When you think about it, taking a razor or sharp object to your most private and sensitive area seems pretty scary. But millions of people turn to hair removal products, specifically for their bikini area. To ensure you don’t end up with cuts, ingrown hairs, burns, or bumps, it’s important to pick the right products to use before, during, and after your shave—which is why we've pulled together the best bikini trimmers.
But first, you’ll need a good shaving cream or gel. “It’s best not to use soap or body wash as most cleansers can be drying,” dermatological nurse and celebrity aesthetician Natalie Aguilar tells Well+Good.
- Natalie Aguilar, celebrity esthetician and dermatological nurse
Using a fresh razor is also incredibly important. “Shave with a clean, new razor so that the sharp blade smoothly and evenly glides over the skin while cutting the hair at the skin’s surface,” says Aguilar. “New, sharp blades tend to magically glide with light pressure. Dull blades can pull and stick to the hair, causing an uneven shave and irritation.”
Dull blades can also lead to you shaving the same spot over and over, along with added pressure, which can result in itchiness, nicks and cuts, and razor bumps.
Generally, you should replace your razor blades about every two weeks. “After one use, blades lose their sharpness and begin to accumulate gunk and hair. Whatever doesn’t rinse off can pose a bacterial and fungal threat to freshly shaven areas,” says Aguilar. “It’s recommended that one should replace their razor/blades every five to eight shaves or every two weeks, whichever comes first. I also recommend cleansing the razor or blade with Hibiclens (the best antimicrobial soap ever) and hot water.”
See the best bikini trimmers and razors below.
Best bikini trimmers
Sleek and chic, this affordable razor is a minimalist’s dream come true. The textured handle provides superior control and the pivoting head helps prevent nicks and cuts. The razor handle is made of recycled plastic and the packaging is recyclable paper. It even comes with a cute little suction for your shower. W+G’s senior commerce editor swears by the Flamingo razor for a smooth shave every single time. Not only that, but she attests that it’ll last you “forever,” noting that she’s had her handle for a few years, and gets a set of blades every two months.
Pros: Sustainable material and packaging, affordable, five blades
Cons: Plain design, Some reviews say blades rust easily and get dull fast
Designed specifically for pubic hair and skin, this razor has an “irritation defense bar,” which means the blades remove hair better while touching the skin less. Dermatologist and gynecologist tested, it also features a “precision trimmer” for extra tricky spots. This is part of an entire collection, which also includes Hair & Skin Softening Oil, a Skin Smoothing Exfoliant, and a Daily Smoothing Serum to reduce itching and ingrowns.
Pros: Fast shipping on Amazon, collection specifically made for bikini area, Handle is weighted for extra control
Cons: Only two blades, refills are expensive
This metal razor is good for you and the planet. The plastic-free shaver has a lifetime warranty, so you’ll save time and money after your initial investment. Made of aerospace-grade aluminum, it comes in eight colors including purple, blue, and coral.
Pros: Replacement blades are less than 10 cents each, lifetime warranty, no plastic, unisex
Cons: Initial investment, different feel to a traditional razor
Made in the U.S., this five-blade razor is nickel-free and contains an “aloe shave soap” ring around the blades for a comfortable, smooth shave. The ergonomic handle makes it easy to hold and it comes in six colors. It also comes with a magnetic shower holder to keep your razor safe and sound. It has over 4.9 stars with over 10,000 reviews. Pair with the Billie Shave Cream, which is vegan, gluten-free, and made without parabens or sulfates.
Pros: Affordable, highly rated
Cons: Some online reviews say the razor and materials are not the same as the “original” version
If a razor isn’t for you, try this waterproof bikini trimmer from Philips. The electric trimmer can provide a smooth look with less cuts and irritation. It’s also easy to clean, and comes with a cleaning brush and pouch for safe keeping.
Pros: Cordless, use wet or dry, great for sensitive skin
Cons: Needs batteries, not a traditional razor, only two settings for hair length
This stunning shaving kit comes with a gorgeous rose gold razor you can use for years and years. The weighted design means you won’t need to constantly shave the same spot again and again, resulting in less irritation and red bumps. It also comes with a pack of 10 refill blades that take up hardly any space at all. Finish your smooth shave with the Oui The People’s The Big Reveal PHA Ingrown Relief Toner.
Pros: Refill blades are small and compact, reusable metal razor, weighted handle for control, gorgeous design
Cons: Expensive, razor needs to be cleaned since it’s reusable
This product is the best of both worlds. It has a trimmer, with an adjustable four-setting comb, as well as a razor, all in one chic device. The waterproof razor and trimmer can be used both in and out of the shower. The razor itself has five blades and is surrounded by a hypoallergenic moisturizing serum for the ultimate comfort during and after shaving.
Pros: Two-in-one, Sharp razor gives close shave, Adjustable trimmer
Cons: Needs a battery, only one colorway, bulkier than some other razors
This adorable pink razor provides a smooth shave, thanks to sharp blades and a flex-grip handle. Reviews say this razor “glides” over skin, resulting in a “bump-free” bikini line. Use in conjunction with the brand’s Smooth Legend Shave Kit, which includes a Pre Shave Scrub, Happy Hairless Shave Butter, and Glazed Donut Shave Oil. A shaving routine is important, says Aguilar. “A hydrating post shave lotion, balm, or gel moisturizer should be applied when you finish,” says Aguilar. “These soothe the skin and often contain ingredients that prevent ingrowns and further irritation. Some of the best post-shave ingredients to look for are aloe vera, chamomile, arnica, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, coconut oil, and tamanu oil.”
Pros: Aesthetically pleasing, silky smooth shave
Cons: Lesser-known brand, no texture on the handle
This only-online personal care brand has a razor that is not only affordable, but very functional. The unisex razor comes with a non-slip silicone handle, and five stainless steel blades. The Razor Kit also comes with a magnetic hook to help your razor dry after your shower, thus preventing rust from forming.
Pros: Affordable, dermatologist-approved, made in the U.S., millennial-founded company
Cons: Reviews cite shipping delays/order issues, not available in stores
This multiple-use device can be used wet or dry, in or out of the shower. Five separate attachment heads mean you can use on both your bikini line and your face without the “ick factor.” It can give you a precise look without causing irritation.
Pros: Multiple attachments for use on different body parts, gives a close groom, easy, painless
Cons: Needs batteries, learning curve, may not work for thicker hair
A first-of-its-kind razor, this cool gadget shaves and keeps skin hydrated and moisturized at the same time. The built-in Olay moisturizer comes out through the blades, and ensures a smooth, soft shave with every use. “The best way to shave is to prep skin,” says Aguilar. “First, soften the skin with warm water, not too hot or too cold. If your hairs are longer, shave in the direction of the hair. If the hairs are shorter, shave in the opposite direction of the hair for a closer shave. Follow with a cool water rinse.”
Pros: Cool, new technology, eliminates need for a separate shaving cream, keeps skin soft and smooth
Cons: Need to buy refills of both the moisturizer and blades, expensive
A water-activated moisture strip helps five sharp blades glide seamlessly on skin. The razor head pivots into hard-to-reach spots and the rubber handle offers a great grip. Great for sensitive skin, these disposable razors are available at an approachable price. Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Katie Ledecky even used these as part of her skin prep for the Olympics.
Pros: Affordable, aloe moisture strip helps hydrate skin as you shave
Cons: Single use plastic
Although this is *technically* marketed as a men’s face and body trimmer, who says guys get to have all the fun? This innovative trimmer features two blades (one for face and one for body) as well as four trimming combs, and a skin guard for sensitive areas. The rechargeable battery provides power and great results for all genders. Rated 4.6 stars with over 55,000 reviews (many from women).
Pros: Rechargeable battery, close shave, great for sensitive skin
Cons: Lots of attachments, expensive
This razor features six high-quality blades at an incredible price. Marketed mainly for men, women rave about the super textured handle that’s also weighted for incredible control. We also love DSC’s Shave Butter and Shave Gel, which feature ingredients like shea butter and grapeseed oil, and are perfect for sensitive skin. “Prior to shaving, products that offer a moisturizing, protective slick glide should be used,” says Aguilar. “Shaving oils, creams, and foams should be generously applied. After shaving, it helps to rinse with cool water as this soothes the skin and tones the pores.”
Pros: Affordable price, six blades is more than most other razors, easy to get recurring deliveries, nice collection of pre/post shave products
Cons: Razor handle isn’t chic or pretty, no other color options
Remember, there are a lot of products specifically designed for this sensitive area. In addition to the razors and trimmers above, we also love the female doctor-designed Shaving Kit from DeoDoc, which includes an Intimate Pre Shave Oil, Intimate Shaving Foam, and Intimate After Shave Balm. Using the right skincare and new, sharp razors will help ensure a bump-free and healthy bikini area.
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