Exfoliation is the process of removing dead cells from the surface of the skin by scrubbing. Reasons for exfoliating the pubic hair area, also called the bikini area, include preventing ingrown hairs after shaving and preparing the area to be waxed. Tranquility Day Spa of Watertown, Massachusetts recommends exfoliating the bikini area before coming in for a wax. Not only does this leave you clean and fresh for the procedure, it helps the hair come out easier.
Step into a warm shower and clean your pubic area with a gentle soap. Stand under the water for a few minutes to open up the pores.
Apply a dime-sized amount of exfoliating facial cleanser to a loofah or body brush. Blush Skin Care of Austin, Texas recommends using a cleanser with 2 percent salicylic acid. The exfoliants in the cleanser may be microbeads, ground walnut shells, ground apricot kernels or salt.
Scrub your bikini area gently in a circular motion. If you are exfoliating before a wax, wash the entire surface on which hair grows. If you are female, do not exfoliate the inner labia.
Rinse your skin well with warm water and pat it dry with a soft towel.
Do not apply body lotion to the area prior to a wax. If you are exfoliating after shaving or several days after waxing, you can apply a light coat of body lotion if it makes your skin feel more comfortable.