We all love the smooth, hairless feel of skin but it comes at a price. Even after using expensive creams, epilators or electric shavers, there is no escape from the bumps, stubble, burns, red spots and dryness. Here, I have compiled a few DIY natural remedies that can help you manage these conditions.
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1. Strawberry paste Strawberries are loaded with Vitamin C and anti-oxidants and consuming them is good for the skin, no doubt - but direct application also creates wonders. Just mash a few strawberries, mix with sour cream to make a thick consistency and smear on skin after shaving. This will hydrate skin and deal with red bumps. And your skin will smell yummy too!
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2. Tea tree oil Native to Australia, this essential oil has many skin healing properties. After hair removal method of your choice ot helps to heal cuts, burns and clear the bumps. Either apply directly on affected area or add few drops to your skin lotion. No wonder it is called the 'skin miracle.'
3. Baby powder Like diaper rashes, baby powder can manage shaving/waxing rashes too. Just sprinkle 10 minutes before shaving and you will see the rashes reduce substantially. Works best in area of ingrown hair.
4. Coconut oil If you are using the pure organic kind, your skin is going to totally love the feel and smell of it. Rub on and allow the skin to soak it in. Helps rid dryness, eczema, razor burns and keratosis pilaris.
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5. Witch hazel It has cooling properties, moisturises dry skin, and manages the red bumps after hair removal.
6. Coconut oil and sugar scrub If you have keratosis pilaris, this yummy scrub will help relieve it. Mix two spoons each of white and brown sugar, four spoons of coconut oil and one spoon of raw, organic honey. Scrub on to the affected area, leave for half an hour and then wash it off.
7. Olive oil Again, this is a great moisturiser and helps to relieve skin dryness.
8. Apple cider vinegar Mix with a little water and use for treating razor burns.
9. Natural yoghurt Rub on to area of bumps or keratosis, twenty minutes before bath.
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Whatever your skin type, whatever method or expensive devices you use, post-hair removal skin irritation is unavoidable. Just a few minutes of TLC will go a long way in keeping your skin soft and healthy.