With summer come trips to the beach or pool, maybe even a vacay or two with your beau (hopefully involving lots of tropical drinks—we see you, mai tai). Of course, you want to show off your new bikini or killer one-piece swimsuit, but unfortunately, the sight of razor bumps and/or skin irritation could easily cause a wave of self-consciousness. Sorry, ladies, but shaving and/or waxing are necessary evils when it comes to bikini readiness. Fortunately, even if you were born with the most sensitive of skin, these annoying bumps can be treated (and avoided!) just in time for your next beach day.
We've narrowed down a few of our favorite post- and in-shower remedies that zap unsightly bumps and soothe irritated skin all summer long.
Caudalie Gentle Buffing Cream
The key to a good shave (and no razor bumps) is to condition and exfoliate the skin before shaving. To prevent ingrown hair, use a gentle exfoliant like Caudalie's Gentle Buffing Cream to ensure hair gets removed without a trace. The formula is infused with grape-seed oil and acacia honey to nourish and soothe even the most sensitive skin. (Gentle Buffing Cream, $35, Sephora)
Sol de Janeiro "Brazilian 4 Play" Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel
Gel-based shaving creams are always a win when trying to avoid annoying bumps. Typical foam shaving creams tend to leave skin irritated after use, but gel creams really lubricate and soften hair, allowing your razor to easily glide across your skin. We like Sol de Janeiro's "Brazilian 4 Play" Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel, a nourishing blend of cupuaçu butter, coconut oil, and acai that leaves skin feeling nourished and oh so smooth. ("Brazilian 4 Play" Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel, $25, Sephora)
Kiehl's Razor Bump Relief
Made with a soothing blend of capryloyl salicylic acid and botanical extracts derived from willow herb and ginger root, this tingly post-shave formula mildly exfoliates to dial down irritation and minimize the appearance of bumps. A little goes a long way too. Dab a small amount onto a cotton ball and massage over the irritated area. (Razor Bump Relief, $27.50, Kiehls)
Shaveworks the Cool Fix
This killer formula helps release trapped hairs underneath skin while preventing ingrowns from recurring. Razor bumps, razor burn, and skin irritation are quickly zapped, and the product's cool formula provides instant relief. (The Cool Fix, $26, Sephora)
Bliss Ingrown Hair Eliminating Pads
Infused with alpha and beta hydroxy acids, green tea, and soothing oat extract, these convenient pads tackle hair-raising bumps without any sign of irritation. (Ingrown Hair Eliminating Pads, $38, Bliss)