Shaving at home with a razor is the most common way of hair removal for a majority of women. It’s quick, easy-to-do and painless. But while shaving has its own benefits, it can lead to razor burns and ingrown hair if not done right. This is especially true when you shave your legs because they need more pressure for a close shave and that can cause bumps and redness that are itchy and annoying. Let us tell you how you can get rid of them fast!
- 01. A DIY salt scrub
- 02. Apple cider vinegar
- 03. Tea tree oil
- 04. Cucumber + milk cooling mask
- 05. Oatmeal paste
01. A DIY salt scrub
Salt is a great natural exfoliator for your body, especially when dealing with ingrown hair on the leg. An Epsom salt soak will help slough off dead skin and smooth out the skin texture. Keep a couple of mason jars of Epsom salt soaks in your bathroom and follow up a shaving session with a proper rub down with the same.
02. Apple cider vinegar
The reason why you get razor burns is because of skin inflammation. Apple cider vinegar works as an excellent calming agent to that. Packed with antiseptic properties, dip a cotton ball in an apple cider vinegar and water mixture. Apply it on affected areas and let it dry. Wash off and repeat this few times a day to keep post-shaving irritation and itchiness at bay.
03. Tea tree oil
Much like apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil also comes with its own set of anti-inflammatory properties. Add to it it's rich fatty acid content and antibacterial benefits, you have a pretty soothing recipe on your hands. Mix tea tree oil with olive oil in a ratio of 4:1 and apply on affected areas with a cotton ball. Keep for 15-20 minutes and wash off.
04. Cucumber + milk cooling mask
Cucumber is a well known cooling agent for inflamed and irritated skin. When mixed with the fat and protein contents of milk, you can make yourself a fabulous cooling mask right in your kitchen. Blend some slices of cucumber and milk together, apply all over your leg post-shaving, leave till it dries down and then wash off.
05. Oatmeal paste
Mix equal parts of ground oatmeal and yoghurt in a bowl. The yoghurt's probiotic content combined with oatmeal's anti-inflammatory properties can calm the razor burns under 30 minutes. Add some honey to the mix to give it moisturising benefits as well.
Pro tip: Don't wish to bother with razor burns in the first place? Shave your legs by lathering up with the Pears Naturale Coconut Water Nourishing Bathing Bar first. The soap creates a smooth canvas for a close shave. It will kill the temptation of going over the same patch again and again, thus, minimising the chances of razor burns.