The worst part of shaving is no doubt, the razor burn. Nothing kills the look of smooth skin like redness and bumps, but it seems that no matter how hard we try, razor burn continues to persist.
You may have tried a number of products to no avail, but luckily there are some natural items, some of which you may already have around your home, that can help banish those unwanted bumps.
As expected, to avoid razor burn, you’ll want a fresh and sharp razor blade. Important steps to take before shaving included washing the skin and exfoliating. But if you still experience razor burn, you’re going to want to know the best post-shaving care.
Next time you’ve got some pesky razor burn, try these seven natural remedies that can help smooth your skin and reduce redness.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
In addition to going into your salads, apple cider vinegar can treat razor burn as well. Because it is an anti-inflammatory, it helps to soothe your skin while reducing inflammation and itching. Just dip a cotton ball into the vinegar and apply directly to skin.
2. Witch Hazel
A popular at-home remedy, witch hazel is an anti-inflammatory that comes from the witch hazel shrub. It can help reduce swelling, repair broken skin, and help fight bacteria. Apply it directly to your razor burn to improve healing.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is useful for soothing more than just sunburns. You can use a leaf or a packaged gel and apply directly to your skin, which will help reduce itchiness as well as inflammation.
4. Black Tea
Whip out those tea bags! Black tea contains chemicals called tannins that naturally work to reduce inflammation in the skin. Livestrong recommends buying cheap tea bags, moistening them in warm water before applying them to the skin.
5. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can be used for more than just curing infections. Mix some tea tree oil with water and use a cotton ball to apply to the skin. The essential oil is both antibacterial and antimicrobial.
Honey is best known for its antibacterial properties, making it a good choice for razor burn. Apply a thin layer of honey over the skin, and let it sit for five minutes. Wash off with cool water to help reduce irritation.
7. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can help keep the skin moisturized and soothed. It has antifungal and antibacterial properties, making it a good choice for sensitive skin. You can even shave directly using coconut oil instead of shaving cream.
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