How To Treat (And Even Prevent!) Razor Burn

May 5, 2015 by Izabella Zaydenberg
shefinds | beauty

May might have been slow to the party, but that doesn’t mean I’m any less pumped for this summer. Between all the miniskirts, high-waisted shorts, and sundresses I plan on incorporating into my wardrobe, it’s high time to get a game plan together on how to tackle those pesky hair removal issues. My preferred method for as long as I can remember: definitely a razor (sorry, waxing enthusiasts!)

As someone who’s in a pretty committed relationship with her 5-blade, I’ve become all too familiar with the thrills of razor burn. It’s peculiar if you’re unfamiliar with it: that pesky itchy burning sensation that happens a few minutes after you wick those hairs away is the bane of every shaver’s existence.

Check out my favorite ways to beat the burn (and how to prevent it in the first place).

1. Exfoliate! The main culprit behind razor burn is a dirty razor. Exfoliation helps remove oil and dead skin, which can get stuck on the blade. You can use your favorite loofah or an exfoliating bar to keep the burning at bay (and they’re probably the easiest and cheapest options out there, too). Personally, I’m a huge fan of scrubs, and have been using the & Other Stories Moroccan Tea Body Scrub for well over four months (that little jar is practically bottomless!)

2. Get up close and personal. A close shave not only looks (and feels) better–it’ll also help prevent the burn. Change out your blades often (a dull razor can lead to an uneven shave, which can lead to that itchy feeling.) In addition to a good razor, be sure to invest in a good shaving gel, like the new Completely Bare Moisturizing No-Bump Shave Gel. It helps your razor get the closest shave possible – plus, it prevents bumps and in-grown hairs, too!

3. Don’t irritate the burn. I don’t have to tell you how bad of an idea it is to spray perfume or apply alcohol-based anything on a razor burned area. Also, be sure to avoid wearing tight or restricting clothing immediately following shaving–it’s bound to irritate your skin even further.

4. Soothe, hydrate, repeat. Treat a nasty razor burn with the best multi-tasker in nature: aloe vera. It helps hydrate and soothe your epidermis (plus it feels amazing on stressed out skin.) If you don’t have any aloe vera around, you can just try using a cold compress on the area.

5. Hit up the drugstore. One of the best treatments for razor burn is hydrocortisone cream, which targets the swelling and itching. Apply once a day until the irritation goes away. Sure, it’s not the prettiest remedy, but it works.

What are your favorite ways to beat razor burn?

Be sure to check out how to not ruin a fresh pedicure and the right way to apply eyeshadow.

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