What do we want? Smooth, silky skin all over our body. When do we want it? Now and forever. What do we want to avoid? Annoying-as-hell razor burn. Luckily, there are a bunch of products designed to prevent and treat it if (OK, when) it happens. Here are seven of our faves.
The 7 Best Products to Prevent (and Treat) Pesky Razor Burn
1. Oui Shave Rose Gold Safety razor
We don’t mean to be shallow, but this razor is, like, so pretty. And Oui’s rose gold razor isn't just aesthetically pleasing: It has a special irritation-free blade, weighted stainless-steel handle and non-aggressive angle designed to glide over the top of the skin for a smooth, nick-free shave without ingrown hairs or razor burn. Score.
2. Thayers Witch Hazel With Aloe Vera
So you didn’t use your fancy rose gold razor and now you have a little razor burn situation. First things first: Apply an antiseptic like witch hazel to help control inflammation. Put some on a cotton round and apply it directly to the bumps to reduce redness and irritation.
3. Lansinoh Hpa Lanolin Minis
After the antiseptic, use this. It’s a little odd, but stay with us. Lanolin is a wax secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals (like sheep), and Lansinoh's lanolin formula is actually nipple cream (for use during breastfeeding). It also happens to be an effective treatment for razor burn, since it soothes the sting and promotes healing.
4. Fur Oil
For a more proactive approach, try this essential oil blend specifically formulated for your bikini line (but—you can use it anywhere you get rashy post-shave). It's a natural and gentle antiseptic, antimicrobial and it reduces inflammation. It's quick-drying and also contains grapeseed, vitamins A and E and jojoba oil to soften and hydrate at the same time. Use it every day for serious skin improvement overall.
5. Flamingo Ingrown Spot Treatment
This dermatologically tested spot treatment tackles pesky ingrowns head-on. It's infused with lactic acid, white willow bark and fruit enzymes to free trapped hair while soothing irritation and redness. When you see an ingrown pop up, dab on this treatment (it dries in 30 seconds) and wait for visible results in less than 24 hours.
6. Bump Attendant Ingrown Eliminating Pads
No seriously—ingrowns are the worst. Try these paraben- and cruelty-free pads between shaving sessions (just be sure to wait at least twelve hours after using your razor). The single-use pads are chock full of salicylic and glycolic acids to gently exfoliate for a bump-free, hair-free body.