If you're heading to the beach but find yourself with a bad case of razor burn, try using one of these natural ingredients to sooth your skin.
You may think of aspirin as the cure for a headache, but it can also be the solution to unsightly razor bumps. Due to the high salicylic acid content in aspirin, the medication makes a great antidote to razor burn when crushed, mixed with water, and applied directly to the area.
Apple cider vinegar isn’t just for cooking--it can also help heal a razor burn rash. The vinegar will act as a toner to calm the skin, remove excess oil and prevent bacteria from turning the irritation into an infection.
Sea buckthorn has been considered a staple in alternative medicine for years, and for a good reason: the plant helps to heal burns and reduce the appearance of skin rashes over time. To rid your skin of razor bumps, apply the oil sparingly to the affected area.
If you’re short on time, and your razor burn has you reaching for your baggiest pair of trousers, simply reach into your freezer and grab the nearest ice pack. Icing the irritation will reduce redness and temporarily calm inflammation, as well as relieving the sting.
Calendula is one of nature’s solutions to cuts, scrapes, and rashes, so try using the herb’s oil to take the redness out of your burn. Calendula is commonly used to treat eczema and diaper rash due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Dab several drops of calendula oil onto swollen skin, and wait for the herb to work its magic.
Chamomile may be your go-to tea after a stressful day at the office, but it is also an excellent anti-inflammatory herb for your skin. If you have some extra chamomile tea in your kitchen, brew two bags, wait for the batch to cool, and dip cotton pads into the tea for a skin-calming homemade toner.
Witch hazel is known for its astringent properties and its acne-combating powers, but by the same token, it will also keep razor burn at bay by drying the irritated skin. Place a few drops of witch hazel on a cotton swab and administer to the inflamed skin.
Tea tree oil isn’t simply for those who suffer from acne--it can also reduce the discomfort and swelling that result from hair removal nightmares. The oil has historically been used to treat cuts and burns in addition to skin irritation, making it ideal for your razor burn. Simply apply a small amount to a cotton pad and lightly press over the affected area.
Aloe works wonders for just about every skin concern you can think of, and razor burn is one of them. The plant is an astringent and is anti-inflammatory, which makes it perfect for reddened, tender skin. Simply apply aloe vera to the burn to soothe the skin, and your razor burn will fade.
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If you've ever used a razor or hair removal cream, chances are you've had an adverse reaction to the process at least once (or twice -- or always). Razor burn, broken capillaries, and skin irritation can be unpleasant side effects to the pursuit of smooth, hairless skin.
With swimsuit season almost upon us, skin irritation is especially unwelcome, yet the lotions and potions that promise to alleviate redness may not deliver the results you want or expect. When disaster strikes and you're left with an angry hair removal burn, try one of these nine natural solutions to help calm and soothe taxed skin.