Every one of us must have had one. The uncle…
Faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but a nick with a razor is enough to put him out of commission for months. We’re all capable of doing some pretty heroic things: people have prevented muggings, rescued others from burning buildings, and even filed complaints against AT and T, but razor burns can really hurt. Besides, no one looks really cool with a piece of tissue stuck to his face to stop bleeding. Fortunately, essential oils are a natural and soothing way to combat razor burn. Here are some of the best ingredients for soothing freshly shaved skin.
Lavender oil is one of the most multitasking oils of all. Not only is it antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory, but it’s also great for soothing razor burn. Just rub a few drops between your palms and apply to freshly shaven skin.
German Chamomile Essential Oil
While either Roman or German Chamomile has soothing properties, German is the more effective. Mix a few drops of German Chamomile with coconut oil for some extra concentrated razor burn relief.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Besides having potent anti-aging and anti-scarring properties, frankincense essential oil is one of the best essential oils for calming razor burn and ridding the skin of ingrown hairs. The skin soothing properties help to rid the skin of redness and inflammation, while the antiseptic qualities kill germs that cause ingrown hairs. Apply Frankincense “neat” to the skin, and let the healing begin.
Calendula Essential Oil
Extracted from the legendary calendar flower, this essential oil possesses both skins soothing and antiseptic properties to help quell painful razor burn irritation. Mix four to eight drops of calendula oil in three ounces of a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil and apply to the affected area.
Peppermint Essential Oil
This mentholated essential oil provides cooling relief from the sting of razor burn. Simply mix three drops of the peppermint oil with filtered water and store in a small 2-ounce spray bottle to spritz away razor burn.
Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium oil is known to have a balancing and cleansing effect on the skin, which nourishes dehydrated, dull skin and soothes irritation making it ideal for treating razor burns. Combine five drops of geranium essential oil in two ounces of avocado oil and smooth into razor burned area for instant relief.
Tea Tree Essential Oil
With its antiseptic, cleansing, soothing, and disinfecting properties, tea tree oil is one of the best of its kind for soothing razor burn. Not only does it calm the sting of razor burn, it keeps the skin free of germs that can aggravate it further. Prepare tea tree oil for application by mixing seven drops of it in four ounces of jojoba oil and massaging it into the razor burned area.
What do you do to soothe razor burn? What’s your favorite essential oil for fast cooling relief? Let us know!