How to Soothe Your Legs After Shaving

How to Soothe Your Legs After ShavingShaving is probably the most popular way of getting rid of unwanted hair, but it has its fair share of downsides, including irritation, razor bumps, and ingrown hairs. If your legs get itchy after shaving, you probably want to know how to soothe them. Here are a few tips that may help you out.

Try Aloe or Coconut Oil

When you shave your legs, you strip the skin of its natural oils that provide protection and lock in moisture. Applying aloe vera gel or coconut oil helps restore the skin’s hydro-lipid balance and natural protective barrier. In addition, both of these products have soothing and regenerative properties. If you have dry skin, try coconut oil, while aloe is better for oily skin due to its balancing properties.

Check this out: 8 Amazing Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel for Your Skin and Hair

Use an Ice Pack

If the razor burn (irritation that occurs after shaving) is localized, try holding an ice pack against the area to soothe the pain. Don’t have an ice pack? Take a bag of frozen vegetables and wrap it in a towel, then apply this cold compress to the irritated area.

Make an Aspirin Paste

Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) is a medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. Although it’s not prescribed for topical application, it does help to soothe post-shaving irritation and to prevent ingrown hairs. However, you should avoid topical use of aspirin if you have sensitive skin prone to allergic reactions.

To make a soothing aspirin paste, crush 2-3 uncoated aspirin tablets and mix the resulting powder with some lukewarm water. Apply the paste to your legs and let it sit for about 15 minutes, then rinse your legs and apply moisturizer.

Check this out: How to Prevent Ingrown Hairs After Shaving or Waxing

Wear Loose Clothes Until the Itching Stops

Ideally, you shouldn’t cover your skin immediately after shaving because fabric rubbing against your skin will make itching worse. But what if you have to go somewhere, like, right now? In such a case you should wear loose clothes made from natural, breathable fabrics. In addition to not irritating your skin further, they will protect it from additional sun damage (newly shaved skin is especially vulnerable to UV radiation).

Check this out: 6 Tips for Treating Sunburn Itch

Stay Away from Things That Can Make the Itching Worse

Hot water, chlorinated water, tanning beds, direct sunlight, antibacterial soaps, scrubs, cosmetic products with a high alcohol content, and tight synthetic clothes can aggravate the itching. You should avoid all these things until the itch subsides.

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