I’m aware some of you guys might start throwing things at me. Don’t worry I’m prepared to duck.
But, I have been having trouble with some really dry skin lately!!
Having moved to Atlanta recently I am in a somewhat dryer climate than I was previously used to (Florida). I know, it sounds ridiculous, but it’s true! (I wouldn’t last a day out west) In addition to this nasty dry skin I have also been getting some nasty razor bumps. So I was thrilled when I received an email last week from Michelle at Skana Spa, which is part of the Turning Stone Resort and Casino. Michelle was looking for an opportunity to share some DIY recipes and tips! I immediately replied with my predicament and she has graciously responded with this wonderful information below!!
Your legs should be silky smooth from that steamy shower and precision shaving. And you’re glad you splurged on an expensive ladies’ razor instead of using one of his. But instead of sleek, velvety skin, an army of angry red bumps rises up to greet you, shaking their little fists. So much for that cute summer dress, you sigh. Rather than being cool, fresh, and flirty, you resign yourself to pants. Again.
Pseudo folliculitis what?
OK. Let’s get scientific. Those unsightly red bumps that develop after shaving are called pseudo folliculitis barbae. It’s an unlovely name for an unlovely problem you probably didn’t see coming. The common name for this annoyance is: razor bumps. How does it happen? Shaving your hair makes the ends sharp, and it curls back under your skin. Where the hair re-enters the skin, it promotes ingrown hairs, pimples, or red bumps. Don’t worry. You can fix this.
Quick, to the kitchen!
While raiding the pantry for a snack might make you feel a little better, what you need is a solution. You probably have the ingredients for a do-it-yourself remedy on hand. If not, the grocery store does. What you make yourself will be better than any commercial skin care product. And best of all—it’s inexpensive.
Sugar scrub those unsightly razor bumps into oblivion
Since the sharp hairs causing the offending razor bumps are just beneath the surface of your skin, you’ll need to use gentle abrasion along with deep moisturizing to get rid of them. An antibacterial agent will help. Here’s the recipe:
• 1 cup sugar (raw is best)
• ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
• Approximately 20 drops tea tree oil (to fight infection)
**Tea Tree Oil can be found in most pharmacies
Mix these ingredients together. Massage a small amount of the scrub onto wet skin, using a washcloth or your hands in a circular motion. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and releases the hairs. Rinse with warm water. Follow up with a liberal application of olive oil to deep moisturize. Repeat as necessary.
Try to refrain from shaving for a few days. Store the sugar scrub in an airtight container, and keep it away from heat. To prevent razor bumps in the future, soak in a hot tub before shaving; use a clean, sharp blade; use shaving cream, shave gently, don’t scrape; and moisturize.
Your skin will be silky smooth, and you’ll be back in that cute dress before you know it!
Find more tips and helpful hints from Michelle Pino and other estheticians at Skana Spa. Skana is located in central New York and is part of the Turning Stone Resort and Casino. Michelle enjoys sharing these tips for men and women everywhere. If you would like to contact her please email her at email@example.com!
Disclosure: There is nothing to disclose 🙂 Just friendly people helping other friendly people and getting nothing in return except smooth skin!