Aftershave:What is it and is it necessary to use it after shaving?

Posted by The Two Barbers 26/06/2018 0 Comment(s) SHAVING,

Aftershave:What is it and is it necessary to use it after shaving?

What is it

Aftershave is a liquid product applied to the skin after shaving. It contains an antiseptic agent such as alcohol, stearate citrate or witch hazel to prevent infection of cuts, as well as to act as an astringent to reduce skin irritation. Menthol is used in some types as well to numb damaged skin, and it is an ingredient that shaving cream manufacturers have started including in their formulations, too.

An alcohol-based aftershave usually causes an immediate stinging sensation after applying it post-shave, with effects sometimes lasting several minutes, but most commonly only for seconds. For this reason, a market consisting of highly differentiated products has been created—some using alcohols, some not.

Some aftershaves use fragrance or essential oil to enhance scent.

Aftershave is sometimes mistakenly referred to as eau de cologne due to the very similar nature of the two products. Some aftershave manufacturers encourage using their fragranced aftershave as if it were cologne, in order to increase sales by encouraging consumers to use it in a more versatile manner, rather than just after a shaving session. Some aftershaves were inspired by a cologne.

Early aftershaves included witch-hazel and bay rum, and have been documented in shaving guides. Both still are sold as aftershaves.


Is it necessary to use it and why?

The answer is yes.You should certainly use aftershave,because when you are shaving, it is possible that you can cause irritation to your skin and aftershave helps in cooling down. The reason that an aftershave contains alcohol is because it is a very good antiseptic but If you have sensitive skin it is better to use an aftershave balm (which is alcohol free)  and is more suitable for sensitive skin. Balms provide a thick coating of moisture to protect and soothe freshly shaven skin. They contain minimal fragrance and no alcohol, which means they don't sting when you put them on.  

But the main reason you should use an aftershave is bacteria .They can be found everywhere,even on your razor, that has been already used sometimes.

If you have been shaving for years and haven’t used aftershave, then it is obvious that nothing bad is going to happen by not applying an aftershave.However, if you get acne or have skin irritation after shaving, aftershave may be able to help you out a lot.For many reasons it is better to shave after taking a bath..But after a bath your pores are wide open and that means it would be easy for bacteria to invade, causing skin irritation,possible general skin infection, acne, etc.   

An aftershave completely clears out your pores of any bacteria that was hanging around the razor blade and also seals up your pores to prevent any additional dirt or bacteria from coming in (the ingredient that does this in aftershave is normally referred to as an astringent).

Generally,the aftershave you would like to choose should be the one that matches your skin complexion.

If you have normal skin you will want to choose the "splash" form of aftershave.  You have many possibilities to try out lotions or gels as well.  However,if you want to avoid the stinging effect you can always choose the non-alcohol based aftershaves. Therefore, an aftershave that contains witch hazel and aloe vera could be a great starter aftershave.

If you have oily skin, you still can try out splashes, lotions and gels. You could use a splash and then a moisturizer.

If you live in a cold or extremely dry climate, balms would be the best choice for you to start out with. While lotion and gels can also be good starters, a great aftershave balm that is alcohol free can save your face from a lot of pain during those dry winter months or hot desert days.

Choose the appropriate aftershave for you.Apply a few drops to your palms, rub hands for a while, then massage into face. If you're applying multiple products, apply the thinnest product first, followed by thicker products.