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Summer is here which means clothes that show off our legs. Shaving becomes as must do this time of year. Is there anything worse than getting out of the shower and having razor burn? Depending on what area you’ve been shaving, the pain and itching can be unbearable. The good news is there are easy ways to soothe and prevent razor burn.
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Soothing Razor Burn
Razor burn is when your razor came too close to the skin while shaving. It can cause bumps, itching, and other irritation. If you have these issues, you’re don’t have to suffer. There are simple things you can do to get relief.
Rub the Area with Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a great treatment for razor burn. Not only does it help soothe the skin, but it provides almost immediate relief. If you have aloe plants, break the tip of the plant off and rub the gel on the affected area.
If you’re using store-bought aloe vera, look for a 100% product. You don’t want to use something that’s loaded with other ingredients.
Do not rub aloe vera on extremely sensitive areas around your bikini line or areas that have been cut.
Apply Lotion After Shaving
Applying a good quality lotion after shaving can also help soothe razor burn. You want to avoid lotions that contain alcohol. Instead, reach for a thick body crème that will add moisture. This is also a great time to reach for lotion made for sensitive skin.
Be careful that you don’t get lotion into areas that could be infected from exposure to the product, such as inside the labia. Also, avoid cut areas when applying your lotion.
Avoid Shaving Until Healed
This is the hard part. You want to avoid shaving for a few days until the area is healed.
Continuing to shave the area before it’s healed will only make matters worse. If possible, you also want to avoid deodorant until your underarms are healed.
Preventing Razor Burn
Thankfully, you can prevent razor burn. It does mean taking more time when you shave, but those few extra minutes can make a big difference.
Lather Up and Wait
Choose a good quality shaving gel or cream.
Lather up your legs and allow the product to sit on the skin for roughly 5 minutes. This allows your hair to become softer and easier to shave. This is especially true for areas that have coarser hair, such as the bikini line.
If you have sensitive skin, switch to a cream or gel made for sensitive skin to help prevent irritation.
Use a Good Quality Razor
Stop buying cheap razors!
That pack of disposable razors you picked up for a couple bucks can cause damage to your skin.
You want to opt for a razor that has a flexible head that will go over all your curves easily. You’ll also get a better shave with razors that have the most blades.
When I had a gym membership and would shower there after working out, I preferred the Schick Intuition razors as no shaving cream was needed.
My ecofriendly self wants to do a rechargeable razor. However, I have yet to find one that consistently works well for me at the price point I’m willing to pay.
Take Your Time
Last, but not least, take your time. Don’t try to shave your legs when you’re short on time. When you rush, you’re more apt to apply too much pressure and cut your skin.
Also, you’ll get a better shave if you shave while taking a bath rather than a shower. When you shave your legs while standing, you’re more apt to nick your knees and ankles.
A good shave isn’t impossible. There are ways to prevent razor burn from happening. However, we all go through those times when we rushed and got a burn. The good news is there are ways to get relief that are easy and affordable.