Beauty

3 Dos (And 3 Definite Don’ts) Of Shaving Your Pubic Hair

We’re getting less private about our privates.

By ELLE x Gillette Venus
Let's get one thing out of the way: talking about our pubic hair isn't the most glamorous of conversations.
While we're happy to chat to friends about our Tinder date fails, or our awkward sweat patches after an intense session at the gym, discussing the ins and outs of our pubic hair maintenance routine is, for some reason, a bit of a no-go zone.
But it's time to give our labia majoras a major moment in the spotlight and open up the conversation about our pubic hair upkeep.
A whopping 66 per cent of you use shaving* as your method of choice when it comes to intimate grooming, so we're giving you the tips and tricks to follow to get a smooth (and soothing) shave, every single time.

Do: Prep The Area

Step one when it comes to shaving your pubic hair? Preparation.
If it's been a while between shaves, or if you're trying out a new pubic hair style, make sure you check the length of your hairs before you start.
Hairs longer than six millimetres should be trimmed carefully, with a clean pair of scissors, before you start. Not only will it make the whole process quicker and easier, but it will also save your razor blades from working overtime and can prevent nicks and cuts.

Don’t: Fail To Exfoliate

Just like our faces and the rest of our bodies, sloughing away those dead and dull skin cells is an important step in keeping it looking fresh and healthy.
But there's an added bonus in exfoliating when it comes to shaving: removing dead skin and washing away sebum, dirt and oils that live on the skin's surface can prevent ingrown hairs and razor burn.
Think of it as clearing the path for hairs to come out smoothly, without irritation.
The Venus for Pubic Hair & Skin Skin Smoothing Exfoliant—part of their Pubic Hair and Skin Collection—is designed specifically for your pubic region. It's dermatologist and gynaecologist tested, pH balanced and made without parabens, dyes, fragrances and silicones, so your pubic region is prepped before your shave.
Venus Skin Smoothing Exfoliant for Pubic Hair and Skin, 177mL, $19.99.

Do: Use A Shaving Gel

To give your razor a gentler glide, swap soap for a shaving gel. It's specifically designed to help your razor move more smoothly, plus often contains skin protecting ingredients that can prevent irritation when shaving our more intimate (and sensitive) areas.

Don’t: Use Any Old Razor

It's time to say goodbye to that dull and dusty razor sitting in your shower… and swap to a blade specifically designed for use on pubic skin.
The Venus Razor for Pubic Hair & Skin has a patented Irritation Defence Bar that allows blades to remove the hair while barely touching the skin. Plus the smaller razor head and ergonomic handle makes tackling those tricky, hard-to-reach areas much easier, so there's no need to shower yoga while shaving.
Venus Razor for Pubic Hair & Skin with 2 Blade Refills, $19.99.
For the smoothest results, pull skin taut and shave in the direction that your hair grows, to avoid cuts and ingrown. Let the razor do the work for you and don't apply too much pressure, ensuring you rinse the razor between strokes.

Do: Save Shaving Til Last

To give your thicker pubic hair and its follicle a chance to soften before shaving, save your labia majora maintenance for the very end of your shower or bath. This will significantly reduce the likelihood of any irritation.
And never, ever shave dry, because that is a recipe for razor burn and even cuts.

Don’t: Forget To Moisturise

Once you've smoothed, it's time to soothe, so follow up with a moisturiser to reduce the chances of irritation and dry skin, which can cause itching, As an area prone to sensitivity, it's best to use a fragrance-free lotion or serum.
Some even contain gentle exfoliating ingredients, like lactic acid, that can help prevent ingrown hairs and keep your pubic region smoother for longer.
Discover the new Venus Pubic Hair & Skin range, with everything you need to shave, soothe and smooth your pubic area.
Brought to you by Gillette Venus.
* The findings are the result of an online survey conducted by Nielsen from 5 – 14 November 2019. The national online survey consisted of 600 Australian women aged 16-65 years. Following the completion of interviewing, the data was weighted by age, household income and cities to reflect ABS population estimates.