When it’s time to put on that teeny-weeny bikini to hit the beach or pool, you might opt for a bikini-line wax to get rid of unwanted hairs. Waxing removes the hair from the root, and the hair doesn’t grow back as quickly as it does when you shave. But after the deed is done, there might be some leftover wax on your skin. Make sure to give your bikini line a dose of gentle cleaning before slipping into your bikini to make sure there are no traces of wax left on the skin.

Step 1

Wash the bikini area gently with warm water and a clean washcloth to remove as much leftover wax as possible. Scrub gently to avoid irritating the freshly-waxed skin.

Step 2

Saturate a cotton ball with baby oil or mineral oil. Wipe the skin with the oil-soaked cotton ball to remove the remaining wax. Apply more oil to a fresh cotton ball when one becomes filled with wax. Repeat this process until all of the wax has been removed.

Step 3

Wipe the bikini line with a wet washcloth to remove the oil. Pat the area with a soft towel to dry.

Step 4

Dampen a clean cotton ball with hydrogen peroxide or alcohol-free astringent. Dab the cotton ball onto the skin to prevent ingrown hairs and irritation from waxing, and to disinfect the area.