If you are experiencing razor burn, you are not alone. In fact, you would actually be surprised how many others go through the exact same thing. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to eradicate this skin concern.
The skincare everywhere routine is a fool-proof regimen that has been shown to effectively eradicate razor bumps time and time again. But don't take my word for it, in this blog you will see the amazing before and after photos of Bushbalm customers who have followed the Skincare Everywhere Routine.
Keep reading to learn more about the products and steps necessary to get rid of razor bumps for good.
The Routine to Prevent Razor Burn & Bumps Down There
When we think of skincare routines they typically only include steps for your face. The rest of the body and many common skin irritations are typically ignored. Bushbalm™ is an evolving natural skincare product line - specifically, but not limited to targeting areas that are commonly ignored. Think bikini line, underarms, legs, tush, or anywhere else on the body that deserves extra care. When we say skincare everywhere, we literally mean everywhere. On that note, here is our recommended routine.
- Exfoliate to remove dead skin cells
- Soften the skin and hair
- Give the skin a thorough clean
- Trim the hair
- Shave with a sharp razor
- Soothe and treat the skin after shaving
Step 1. Dry Brush
Before showering, gently buff your skin with our Nordic Dry Brush. Dry brushing is a powerful way to exfoliate and detoxify the skin. The Bushbalm™ Nordic Dry Brush is made with firm, natural fibres that gently massage the skin. The Nordic Dry Brush will improve blood circulation, smooth out the appearance of cellulite, increase the skin's ability to take on moisturizers and of course exfoliates the skin.
According to Dr. Aruamala, “dry brushing opens up the pores so the skin can fully ingest whatever you are treating your skin with. The dry brush can be used in conjunction with treatment oils, body washes, exfoliating scrubs and body moisturizers, to make your products more effective.”
We recommend using this product 1-3 times a week (pre-shower) - depending on how sensitive your skin is. Lightly stroke the brush in an upward motion towards your heart.
Step 2. Exfoliating Scrub
An exfoliating scrub will soften the skin and hair as much as possible before hair removal. This will allow the razor to glide over the skin with ease and slice the hair off with little to no resistance.
Bushbalm™ ultra-hydrating sugar scrubs prevent razor bumps by moisturizing & softening your skin before hair removal. If the skin is dry while shaving, then the razor blade will not glide smoothly. Instead, it will tug on the hair and skin which can create micro-abrasions (mini cuts). Similar to if you fall off a bike and skid your knee, you may experience a skid-like rash or "razor bumps" hours after your shave. Our scrubs are packed with nourishing essential oils that will soften the skin, allowing your razor to glide with ease and minimize razor bumps.
Furthermore, Bushbalm™ sugar scrubs prevent razor bumps by removing the dirt, oil and dead skin cells that may clog your pores. If the pore is clogged, the growing hair strand will not be able to break past the skin's surface and instead will become trapped - causing an ingrown hair. Our scrubs give the pores a thorough cleaning so that your hair can grow back normally instead of getting trapped.
Overall, this step ensures that the interaction between the blade, hair, and skin is as seamless as possible. We recommend using one of our exfoliating body scrubs. Each formula includes a gentle mixture of Jojoba Oil, Copaiba Oil and Fractionated Coconut Oil that will coat the hair and nourish the skin in order to create a smooth base for the razor.
Step 3. Cleansing Body Wash
Cleanse the skin before shaving with a pH balanced body wash. It is natural for bacteria, oil, and dirt to accumulate on the surface of the skin throughout the day. A strong body wash will clean the skin and wash away all of the debris that would otherwise seep into freshly opened hair follicles after shaving.
It's best to use a pH balanced daily cleanser is an important step to make sure that no lingering bacteria can infected the irritated hair follicle. One of the most common areas to get an ingrown hair is near the vulva - making a pH balanced body wash a must in your routine. Thus, investing in a pH balanced cleanser is an important step to make sure that no lingering bacteria seeps into the freshly opened hair follicles after hair removal.
Step 4. Trim
The final step before going in with a razor should be trimming. Imagine this: you are getting a haircut, and your barber walks out with just a razor and shaving cream to cut your full head of hair - no clippers, trimmers, or scissors. Would not that be absurd! (unless you are bald, then that is normal - but for the purpose of this analogy pretend you have long locks of hair). Surely it would be a very long and uncomfortable experience for both parties involved. In reality, this would not happen because of the length of the hair.
It seems obvious but this logic is often forgotten when it comes to shaving pubic hair. When pubic hair gets to a certain length, it must be trimmed before going in with a razor.
Trimming before shaving will minimize the tugging on the skin and hair. If the body hair is too long the razor will tug on the skin as opposed to gliding smoothly. When the skin is pulled and tugged too much, the risk of getting nicks and cuts increases. Nics and cuts can be super painful and can get infected, leaving a rash razor bumps in its place. Click here to learn more about how to use an electric trimmer.
Step 5. Shave
Everyone has their own technique and preference when it comes to shaving but we recommend always making sure you: 1) use a moisturizing agent; 2) use a razor with a sharp blade; and 3) shave with the grain.
Shaving on dry skin will cause major skin irritation, including razor burn and ingrown hairs. When the skin lacks moisture, it can become rough. Dragging a razor on a rough surface will aggravate the skin. Using a moisturizing agent (whether it's shaving cream or even conditioner) will allow the razor to glide effortlessly on the skin and minimize tugging.
Use a sharp blade
Your razor should be fresh and sharp. A sharp blade will remove as much hair as possible with minimal strokes. Otherwise, when a razor is dull, it takes more strokes over the same area to remove the unwanted hair. This will irritate the skin and cause micro-abrasions (little cuts) on the surface. It's best to avoid this by replacing your blade every ten shaves.
Shave with the grain!
Move the razor in the same direction that your hair grows. This will minimize tugging and ensure a seamless interaction between blade and skin. Shaving against the grain increases the risk of irritation, nics, and cuts. Click here to learn some key shaving techniques to help you avoid razor bumps.
Admittedly, shaving with the grain will not give you as close of a shave. So, if you insist on shaving against the grain here's what to do: on the first pass only shave in the direction your hair grows (down the leg). After this step shaving against the direction of growth is much safer. Reapply your moisturizing agent and shave against the grain.
Note: If you have sensitive skin we recommend only shaving with the grain.
Step 6. Treat the area
It is necessary to go in with a treatment oil after hair removal. Moisturizing and rehydrating the skin is an essential step in all skincare routines. Products such as exfoliants, razor blades, waxing strips etc., can strip the skin of its natural oils.
The skin is the barrier between the body and the outside world. If the skin is dry, it cracks and the barrier becomes less resistant to bacteria and infection. This is why it’s so important to keep your skin moisturized. When the skin is moisturized, it is more intact and better able to defend against foreign agents
An effective treatment oil will soothe the skin and heal any skin irritations. Bushbalm’s treatment oils are packed with a combination of rich oils that combat dryness and replenish your skin after hair removal. Each formula is infused with Tea Tree Oil - a natural healer with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. This star ingredient provides a soothing sensation to calm redness, swelling, and inflammation.
Note: Just because you do not shave daily does not mean you should not treat the areas you shave on a daily basis. Applying a soothing treatment oil really helps reduce inflammation/irritation and prevent razor bumps from occurring even days after your shave.
Razor Bumps & Burn Explained
Shaving is a convenient and easy way to get rid of unwanted hair, but razor bumps is a common side effect. Razor bumps is the result of an unpleasant interaction between the razor blade, body hair, and skin. The symptoms of razor bumps include; redness, irritation, discomfort, and stinging.
Shaving imposes a constant stress on the skin. There is something called the lipid barrier layer, which keeps moisture in the tissues and controls the entry of external chemicals into the deeper layers of the skin. When shaving you can compromise this layer, which results in dehydrated skin.
When your razor is dull, it takes more strokes to remove your unwanted hair. The 3-4 extra strokes irritate the skin substantially by causing micro-abrasions on the surface. Micro-abrasions are wounds to the top layer of skin that occur when the skin is rubbed aggressively. The abrasions leave the skin vulnerable to infection and irritation - causing the dreaded itchy razor bumps to appear in the most delicate places. Make sure to maintain a sharp razor blade. We recommend switching out your razor blade at least every ten shaves.
Lack of proper cleaning
Throughout the day, dirt and oil accumulate on the surface of our skin. If you remove hair without properly cleaning the area beforehand, you run the risk of infecting the freshly opened hair follicles. This ‘debris’ (for lack of a better word) can seep into your skin causing a red and angry rash to appear in its place.
Dry shaving is the worst! Dryness upon hair removal can leave your skin vulnerable to irritation. When the skin lacks moisture, it can become rough. Dragging a razor on an already rough surface can aggravate the skin and lead to uncomfortable razor bumps. In the spur of the moment, you may be thinking that it is saving you time but it really is not helping!
Wearing tight clothing, especially tight undies, right after hair removal can cause ingrown hairs. If too close to the skin, the fabric will trap the hair that is beginning to grow back and force them to grow sideways.
According to Sarah Welsh, a gynecologist, body hair is a “natural anti-chafe mechanism” that acts as a buffer to protect the skin. When we remove body hair by shaving, the skin loses its protective layer. The skin becomes vulnerable to chafing. Chafing is when the skin becomes raw and irritated from being rubbed by skin, clothing, or other materials. The raw, irritated, and inflamed hair follicles will cause an angry razor rash to appear.
We spoke with a board-certified gynecologist, Dr. Arumala, to understand the effects of wearing tight clothing immediately after hair removal. According to Dr. Arumala, "frequent friction causes dark spots and ingrown hairs. You may notice where your skin touches (i.e. the thighs, underarms etc.) there are dark areas and hyperpigmentation - that is from friction." All in all, it is best to avoid tight clothing after shaving.
We recommend using either: 1) 100% cotton underwear; and or 2) less tight undies. 100% cotton undies are a good alternative to use after hair removal as this material does not bother the skin as much. In addition, looser underwear will minimize friction and irritation.
The Difference Between Razor Bump Oils
Bermuda Dark Spot Oil
The Bermuda Dark Spot Oil is a 100% natural and vegan skincare product that naturally reduces the look of hyperpigmentation and dark spots found anywhere on the body, including hyperpigmentation caused by razor bumps. The Bermuda formula is designed to gently break down melanin that is built up in the skin and even out the skin tone over time. The combination of fractionated coconut carrier oil, lemon essential oil, and rare copaiba oil works to diffuse the appearance of dark spots and blemishes.
Nude Ingrown Hair Oil
The Nude Ingrown Hair Oil is designed to eradicate ingrown hairs and treat razor bumps. The Nude Collection is virtually scentless and is meant to restore your skin’s natural moisture. If you prefer a clean scent, Nude Ingrown Hair Oil is for you. This collection will treat your razor bumps and burn without a lingering scent.
Sweet Escape Ingrown Hair Oil
Similar to Nude Ingrown Hair Oil, Sweet Escape Ingrown Hair Oil will target ingrown hairs and treat razor bumps. The difference between the two lies in the scent and level of hydration. The Sweet Escape Collection is ultra-hydrating and has a soft and sweet aroma of tangerine and vanilla, similar to a creamsicle.
We recommend the Sweet Escape Collection if you are looking for a yummy scent and ultra-hydrating products.
Consistency in your routine is key to prevent and soften razor burn
At the end of the day, you can put a number of amazing products on your skin but without consistency, you won't see the results you're hoping for. In other words, consistency is key for the skincare everywhere routine to effectively eradicate razor bumps.
Aside from eradicating razor bumps, a consistent body care routine can increase your level of well-being and mental health. You read that right. A study conducted by Yangmei Luo and his colleagues found that when humans experience “positive anticipation for a future event”, their overall well-being increases substantially (here’s a link to the study if you want to read more).
So what does this have to do with body care? A body care routine like the skincare everywhere routine can increase the number of things in your life to positively anticipate and in turn improve your overall well-being.
Imagine you have an upcoming event where you need to be in a swimsuit. It’d be hard to focus on how much fun you’ll have when all you can think about is your razor bumps any other totally common skin concerns. On the other hand, if you have a holy grail body care routine that you can count on to keep your skin looking/feeling its best, you can blissfully forget about your skin concerns and enjoy the positive anticipation leading up to the event.
With consistent execution of the skincare everywhere routine, you can get excited to show off your skin, as opposed to dreading it. By inviting more positive anticipation into your life, you will leave yourself open to the possibility of improving your well-being & mental health.
Razor Burn Before & After Photos