Freshly shaved legs are nice! The skin feels pleasantly smooth and no hair disturbs the look – this is the ideal case. For many women, however, the result after shaving is very different. The skin burns and itches and red pimples form – a so-called razor burn. This does not look particularly nice and is also very uncomfortable.
What can you do to prevent a razor burn? And what tips help if you already have one? You can find out more and more in this article.
What is a razor burn?
The razor burn is a skin irritation that can occur after shaving. These are tiny skin injuries that catch fire. Typical symptoms are itching or burning, but red spots can also form after shaving.
These symptoms usually go away on their own after a while as soon as the irritated skin has calmed down. However, this can take up to a week. During this time, your patience and special care of the affected skin areas are required.
The razor burn can not only occur on the legs, but also in the bikini area. You can find out exactly what you can do about it in the article below.
This is how you can prevent razor burn
The best way is to prepare your skin well for shaving. All you need to do is keep a few simple things in mind.
1:- The right razor
Use a razor with blades that are sharp and clean. With a blunt blade, you have to put too much pressure on the skin and that irritates it. If the blade is also dirty due to previous use, this can lead to inflammation of the injured skin areas. As a rule, high-quality razors with three blades are the better choice than particularly cheap disposable products.
2:- Preparatory care
Soak your skin with warm water before shaving. This will make the hair smoother and easier to remove afterwards.
3:- Shave properly
Even if you want to go fast, you should avoid a dry shave and prefer to shave wet. It is best to use a shaving gel or shaving cream. Both have a calming effect and also soak the hair.
Alternatively, you can also use soap or a shower gel. However, these products are not specifically designed for shaving. As a result, it could irritate your skin. I manage very well with shower gel, but that doesn’t have to apply to you. Proper shaving also means paying attention to the direction when shaving. You get a smoother result if you go against the growth direction shave. At the same time, this is associated with a higher risk of skin irritation. If you are sensitive to shaving, it’s best to remove the hair in the direction of growth.
4:- Care after shaving
Hair removed? Fine! But that shouldn’t end now. Your skin needs moisture after shaving, so you should apply a body lotion afterwards.
Shave in the genital area
Some women also suffer from red pimples after shaving in the genital area. To avoid this, you can also follow the procedure described above. However, you should be particularly careful when choosing care products because the genital area is very sensitive.
- Used for shaving one intimate washing lotion. It is pH-neutral and also developed for this sensitive zone.
- First shave in the direction of growth to remove most of the hair. Be sure to use your fingers to tighten hard-to-reach areas so that the shaver can slide over it. Then you can shave again against the direction of growth to achieve a smooth result.
- When you have finished shaving, all you need is care. Choose products that are as gentle as possible, for example a pure skin oil or a wound cream. The less chemistry there is, the better!
Your skin does not like being squeezed into tight clothes after shaving and thus being stressed even more. Therefore, if possible, move the shaving to the evening, then your skin can calm down overnight.
What helps against razor burn?
If there is a razor burn, you do not need to despair. There are several ways you can relieve the symptoms and get relief.
The top priority is not to scratch! I know how difficult it is. But scratching just irritates the skin even more.
Instead, stick to the following tips:
If the razor burn is still completely fresh, it helps to cool the affected areas. To do this, take a cold washcloth or wrap ice cubes in a cloth and place them on the skin.
- Baby powder Baby
Powder contains zinc oxide. This substance is good for soothing irritated skin. However, baby powder dries out the skin. Therefore, you should not use it if you suffer from dry skin anyway. In this case, use one of the other tips.
- Honey Honey
Also has an anti-inflammatory and calming effect. Apply it thinly on the affected area and let it soak in for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then carefully wash it off and pat the skin dry.
Chamomile joins home remedies that have a calming effect on the skin. You can use it to make a tea and dab it lukewarm on the irritated areas.
- Aloe Vera
Pure Aloe Vera Gel supports the skin to regenerate itself. It also cools and has an anti-inflammatory effect. When buying a gel, however, make sure that it is really pure. Many products have aloe vera on them, but the actual proportion is small.
If you currently have a razor burn, you should wait for the next shave. Give your skin time to recover and avoid any further irritation if possible. Instead of rubbing them dry after showering, you should dab them carefully with a towel.
Razor burn can be avoided
Shaving is not one of my favorite activities. I would prefer it to be done in no time. But after having to fight a razor burn several times due to my impatience, I prefer to take my time today. Soaking with warm water is especially important for my skin. And the subsequent care has now become a familiar ritual for me. The time invested and the cream applied pay off in the end: the result is beautiful and smooth skin.