Header image: Viktor Hanacek
Summer is here…well not quite. But very soon the beach will be calling your name. With summer comes the hair removal stress and all the processes it entails. If shaving is how you opt to remove some of or all of your hair, then you’ll want to take note of these remedies below. No one wants to be left with the little itchy red dots that appear after shaving. Luckily you already have many of the ingredients required to make these brilliant at-home razor burn remedies. Word to the wise though, do not continue to shave over the affected area. Allow it to heal before doing so.
Keep scrolling to find the best remedy for razor burns.
Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub
This combination works because coconut oil will soothe the skin whilst the sugar will act as an exfoliant. The dead skin cells can be scraped off but the skin will not become irritated.
How to make it: You will need coconut oil, honey, brown sugar and white sugar. Mix 4 tablespoons of coconut oil with one tablespoon of honey and two tablespoons of both the brown and white sugar. Apply the scrub to the affected area and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Is there anything apple cider vinegar can’t be used for?! Apple cider works for razor burn because it has anti-inflammatory properties and can therefore reduce inflammation and itching. Additionally the apple cider vinegar will aid in preventing infection.
How to make it: You will need a cotton ball and apple cider vinegar. Dab a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply it to the affected area. Let it air dry and then wash it off. Repeat a couple of times throughout the day and over the course of a few days until the razor burns reduce or disappear.
Oatmeal & Yoghurt
Oatmeal works as an anti-inflammatory which will aid in reducing the swelling and the itchiness caused by the razor burns.
How to make it: Mix equal parts of yoghurt and ground oatmeal in a bowl. Add one teaspoon of honey. Apply to the affected area and let the paste dry for approximately 30 minutes. Wash the paste off with warm water and repeat twice more daily for 3 days.
Yes Aspirin can be used for razor burn too. Its properties will help with inflammation and redness.
How to use: Put two aspirins in two teaspoons of water. Let it sit for some time until the Aspirins dissolve and it turns to a paste. Rub the paste onto the affected area and leave for 10 minutes. Remove with warm water.
Cucumber & Milk Puree
Cucumbers are healing power-houses. They contain both anti-inflammatory properties as well as hydrating properties. Their healing powers come from the K and C vitamins that they contain.
How to make it: Peel one cucumber and add it to the blender along with 1/4 cup milk. Allow the puree to cool in the fridge for 10 minutes and then place it on the affected area. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then remove with warm water.
Finally your morning tea bags can have more than one use! Black tea contain tannic acid which helps to reduce inflammation. Therefore it’s great for treating razor burns.
How to use: Place a tea bag in warm water. Allow it to cool by placing the tea bag in the fridge for 10 minutes. Rub the tea bag over the affected area for 2-3 minutes. Repeat as many times as needed throughout the day.
Strawberries have many anti-inflammatory properties that can help with razor burns.
How to make it: Mash a few fresh strawberries with some sour cream or yoghurt until it forms a paste. Apply the paste to the affected area and leave for 20-25 minutes. Remove with warm water and pat-dry.
Olive Oil & Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has antibacterial, anti- inflammatory and antiseptic properties. The olive oil has anti-inflammatory properties. The combination of the two will result in a reduction of inflammation and redness.
How to make it: Mix one tablespoon of olive oil with 5-6 drops of tea tree oil. Use a cotton ball and apply it to the affected area. Allow to sit for 15 minutes and then remove with warm water.
Here’s to a bump free razor burn free summer.
Pin this for later and send it to your friends. Good friends don’t let their friends suffer from razor burn!