I am a waxing/sugaring kind of gal, but it is an expensive habit, and especially in the summer when my legs and armpits are exposed, meaning I can’t have as many hairy stints as I’d like, I do succumb to the need for shaving. THEN, I feel totally guilty and gross because I’ve most likely just dry shaved in a hurry before I leave the house and am left with blotchy red bumps. If you find yourself with irritated post-shaving skin, here are 11 ways to get rid of razor burn
- Moisturizing shaving cream – well, duh, it’s designed specifically to prevent or reduce razor burn from the get go. Aloe vera, shea butter, or vitamin E infused shaving creams could be your legs’ new best friend.
- Fresh aloe – for more than just sunburns, aloe will soothe almost any skin irritation. Fresh is preferred, but aloe vera creams should work just as well.
3. Salicylic acid – a common ingredient in acne treatments, this substance will help soothe the skin and reduce redness and bumps.
4. Witch hazel – also really good for cleaning out your pores, you can apply directly or pour a cup into a warm bath. Cheap and effective, especially when paired with a good lotion.
5. Cleanse before shaving – a good idea for anyone who often gets razor burn, prep your skin before shaving. Exfoliate gently to remove excess skin cells, dirt, and oils to minimize irritation and cuts from shaving.
6. Hydrocortisone cream – also good for itchy mosquito bites, apply a thin layer a few times a day.
7. Female aftershave – did not know that this product existed, or more so that there was aftershave specifically targeted towards women, but there you have it.
8. Tea tree oil – THIS I REPEAT UNDER DURESS. Tea tree oil products personally makes my skin burn with the wrath of a thousand suns, but many people find tea tree oil helpful for eczema, acne, and a variety of skin irritations, including razor burn.
9. Apple cider vinegar – dilute with water, oil, or lotion to avoid the strong smell and possible burning sensation (really selling it, aren’t I?) – although it has those downsides, this method works very well.
10. Hot or cold compress – either will work, try both to see which one works best for you.
11. Honey – with it’s antibacterial properties, honey kills the bacteria that causes the red bumps from razor burn. Apply and let sit for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off, or look for lotions with honey as an ingredient.
Hopefully these tips will help the next time you need to soothe the savage skin. Or you could always just grow your hair out and let imaginary gnomes frolic in your legs’ enchanted forest (which is what I like to imagine is happening during my winter waxing wait).