Traditional aftershave contains alcohol which can cause quite serious stinging and unpleasant sensations when applied right after shaving if applied improperly. This is why, you should follow the following simple steps when applying aftershave:
- Wash your face thoroughly with cold water after you have shaved. The cold will help close the pores of the skin of your face
- Without drying your face pour about a tablespoon of aftershave in the palm of your hand
- Rub your hands together quickly and then leave the hands open for 4-5 of seconds, so that a sufficient amount of the alcohol can evaporate
- Apply the aftershave gently on the bottom half of the face and your neck
You may wonder what the point of wearing aftershave is except for smelling manly and well. Well, the truth is that shaving is a process which does cause damage to the skin, especially if you shave every day. It can cause redness, irritation, breakouts and other unpleasant conditions and sensations. The point of aftershave is to restore the softness freshness and smoothness of the shaven skin.
Aftershave can be a liquid, a gel or a lotion which is made to sooth chafed shaved skin. Historically and today, aftershave is used also as a disinfectant to treat minor nicks and cuts from the shaving process. The idea is that a good aftershave helps lock the moisture in the skin to prevent it from dryness, and also acts as a protective layer to keep the skin healthy and clean from infections.
Balm aftershaves provide more moisturizing to the skin as well as better irritation relief, so they are very suitable for dry and cold climates.
Splash aftershaves are lighter, more watery and provide better cleansing and antiseptic protection.
Good quality aftershaves are made of natural butters and oils for better moisturizing, as well as glycerin or other humectants for additional moisturizing, antioxidants, such as: Vitamin C, A and E to protect the skin from pollutants and toxins, as well as various proteins and extracts to help soothe the skin.
Cheaper aftershaves contain predominantly alcohol which can actually irritate the shaved skin. Better quality aftershaves have witch hazel which acts as an astringent.
A good aftershave (such as Bay rum aftershave) can keep your shaved skin soft, healthy looking and feeling, without ingrown hairs or razor bumps.
For men with dry skin, the use of a moisturizing balm aftershave is recommended. For those with oil skin, you should choose an aftershave splash with an added toner. Men with sensitive skin must rely on aftershaves specifically made for sensitive skin.