9 Home Remedies for Shaving Nicks & Cuts
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Most of the time, you’re careful, but then there are those times when things just go wrong. You pushed your disposable razor one use too far. You were in a hurry. You forgot to use a gel, cream, or other moisturizing treatment.
Ouch! Shaving cuts and nicks are messy, painful, and irritating. In some cases, if you’re not careful, they can become infected or leave lasting scars.
You don’t have to buy expensive ointments and creams to treat these little injuries, however. Why not try at-home remedies that work just as well, but cost a lot less?
10 Homemade Fixes
According to a report in Huffington Post, the average woman will spend 72 days of her lifetime shaving—about 1,728 hours. Men, on the other hand, are said to spend about 3,000 hours, or 125 days. What’s more, 35 percent of women said they loathed shaving their legs, and ranked it as the worst beauty ritual ever.
Though shaving may feel like a waste of time, cuts can make it a painful on top of that. When the blade strikes, try these remedies. Always wash the cut first to get rid of any potential bugs or germs.
- Eye drops: Apply this immediately. Try eye drops made to zap redness, or an ice cube, for the same effect.
- Ice: Apply it right away to the cut or nick and it will help stop the bleeding. The cold shrinks the blood vessels and encourage clotting.
- Lip balm: Lip balms that contain any type of wax, including bee’s wax, will help stop the bleeding and help the blood clot, and will also help seal the cut to protect it from contamination.
- Tea bag: Use a cooled tea bag to stop the bleeding and protect with helpful antioxidants.
- Vitamin E: Apply several times a day if you can.
- Moisturizing lotion: The right moisturizing lotion can also help keep your skin moist. Try our Coconut Body Oil.
- Aspirin paste: Dissolve a tablet in a glass of water, then use a cotton ball or Q-tip to apply the solution to the cut. Aspirin will help soothe the pain and encourage healing.
- Try a fruit mask: If you suffered a razor cut or burn that’s still hurting awhile later, try soaking it in a soothing mask. You can your own with two strawberries and one teaspoon of sour cream. It feels best if you chill the ingredients first. Mash the berries in the sour cream until you have a fine past, then leave it on the affected skin for ten minutes or so before rinsing.
- Make your own after-shave lotion: Make your own soothing after-shave lotion by mixing a half-cup of witch hazel with dried comfrey leaves and dried calendula flowers. Let it sit for two weeks, then strain and mix in a quarter cup of the remaining solution with a quarter cup of rose water. Add in a quarter teaspoon of vegetable glycerin, a few drops of lavender essential oil and sandalwood essential oil. Shake well before use.
Do you have tips for treating shaving nicks and cuts? Please share them with our readers!
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Ellie Krupnick, “Average Time Spent Shaving Legs in a Lifetime? 72 Days, New Survey Says,” Huffington Post, April 12, 2013, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/11/average-time-spent-shaving-legs_n_3063127.html.