Shaving is undoubtedly the quickest and easiest way to get your limbs hair-free, especially when we’re spending cooler days covered up and don’t need to commit to more invasive methods (see you in Summer waxing!).
While shaving is super convenient, it does bring with it the risk of unsightly and uncomfortable razor burn, rashes and those little red bumps that signal an in-grown hair is fighting its way through. The risk of razor burn is particularly high in Winter when our legs are often a little drier, and dare I say it, a little more on the scaly side, than we’d like them to be.
Luckily, there are a number of natural remedies you can use at home to prevent razor burn whether it be on your legs, armpits or even your bikini line. Plus, you’ve probably already got some of these ingredients in the cupboard!
Aloe Vera– as a naturally soothing ingredient, aloe vera is great at calming irritation and can be applied directly to the skin without any risk of inflammation.
Black Tea– thanks to the natural tannic acids in black tea, it’s great at soothing the ‘burned’ skin around your razor rash. Simply brew a cup, let it cool and apply it to the area (hint – it also helps to soothe sunburn).
Tea Tree Oil– because it’s a natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agent, tea tree essential oil can help to prevent any infection or flare up in ingrown hairs. Just be sure to dilute it before applying it with a plain moisturiser.
Coconut Oil– as a non-comedogenic ingredient, coconut oil can be used on your skin to nourish any overly dry or irritated areas without the risk of clogging your pores and causing further inflammation.
Baking Soda– when mixed with water, baking soda works well to reduce stinging and redness in your razor burn. Simply apply your mixture with a cotton ball, leave it to dry and gently rinse away any excess powder.
Lavender– the soothing and healing properties of lavender can help to reduce the inflammation surrounding your razor burn and take away some of the redness. You can make your own lavender waters by infusing lavender flowers in warm water and letting it cool.Embed from Getty Images