What Does Alum Block Do for Shaving?
Using Alum block after shaving is something that I learned a couple months ago. Learning traditional wet shaving will involve a learning curve. Mostly, you will learn to forget what you have learned with a modern shaving gear.
The first couple of months, I always have a minor nick here and there. Sometimes just one nick, other time I may have three nicks or more. It was not a big deal. I just put pressure on the nick and the bleeding stopped.
But I learned that it is not an entirely correct way. What if I nick and cut myself rather bad? Putting just pressure will take a longer time. Alum block will definitely help to close it. Its properties of astringent and antiseptic will do the job nicely.
Alum block is the first help to fight the razor burn. It will sting where you have the razor burn but help to reduce the inflammation.
What is Potassium Alum block?
Alum is usually a short name for Potassium Alum. There are other kinds of Alum. I will just mention them here:
- Soda Alum has the formula NaAl(SO4)2·12H2O. It is used in baking powder and as an acidulant in food.
- Ammonium Alum has the formula NH4Al(SO4)2·12H2O. Ammonium alum has a range of applications in tanning, dyeing textiles, making textiles flame retardant, in the manufacture of porcelain cement and vegetable glues, in water purification and in some deodorants.
- Chrome Alum or chromium alum has the formula KCr(SO4)2·12H2O. This alum has a deep violet color. It is used in tanning and can be added to other alum to grow lavender or purple crystals.
- Selenate Alums occur when selenium are used instead of sulfur. That is why you get a selenate, (SeO42-) instead of a sulfate . The selenium-containing alums are strong oxidizing agents, so they can be used as antiseptics, among other uses.
Potassium Alum has the formula KAl(SO4)2. This is what Alum Blocks use for wet shaving. It stops bleeding by constricting blood vessels and tightening pores.
How to Use Alum Block
It is really easy to use an alum block. Here is how:
- Keep your face wet after shaving
- Get your alum block
- Wet the alum block. You do not need to soak it or run it under the cold water for a long time. This is a salt after all. It might dissolve completely if you leave it in the water.
- Rub your shaven face area with the alum block.
- Let it sit for a minute
- Rinse your face again
Other Functions of Alum Block
There are other uses for alum:
- Alum vagina tightening. This is something that I just found out. You dilute alum powder with water. Wet your finger with that solution and apply it to your vagina. (Disclaimer: I’m a guy and I don’t know if this works. There are articles and videos covering this subject).
- Alum powder for canker sores. Get your alum from the spice section of your supermarket. Get a pea size of it and apply it to your canker sore. It will sting for a couple of minutes but it will speed up the healing process.
- Alum crystal deodorant. Alum has been known to help fight body odor. Use it regularly on your armpit. It is also known for whitening your underarm.
- Anti Slip. I always rub my hand on the alum before shaving. It removes any slippery from my hand. I can grip my razor better and firmer afterward.
Best Buy Alum Blocks are:
Gentleman Jon 3.7 Ounce
This alum comes in a plastic case. Easy storage and suitable for traveling. It is the biggest of alum block in the market. You really have a bargain with this alum block. Get yours here.
This alum is made in France. This small block is solid. No air pocket inside it. A long lasting use. Get yours here.
RazoRock Alum Block.
This alum also comes with a plastic travel case. A good block but it has been reported that it breaks easily. Air pockets inside the blocks are the cause. This block is easy to hold. Get yours here.
Taylor of Old Bond Street Alum Block
TOBS has a great product range specifically for wet shaving. It is not a wonder that they also provide an alum block for its fans. Get yours here.
Barbero Alum Block No.01 2.64 oz / 75 g
This is another France product. This alum block works wonderfully at stopping nicks and reducing razor burns. Get yours here.
Shavex Alum Block, Travel Size – 45g / 1.5 Oz
This is a travel size alum block. Shavex makes this alum with an extra heating process. The process makes the alum block translucent and stronger against cracking. Get yours here.
Alternatives to Alum Block
What if you don’t like alum block? It seems a bit of a hassle to bring a block to travel. No worries. Just grab one of these options.
This is a great and easy to use the product. Also great for outdoor traveling. When you are hiking, you are bound to have scratches.This styptic pencil will become your first aid in healing those wounds. Get yours here.
This is working just like a styptic pencil but with a smaller head. It can target places like cuticle bleeding, where a big pencil will definitely not be able to touch the area. Get yours here.
What Do You Use?
I personally love to use an alum block. It really freshens up my face after shaving. It makes my skin feeling clean and tight. Sure, it stings a bit when I have razor burns. But the benefits outweigh those stings. Don’t forget to use an aftershave after using alum. This is to complete your skin care.
Tell me your experience! What do you use? Do you use it regularly after shaving?