DIY Reader Beauty Tricks: Fact or Fiction? How to Get Rid of Shaving Bumps

We asked our Facebook fans to reveal their weirdest DIY beauty tricks, and boy, did you answer. But before we slather on an aspirin mask or squeeze toothpaste on our pimples, we want to know if your tips actually work. To find out, we’ve asked Women’s Health natural beauty expert Renée Loux to weigh in. Check back here weekly for a new tip with Renée’s verdict on it’s effectiveness, and keep posting your own odd beauty tricks on Facebook, here.

Your DIY Beauty Tip:

Tracie Marie | Chapstick on razor bumps!

Renée says:  While Chapstick may be somewhat effective in soothing razor burn, a rash that can appear after a shaving, and protecting skin from further irritation, it’s probably not as effective in treating shaving bumps, which are little ingrown hairs caused by hair curling back into the skin instead of growing straight out of it.

A better solution: For razor burn, I would suggest a product made from plant oils such as coconut oil, shea butter, or almond oil instead of a petroleum-based product which can clog pores and lead to further skin dysfunction. For razor bumps, I suggest exfoliating skin to loosen dead skin cells that can block hair follicles, one cause of ingrown hairs. Use a loofah or a sugar scrub to gently exfoliate skin and smooth out razor bumps naturally.