Slightly off-topic, but I am a huge natural health advocate. Anything you can do in a natural way, is always the direction I lean towards. Here are a few things I have learned over the years that have helped with razor burn. Razor burn varies per person, but for me it is an immediate burn and itch on my legs for a good while. I got it a lot more when I was younger, so if I can help someone else not have to suffer for the many years I can, I’m happy to.
Cucumber & Yogurt Mask. Blend ½ of a cucumber (peeled) with 1 tablespoon of full-fat Greek yogurt in a food processor or blender. Apply the mixture to the red, irritated skin and let it sit for 15-20 minutes before rinsing with warm water. The cucumber is both hydrating and has anti-inflammatory properties while the yogurt’s fat moisturizes as the lactic acid helps to gently exfoliate the skin.
Tea & Coconut Compress. Steep 1 black tea bag in hot water until thoroughly moist. Remove the tea bag from the water and, over a small bowl, squeeze the water out of the tea bag in order to collect the highly concentrated tea. Stir in 1 teaspoon of coconut water. Use cotton pads to gently press the tea and coconut oil mixture on irritated skin. The black tea, rich in tannic acid, will reduce redness and inflammation while the coconut oil, with its antibacterial and antifungal properties, will help moisturize and heal.
Tea Tree & Olive Oil Balm. Mix 2-3 drops of tea tree oil into 1 tablespoon of olive oil and massage into skin irritated by razor burn. The tea tree oil has antiseptic and antifungal properties (although it can irritate skin when not diluted in another oil) and the olive oil will moisturize.
The only way to maintain that healthy, warm-weather glow is to hit the tanning salon or invest in expensive, high-end bronzers, right? Wrong. Just head to the kitchen pantry! Here’s a thrifty, cruelty-free beauty recipe that calls for only two ingredients and a container to store it in.
- Cocoa or cinnamon powder
- Powdered sugar or baby powder
- An old mineral makeup sifter jar or an old compact
Mix the ingredients together until you’ve reached your desired shade for bronzing. Add more cocoa or cinnamon powder to darken, or add more sugar or baby powder to lighten. If you’re naturally fair-skinned like me, I suggest adding the cocoa or cinnamon powder sparingly, a little at a time. Pour the mixture into the sifter jar or compact, apply using a blush brush, and voilà—you have the look of sun-kissed skin!
Now you can easily maintain your summery, bronzed glow throughout the fall and winter. Bring on sweater weather, bonfires, and apple cider!