I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
I hate shaving. Like, really hate it. I hate that I have to spend my time shaving my legs, pits and vagina while I could be doing other things that probably wouldn’t make me bleed. I hate that my new apartment has a tiny shower stall and no bathtub, making the shaving process that much more uncomfortable. I hate that my skin is sensitive, and one bad swipe could cause razor burn for days.
SO. MUCH. HATE.
I know what you’re thinking: Why doesn’t this lazy bitch just go get waxed? Because of the sensitive skin, that’s why.
My first experience at a waxing salon was at age 17, preparing for a weeklong stay at my extended family’s house in Freemont, California. I wanted to get my bikini area waxed so I didn't have to give it a second though while I relaxed by the pool.
As I sat in the waiting room, I knew to expect pain, but I was not prepared for what was to come. It was complete and utter agony. I think I cried. I’m not sure because I blacked out from the pain.
“Look. See? Much better,” the sadist said, as she put up a mirror to my sore nether-regions.
All I saw were red dots where the hair follicles should have been.
“Don’t worry. Those will clear up by tomorrow.”
I had what looked like a rash all up and down my bikini line the whole time I was in California. It was so embarrassing, I just wanted to die. DIE. (Did I mention I was 17?)
My second waxing defeat was when I was 21. My college boyfriend and I had not seen each other in over a month due to internships in different states, and I wanted to do something special for his visit. Despite my optimism, it wasn't any less painful than the previous experience.
After one look, my boyfriend said, “Your vagina looks angry.”
Ever since, I’ve stuck to shaving, even though it’s not much more enjoyable. As you probably know, razor burn is no joke. I tried everything to get the bumps and irritation to stop, including really expensive skin treatments that did absolutely nothing.
Then, three years ago, I was sunbathing (yeah, yeah, I know) at Rockaway Beach with a friend who told me about Tend Skin.
There are only six ingredients in this ugly blue bottle, one of which is a type of salicylic acid, the stuff that helps clear acne. It will not only fade old scars from ingrown hairs and razor burn, it’ll prevent new irritation, too.
Tend Skin is a revelation! You put it on after every shower, even if you didn’t shave. I even dab it on my razor to disinfect.
For some reason, it’s in the men’s section of drugstores and Sephora, but if guys are willing to put it on their faces, I can put it near my vagina.
It’s seriously the best thing in the world and will make your bikini line look centerfold-perfect.
Do you love Tend Skin, too? If not, how do you prevent bumps and ingrown hairs from ruining your bikini line and your life?