It’s normal for women to have semi-disastrous first encounters when it comes to razor burns and shaving for the first time. This usually takes place when they’re about 13 or 14, and they’ve decided to shave their legs for the first time. What often happens, however, is they don’t prepare their skin for the procedure or use a moisturizer of any kind, causing the amateur dry shaver to leave nicks, random hairy patches, and, to top it all off, a painful razor burn. This kind of burn can be especially annoying for anyone, given the pain it causes, the appearance it has, and the fact that it takes forever to go away. Fortunately, there are several things that can help prevent razor burn entirely, such as an exfoliation prior to shaving.
Others have recommended warming the areas you plan to shave (especially bikini lines) for a few minutes using hot flannel, as it opens the pores and makes shaving easier. Also, any shaving product that helps a razor slide more easily over your skin can help greatly in reducing burns and nicks. Another crucial point to remember is that blunt razors are a non-starter—the blades are, admittedly, costly, but it is worth it to change them on a regular basis, as they’re not worth the trouble they cause when they aren’t sharp. However, if you end up getting razor burn anyway, there are several actions you can take to help treat it, including the following:
When it comes to relieving skin, one of the best ingredients you can hope for is aloe vera, with Victoria Beckham being famous for having aloe vera plants near her always. If she needs it, Beckham breaks a leaf in half before rubbing it on parts of her skin that need soothing. For anyone suffering through razor burn, you can try rubbing an aloe vera leaf on the burn, which should help it fade out more quickly.
If you’re looking for a home remedy that can be used for many different applications, then you should check out Manuka honey. The New Zealand-originated honey allegedly has antibacterial properties, with some hospitals around the globe using high-grade versions to help with healing scars. You can apply some of the raw honey to the affected area for about five minutes before gently wiping it off using warm flannel.
There are some out there who will swear on their mothers regarding the positive effects baking soda can have. If you have a razor burn, you can try forming a paste using baking soda and water and then applying it to the affected area until it dries. You can then wipe the paste away gently using a hot washcloth.
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