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10 Most Effective Ways To Get Rid Of Razor Bumps

10 Most Effective Ways To Get Rid Of Razor Bumps

Razor bumps are one of the most unsightly and irritable things we could get from shaving. The red and itchy bumps are a result of infected follicles with bacteria and most of the time,  they disrupt our way of life and our daily pursuit for a clean shaven look.

But what if you have the techniques and products that will allow you to shave without the worry of having any razor bumps? And even if you do get them, will you be armed with the remedies to deal with them? This is the day that you’d make razor bumps a thing of the past by checking out our ten most effective ways to get rid of razor bumps.

1. A Hot Shower Before Shaving

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    Cleansing your pores in the shower before shaving will be effective in preventing your follicles from getting infected with bacteria. A hot shower helps to open up pores and also helps to soften the hair and remove any bacteria that clogs the pores. A good cleanser would also help to further cleanse your face and prepare it for a good shave.

    2. Never Use A Dirty or Dull Blade

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      A dull or dirty blade is one of the main recipes for razor bumps. Because of the irregularities of a dull blade, it is able to cut your skin more often than a sharp one will. Blades with rust is a big no-no, and should be discarded immediately. Take good care of your blade to extend the lifespan of it by removing any hair trapped between the blades.

      3. Go With The Flow

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        And that means shaving to the direction your hairs are growing and not going against it. Shaving against the direction your hairs are growing will increase the risk of ingrown hairs as it changes the way it grows back. By using very light pressure, you will able to shave comfortably and effectively as pressure increases the risk of microscopically cutting your skin which causes irritation.

        4. Rinse Face With Cold Water After Shave

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          Rinsing your face with cold water after shaving actually closes your pores and preventing them from getting clogged with bacteria. If you don’t believe us, try looking at your pores in the mirror after a cold rinse down and you will realise that your pores have turned substantially smaller.

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          5. Use A Pre-Shave Oil

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            The good thing about pre-shave oil is that it allows your hair to grow straighter and it moisturizes the skin so that hairs don’t curl and grow inwards causing ingrown hairs but most importantly, it makes your hair grow softer so that it’s easier to shave away.

            6. Use Aloe Vera

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              If you do get razor bumps, one of the most effective ways of getting rid of them is to use Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera has been proven to soothe any kinds of skin irritation and razor bumps are one of them. You can buy Aloe Vera gel from your local pharmacists or if you grow an Aloe Vera plant, just snip one leaf off and apply on the bumps directly.

              7. Use Tea Tree Oil

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                Tea Tree Oil is proven to be an anti-bacterial oil that is effective in killing bacteria. However, using pure Tea Tree Oil might be counter-productive and might further irritate the skin as it is very strong. So always dilute it with water or other essential oils such as peppermint when applying it.

                8. Use Hydrocortisone Cream

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                  Hydrocortisone cream has always been the “go-to” cream to help razor bumps. Hydrocortisone is a topical steroid that would help stop the chemicals in our body that causes swelling and inflammation. The cream helps reduce razor bumps very quickly but must be used with care and upon your doctor’s advice.

                  9. Witch Hazel 

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                    The old grandmother’s remedy for any skin irritation still works wonders till this day. Because Witch Hazel has an antiseptic property to it, it can calm irritated skin by leaving your skin with a nice tingling and cool feeling just like Aloe Vera Gel.

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                    10. Apple Cider Vinegar

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                      A natural antiseptic, Apple Cider Vinegar not only helps in soothing the skin from the irritation, it also helps to heal the skin. Simply dab a cotton ball into the Apple Cider Vinegar and apply it over the affected area.

                      There are other old tricks that have been practiced by men and women for the longest time. One of them is to use cucumbers because it is high in Vitamin K and C which are known for its skin healing abilities. Another old remedy would be to use Olive Oil and to increase its effectiveness, mix it with 5 drops of Tea Tree Oil. Apply it on the affected area with a cotton ball and leave it for 15 minutes on the skin.

                      Featured photo credit: Nejron Photo via shutterstock.com

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                      Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                      Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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                      Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                      There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                      This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                      Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                      In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                      One Exercise, multiple benefits

                      There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                      By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                      When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                      Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                      In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                      What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                      What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                        1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                        Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                        • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                        • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                        • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                        • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                        2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                          Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                          Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                          3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                            Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                            4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                              Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                              A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                              A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                              On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                              5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                  Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                  7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                    Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                    How to hold a plank position

                                    1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                    2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                    3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                    4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                    5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                    6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                    7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                    Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                    Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                      How to improve your plank time gradually

                                      1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                      2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                      3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                      Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                      Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                      You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                      • Prolapse
                                      • After prolapse surgery
                                      • Pelvic pain conditions
                                      • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                      • Previous childbirth
                                      • Overweight

                                      Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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