There's nothing that says summer like a warm breeze, kids laughing, waves crashing, and razor burn. Wait... razor burn? Yes, sadly when it comes to summer, shaving is a common practice and along with it comes razor burn. Not only does razor burn hurt, but without proper treatment it can end up leaving unsightly bumps. UGH.
Today, I'm showing you how to deal with this common summer beauty woe.
If you want to prevent razor burn from happening or to treat existing razor burn, keep on reading! I'll explain how to prevent razor burn and what's good for razor burn if you do end up with some.
How to Prevent Razor Burn:
Before I discuss the remedies that will treat razor burn, I think it's important that we talk a little bit about prevention. In fact, understanding how to properly shave is a key factor to prevent razor burn.
Here's a rundown of proper shaving technique:
- Exfoliate your skin prior to shaving to prevent ingrown hairs from growing
- Always make sure to apply shaving cream or soap before you shave -- do not shave dry or with just water!
- Shave in the direction that your hair is growing (shaving the opposite way can give you a closer shave, but it can also cause razor burn, so if you're prone to razor burn, try shaving with the hair direction only)
- Make sure to not pull at your skin tightly when shaving
- Regularly change your razor or blades, a dull blade is more dangerous than a sharp one and a razor or blade that is clogged with dirt won't shave well
- If all else fails, try using an electric razor or different hair removal method -- such as hair removal cream or waxing. A different method might work better for your skin
How to Treat Razor Burn - Razor Burn Remedies:
If you're wondering what's good for razor burn, here are some tried and tested remedies to help get rid of razor burn or at the very least improve its appearance:
Aloe vera has always been a go-to natural remedy for razor burn because of its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Plus it has a cooling effect and since it's hydrating it soothes and helps heal various inflammations and infections. By applying aloe vera to the affected area, you'll help calm the redness and get rid of your razor burn in no time!
To prevent razor burn from forming or worsening, try immediately applying a cold compress to the area you shaved. The role of a cold compress is to soothe the burned area and help reduce the inflammation and and redness.
Tip: When the burned area starts to itch, instead of immediately scratching it (which can make it worse), dab it with a cold compress or some ice cubes in a small towel, or a wash cloth that's been dipped in cold water. This will soothe the itch AND help stop the burn from looking worse.
Essential oils such as lavender or tea tree oil are also useful when it comes to healing razor burn. Tea tree oil is especially suggested because it contains antibacterial and antiseptic agents that can give an immediate healing effect. However, make sure to massage the oil into the area for couple minutes and then immediately wash it off with lukewarm water and a mild cleanser. Essential oils are strong when undiluted and you don't want to further irritate your skin.
Women's After Shave Balm/Lotion
After shave lotions or balms are specifically designed to cure razor burn and to take care of the skin after you've shaven. They're great products to have in your medicine cabinet just in case. Bikini Zone is a popular after-shave balm that has great reviews all over the internet and can be used on any part of the body you shave, not just the bikini area.
How do you get rid of razor burn?
We hope these tips help you out! Have you ever had razor burn before? What are your razor burn remedies? Let us know in the comments below!