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 lather on your gel.
Ouch! Shaving cuts 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. Try these at-home remedies that work just as well, but cost a lot less.
9 Homemade Fixes
According to a report in Huffington Post, the average woman will spend 72 days of her lifetime shaving and men are at a whopping 125 days.
We spend literal months of our lives razor-in-hand, and even if you enjoy the process (that same article ranked shaving as the worst beauty ritual), cuts are painful. When the blade strikes, try these remedies for a quick fix. Remember to always wash the cut first to get rid of any potential bugs or germs.
- Vitamin E. Vitamin E Apply several times a day if you can. Vitamin E is loaded with powerful antioxidants, moisturizes and soothes, and has
- Ice. If you're using ice, you want to apply it right away to the cut or nick. It will help stop the bleeding by shrinking the blood vessels and encouraging clotting.
- Lip balm. Lip balms that contain any type of wax, including bee’s wax, will help stop the bleeding by adding a physical protection layer. It also helps seal the cut to protect it from contamination.
- Green Tea. Use a cool green tea bag to stop the bleeding, soothe the irritated area, and add powerful healing antioxidants.
- Moisturizing lotion: The right moisturizer can also help keep your skin moist so it will heal more quickly. Our Coconut Body Oil is great for soothing shaving nicks and loaded with herbs that can be cleansing and protective for the cuts.
- Eye drops. Apply this immediately. Eye drops are made to constrict blood vessels quickly so using them on little shaving nicks is a great way to stop the bleeding quickly. Eye drops made for redness are especially helpful for the irritation left behind after the bleeding stops.
- 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 a soothing mask. You can make 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 consistent paste, 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 with the same amount 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.