What is the purpose of aftershave? Isn’t it enough that you just shave your mustache and beard off? What is the point of applying aftershave? And how important is aftershave?
There is an easy answer for that. To finish up your shaving routine. Haha. Just kidding.
Actually, I was being serious. You have to finish up your shaving with an aftershave. There are so many benefits that you will receive and experience using an aftershave. I will share to you the benefits later. But first, let’s find out your skin type.
Your skin type will decide the what aftershave you should use. Here are some pointers for you to use as a guideline:
- Normal skin. It looks healthy, smooth, clear, and evenly textured. It will have barely visible pores. No spots or blemishes.
- Dry skin. It will appear as rough, dull, or cracked with lines and wrinkles. You should use a gentle face wash before shaving. Do not use a scrubbing face wash, or if you really like it, use only once a week.
- Oily skin. Contrary to dry skin, it will have a shiny look and an oily feeling to the touch. The forehead, cheek, and chin are the areas that will have that look. The skin will have large pores or open pores, thus, will have more blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and spots. It is recommended that you wash your face twice daily and uses facial scrubbing at least twice weekly.
- Combination skin. Your forehead, nose, and chin will look oily, but your cheek will look dry. Try using products designated for the specific area. It is a hassle because you have to wash your face multiple times. Or just buy combination skin formula products.
- Sensitive skin. The only way to find out if you have sensitive skin is to use a product. Skin reaction like itch and rash will immediately follow after using certain products. Do find sensitive skin formula products.
Construct Your Aftershave
You have your skin type now. Let’s find out what aftershave made out and what to look for your specific skin type.
Aftershave usually made from several ingredients. It will have a mixture of these features:
- Moisturizer. You want to keep your skin moist after the battle with your razor blade. Especially if you have a dry skin.
- Conditioner. They use natural oils and butters to do this job.
- Toner. This will help the relief of minor skin irritations, like superficial cuts, rashes from allergies, and insect bites.
- Astringent. Recommended for oily skin. It helps to minimize pores but contains alcohol that tends to dry out skin.
- Hydrosols. You will find these names on the packaging as the sign of having hydrosols: floral water, herbal distillates, hydrolase, herbal water or essential water. They are mildly antibacterial and antiseptic. Somewhat acidic.
- Vitamins. They will work as antioxidants. Your skin is the forefront battleground against outside elements. You want to equip them with the best arsenals. After all, you do not want to look older than you should be.
- Alcohol. Cheaper aftershave usually uses alcohol to give you a cooling sensation. It also helps to stop bleeding from nicks and cuts.
Types of Aftershave
For your best skin protection, you also need to choose the best type of aftershave. You can choose between these three types of aftershave.
- Balm. This kind of aftershave is suitable for dry skin. It will have more moisturizing and conditioner agents. Tends to be greasy.
- Splash. This liquid form of aftershave contains a lot of alcohol. Usually comes with a strong perfume. Suitable for oily skin.
- Lotion. This type is in between balm and splash. Suitable for normal and mixed skin type.
How to Use
People will usually ignore this part as they think you just need to apply the aftershave. They are right, too. So I just share what I think the best way to apply the aftershave.
The first thing you should do is to let your face moist after the last rinse of shaving cream. Do not dry it. Your hand too. Moist means wet but not dripping wet. Shakes those excess water from your hands. Why? Because this will help you in using less amount of product and it will cover your face more evenly.
Apply small amount of product to the palm of your hand, rub it briefly, then apply it into the face. Massage gently.
If you are applying more than one product of aftershave, apply the thinnest product first then follow it with the thicker product. (Splash first, then balm).
Just like the features that it has, the benefits are so many. These are the benefits of using an aftershave:
- Stop the bleeding from cuts and nicks. Apply pressure to the wound while using aftershave.
- Rehydrate the skins.
- Calm and soothe the skins from razor burns.
- Minimize the pores
- Gives protection with its antibacterial and antiseptic features.
- Moisturizes and conditions the skin
A good aftershave has moisturizers, lightweight, fast absorbing, and contains good soothing, healing, and protective agents. You should find one that suits your skin type too.