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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 October 16, 2018

                      The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                      The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                      It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                      If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                      One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                      Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                      In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                      Why you can’t sleep through the night

                      The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                      Stress

                      If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                      Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                      We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                      While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                      Eating close to bedtime

                      Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                      Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                      Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                      Medical conditions

                      In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                      The vicious sleep cycle

                      The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                      Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                      You get a bad night’s sleep
                      –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                      –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                      –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                        You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                        How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                        To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                        1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                        What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                        Here are a few suggestions:

                        • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                        • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                        • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                        • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                        • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                        2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                        What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                        • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                        • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                        • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                        • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                        3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                        Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                        Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                        Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                        Sleep better form now on

                        Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                        I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                        As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

                        Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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