How to calm razor burn naturally?

The razor is the fastest and least painful hair removal method available on the market. You don't need a degree in hair science to use it properly! 

And we won't lie to ourselves, this little item has saved our lives quite a few times. But yes, remember the panic you felt just before leaving on your datewhen you realize that your legs are covered with pretty little hairs, or that your beard is not what it was when you left the barber a few days earlier. Nothing serious, but if you don't like to see hair in certain places on your body, you have the right to do so. A quick shave and problem solved!

However, another problem almost inevitably arises in the hours that follow: post-shave irritation! How to calm razor burn naturally? We reveal our best tips to protect and soothe your skin from and soothe your skin from razor burn, in a 100% natural way.

What causes razor burn?

While razors have many advantages (affordability, convenience and ease of use, etc.), there is a common disadvantage to using a razor: irritation from the razor's passage over the skin. These skin irritations are more commonly known as "razor burn" because they cause a sensation of dryness, tightness and burning. It also results in redness, pimples and itching.

The first cause of razor burn is the blades, of course! More precisely, worn, dirty and poor quality blades are the cause of these skin reactions. As you shave, the blade becomes irregular, damaged, less and less sharp, and bacteria take advantage of this to lodge there. And there you have it, a damaged and irritated epidermis...

If you have sensitive skin, it can also promote razor burn. Finally, certain bad shaving habits create a breeding ground for the appearance of these skin manifestations (such as shaving on dry skin, not applying shaving cream, not moisturizing your skin, or never changing the blades of your razor).

If your skin is paying the price after each shave, there are simple steps you can take to prevent these irritations from occurring. There are also many solutions to calm razor burn naturally when irritation has already appeared. Here are our expert tips, valid for both women and men, for the face and the body.

Good to know: how long does razor burn last? Generally, the first irritations appear a few hours after shaving, and can last up to 3 to 4 days.

6 simple steps to prevent razor burn naturally

Hooray, it's possible to minimize the risk of aftershave irritation! We've put together a skincare routine in 6 steps for prevent razor burn in a natural way.

Before diving into this routine, please choose a quality razor with at least 3 blades. The reusable razor UNY is ideal for sensitive skin that is prone to repeated irritation. Its 6 blades offer a smooth and precise shave. With it, there's no need to shave the same area 15 times. And fewer strokes mean less irritation! The blades also have a limited life span. So remember to change your razor regularly if you choose disposable razors (not cool for the planet anyway), or change the blade of your reusable razor every 7 weeks to avoid damaging your skin. Now that we've got the basics down, let's get to that famous anti-irritation routine!

1. Exfoliate

Before you try to calm razor burn naturallyFind out how to prevent irritation 100% naturally. Among all the care your skin needs, the first is exfoliation. This first step allows you to eliminate the dead cells that accumulate on the surface of your epidermis. To do this, use a soft and natural exfoliant. By getting rid of these cells that clog your pores, you will avoid the appearance of future ingrown hairs and prepare your skin for shaving and care. Be careful, one exfoliation per week is more than enough. You don't want to irritate your skin even before shaving!

Our advice Exfoliate your skin 24 to 48 hours before shaving.

2. Clean

You never shave skin that is not clean. So, on the big day, clean your skin with clear and warm water. To do this, use a cleansing gel for the body and/or face that is as natural as possible. Always rinse with warm water to remove all product residue. This will allow your pores to open and your hair to soften. This will make shaving easier and more effective! Keep the area moist, as moistening will allow the razor to glide more easily over your skin.

3. Apply shaving cream

This is the step that many people neglect, but which is essential if you want to avoid razor burn. The application of a natural shaving cream is mandatory! Why? Because it forms a protective barrier between your epidermis and the blades of your razor. UNY cream, for example, has been specially formulated to moisturize, soothe and protect your skin from razor burn. Its smooth, whipped texture transforms shaving into a real moment of pleasure.

Avocado on toast is what shaving cream is to shaving: they are inseparable!

4. Shave, but not just any old way

Shave one area at a time, brushing against the hair. Don't go over the same area several times and don't press too hard. Take your time and don't forget to rinse the blades after each pass to remove any hair that has gotten stuck in them, as well as any cream residue. Don't hesitate to add cream along the way if necessary.

Good to know: space out your shaves as much as possible to allow your skin to recover (keep in mind that shaving remains an aggression for your skin).

5. Rinse with fresh water

Almost there! Once you've finished shaving, rinse the area, but this time with cold water. In addition to getting rid of the cut hair, this step will tighten your pores, essential after shaving.

6. Moisturize

Last but not least, it will help you effectively prevent shaving-related breakouts: moisturizing. We can't stress this enough, but moisturizing your skin as much as possible is essential if you dream of healthy, plump skin. For this, there is nothing like a good natural moisturizer to be applied right after shaving, then in the morning and evening on clean and dry skin. Gentlemen, if you shave your beard, you can also opt for a natural after-shave balm. There is no shortage of these on the men's shaving market.

If you have dry skin, shaving will only make your skin dryer and more irritated. It is essential not to miss this last step, whatever your skin type.

If you're wondering how to avoid burning after shaving, moisturizing is definitely the way to go.

Good to know: for your skin and its health (but also for yours), make sure you select your products carefully. Avoid as much as possible products composed of irritating or allergenic agents (such as alcohol or synthetic perfumes), as well as endocrine disruptors (the most well-known being parabens, alkylphenols and phenoxyethanol).

4 steps to calm razor burn naturally when it's too late

The good news is that it's never too late. As soon as the first signs of irritation appear, you can take action by adopting natural remedies to reduce the symptoms of razor burn.

  • For naturally soothe post-shave irritationdon't skimp on aloe vera. This plant has many benefits, it protects your skin, soothes redness and inflammation. Applying pure aloe vera gel to the shaved area reduces irritation and promotes cell renewal.
  • Honey is known for its antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Applying honey directly to the irritated area will relieve the itching and burning sensation. Leave on for 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
  • Apply a cold, wet towel to the area, or a freshly sliced cucumber. The cold relieves itching and redness.
  • Finally, lavender is an effective natural remedy to fight against razor burn. More specifically, its essential oil promotes healing and reduces inflammation of the skin. Apply a few drops directly to the affected area and leave on. Be careful, the use of essential oils is forbidden if you are pregnant.

You are now able to prevent, but also to heal and to calm razor burn in a natural way. By putting all our advice into practice, you will no longer fear after-shave irritations. For a serene, pleasant and efficient shave, discover all our products shaving products and made in France. And for more hairy advice, follow us on Instagram.


Article written by Manon Antoine.
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