted in the ’60s as part of the atoll’s recovery, they stand in mechanically precise rows with the exactness of soldiers in formation, totally unlike the randomness of trees on a normal Pacific atoll. “There’s a grid of them in every direction, so you know you’re in a very, very strange landscape,” Palumbi says.
The islands are safe to visit so long as outside food and water are consumed. Nevertheless, Palumbi — whose team included daughter Lauren Palumbi, ’10 — kept a radiation dosimeter on his belt to appease his wife. Typically, readings showed normal background radiation levels; at one point, the group encountered a level similar to what airline passengers experience at 35,000 feet.
Planted in the ’60s as part of the atoll’s recovery, they stand in mechanically precise rows with the exactness of soldiers in formation, totally unlike the randomness of trees on a normal Pacific atoll.
Dan Griffin, a photographer on the trip, said the serenity of the place could be lulling. Fish, birds and other animals, unaccustomed to human presence, were fearless and hardly reacted to the visitors, he says. To remind themselves of the more ominous side of paradise, they had a phrase they’d bandy about: “The coconuts are radioactive.”
Indeed, some of the highest radioactive readings came from the coconuts, whose trees concentrate the radiation in the soil and groundwater. That in turn raises questions about another of the atoll’s denizens — the platter-sized coconut crab, which feasts on the fruit.
On other islands, the crabs are a highly sought delicacy, with full-sized adults rarely seen in the daytime. On Bikini, giant coconut crabs amble about with impunity.
Yet despite their radioactive diet, the crabs suffer no obvious ill effects. Palumbi and López are sequencing their genomes for comparison against samples from American Samoa and from Bikini before the nuclear testing began. “The question is, what is it doing to them?” Palumbi says. “We don’t have any idea. The way to get into the heart of it is to look at the DNA.”
It’s tempting to draw reassuring lessons from the atoll’s recovery. The research, López says, provides at least preliminary evidence that even if you destroy an ecosystem, it can heal with time — and with freedom from human interference. Ironically, Bikini reefs look better than those in many places she’s dived.
“It didn’t look like this nightmare-scape that you might expect,” she says. “And that’s still something that’s weird to process.”
For Palumbi, Bikini represents the ultimate example of the ocean fighting back. But he’d like his work there to remind people of the magnitude of what happened, not just assuage them that everything is all right. Many of his undergraduates, he says, have no idea the tests even took place.
“It’d be wrong of us to forget that we dropped 23 atomic bombs on a coral reef to see what would happen, displaced all those people and created scars on the planet that will never heal,” he says. “Can we please not forget what we did here?” •
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The Marshall Islands, once a U.S. nuclear test site, face oblivion again
“A lot of these people are living with those ghosts,” says Armbruster, bald, lanky and considered by many Marshallese to be savvy and empathetic. “It’s part of our shared history, part of our Cold War. We’re not going to go back and try to understand the decisions. But there are things we can do now.”
He lists them: encouraging the resettlement of Rongelap, sending a couple of Marshallese students to California to study nuclear issues, building drinking-water catchments, strengthening disaster management plans.
The U.S. Embassy considers the Marshall Islands to be on the front line of climate change, which manifests most dramatically during late-winter king tides. In March of last year, 1,000 people evacuated Majuro as the surge pulled homes into the ocean.
“Climate change is my nuclear experience,” says Mark Stege, 37, who grew up in Majuro, studied at Columbia University and is now director of the Marshall Islands Conservation Society. “I can see a lot of connections at the emotional level, and the community level, at the individual family level. The same questions are relevant in both situations. There’s this really deep sense of loss.”
On the afternoon of Nuclear Victims Remembrance Day, Armbruster hosts the unveiling of a U.S.-funded memorial at an outdoor basketball court near the college. The court is named after Solomon Sam, the only Marshallese service member in the U.S. military to die in Iraq or Afghanistan. Painted in white text on a blue wall is a written tribute to the Marshallese who have served the United States in some form over the past 70 years: scouts who gathered intelligence during World War II, families whose land and health were poisoned by testing during the Cold War, and the young generation who served in the Middle East.
Most of the white plastic chairs at the unveiling are empty.
Present at the ceremony is a young Marshallese man who served in the U.S. Army and deployed to Baghdad. The young man, who is absent without leave from the Army and asked not to be identified, says he thinks the memorial is a fine gesture from the United States.
“We’re biting the hands that feed us,” he says of remarks critical of the United States made earlier that day. “We’re sending out the message that this happened and we’re supposed to be pissed, and that’s been going on for 61 years. Why not change the tone? It’s really depressing.”
The young man was a combat engineer, with a focus on explosive-ordnance disposal. He helped protect American troops from bombs.
A history of the people of Bikini following nuclear weapons testing in the Marshall Islands: with recollections and views of elders of Bikini Atoll
The people of Bikini Atoll were moved from their homeland in 1946 to make way for the testing of 23 nuclear weapons by the United States government, beginning with the world’s fourth atomic detonation. The subsequent half-century exodus of the Bikini people included a 2-y stay on Rongerik Atoll, where near starvation resulted, and a 6-mo sojourn on Kwajalein Atoll, where they lived in tents beside a runway used by the U.S. military. In 1948, they were finally relocated to Kili, a small, isolated, 200-acre island owned by the U.S. Trust Territory government. Numerous hardships have been faced there, not the least of which was the loss of skills required for self-sustenance. Located 425 miles south of Bikini, Kili Island is without a sheltered lagoon. Thus for six months of the year, fishing and sailing become futile endeavors. Because of the residual radioactive contamination from the nuclear testing, the majority of the Bikinian population still resides on Kili today. One attempt was made to resettle Bikini in the late 1960’s when President Lyndon B. Johnson, on recommendations from the Atomic Energy Commission, declared Bikini Atoll safe for habitation. In 1978, however, it was discovered by the U.S. Department of Energy that in the span of only one year, some of the returned islanders were showing a 75% increase in their body burdens of 137Cs. In 1978, the people residing on Bikini were moved again, this time to a small island in Majuro Atoll. In the early 1980’s, the Bikinians filed a class action lawsuit against the U.S. government for damages arising out of the nuclear testing program. Although the claim was dismissed, eventually a $90 million trust fund was established for their local government. Since then the leaders of the people of Bikini residing on Kili Island and Majuro Atoll have been confronted with the immense responsibility of determining how to clean their atoll while at the same time maintaining the health and welfare of their displaced population. For the community and their leaders, grappling with these technical decisions has created a life of strife, debate and conflict-and an uncertain future. Now, a radiological cleanup of Bikini is expected to begin sometime within 1997. The objective of this paper, with the support of the views and the recollections of elder Bikinians, is to recount the history and discuss issues facing the first displaced people of the nuclear age.
3 Steps to Prevent Razor Bumps and Folliculitis on Your Bikini Line – CLn Skin Care
If you’ve ever worn a bikini, then chances are you’re familiar with the common annoyance of razor bumps (also known as ingrown hairs or folliculitis). Unfortunately, those pesky bumps are more than just unsightly; they can also increase your risk of harmful infections and lingering red skin bumps. That said, when preparing for bikini season, it’s in your best interests to know how to prevent and manage razor bumps to ensure you have a happy swim season.
What Exactly Are Razor Bumps (Folliculitis and Ingrown Hairs)?
Before we dive into how to prevent razor bumps, it helps to know a bit about what they are and where they come from.
The clinical name for razor bumps is folliculitis. In a nutshell, folliculitis is an inflammation and infection of your hair follicles. This condition can sprout up on any part of your body that has hair, but it’s most common to those areas that experience a lot of friction from rubbing, clothing, or your razor, so you’ll often see it on the face and scalp, as well as the thigh and groin area AKA your bikini line.
Folliculitis begins when your hair follicles are blocked or irritated by sweat, oils, and makeup, and, in the case of your bikini line, the combination of shaving and wearing tight bathing suits. Basically, if your hair follicles are compromised in any way, then bacteria, yeast, and fungus can make its way in and result in folliculitis.
1. Exfoliate Regularly
Regular exfoliation is a killer defense against razor bumps and ingrown hairs because it sloughs off dead skin cells and all of the infection-causing gunk that comes with them. But what a lot of people don’t realize is that using a loofah or dry brush isn’t your best exfoliation technique; in fact, doing so can even damage or irritate skin, especially sensitive skin types.
Rather than scrub away at your body, use a gentle chemical exfoliant instead (which is not nearly as scary as it sounds). A quality cleanser that contains salicylic acid (a common acne treatment) is a great exfoliant as it will slough off those dead skin cells without irritating the skin while also preventing future infections.
2. Cleanse Often
Speaking of cleansers, make sure you have a quality one as it’s one of your best lines of defense against folliculitis. Ideally, your cleanser should be gentle on skin and tough on microbes. Take care to cleanse before and after shaving as well as within an hour of any rigorous physical activity.
3. Use Proper Shaving Techniques
The method and tools you use to shave can also play a big part in preventing folliculitis. For starters, start out with clean skin and a clean tools. Also, do not dry shave; always use a non-drying, effective skin cleanser beforehand to prevent irritation. Moreover, shaving with a dull blade can irritate the skin further, so be sure to use a sharp one and never share razors with someone else.
Additionally, make sure to shave in the same direction that your hair grows, rather than against it. Finally, applying a cool washcloth post-shave can help to sooth the skin and reduce irritation.
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Bikini | atoll, Marshall Islands
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Overview of the U.S. nuclear tests at Bikini atoll, Marshall Islands.
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Bikini, an atoll in the Ralik (western) chain of the Marshall Islands in the central Pacific Ocean. The atoll was used for peacetime atomic explosions conducted for experimental purposes by the United States between 1946 and 1958.
Lying north of the Equator, Bikini is 225 miles (360 km) northwest of Kwajalein and 190 miles (305 km) east of Enewetak Atoll. It consists of a ring of about 20 small coral islands whose average elevation is only some 7 feet (2.1 metres) above low tide level. The area of the group amounts to little more than 2 square miles (5 square km) of dry land, distributed about the edges of an oval lagoon 25 miles (40 km) long and 15 miles (24 km) wide. The largest islands are Bikini and Enyu (or Eneu). The atoll was known before World War II as Escholtz Atoll. It was administered by the United States from 1947 as part of the U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands under a United Nations trusteeship until it became part of the Republic of the Marshall Islands in 1979.
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After Japan had been driven from the Marshall Islands in 1944, the islands and atolls, Bikini among them, came under the administration of the U.S. Navy. In 1946 Bikini became the site of Operation Crossroads, a vast military-scientific experiment to determine the impact of atomic bombs on naval vessels. The tests made it necessary to first relocate the atoll’s 166 native Micronesians to Rongerik and then to Kili Island, about 500 miles (800 km) southeast of Bikini. The world’s first peacetime atomic-weapons test was conducted at Bikini on July 1, 1946. A 20-kiloton atomic bomb was dropped from an airplane and exploded in the air over a fleet of about 80 obsolete World War II naval vessels, among them battleships and aircraft carriers, all of them unmanned. The second test, on July 25, was the world’s first underwater atomic explosion; it raised an enormous column of radioactive water that sank nine ships. Further tests, some of them thermonuclear, were conducted from 1954 to 1958, when Bikini, together with Enewetak Atoll, constituted the Pacific Proving Ground of the United States Atomic Energy Commission. In 1956 Bikini was the test site of the first hydrogen bomb dropped by a U.S. airplane.
The atoll suffered serious radioactive contamination from these tests. In 1969 the U.S. government began work on a long-range project to reclaim the land and, ultimately, to repatriate the Bikinian population. Some native islanders began returning to Bikini in the late 1960s, but they had to be moved back to Kili in 1978 when it became clear that radioactivity levels at Bikini were still dangerously high. In 1985, in response to a lawsuit filed by Bikini islanders, the U.S. government agreed to fund a cleanup of the island chain. Work began in 1991, and the first cleanup project was completed in 1998. However, radiation levels were still considered too high to allow resettlement, although they were deemed low enough to permit tourism on the atoll. In 1996 it was opened for scuba diving among the lagoon’s sunken warships, and sport fishing began two years later.
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How to get rid of hair in the bikini area, how to permanently remove hair in the bikini area
The question of eliminating hair in the intimate area is relevant all year round, and not only during the summer. Self-respecting ladies cannot afford such negligence as vegetation on the legs and pubes. Do you want to always look truly amazing? Are you dreaming of getting rid of your bikini hair? In this case, you certainly need to start exterminating unnecessary vegetation on the body.Why get rid of hair in the bikini area:
- Firstly, excessive hair growth in intimate places contributes to the intensive reproduction of pathogenic microbes. And this is not hygienic and dangerous.
- Secondly, 90% of men do not like hair in the intimate area. And their shaved pubes or neat intimate haircuts, on the contrary, attract and beckon. Remember this, ladies, when you go out on a date. It is possible that your man may not be among the 10% of those who are ready to put up with hairs on delicate skin.
- Thirdly, the girls themselves are uncomfortable when they have extra hair. That is why they are trying to get rid of hair in the bikini area. After all, everyone wants to be feminine and tender, like a flower. How can you like a thorn ?!
- Fourthly, it is ugly when you can see the thickets from under the panties. Decide to visit public saunas, swimming pools, beaches in this form – be prepared for the fact that you will be greeted with ridicule and even condemnation.
The “thickets” around the labia and on the pubis are unwanted hair in the bikini area, which should be said goodbye to.Would you like to learn how to get rid of bikini hair? Hair removal and depilation are very popular methods. Almost all procedures for getting rid of hair in the bikini area can be carried out in a comfortable home environment. Many girls cope with this task on their own, while others resort to the help of specialists. It all depends on the method you choose.
It is clear that working with hot wax can be dangerous, as there is a possibility of serious burns.Therefore, if you are determined to get rid of stubble in the bikini area using wax, contact a specialized salon. But going there in the hope that they will shave their bikinis there with the help of a machine is hardly worth it. Anyone can easily do a similar procedure in their bathroom.
If you are interested in photoepilation, you will need the help of experts. This procedure allows you to permanently get rid of hair in the bikini area. Light and heat are involved here. But you should know that the presented procedure is complex: you need to go through at least ten sessions to get the long-awaited result.Photoepilation is carried out strictly in the salons. It is considered painful. After it, it is forbidden to visit solariums and take too hot baths. Compliance with these recommendations helps to avoid skin burns.
How to get rid of stubble in the bikini area using folk remedies
Some girls are ready for anything, if only the struggle for the beauty of intimate places was successful. But not all representatives of the fair half know that you can permanently get rid of hair in the bikini area using green walnuts.The secret of the procedure lies in the unique juice, which is rich in the peel of the nuts. Your task: take the peel of the nuts and squeeze out the juice, and then rub it into the hairline. You need to be aware that the skin can turn bronze brown from this juice. The procedure should be repeated many times until the desired result is obtained.
In addition to juice, you can use chopped peel of nuts and kernels. It is enough to crumble them very finely, mix with a little water and rub the resulting gruel into the bikini area.The experience of courageous girls shows that three weeks of daily rubbing is enough if you want to get rid of hair in the bikini area for a long time.
Another folk remedy is nettle. Its seeds are often used for hair removal. Your task: to prepare a special oil by mixing 50 grams of carefully ground nettle seeds and 100 grams of vegetable oil. This remedy should be infused for two months in a dark place. After filtering, it can be used for its intended purpose.A two-time application of the miracle oil to the bikini area is enough to notice visible results in just a week.
Grapes are used as another depilatory remedy. Your task: take green unripe grapes and squeeze juice out of them. This juice should be used to lubricate problem areas every day. Many girls who have tried it on themselves say that the remedy is really effective. It can be safely applied to even the most sensitive areas. With it, you will definitely forget about unwanted hair in the bikini area.
Practice shows that it is not at all necessary to shave the bikini areas every two or three days; more effective methods can be used. Now you know how to get rid of bikini hair. So use the same proven solutions.
7 styles and directions for a very delicate place
“What technology has come to!” – you will say when you find out that it turns out that such a delicate matter as bikini design has its own styles and directions. Of course, men do not understand this, but women in pursuit of beauty are ready to do anything, even sprinkle themselves with sparkles.By the way, beauty salons also offer this service …
Before we start discussing different styles in bikini design, we emphasize that their presence, like their absence, is the choice of every woman. And whatever this choice is, it has a place to be.
There is nothing wrong with the bikini area having a natural look, that is, not exposed to razors, wax, sugaring and so on. If its owner is satisfied with this, she does not feel restrained or squeezed, why not?
ON PANTS LINE
The simplest and most popular style in bikini design is panty line epilation.This means that hair is removed from anywhere outside the underwear, such as the thighs and lower abdomen.
First, it is fast: it takes no more than 5-10 minutes for the master to remove excess hair in this area. Secondly, such hair removal does not cause severe pain, since all the most sensitive areas are located on the pubis and in the genital area.
Unlike the previous one, this version of the bikini design provides for the removal of excess hair not only along the panties line, but also in the pubic area.In particular, the master steps back from the underwear one or two centimeters from the top and from each side.
This “haircut” is very popular among women, as it lasts relatively short, does not cause severe pain and looks very neat. In addition, many masters do not even ask to take off their panties when performing this bikini design, which is good for many shy young ladies.
The French bikini design is a solution for those who do not want to have extensive vegetation in the pubic and genital area, then they feel uncomfortable completely bald.
This style differs from others in that hair is removed everywhere (except for the area around the anus), but left a little in the middle. The shape of the remaining hair depends entirely on your wishes. It can be either a thin strip or a triangle.
In short, the Brazilian bikini design is all about the removal of all hair from the pubis, genitals and anus. You heard right: one and all! It is after this procedure that you will feel, as they said in the advertisement, smooth and silky.
Meanwhile, this style implies that a woman has a lot of patience, because it is a very painful procedure. Many masters even advise their new clients to apply an anesthetic cream before the procedure to make them more comfortable.
If a strip or triangle on the pubis seems boring to you, all the more you want to surprise your man, why not resort to a real design? Nowadays, masters know how to give the hair in the bikini area incredible shapes.Heart, Christmas tree, balloon, butterfly … As they say, everything for your money.
However, experts advise not to be smart with the design and choose simple shapes, since when working with complex ones, ingrown hairs can form, which will subsequently begin to inflame and pluck.
This is where your imagination can roam! If you want to literally blind your partner, add some polish to your pubis. In the case of a Brazilian bikini design, when there is no hair under the panties at all, ask the master to paint the pattern with sequins.It can be anything from a ladybug to a dragon. The choice is yours!
If you prefer to leave at least a little hair on your pubis, you can also sprinkle glitter on it and thus transform the bikini area, adding extravagance to it.
90,000 Body and action: UAE imposes bikini ban
“Closer to the body!” – called the son of a Turkish citizen Ostap Ibrahimovich in the famous novel. “Away from the body” is the call of the United Arab Emirates today, who no longer intend to endure “shame and disgrace” on the beaches.From now on, no ladies in revealing bikinis and gentlemen in a defiant-looking swimming trunks. The decision of the authorities was published by the local “The National”.
Huge tabloids, which have grown overnight on the coast next to Western hotels, is in a hurry to remind tourists of the need to “respect the norms of morality accepted in society and dress decently, read, modestly. Penalties will be applied to violators. True, foreigners and tourists are still not so noticeable on the beaches “under the cover” of local women in burqas and hijabs, and the beaches themselves have not yet been affected by gender differentiation, and representatives of Western civilization shamelessly express their emotions, from hugs to kisses.But the Muslim majority have already started talking about the fact that such behavior offends their feelings, culture and traditions. Apparently, it is very pleased with the ban on the wearing of provocative beachwear.
“With all my heart I am in favor of banning bikinis, they run counter to our morality, they have no place on our beaches,” Hessa Ahmed, wife and mother of two, told The National. Once she had to hastily retreat from the beach with the children when a couple of either Europeans or Americans lay down in the neighborhood.“She was wearing a bikini and I got the impression that she was about to be topless. I did not have the slightest desire for the children to see this disgrace, ”she added.
The situation, we must admit, is delicate. On the one hand, the Emirates really need foreign tourists and their money, but they cannot discount their own population, which is alien and shy of other cultures. A recent study has shown that sixty percent of UAE citizens tend to believe that foreigners are dismissive of local traditions and values.In December 2012, Twitter campaigned for the immediate introduction of a law requiring people of other faiths to choose more modest beachwear.
A Muslim-dominated state on the Arabian Peninsula, the United Arab Emirates is famous for its billionaire cities like Dubai, shopping centers with artificial slalom and scorching heat of sandy beaches. But representatives of Western civilization are less and less likely to feel like masters on these beaches.The new law, when passed, will prohibit the fair sex from appearing on the beaches in two-piece swimsuits. Men will not be able to wear swimming trunks. This will satisfy the claims of local families, dissatisfied with the fact that foreigners show too much naked body.
It may seem strange that in a country whose population is 81 percent expatriate (of whom 28 percent are from Arab countries and Iran), it has never before set itself the task of protecting local residents from foreign influences that are detrimental in terms of own culture.
On several beaches (Dubai is no exception), there are so-called “women’s” days, established in response to the request of the ladies, addressed to the city authorities and clubs, which are in charge of beach amusement parks along with green spaces and recreation areas. There are beaches, some of which are given to tourists, the other – to local residents, so that both are separate. This was done at the request of the local population and teachers, who said that foreigners are at sea in inappropriate clothing.
The Emirates have in their arsenal other legislative levers of influence on Western tourists, even if they may seem extravagant to them. Each emirate tightens the screws to the best of its conservatism. This applies to both “crime” and punishment. Open expression of feelings is discouraging. You can hold, join hands, but kissing is no, no, they will come up to you and remind you that you are a guest. Obscene expressions, and that words, even gestures, threaten with inevitable punishment: from public censure to a prison sentence or a fine – it all depends on the degree of open manifestation of feelings and emotions.Insulting the feelings of believers (religion does not matter) is considered a grave crime. We do not even recommend poking a finger at a person. What can we say about frankly malicious gestures. Gesturing is a risky thing in the Emirates. Do not notice how you cross the line of what is permissible, so better not even start.
A few words about those who like to take pictures. Innocuous at first glance, this hobby will lead you straight to the judge, especially if you are filming people. Everyone is at risk of paying, but above all, those who have photographs of women and family photos.The penalty is inevitable.
But no innovation will upset foreigners as the ban on drinking alcohol will upset them. The sale and purchase of alcoholic beverages remains the prerogative of local residents. At the same time, Muslims can sell and buy without restrictions, and representatives of other religions require special permission.
Fortunately for tourism, most hoteliers are allowed to sell alcohol, but only to guests. For those who are present in the hotel in a different status, hoteliers have the right to sell alcohol only with a special permit.Drinking hard liquor in public and driving while intoxicated can result in jail time and very heavy fines.
It is unlikely that Puritanism will help attract tourists, but it is also true that the UAE is confidently becoming one of the most popular resorts in the world. To be convinced of this, just look at the rating compiled by MasterCard, in which the Emirates is ranked 9th from the beginning among the best tourist destinations in the world.In 2011, the tourism and hospitality industry brought in $ 4.5 billion to the treasury. In 2012, it was visited by 10 million tourists. Analysts promise a sharp jump in these indicators in the next few years.
How the absence of ladies in bikinis will affect the current forecast, only time will tell. However, judging by what a powerful tourism industry the state has erected (and this is with an ascetic dress code on the beach and a ban on alcohol), this very industry will do great without nudity.
90,000 Skin after laser hair removal. Irritation after depilation
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Consequences of laser hair removal
Skin redness and effective ways to combat them
Almost any method of hair removal can cause discomfort. There are many individual aspects that have a direct impact on how your skin will feel after the procedure.Much depends on the master as well.
Judging by the reviews, many girls are especially worried about irritation after laser hair removal. Let’s take a closer look.
Preparation for laser hair removal
How to save yourself from unnecessary consequences?
Laser hair removal is a complex process that involves treating the skin with a high-frequency light pulse called a laser. There is a list of requirements that must be met before the procedure.For example, you cannot sunbathe before a session. When exposed to sunlight, our skin begins to secrete melanin. If by the time of the procedure there is too much of it, that is, the skin is tanned, then burns are possible. There are many photos and videos on the Internet showing this effect. Also, hair in the treated area is recommended to be removed only with a razor, since some depilation methods can lead to ingrown hairs and the laser hair removal procedure will be ineffective.
If you are sick with the flu, a runny nose or your herpes has worsened, it is better to postpone the procedure until you are fully recovered.Also, the procedure is prohibited for pregnant and lactating women.
Redness and swelling after laser hair removal
How to deal with them?
Slight redness and swelling in the treated area after laser hair removal is normal. The skin experiences some discomfort during the procedure, so it is not surprising that such reactions occur and you should not panic because of them.
If you experience redness and burning sensations, similar to those that occur after intense tanning, then this is also normal.After the procedure, the epilated area should be treated with Bepanten cream – it will not only relieve discomfort, but also accelerate the healing of the skin. Redness normally disappears on the third day.
However, situations were recorded when redness and swelling remained after the agreed period. This also happens, but this is no longer considered the norm. There are several reasons for this:
- You have neglected the tanning rule. Your skin has already received a recent dose of UV rays, so it was simply burned during the procedure.A longer treatment period will be required, but the problem is solvable;
- You have come across an unscrupulous master. A lot in this matter depends on the choice of a professional master and salon. In Moscow, not many clinics have specialists who know how to work correctly with laser devices, but they want this procedure in the assortment, so often the clients are epilated by a layman. Remember that laser hair removal is not a cheap method, so it cannot be inexpensive in any salon;
- You have a hormonal imbalance.Because of it, it is possible that excessive hair growth was observed in one area or another. See your endocrinologist.
The skin after laser hair removal, if you did everything correctly and chose a good clinic, very quickly returns to normal. Slight redness cannot be compared to profuse irritation, for example, when waxing or shugaring. And the ability to get rid of unwanted hair forever is worth any sacrifice. Remember that proper preparation and adherence to all the rules is the most important thing.
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90,000 Anna Sedokova showed a steel press in a sparkling bikini
Mother of many children arranged a bold photo shoot in Miami
38-year-old Anna Sedokova got married for the third time last fall.The singer’s chosen one was 29-year-old basketball player Janis Timma. Earlier it became known that the athlete moved to the American club Orlando Magic, and for a while the lovers had to leave.
Anna supports her husband in everything and cheers for his success in his career. Despite the distance, the artist believes that only happiness lies ahead of their union. According to the ex-soloist of “VIA Gra”, she and Janis have gone through a lot and are not going to stop in achieving common goals.
So, on Instagram, Sedokova turned to her followers and urged everyone who is now in a difficult situation not to give up and not give up.The singer, like no one knows what every victory in life and on stage is worth, because she has repeatedly faced criticism and hate.
“You need to believe in yourself. Even when the whole world is against. Even when there is no strength. Those who failed will always try to stop you in order to be right. Those who could always be too busy to discuss your path. Believe and Act ”
Anna decided to accompany her motivational message with a rather hot shot.She showed the result of a candid photo session, which she arranged at the picturesque cliffs on the coast in Miami.
The singer of the hit “Shantaram” tried on a tight black bikini that accentuated her spectacular breasts and hips. Anna boasted a steel abs and slender legs, and decided to complement the sexy outfit with sparkling chains. Sedokova tucked her hair into a low ponytail, and in sensual makeup focused on plump lips.
“Gorgeous figure”, “What a hot beauty”, “Gorgeous girl”, “Anechka, you are simply gorgeous.The dream of all men. Over the years, you only become more attractive and sexier, “- admired the beauty of the singer her fans.