Best DIY Hacks for Soothing Razor Burn
Shorts, tank tops, cocktail dresses.. Summer is here and it’s no place for uncomfortable and unsightly razor burn.
Try a few of these tried and true home remedies to soothe your skin and feel confident + beautiful this bikini season!
What causes razor burn?
An old razor, not enough shaving cream, or a product that irritates your skin can all cause a form of razor burn. In its simplest, and most common form, razor burn occurs when freshly shaven hair under the skin attempts to grow out and instead curls underneath and pushes up. This causes the bumpy skin and red irritation. People with naturally curly body hair tend to have more frequent bouts of razor burn.
How do I ease razor burn?
1. Aloe Vera
Everyone’s favorite skin-soother is back yet again. Rub a medium amount of aloe vera lotion (or juice from a fresh leaf from the plant if available to you) and let sit for 5-10 minutes. This will remedy the burning sensation and take away the physical bumps.
2. Tea Bags
According to “The World’s Best Kept Beauty Secrets” author, Diane Irons, one can find tannic acids within black tea which reduces inflammation, redness and helps soothe the burning caused by razor burn.
Thrifty Hack: The cheaper tea bags contain MORE tannic acid. Even better!
To use, dampen your black tea bag with warm water and massage over the affected area for 2-3 minutes. You can repeat throughout the day as needed.
3. Essential Oils
Important: NEVER apply essential oils directly to your skin without first diluting.
Dilute your essential oils by adding ¼ cup ice-cold water to 6-8 drops of oil. A few of my favorite scents including chamomile, lavender and calendula. I find that these are the most soothing and are all known for their healing properties.
4. Honey and Vinegar
Mom always said, “You’ll catch more flies with honey than vinegar.”
Honey is known for its antibacterial properties and healing razor burn is no exception. Try covering the irritated area with a light layer or honey and let it sit for 5 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
Follow with apple cider vinegar. Splash the area with a generous amount of vinegar and allow to air dry. Once the bumps subside, you can clean your leg with cool water to remove the vinegar smell.
5. Fresh Fruits
This delicious remedy is simple, natural and tasty. For razor burn on the body try using cucumbers. These power-packed fruits (yes, cucumbers are technically fruits) contain Vitamin K and C which are highly soothing to the skin. Place 1 cucumber in a food processor, blend and dab onto a cotton ball. Rub this onto the affected area and get ready for the natural healing properties.
For razor burn on the face try strawberries and cream! Mash up the strawberries and add 1-2 tbs of fresh yogurt. Apply this mixture to your face, similar to applying a face mask, and let sit for 5 minutes. Wash off with cool water and let the skin decompress for 10 minutes prior to adding lotion, makeup, etc.
Which DIY method do you plan on trying? Do you have additional all-natural remedies? Please share them in the comments below!