When summer is creeping up on you and it’s time to try out that new bikini -- or you've just decided to beef up your time at the pool -- you'll want to get your bikini line in shape first. Razors are the preferred choice of most women when it comes to hair removal, but if you don't know what you're doing, you can end up with a case of razor burn. Preparing your skin, using the razor correctly and caring for the skin post-shave can help prevent razor burn from creeping up on you in the days following your shave.

Step 1

Trim long bikini-line hairs with a pair of small sharp scissors the day before you plan to shave the bikini line. If it's your first attempt at shaving your bikini line -- or if you haven't shaved in a while -- the hair may be quite lengthy. Trimming the hair down as short as possible with scissors will make shaving easier and less painful, and you'll be able to achieve a closer shave.

Step 2

Apply moisturizer to the bikini line the night before shaving. Choose a moisturizer that contains glycolic acid or alpha-hydroxy acid to soften the hair follicles. Apply additional moisturizer to the area in the morning to reduce friction. Let the moisturizer dry completely onto your skin before you shave.

Step 3

Soak in a hot shower or bath for a minimum of three minutes right before you shave the bikini line. The water should be hot, but not so hot that you burn your skin or find the heat intolerable. Soaking the area in water brings the hair follicle to the surface, helping you to achieve a smoother and closer shave.

Step 4

Dry the bikini line thoroughly with a soft towel after soaking. Wait a few minutes before shaving to give the skin the chance to recuperate.

Step 5

Smooth a thick coat of moisturizing shaving cream or shaving gel onto the area of the bikini line that you want to shave. Wait a minute or two before you begin to shave.

Step 6

Hold a sharp razor in your dominant hand. Be sure that the razor has moisturizing strips and multiple blades to help prevent razor burn. Use your non-dominant hand to pull taut the skin around the area you wish to shave.

Step 7

Run the razor slowly over the bikini line in the opposite direction of the hair growth without applying pressure. If you need to apply pressure, your razor is not sharp enough. Go over each area of skin no more than a couple of times; shaving more can lead to irritation. Apply more shaving cream to the bikini line if necessary while shaving.

Step 8

Rinse the skin well with warm water to remove all of the shaving cream. Pat the area dry with a clean, soft towel.

Step 9

Apply baby oil or witch hazel to the freshly shaved bikini line. Do not use any alcohol-based aftershave products; they will burn the skin, and they may cause irritation.