A dose of confidence for your next beach trip.
Summertime means swimsuit season, which means you may want to clean up stray hairs that poke out of your bikini line. There are plenty of different hair removal options at your disposal — waxing, sugaring, epilating, even lasering — but good ol' fashioned shaving or trimming is typically the most accessible (and least intimidating!) method.
The best shave really comes down to the tool you're using and how you're using it. The Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab has tested all kinds of hair removers, from waxes to razors, and solicited unbiased feedback from a panel of testers all over the nation to find the best of the best. While we've never tested bikini trimmers specifically, we've rounded up the best picks based on top ratings, vetted by our experts who know everything about body hair removal.
Below, the best bikini trimmers to get the job done but before you get started, top advice from dermatologists and the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab for shaving delicate hairs down there (whether you're planning to take it all off or just clean up the edges).
We've probably all tried shaving delicate areas only to end up with angry, irritated ingrown hairs peeping through. What you may not know is there are some tricks for achieving your smoothest shave possible — and avoiding annoying ingrowns.
"For those with curly hair or who are more prone to ingrown hairs, I recommend trying to use a single razor or a razor with less blades," says Elbuluk. "Also for those who tend to get ingrown hairs, one can use a salicylic acid wash in the area to help with exfoliating the skin prior to shaving."
Don't share your razor or trimmer! They easily spread infections, even between family members. Also, you can keep your blades sharp (and prevent irritation!) by getting fresh blades. "Razors should be replaced regularly to achieve an optimal shave," says Wnek. If you use a razor regularly, try for every two weeks. Trimmers can last longer, but be sure to look at your specific trimmer's recommendations for when to get fresh blades.