You can either get bottled aloe vera gel or spray or – for best results – use the pulp from aloe vera leaves. Cut the leaf in half and squeeze the pulp out. Apply it on the irritated skin and leave on for half an hour. Rinse it off with cold water and repeat the process until the symptoms are gone. Aloe vera is very gentle to the skin so you can even leave it on overnight if you wish. This will additionally hydrate your skin and provide it with precious nutrients.
The market offers various lotions that can be used to heal the skin when you suffer from a razor burn. Lotions can be incorporated into the regular shaving routine as a means of prevention against razor burns. You can also apply them on the skin whenever a red rash caused by shaving appears. The most gentle lotions are those containing glycolic acid. They promote the healing and soothe the irritation. You can also choose a lotion that contains salicylic acid or alcohol. They have antiseptic properties, but bear in mind that they might dry out the skin with prolonged use and might not be a suitable choice for people with sensitive skin.
Petroleum jelly, like Vaseline, relieves itchiness and pain caused by a razor burn. It also locks the moisture in the skin so it prevents skin dehydration. Vaseline can give you an instant relief when you have a razor burn. Simply apply a thin coat of the product on the affected area and leave it to work its wonders. There is no need to wipe off or rinse off Vaseline. Just let the skin absorb it and apply another coat after two hours or even earlier if you notice that the skin is already dry. Repeat the process until the skin heals completely.
Cucumber has strong healing and moisturising properties. It also works like a natural anti-inflammatory product and contains vitamins C and K which help relieve the pain and the itching sensation. If the skin area affected by a razor burn is small, you can simply cut a few slices of cucumber and put them in the fridge for 30 minutes. Then apply the slices on the skin and leave them on for 20 minutes. For a stronger relief from pain, you can prepare a larger number of slices straight away and swap the used, warm ones for some cold ones after 10 minutes. If you have to treat a larger area, it is more comfortable if you grate one cucumber, cool it down and apply it on the irritated skin. Again, leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and rinse it off with lukewarm or cold water.
Tea Tree Oil
Due to its antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree oil makes a perfect remedy for razor burns. You have to be careful, however, if you have a sensitive skin since pure tea tree oil might be harsh on the skin. That’s why you should dilute it with olive oil or some other gentle essential oil. It’s also a good idea to test the reaction of your skin to tea tree oil in advance, so that you know whether you can incorporate it into your home treatments.
Dilute half a teaspoon of tea tree oil in three tablespoons of olive oil. Mix the ingredients and rub them on your skin irritated by the blades. Leave t on for 15 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. For best results, repeat the treatment three times a day.
Coconut oil is not only very effective when it comes to soothing razor burns, but it’s also very easy to apply on the skin as it usually has creamy consistence. It contains lauric acid that heals burns in no time. Additionally, coconut oil hydrates the skin very well. You can cool down a small amount of coconut oil for better result and apply a thin layer on the affected skin. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash it off with lukewarm water. If you want to leave it on without rinsing it off, it’s even better for your skin, but you need to make sure that your skin doesn’t come in touch with any fabric, as it may leave some stains that are very difficult to remove.
Since aspirin has strong anti-inflammatory properties, you can use it to reduce the redness, swelling and itching sensation on the skin affected by a razor burn. It is relatively easy to use but is more practical on small areas of skin. Take two to three aspirin tablets and crush them between two spoons. Put the powder into a small bowl and add a few drops of water, just enough to turn the aspirin into a paste. Mix it well and add a few more drops of water if need be. Apply this paste on the razor burn and leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water and repeat two to three times a day or until the symptoms are completely gone.