How To Prevent and Treat Razor Bumps

At one point or another in our lives we all get razor bumps, which are small irritated bumps that develop on our skin after shaving.  Below are my top tips to prevent razor bumps, but also to treat them.

1. Exfoliate your skin before shaving.  
Exfoliating is basically removing dead skin cells, this is important because it allows for a smoother shaving experience. You can either use a body wash with exfoliating beads, or even a loofah sponge which works the same way. I love using the St. Ives Apricot Scrub, this is meant for the face, but it is a bit to harsh for my sensitive face so I find that it works perfectly for my legs.

2. Purchase a razor that's perfect for you!
Everyone's skin and hair is different, therefore we all shouldn't expect to use the same type of razor. The type of razor you buy should depend on your skin's sensitiveness and your hair's thickness.  I don't recommend disposable razors because the blades get dull easily, so invest in a more expensive razor because in the long run you will not have to purchase blades as often. Also, don't be afraid to purchase a man's razor -- there are more blades which is perfect for those with thicker hair.

3. Use shaving cream (and plenty of it). 
I don't recommend shaving with just soap and water simply because in my opinion there is not enough lather to allow for a smoother application. Shaving cream is the same concept as purchasing razors, there are dozens out there but you want to pick out one that is perfect for your skin.  If you have sensitive skin, you will want to stick with shaving cream that has Aloe Vera, Camomile, or some sort of calming effects to soothe your skin! My favorite is the Aveeno Positively Shave Gel, it is very affordable, a little bit goes a long way, and it helps prevent razor bumps.

4. Rub after-shave gel to the shaved area once you dry off.  
After-shave usually contains rubbing alcohol which will help with any cuts or razor burn.  Typically you can use rubbing alcohol, but it does tend to sting a lot and dry out the skin. One After-shave that I love is the Bikini Zone Anti-Bumps, it has Vitamin E and A which can help moisturize your skin -- although it does state it is for the bikini area, quite frankly this gel can be used anywhere you shave such as legs and underarms.

5. Rub lotion on the shaved area after you've dried off.  
Lotion will alleviate any bumps or cuts therefore any lotion would work fine, but I typically recommend some sort of body butter -- it is usually thicker in consistency which most of the time provides more moisture than regular body lotion

I hope that these tips helped, it's very important to take care of your skin, particularly when you shave in order to avoid any infection or any scaring over time.  Do you have any tips or advice when it comes to preventing and treating razor bumps?

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  1. This is going to be so helpful as the weather starts getting warmer. Thanks for the tips! Doing a fab giveaway on my blog. You should check it out....STILA cosmetics!!

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  2. Always have such good intentions to do all this... But always end up just shaving foam and a razor :(

  3. Great tips! I sometimes suffer from in grown hairs so hopefully this will help :D

  4. Thank you! The exfoliating advice is great.

  5. Great tips! Applying a moisturizer after shaving works wonder for me.


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