A good blade and a shaving gel are not the only products that may help you avoid razor burns. If you shave your face, you should consider applying the shaving product with a brush, which is more effective than applying it just with your fingers. The shaving brush helps lather up your beard and put the shaving cream under each whisker. This assures an even smoother glide of the razor on the skin and reduces the chances of irritation. Also, it makes the whole shaving process quicker as you won’t have to repeat the strokes several times on the same area when your hair is better prepared. If you use the shaving brush, make sure you keep it in a dry place as bacteria thrive in moist places and you might transfer them on your skin while preparing your skin for the next shave.
Apply an Appropriate Shaving Technique
First and foremost, shave with the direction of the hair growth. This will prevent the skin from getting irritated. If you feel the necessity to do a backstroke to achieve a perfectly smooth skin, make sure you apply some extra shaving product to provide a glide to the razor. Rinse the remains of shaving gel or foam with lukewarm water and finish off with a splash of cold water. This will close the pores and reduce the sensation of burning. After you shave the desired area, apply some cooling product, like aloe vera gel.
Choose the Right Clothes and Timing
After you shave your armpits, bikini areas and legs, avoid wearing tight clothes that might cause further irritation. Don’t shave ten minutes before putting on a pair of tight jeans or some underwear made of synthetic fabrics. In general, it’s better for your skin if you choose to wear clothes made of natural fabrics, like cotton. However, if your favourite clothes are made of some materials that can cause skin irritation, avoid wearing them at least 24 hours after shaving. Also, don’t shave just before going to the swimming pool or the beach. Freshly shaved skin is very sensitive and immediate contact with chloride or exposure to the sun can cause a red rash or even inflammation.
How To Get Rid Of A Razor Burn Fast
If you have a very sensitive skin and despite all the prevention you still get razor burns, you need to know how to deal with it. It is especially important if you shave just before an important meeting or any situation when your skin should be in an impeccable condition. Below you will find a list of best remedies that will help you get rid of a razor burn fast.
Each time you finish shaving, you should rinse the treated with cold water to close the pores and reduce the chances of skin irritation. If you still see some signs of a razor burn coming out after that, you can try to apply a cold compress. Take a few ice cubes and wrap them in a clean, cotton cloth. Press the wrapped ice against the affected skin and hold it for 2 minutes. If the irritated area is larger, don’t rub the cloth with ice along the skin. Instead, pat the skin with it.
Alternatively, you can soak a clean towel in very cold water and place it over the affected skin area. If need be, soak it two to three times more as it might get warm quite fast when it comes in touch with the skin.
Due to its soothing and antibacterial properties, honey is a perfect solution for many skin problems, including a razor burn. It reduces the inflammation, soothes the itchiness and reduces the swelling. Additionally, it nourishes and moisturises the skin. Honey can be applied directly to the skin. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. Finish off with cold water for best results.
You can also make a honey and yoghurt mask. Use equal amounts of plain yoghurt and honey and mix the two ingredients. The amount will obviously depend on the size of the skin area affected. If you need the mixture only for your face, one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of yoghurt should be enough. Apply the mixture on the irritated skin and leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water, finishing off with cold water again.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties and helps reduce the itching sensation when used in the treatment of razor burns. If you have normal skin, you can apply apple cider vinegar directly on the irritated skin. However, if your skin is sensitive, mix equal amounts of vinegar and water before the application. Dip a cotton ball in the solution and dab it on the skin affected by a razor burn. Leave it on to dry and rinse off with cold water after a few minutes. You should repeat the process three times a day or until the burning sensation is gone.
Black Tea Bags
Black tea contains tannic acid, which has anti-inflammatory properties and helps reduce the swelling and redness on the skin. Due to the size of the tea bags, this solution is practical only on small areas of irritated skin, but it’s very effective. Soak one or two tea bags in water, take them out and squeeze out the excess of water. Put the tea bags in the refrigerator for 10 minutes so that they are cold when you apply them on the skin. The cooling effect will additionally reduce the redness and the itching sensation. Press the bags gently against the affected skin and leave them on for 10 minutes. Rinse the skin with cold water. Repeat three to four times a day and the symptoms of the razor burn will virtually disappear.
You can use baking soda both before and after shaving due to its versatile properties. If you apply some baking soda on the skin before shaving, you will get a gentle exfoliating effect. If you use it after shaving, baking soda will reduce the inflammation and the redness. All you need to do is put some baking soda in a small bowl and add a little bit of cold water. Mix it and if you don’t get a smooth paste, a bit more water. Once the paste has the consistence of a cream but is not too runny (in which case you just need to add some baking powder), apply it on the skin with your fingers or a cotton ball. Keep it on for three to five minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. For best results, repeat the treatment three times a day.
Oatmeal soothes and gently exfoliates the skin. Just like with baking soda, it might be helpful when used either before or after shaving. Take two tablespoons of finely ground oatmeal and add one tablespoon of honey. Mix it well. You can add a teaspoon of water to achieve the desired consistence. Apply the mixture on the irritated skin and leave it on for half an hour. Rinse it off with lukewarm water and repeat again after a few hours.
Aloe vera doesn’t need any recommendation as a soothing product. It has been used in cosmetics and medicines for centuries. The pulp from this plant brings immediate relief to the skin affected by various types of burns, including those caused by the sun and, obviously, the razors.