The upside of a new razor is that you can get your legs (or face if you’re a guy) nice and smooth; I like to call it ‘silky’. The downside is that you can also get razor burn very easily. Anyone who shaves will eventually find themselves using a dull razor and applying just a little more pressure to achieve that silky shave. Oh in the rush of morning how easy it is to forget that you DO NOT press down with a new razor. The agony of the burn and sting instantly reminds you why this is a no-no.
When I first learned to shave my legs it was quite apparent that I had no idea what I was doing by all the tiny pieces of toilet paper bandaging my cuts. But our society considers female leg hair ‘unsightly’, so my options as a teenage girl were to either wear pants all summer or endure having legs that resembled my cat’s scratching post. Given my intolerance for heat, I chose the latter. My shaving technique has improved, but I still get the occasional cut just above the heel. Darn things will continue to bleed all day as I walk around. I’d boycott the laborious effort of shaving altogether but it feels pretty gross rubbing my poky legs together in between shavings.
A quick method to ease any burn, sting or cut is to apply a cold compress to the area. Rinse a clean washcloth in cold water, wring it out slightly and apply to the skin as needed. The cold temperature will ease the pain and help to reduce the inflammation.
Another home remedy for relief can be found in the medicine cabinet in the form of aspirin, which has anti-inflammatory properties.
Razor Burn Relief Recipe
- 2 Aspirin
- Warm water
- Crush the aspirin with the back of a spoon and place in a cup
- Add enough warm water to cover the aspirin, stirring to form a paste
- Apply paste to the razor burn and allow to sit for 10 minutes (If any discomfort occurs, wash the paste off immediately.)
- Wash paste off with lukewarm water
- This can recipe can be used twice a day until the burn is relieved
Happy shaving and remember to use light pressure while doing so.