When it comes to taking care of body hair, shaving is the most often used method of hair removal. While shaving is generally easy, fairly inexpensive and usually safe, it can come with some unwanted side effects. For most people, this means razor bumps and razor burn.
Razor bumps occur in the hair follicles on the body. When you shave, you drag a razor over your skin and cut off hairs at their base. This can aggravate your pores and hair follicles and also cause them to get clogged. Sometimes, they might even bleed, and with most cases of razor bumps, there is always some sort of stinging or pain. Usually the follicles become raised, and it feels like you have goose pimples all over the area you just shaved. Fortunately, there are ways you can take care of razor bumps at home. Just follow these key home remedies for the cure.
1. Cocoa Butter Directly After Shaving
- One of the best moisturizers on the planet is cocoa butter. Cocoa butter this thick and soothing and all natural. It will get rid of those pesky razor bumps.
- Each time you shave, have a container of pure 100 percent organic cocoa butter at the ready.
- Smooth a small amount of the butter in your hands before applying it to make it more of a liquid (at room temperature, cocoa butter is a solid) and smooth it onto the skin to stop those bumps.
2. Don’t Shave as Often
- Many men and women shave too often for their skin to keep up with, and this will definitely cause razor bumps.
- Keep in mind that when you shave, you are literally dragging razors across your skin!
- You should avoid shaving every day, and never shave more than once a day.
3. Be Light With Your Pressure When You Shave
- Another reason that razor bumps often appear is that people tend to push too hard when they shave.
- Try lightening up on your grip. You can still get a good shave with even, gentle pressure.
- Keep in mind that you may not get right down to the skin as well if you use a lighter grip, but you will definitely have less of an issue with razor burn.
4. Soothing Aloe Vera
- Aloe vera treats cuts, scars, scrapes and burns, and it can also help with razor bumps.
- Keep an aloe vera plant in your home. When you have razor bumps, but one of the stalks with scissors or a sharp knife.
- Squeeze out the liquid inside the stalk, and apply it to the skin where you have razor bumps. Leave this gel on until your next shower.
5. Try Warm Compresses
- A simple solution to razor bumps is the use of a warm compress.
- Dampen a clean wash cloth with warm water and have it ready after you shave.
- Press gently with the cloth onto the skin that you shaved to get rid of bumps. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes.
6. Shave In the Same Direction as Hair Growth
- Most people shave in the opposite direction of their hair growth, but this isn’t actually the best idea and can be what may be causing your razor burn.
- Instead of shaving up your legs, for example, shave down your legs.
- You will need to pay attention to which direction your hair grows to do this. For example, on your legs, you may have hair growth in all directions depending on the section of skin.
7. Witch Hazel
- Witch hazel is a great natural antiseptic and natural toner for anywhere on the skin.
- When you have some razor bumps after shaving in the shower or bath, just wet a cotton ball or cotton round with a little bit of witch hazel.
- Dry the area of the skin with the bumps, and run the cotton ball or cotton round over the area for about 1 to 2 minutes. Do not rinse.
8. Change Your Razor
- Dull razors are very often the culprit when it comes to razor bumps. For this reason, make sure that you change your razor at least once every 2 weeks if you shave daily or every other day and once every 4 weeks if you only shave every once in a while.
- In addition, think about getting a new razor with sharper blades if you often experience razor bumps.
- You can even find razors that have moisturizing and conditioning strips right on the head.
9. Make Sure You’re Using a Shaving Cream
- Some people may thing that shaving can be done without the use of a shaving cream, balm or gel, but this is certainly not the case.
- To help the blades of your razor glide better, it is always recommended that you shave with some sort of product that will smooth easily onto the skin and also condition and moisturize the skin.
- You should also use water on the skin when shaving. Shaving dry, even with the use of a cream, gel or balm, is never a good idea and can definitely cause razor bumps.
10. Try Waxing
- Finally, remember that shaving is not the one and only way to get rid of hair on the skin. You might also try waxing.
- You can wax at home by purchasing an at-home kit, or you can make your own wax from sugar.
- If you prefer not to do your own waxing, you can also go to a salon or medical spa to get it done. Waxing pulls out the hairs by the roots so it may actually last longer than shaving as well.
The next time you shave, try to remember the hints and tips mentioned here, or give waxing a try if your up for it! And whenever you encounter razor burn, remember these home remedies to take care of it and leave your skin feeling calm and smooth.
If you have any questions or thoughts, please feel free to comment below. I look forward to hearing from you.