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How to Deal With Razor Burn

Komal Basith

I read your article about dealing with ingrown hair and I was wondering if you had a solution for razor burn. I get these red bumps every time I shave my legs, even though I’m using a shaving foam that’s meant for sensitive skin.

Dr. Kiran Lohia says that the first thing you should do when you turn 30 is stop using foaming face wash because they strip your skin of moisture, and this is essentially true of your shaving foam as well. The ingredients that make it so foamy also dry your skin out, which in turn makes you way more prone to razor burn. Shaving with conditioner is an old beauty trick for a reason – it works. If you leave the conditioner on for a couple of minutes before you shave it’ll soften your hair and your skin, too, making for an easier shave and reduced razor burn. I hope this helps!

Maybe it’s because it’s so cold, but I’ve been getting constant hangnails. They’re torn and sometimes they bleed. It’s not bad enough to see a doctor but it’s driving me crazy. Bandaids aren’t working, so do you have any suggestions?

It’s not your imagination; hangnails are actually a winter thing. They happen when the skin around your nails gets starts drying out and lacking oil, whether it’s from chemicals or washing your hands too often or, you know, it just being dry out (and in). The easiest (and most effective) way to treat them is by using an oil – preferably one that has Vitamin E. Good old fashioned Johnson’s baby oil will do, but I find Bio Oil especially effective for hangnails, so you might want to give it a go.  It’s light, absorbs quickly and you won’t have to deal with any residual greasiness after. Good luck!

What can I do about dry elbows? I’ve tried everything but they’re still itchy, scaly, and bone dry.

You’ve painted a pretty vivid image there! Do you remember a similar question I answered a little while ago that involved putting a moisturizing mask on your feet to make them soft again? There’s a similar solution that works really well for dry elbows. So before going to bed you apply a moisturizing mask all over your elbows and just like you’d lock the moisture in by wearing socks if you were doing this for your feet, you take a pair of old socks, cut the toes off, slide them up your arms and wear them as sort of – nocturnal elbow warmers. Sure, it looks weird as all hell, but it works! If you’re looking for a moisturizing mask, Thalgo’s Hyaluronic Mask is gorgeous, although it’s Ren’s Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask that really has my love. It’s exfoliating and moisturizing at the same time, and you know what those two things are good for? Dry elbows!

Whether you've got a (hopefully not) burning beauty question or just want to say hi, drop me a line here! Have a lovely weekend!

Linda Vojtova for Haper’s Bazaar Brazil January 2012.




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