What does an aftershave do? It disinfects, calms the skin, moisturizes, adds fragrance, and so much more!
If you have been shaving without an aftershave, perhaps it's time to rethink your personal grooming approach.
Continue reading this informative article about what aftershaves can do for your grooming regimen and your face.
What is an aftershave?
A lot of men think that an aftershave is more like a cologne to help get rid of that nasty shaving soap smell...
Although aftershaves often come scented, their true purpose is much more important than leaving a favorable scent on your grayish cheeks and chin.
An aftershave is used as a disinfectant to help prevent possible skin irritations and issues due to shaving. Aftershaves nowadays come as a lotion, balm, and splash. An aftershave's (basically splash type) main ingredient is alcohol, which is why you might feel a sting when you apply it after a shave. It's alcohol that acts as an antiseptic after you shave.
Apart from being your personal, post-shave perfume and helping you to ward off possible skin infections, an aftershave can also act as a moisturizer to help keep your face feeling smooth and youthful.
To learn more about aftershaves, read my 2017 review on the best aftershaves.
Why is aftershave important?
We all know that we need to wet our face with warm water in order to soften up our skin and hair follicles prior to shaving.
But keep in mind that our pores expand and become more vulnerable to bacterial infection when exposed to heat.
Whether you are using disposable razors or well sanitized blades, your widened pores are an open invitation to germs and may lead to skin infections and break outs.
With the help of an aftershave, you can disinfect that newly shaved, exposed portion of your face and lessen skin irritation.
Shaving can also lead to unintentional scraping of the topmost layer of our skin, which serves as the organ's protective barrier.
Continuous scraping eventually leads to razor burn, which manifests as painful and irritating red rash that is often accompanied with red bumps or blisters.
Aftershaves are specially formulated to help soothe the affected area of our face while leaving temporary barrier for that exposed skin. Furthermore, aftershaves moisturize dry skin that is also a result continuous skin scraping.
So whether you like it or not, the aftershave is your ticket to enjoying a clean, safe, and smooth finish on your shaving routines.
Do you know how an aftershave works?
A lot of men use aftershave products without fully understanding its function as part of their shaving routines. An aftershave is an antiseptic, astringent, and moisturizer in one.
Its alcohol content works by flushing out all the bacteria that got stuck in your wide open pores thanks to your used razor.
An aftershave's witch hazel ingredient on the other hand, seals up those open pores to prevent further skin infection or irritation.
Lastly, the aloe vera content in aftershave soothes and adds a protective, healing layer to the skin.
How to use your aftershave
An aftershave may seem like pretty simple and easy to use. Indeed it is. However, a few easy to follow steps need to be considered in order to enjoy and even maximize its promised benefits.
- (For lotions and creams) Pour a good amount of the aftershave unto your palm and and rub in circular motion. Like in the case of shaving soaps, the quality and effectiveness of the aftershave is significantly improved by this step. Rub the substance a little faster and with more pressure to generate heat. Apply warm and evenly unto the affected area of your face.
- (For splash and balm) Extend your fingers a little outward to encourage evaporation of some of the aftershave's alcohol content. Apply evenly unto your face with gentle massages moving from your cheekbones down to your neck.
- Opt for second application if you are still feeling some irritating post shave effects.
Watch this video for visuals on how to properly apply after shave: