January 2, 2008

Ease razor bumps with this terrific cucumber-yoghurt soother


I don’t prefer waxing as a method of hair removal. Undoubtedly, it gives hair-free arms and legs for weeks together, but I find it so painful, cumbersome and messy. The other reason for disliking it is that I have a sensitive skin which tends to break into rashes soon after I wax. Depilatory creams are okay with me, but I usually go for shaving to get rid of that superfluous hair growth. It’s quick, non-messy, and hassle-free; above all it doesn’t hurt. Agreed that the re-growth is faster when compared to waxing, but it doesn’t make the hair grow any darker or thicker. Sometimes, though, there are these problems of getting a few razor bumps as also the chances of getting ingrown hair, but overall it’s a very convenient way to get smooth, hair-free arms and legs in a jiffyshaving legs.

To soothe razor bumps and prevent ingrown hair, I normally slather on a homemade puree made of cucumber and yoghurt, immediately after shaving or whenever I have a minor razor-bump breakout. The cool cucumber’s anti-inflammatory action calms shaving irritation, while the probiotic yoghurt’s lactic acid gently exfoliates the skin to prevent ingrown hair.


The recipe for cucumber-yoghurt soother:

Ingredients:

1 cup yoghurt
½ a cucumber

Method:

cucumberyoghurtBlend cucumber and yoghurt to get a puree. Apply this mixture on hands, legs or whichever area that has been shaved and let it remain for 15 minutes. Then rinse off with cool water.


See also:
Face mask with cucumber and yoghurt




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29 comments:

  1. Saying this post is a life saver is an understatement of the year. I was actually planning on booking a full body wax tomorrow when i read your post. I have ultra sensitive skin so i tend to get rashes all over my body just hours after waxing and being that i wax my face as well, i tend to look like i just got the plague. I always get razor bumps so i thought there was no need for it on my face to stop me looking like a man but i've gotta try this recipe of yours. Maybe after this i'll never have to be subjected to torture. Is it a good idea to use a razor to shave off bum hair and also on my thighs? If you know anything about this or more tips i would be more than grateful to hear them.

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  2. Hi allysia-may, I do use a razor for thigh hair. For my face, I bleach it to conceal any light hair growth.

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  3. Anonymous1:04 PM

    I have had this problem many times.
    Its called razor burn.
    Do NOT put lotion on it!
    It makes it worse,
    You have to wait it out until the bumps are gone,
    and I know this may seem hard,
    but DONT shave until the bumps are all gone!
    Otherwise it will get worse and take longer to go away.
    When they are gone put cream on your legs,
    and before you shave put some conditioner on your legs,
    then after you are out of the shower and dried off,
    put more lotion on your legs.
    One other thing is replace your shaver every 3-4 weeks,
    because it being stump can make it soo much worse!
    I hope I helped!

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  4. Anonymous4:04 PM

    the best things I ve found is camomile tea ginger tea and lemon,try all those and see whats best

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  5. Anonymous8:27 PM

    I'm a fairly hairy normal girl. I'm happy with shaving my body every 3 days in shower during summer. I shave my calves, the top pf my feet, my toes, the upper thigh, from my knee to my hips, and sometimes my buttocks(too much maybe?). i then shave my tummy, including the top half of my pubic hair. Then I finish doing my arms, from hands all the way to my shoulder. I got used to it and it took just 5 minutes.
    I shape my eyebrow by shaving my unibrow, then I use microtouch for my face. Anne

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  6. To heal unsightly razor bumps from shaving, I use DermaRadiant Healing Skin Gel. The soothing alcohol-free after shave treatment works to heal irritated skin and alleviate redness. All-natural ingredients, known for their soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, calm irritated skin and provide immediate relief from razor burn. Perfect for any type of skin irritation, DermaRadiant Healing Skin Gel begins working immediately. The unscented, ultra-moisturizing formula hydrates the skin and helps keep today’s sun exposure from becoming tomorrow’s visible damage.

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  7. I use a really thick hydrating cream meant for diaper rashes or eczema after i shave, and it really helps.

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  8. Anonymous8:52 AM

    Warm, moist compresses applied several times a day. Compresses with white vinegar may be especially effective.
    Lotions containing ingredients such as salicylic acid, oatmeal, hydrocortisone, azulene, allantoin, witch hazel, or the acne medication benzoyl peroxide.
    Tweezing with a clean instrument — disinfected with alcohol — to carefully lift out the ingrown hair. Don't pluck it, because this will only promote deeper growth into the skin.

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  9. Anantkrishna9:22 AM

    alcohol it might sting and become red for a bit but till go away

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  10. Ravindra9:26 AM

    I shaved in the direction of the hair and never against it, i never had a problem again, also apply a cold pack after and exfoliating helps :-)

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  11. Sushant9:37 AM

    exfoliate and moisturize!

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  12. You should use coochy cream.

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  13. Vivek8:52 AM

    Razor burn - Run cold water over it & just let it be. Maybe put some lotion on it too, but nothing too strong. Use shaving cream next time.

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  14. Greeshma9:35 AM

    put a warm wet towel

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  15. Santoshi9:36 AM

    After you get out of the shower, put deodorant down there. The white powder kind(: Then put baby powder there too. I never get razor burn anymore.
    Oh, and wait until your razor burn goes away before you shave again. If you don't, it will just make it worse.

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  16. Anonymous9:36 AM

    Bengay helps

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  17. unknown7:59 AM

    Warm, moist compresses applied several times a day. Compresses with white vinegar may be especially effective.

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  18. Anonymous8:07 AM

    Lotions containing ingredients such as salicylic acid, oatmeal, hydrocortisone, azulene, allantoin, witch hazel, or the acne medication benzoyl peroxide.
    * Tweezing with a clean instrument — disinfected with alcohol — to carefully lift out the ingrown hair. Don't pluck it, because this will only promote deeper growth into the skin.

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  19. Anonymous8:47 AM

    scrubbing your legs really well. A good body wash applied to a loofah and focusing on the areas where you get the bumps. When you shave i HIGHLY recommend a moisturizing cream shave lotion. Not foaming, not lathering. Skintimate makes a good one that's in most drugstores. Also, make sure your razor is sharp- dull razors irritate your skin. Lastly, put on a lightweight, but moisturizing lotion after the shower or before bed (one of my new favorites is Vaseline's sheer infusions). They won't go away right away, so you have to stick with it before you'll see results!
    I also would recommend a depilatory every once in a while. Not weekly or monthly- just whenever. It thins the hair out, and makes it grow slower- so it's a good complement to this routine.

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  20. put baby oil on your legs right after you shave.

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  21. Anonymous11:26 AM

    To reduce the razor burn, keep the area well moisturised...I use Palmers Cocoa Butter morning and night to keep the skin healthy. When you want to shave, have a warm bath to prep the skin and wash any sweat and oils away. Use a gentle body exfoliator on the area you are going to shave and then dry off. Apply your shaving cream and shave...shaving in the direction of your growth will reduce the razor burn but it will leave you spiky. After you've finished, wash the area off again, dry up and apply a liberal amount of your moisturiser. Wash the area again the next morning and if you want to take an extra step, apply some baby powder.

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  22. Andrew9:59 AM

    Diaper rash cream! Works for me

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  23. I use a really thick hydrating cream meant for diaper rashes or eczema after i shave, and it really helps.I usually stick with penaten cream, it looks like this:

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  24. Anonymous9:06 AM

    use a body scrub or sugar and olive oil to smooth it down wash off then put skin protectant on the affected area aloe vera is a good option but just in case it is something more serious you should put on a n anti bacterial skin protectant... goodluck buddy

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  25. Greta9:31 AM

    My cousin gets ingrown hair on his neck and he can squeeze those out. When I get them I use a pin cleaned with alcohol to scrape it out. It doesn't hurt since I'm not digging into my skin much.

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  26. Kavita8:31 AM

    Prevention: Make sure you use lots of Shaving cream, a Razor that has a Fresh blade, and not a lot of pressure while shaving.
    Treating: Lotion, Aloe Vera, and many stores have a mist or something you can put on it.

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  27. Bhavana8:32 AM

    aloe Vera works for me

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  28. Put ice on it. Almost always helps for anything like this. It'll help get the swelling down which is causing the pain.

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  29. It's also a good idea to exfoliate after you shave and once you dry the skin, immediately apply a thick moisturizer. I would also recommend that you try a shaving cream instead of a foam. I always used normal Gillette foam and then I tried Kiehl's shaving cream and my skin was a lot smoother after shaving, I still moisturize afterwards as well but i don't really need to.

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