Philips BikiniGenie allows me to trim my hair without irritation

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In theory, I like to keep my bikini line hair-free and everything else trimmed. I have tried shaving, waxing, Nair and more. And each time I end up with a deadly razor burn and painful ingrown hairs. I almost gave up and was ready to jump right into my Big Bush era, but then I came across Philips BikiniGenie ($20). It’s a cordless trimmer that gave me the easiest and most painless bikini trim of my life.

Razor bumps and ingrown hairs are fairly common reactions to waxing, especially around areas with sensitive skin. “We’re mammals, and we’re covered in hair follicles,” says Purvisha Patel, MD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Visha Skincare. “Razor bumps usually occur after shaving over the hair follicles. The follicle then has inflammation, irritation, and possibly a micro-infection within it as the hair tries to grow back.”

But just because they are common doesn’t mean they have to happen. “If one hair removal method doesn’t work for your skin, try another,” says Laura Schubert, CEO and co-founder of Fur. “Listen to your skin’s needs and make sure you take the necessary steps to keep it healthy and happy – hair removal doesn’t have to be a painful process.”

With this in mind, I was excited to try a new method. I went in with low expectations and was very surprised at the results with the BikiniGenie.

What it’s like to use Philips BikiniGenie

Philips BikiniGenie uses an electric head to give you a close shave without scratching or irritating your skin. It comes with two heads, a traditional trimmer and a mini epilator, and two guides that allow you to trim without reaching the skin.

You can use it on wet or dry skin, but it should be used in dry conditions. So I decided to use it in the comfort of my bedroom. I laid out a towel, took out my Nyssa VieVission Self-Check Mirror ($65), so I could get an illuminated close-up view, and pulled out the BikiniGenie.

I started with the trimmer head and was amazed at how easy it was to use. This was my first time using an electric shaver and I’m kicking myself for waiting so long. I was a bit nervous when I started, but I quickly realized how much control the razor gave me. I was able to get to all the places I needed to get to with precision. I then went over the areas that I shaved completely with the epilator head to remove anything that I had missed. I ended up using a guide on the trimmer head to shape and trim the areas where I wanted to keep my hair. To finish, I applied the European Wax Center Brightening Ingrown Hair Serum ($40) to hydrate and gently exfoliate my skin.

As much as I loved the process and the results, Will Saying that using the BikiniGenie did not leave my skin feeling baby soft that it would feel after using a manual razor or waxing. But for me, that smoothness would only last a day before razor bumps and ingrown toenails took over. I haven’t shaved in four days and my skin feels great. No irritation and no bumps. It’s safe to say I’m hooked: I will never use any other tool to shave my bikini area.

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