Sunburn treatment with shaving cream. Does it work?

July 21, 2019

Sunburn treatment with shaving cream. Does it work?

Over the last few weeks we have seen a spike in enquiries and online searches regarding using shaving cream to treat sunburn. Can a bottle of men's shaving cream actually provide treatment and relief of sunburn?

This treatment sensation came about after a woman in the USA wrote on her Facebook page that using a can of shaving cream had helped her heal her sunburn, her post went viral after she shared a photo of her sunburned back, and then another photo of her back after the shaving cream treatment, noticeably less red.

But really, is it specifically "shaving cream" that has helped reduce the pain and redness? OR is it the the ingredients in the can, like cooling Menthol and Aloe Vera that is the winning formula - which would indicate that not all shaving cream would be beneficial.

Firstly, we should mention that it’s obvious that one of the reasons why her post went viral is that sunburn is painful and anyone with a great solution the effects of sunburn would go viral. But it may not actually be just any shaving cream but the ingredients in the shaving cream that is providing the relief.

Let's Have a closer look at the Ingredients list of Men's Botanics shaving cream to uncover any ingredients that could possibly support the notion shaving cream relieves sunburn.

Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is commonly known for its cooling and sunburn relief properties. Research has shown Aloe Vera aids the skin in healing from sunburns and other types of burns. In addition, Aloe Vera is also known to act as a great moisturiser for the skin.

Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is great for moisturising your skin and sunburned skin tends to be dry and itchy, so applying coconut oil will help relieve symptoms by replenishing your skin’s moisture.

Menthol Oil: Menthol essential oil is recognised as a cooling agent and can help relieve the pain and heat from sunburn.

So, can shaving cream relieve sunburn? Sound’s like - it’s the ingredients that go into the shaving cream that creates the soothing effects and skin nourishment that helps with sunburn relief, so it would be safe to say it depends on the shaving cream and if not shaving cream, also general moisturisers. The key to sunburn relief is appealing skincare that contain natural extracts that are known to help reduce the effects of sunburn and most importantly, apply SPF so that you don't get sunburn or stay out of the sun. 

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