What Does Aftershave Do? A Breakdown of the Post-Shave Process

What Does Aftershave Do? A Breakdown of the Post-Shave Process

Matteo Mendoza
3 minute read

We make products for the before and during processes of achieving a great shave. However, taking great care of your hair and skin doesn't stop after you wash off the final bits of lather and pat dry with a towel. The post-shave routine is equally as important, and aftershave is a big part of that. Now, you may be wondering: "What does aftershave do?" "Isn't aftershave just cologne?" "Are we all going to burn like Kevin from Home Alone?"

Well, no. Allow me to explain. 

What is Aftershave?

An aftershave is any treatment (liquid, oil, gel, etc.) that you apply to your skin after you shave. 

What Does Aftershave Do?

Alchohol-based astringents (and witch hazel) are used to disinfect the surface of the skin, helping to protect from infection of any of the tiny, invisible cuts or open pores that are inevitably left behind in the shaving process. However, they strip the skin of its natural moisture, leaving dry, unnourished skin in their wake. 

Balms, gels, creams, and lotions, on the other hand, work to moisturize the skin post-shave and also add a protective layer that allows the skin to heal itself. 

Should I use aftershave?

Short answer: yes.

Long answer: You don't need to use an aftershave every single shave, however, it does have many benefits for minimal effort.

Aftershave can reduce redness, swelling, and irritation

Aftershave can help the skin heal itself from cuts or nicks

Aftershave helps prevent folliculitis by adding a layer of oil into the opened pore, so the hair may grow back through smoothly.

Adding aftershave is a great final step that rounds out the shaving process and makes you feel like you are taking better care of your skin overall, because, well, you are. 

Which Aftershave is right for me?

For those that are prone to acne or razor bumps, you may want to opt for an astringent that cleans the area, such as witch hazel, and helps fight against potential infections and irritation (folliculitis) that may occur from shaving. Be sure to follow up with a moisturizer, preferably something free of toxins or harsh chemicals, to relubricate and soothe the skin, promoting natural healing. 

For those with sensitive skin, look for a product that contains either aloe, chamomile, or lavender that helps calm the skin. After applying and allowing enough time for that to soak in and do its magic, gently apply a fragrance-free moisturizer, possibly one with jojoba oil or shea butter, that will moisturize and promote healing of the skin. 

For everyone else: just avoid products with artificial fragrances. Many artificial fragrances have unreported ingredients, which very well may harm the skin more than help it. 

P.S. If you want to have a great, clean, irritation-free shave to have a baby butt smooth face to apply your aftershave of choice on, check out one of our unbeatable safety razors. :)

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