Aftershave is an important addition to your men’s shaving regimen.
You are busy, and it’s tempting to cut seemingly unimportant steps from your men’s grooming routine. One of the most common cuts made by occupied men is aftershave. What does aftershave really do for men’s shaving, anyway? Isn’t it just an extra step designed by manufacturers, you might ask, to get us to buy another men’s skin care product?
The truth is that aftershave is as important a part of your men’s grooming plan as shaving, but the results are not as obvious. Shaving removes visible hair from your face and gives you a clean-shaven look. Aftershave conditions the skin and assures that your clean-shaven look isn’t spoiled by ginormous pores, oily skin, ingrown hairs, or other unsightly skin problems.
After you shave, the skin is left vulnerable and very sensitive, because the razor opens pores and skims off the top layer of dead skin cells. Aftershave helps shield the skin and promotes a healthy state in these ways:
• Aftershave closes pores. Especially if your men’s skin care routine includes a pre-shave product to prepare the skin for shaving, your pores will be more open than usual after shaving. Shaving creams and electric shaving preparations soften the hair and relax pores, so it’s easier for the blades to do their job. When you are finished shaving, it’s advisable first to begin closing pores by rinsing with cold water. Your aftershave will finish the job, and the surface of your skin will be softer and smoother.
• Aftershave revitalizes skin. Including a very good aftershave in your men’s grooming regimen adds skin-friendly ingredients that condition skin and prepare it to meet the world. Aftershave makes your face look fresher and adds a healthy glow to your skin. We can’t prove it, but it follows that glowing, fresh skin looks younger! Many men like aftershaves with alcohol, because the tingling/stinging sensation helps wake them up. If you don’t like the stinging sensation, use a men’s aftershave in cream or gel form.
• Aftershave conditions skin. Ingredients in men’s aftershave can help you avoid over-oiliness as well as dryness. If dry skin is a problem for you, use a moisturizing aftershave or a shaving balm. Men’s shaving balms are heavier, lotion-type preparations that include more robust moisturizers. If oiliness is a problem for you, it’s important to use a men’s moisturizing aftershave or balm so your skin doesn’t overcompensate for the drying effects of shaving by producing too much of its own oil.
• Aftershave calms sensitive skin. Shaving can make skin red and make it feel irritated (that’s what you call razor burn). Aftershave includes ingredients that reduce redness and soothe the skin. Using a soothing aftershave as part of your men’s shaving routine can even help prevent ingrown hairs. If your skin is left extra irritated after shaving, first rinse it with cool water, then use a gentle moisturizing aftershave or balm. Men with ultrasensitive skin should avoid aftershaves that contain alcohol.
Add Aftershave to your Men’s Skin Care Plan
Even if your life is active and strenuous , take a little time to add the aftershave step to your men’s shaving regimen. It will make you look and feel like a million bucks and better prepare you to meet each day.