Razor burn is one of those little annoyances that most of us have to contend with on a daily basis. Despite living in the 21st century with all of those high tech shaving gimmickry available at our disposal, the fact remains that there is no definite reason for getting razor burn (i.e. it can be caused by a lot of things like too sensitive skin, wrong shaving technique, no proper lubrication, blunt razors, and others) and that we must have to deal with it the best way that we can.
Thankfully, there are a lot of cheap, easy, home remedies that we can use especially if we want to get rid of razor burn on the neck fast. Here are some of the tricks that you can try:
1.) Aspirin to Keep the Pain Away
Aspirin, as an anti-inflammatory drug, can help drastically minimize redness and irritation brought about by razor burn. And you don’t even have to take it in! Just put two aspirin tablets into a teaspoon of water and let it sit for some time until the tablets have dissolved. Once the mixture has turned into the consistency of a paste, you can apply it directly onto the affected area. Recommended usage is twice daily.
2.) Milk and Cucumber Mask
Razor burn is often accompanied by razor bumps that are extremely painful to touch. To reduce pain, the soothing properties of cucumber and milk can help tremendously. Simply, mix half a cup of pureed cucumber with one-fourth cup of milk and apply the mixture your neck. Rinse it off after ten to twenty minutes.
3.) Go Natural with Aloe Vera
While there are lots of aloe vera gels available on the market, the real thing is more potent and effective. Its soothing and cooling properties gets rid of inflammation fast, and also reduces itching and redness. To prepare your own aloe vera remedy, just extract the gel off some aloe vera leaves and rub it onto your skin. Once dry, rinse it off with cool water.
4.) Cold Compress to Reduce Inflammation
Sometimes, the simplest remedies can be the most effective. If you don’t have any of the ingredients mentioned on this list, using a homemade cold compress can ease most of the discomfort brought about by razor burn. You can make your own by wrapping ice in a towel, or by soaking a piece of cloth in cold water. You can apply it to the affected area as needed.
5.) Baking Soda to Minimize Razor Burn on Neck
Baking soda has long been known as an effective home remedy against itchiness. Not only does it reduce redness and itch, it also soothes the skin. To use baking soda as a razor burn remedy, you need to mix a tablespoon of it to a cup of water. After mixing, use a cotton ball to soak up some of the solution and then apply it to your neck or any other affected area. For best results, leave the solution to dry for at least three to five minutes.
6.) Baby Powder to Prevent Ingrown Hair
Since razor burns can also result to painful ingrown hair, you can try applying a bit of baby powder to your neck before shaving to prevent rashes and irritation. Apply the powder ten minutes before your shave for maximum effectiveness.
7.) Sugar Scrub with Coconut Oil to Prevent Skin Bumps
Here’s a great recipe for a pre-shave scrub. While coconut oil is good enough on its own, mixing it with other household ingredients can turn its effectivity up a notch. This scrub uses four tablespoons of coconut oil, two to three tablespoons of brown sugar, and a tablespoon of honey. To use, just apply the mixture thinly on your neck and wash it off after a few minutes. This scrub exfoliates the skin (with the rough texture of the sugar) and also conditions it (with the coconut oil) at the same time.
8.) Tea Tree Oil Miracle Remedy
Tea tree oil is great for all kinds of skin problems related to shaving. You can use the oil as is and apply it to your neck directly (some people like to keep the oil in a small bottle sprayer for easy application) or mix it in with your favorite lotion or moisturizer. The tree oil minimizes bumps and rashes that usually come with shaving and waxing.
9.) Strawberry Paste for After-Shave Relief
Mashed strawberries are great for inflammed and itchy skin. Just get half a cup of strawberries, mash them into paste, and add a bit of milk to get a thick pasty mixture. Once done, apply it to the shaved area for a few minutes, and rinse off. Not only does this mixture prevent red bumps and itchiness, it also smells great too.
10.) Oatmeal and Yogurt to Reduce Irritation
Here is another nice pre-shave remedy. Mix half a cup of oatmeal with a half cup of yogurt, then add a few drops of honey. Combine the mixture thoroughly and apply to your neck before shaving.
Other Useful Tips:
Prevention is always better than cure. While most of the remedies above are focused on curing razor burn symptoms (i.e. itchiness, redness, bumps, and irritation), there are a few ways within which you can prevent it from happening altogether.
- As much as possible, wear clothes that are made out breathable material like cotton. Synthetics usually trap sweat and bacteria in, thereby increasing the chance of inflammation.
- Avoid shaving too much. A razor does not only cut hair, it also scrapes of some of your skin too. Make sure to wait at least two to three days before shaving to give your skin a time to heal. This is recommended especially for people with sensitive skin that are prone to irritation and redness.
- Throw away dull, old, razors. Always use sharp ones. Dull razors can’t cut hair effectively, thereby requiring more strokes over the skin to get the job done. This increases your chances of getting cuts and skin irritation.
- Always remember to condition before shaving. Conditioning the hair means that it is softer and more pliable, thereby making it easier to shave. You can also try putting warm watter on the area that you will be shaving to make your skin softer.
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