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Posted by Cayla Capri
Razor Burn Out
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They may spend the day hiding beneath a tier of tulle, but your legs still need love. This goes double if you plan on busting out a cute cocktail dress come the champagne and chocolate spread. But those who seek silky skin have probably encountered the widespread affliction of razor burn before, and fear its fickle appearances. The problem doesn’t lie in your skin; it lies in the commonly-held misconception that there’s no more to hair removal than hair; razor; no hair. Read on to discover preventions and cures for the bumps, the rashes, and the itchy, burning sensation that ironically accompanies those oh-so desirably smooth gams.
razors
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Your wedding day is no time to be testing out theories on how many uses you can get out of a disposable razor, so buy one brand-spanking new. Remember the mantra: the cleaner, the sharper, the better. (For the record, it’s about two to three.)
One blade will do just fine, thank you: the more blades, the more irritation.
shaving creams
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Ditch the soap and spring for some shaving gel fortified with aloe vera. Cream’s all well and good, but if your skin’s ultra delicate you may want something a little thicker between you and the blade. You might even decide to lather a layer of soap underneath the gel. Also, look for products that specifically boast gentle ingredients, or are marked “for sensitive skin.”
Turn your nose up to any gels/creams that contain detergents or perfumes, no matter how pretty they may smell. When shaving, you reveal a totally new layer of skin to the world, so don’t let harsh chemicals be the first thing you introduce it to.
technique
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Shave with the grain. That’s no typo: when you shave, you alter the direction your pores will take the next patch of hair, so keeping everything uniform will prevent painful ingrowns. If you’re concerned about the level of smoothness, go ahead and shave against the grain until the end, then change your course for those last few strokes.
Stroke, rinse, stroke, rinse, stroke, rinse. Don’t skip a beat- the razor’s constantly collecting hair, gel and dead skin, all of which will dull the blade and consequentially irritate your skin, so clean it obsessively. Tread lightly, please. Putting too much pressure on the razor will anger your skin, which will exact its revenge in the form of an unsightly rash.
Try not to run the blade over a section more than once. For touch-ups, don’t get lazy on your gams: apply more gel.
Warm baths and showers are great places to shave because moisture is key. Hot water will tame any prickly hairs, making them easier to annihilate. Conversely, rinse your legs with cold water afterwards to seal the exposed pores, making them less susceptible to dirt.
Apply a moisturizer with aloe vera and no perfume. This will bring healthy, skin-loving vitamins in contact with your aggravated legs. (Tell your man to do the same: use aloe-based lotions, not alcohol-based aftershaves.)
last minute cures
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Rubbing ice cubes down the length of your leg will soothe the itch and burn, and help reduce any raised, reddened areas.
Witch hazel, aloe vera, tea tree oil and cortisone cream all work to alleviate pain and inflammation.
Don’t scratch, rub or scrub the affected area, as itchy as it may feel. Wear oven mitts if you have to.
If your razor burn has resulted in some bad blemishes, go after them with a regular acne treatment containing benzoyl peroxide. Shaving creams containing benzoyl peroxide are out there, so ask your pharmacist if you’re prone to flaming up.