The Benefits of Shaving with Coconut Oil and How to Use

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Shaving is a grooming activity that is practiced by both men and women. Many people who have sensitive skin face several problems when shaving. But, shaving is necessary to look clean, neat and attractive.

Hence, you need to take extra care while shaving to avoid getting razor bumps because it can be hard to manage and deal with due to the inflammation and irritation. 

If you've tried everything under the sun, like using different shaving products, taking hot shower baths or using moisturizing creams to get rid of your razor bumps, then you should think about trying coconut oil.

Amongst it's numerous benefits, coconut oil is cost effective, readily available and very effective in getting rid of razor bumps.

Just read on to learn what coconut oil can do for you.

What are Razor Bumps?

Razor bumps are small red bumps that appear on your face, neck, and private regions after shaving. It is also termed pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB). They are unsightly, irritating, and embarrassing. Razor bumps can take the joy out of shaving, especially if you have to shave every day.

Razor bumps are actually a form of ingrown hair, and they occur when the tip of hair curls back into the skin, growing in a direction opposite to the rest of the hair. This results in a red bump that can be tender to the touch.

It is a common problem for men and women of all ages; they usually appear on the neck and face. But, it can also occur in other places like the pubic area.

What are the Benefits of Shaving with Coconut Oil?

Shaving has always been a popular way to remove unwanted hair. It is also one of the most common causes of razor bumps and ingrown hairs.

The main reason for this is that razors are dull and don’t cut the hair cleanly. Instead, they tug at your skin and even slice through it, causing irritation and inflammation.

The good news is that there are ways you can use coconut oil to prevent razor bumps from forming after shaving.

Here are some of the benefits of shaving with coconut oil:

  1. It's natural and safe. Coconut oil is made from coconuts, which grow on trees. It's completely organic and natural, so you don't have to worry about harmful chemicals that may be found in other products. It also doesn't cause any irritation or itching when you use it on your skin.

  2. It moisturizes your skin. When you shave, your skin can become dry because it has been cut open by the blade of the razor. Coconut oil helps moisturize your skin so that it stays hydrated throughout the day without causing any irritation or dryness. This will help prevent ingrown hairs from forming as well as other problems like razor burn or eczema that may affect your arms, legs or chest after shaving just by using this product alone!

  3. It prevents redness and irritation. Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help calm down irritated skin after shaving.
    The Vitamins E and K found in coconut oil have antioxidant properties that help soothe redness, swelling and itchiness caused by bacteria trapped under the skin’s surface due to improper shaving techniques or old razors. Coconut oil also has astringent properties that tighten pores after shaving, preventing the development of acne breakouts due to bacteria buildup inside pores.

  4. It works as a preventative for ingrown hairs from forming. Ingrown hairs occur when shaved hair curls back into its follicle instead of growing outward.
    This causes irritation and inflammation, which can lead to infection. Coconut oil’s antifungal and antibacterial properties help prevent ingrown hairs from forming by killing off bacteria that cause this condition.

  5. It has anti-ageing properties. The antioxidants found in coconut oil protect skin cells from free radical damage, slowing down the aging process by preventing wrinkles and fine lines from developing.

How to use Coconut Oil to Shave

Shaving is a common practice for many men and women. While some people find it to be a relaxing routine, others experience razor bumps that can be painful and unsightly. Razor bumps usually occur when the hair follicle has been cut too short and is exposed to bacteria on the skin.

Most of the time, this condition can be prevented by using proper shaving techniques and products. However, if you are suffering from razor bumps and want to get rid of them,

here are some ways to use coconut oil for shaving:

  • Warm up the coconut oil before applying it to your skin. You will find that warm coconut oil will glide smoothly over your skin without irritating it or causing any kind of discomfort.
  • Apply the oil generously on your face, neck, beard area, legs and other areas where you want to shave before starting with your regular shaving routine. This will ensure that there are no dry spots in your hair follicles when you start using razors or blades on them. The more oil there is in your hair follicles, the less likely they will be exposed to bacteria when you cut off your hair during shaving.
  • Use a high-quality razor blade for optimal results. Make sure that you're using a sharp blade when you shave with coconut oil because dull blades can cause more irritation than sharp ones do.

Precaution and side effects

According to the journal Dermatology Times, 3 percent of people who use coconut oil experience skin irritation.

Although coconut oil is generally considered a beneficial and non-irritating skin product, signs of irritation include redness, itching and mild swelling. If you think coconut oil will irritate your skin or if you have sensitive skin and aren’t sure about using it this way—try putting a little bit on one area first to make sure the reaction isn't negative before going all out with massaging your whole face!


Coconut oil can be used as a stand-in for traditional shaving cream. In addition, it is excellent at moisturizing and protecting the skin.

A small percentage of people are allergic to coconut oil. Test the application of coconut oil on a patch of skin before shaving to make sure that you're not susceptible to an allergy.

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