Is there anything that can ruin shorts season like razor burn (or its evil cousin, thigh chafing)? There’s not much to do by way of disguising the red bumps, but here’s how to prevent and treat them.
To avoid it: The most obvious starting point is a fresh blade–swap them out regularly. Then Dr. Waldorf recommends a good shaving cream or oil, like Aveeno Positively Smooth Shave Gel. “Using a shaving product that helps the blade glide will reduce the friction on the skin and the risk of razor burn,” she says.
In a pinch, you can use a “rich, creamy” body wash like Dove Deep Moisture Beauty Body Wash. Apply a “bland” moisturizer after shaving.
If you’ve already got it: “Tea tree oil for razor burn is really wonderful,” Guilis tells us, speaking from experience. She says she often gets irritation from her surf board, made worse by shaving over the area. “Tea tree oil has been very healing and better than anything synthetic you would buy,” she emphasized.
If you’re looking for more modern medicine, Dr. Waldorf says rubbing in a hydrocortisone cream like Cortaid (again–so pick up a tube!) should reduce any redness or irritation, and then treat any cuts with Vaseline or Aquaphor.