You may wonder what aftershave do but of essence is, it is one toiletry item every man should have at any given time. When men shave, there may be small cuts and the skin covering the bearded area is exfoliated, leading to pores. The pores can also be caused by some of the chemicals in shaving creams and soaps. With the exposed pores and cuts, infection is likely to occur, and the aftershave comes in handy. The aftershave kills the bacteria on the skin, prevent infection and closes the pores on the skin.
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Use of aftershaves is traced centuries back, where the ancient Roman men used them for antiseptic purpose. Like now and back then, aftershaves contain large concentrations of alcohol or witch hazel, both of which have strong antiseptic properties. Alcohol and witch hazel cause mighty irritation, something manufacturers have focused on to encourage use.The current day aftershaves contain either of the two chemicals still, but the manufacturers are adding some ingredients that reduce the irritation. Menthol is one of the commonly used additive in aftershaves, to give a numb feeling hence reduce the skin irritation after shaving.
Aftershaves nowadays are enhance with fragrance and/or essential oils. The earliest scents to be added to aftershaves were Bay Rum and Sandalwood, which are masculine scents. Today, most aftershaves have fragrances, with high end fashion designers like Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger among others having their aftershave brands, with their scents definitely. Aftershaves are coming as lotions, colognes, powder, gels and balms, which are added other ingredients that reduce the ‘razor burn’
What does aftershave do?
Prevent infections due on the skin after shaving
This was and is the main purpose of aftershaves. The inactivated alcohol or stearate citrate (witch hazel) have antiseptic properties. After shaving, there may be small cuts and exposed skin layer due to exfoliation, which makes it easy for bacteria to infect the region. The aftershave sanitize and disinfect the skin preventing infection.
Moisturize the skin
The modern formula for aftershaves have added essential oils like aloe vera, cocoa butter among others, which moisturize and rejuvenate the skin. The moisturizers, which are both natural and artificial are used to keep the skin hydrated and soft after shaving.
Used as cologne
Most aftershaves are inspired by cologne, and some prolific fashion designer brands like Calvin Klein and Hugo have aftershaves with their scents. Aftershaves are marketed as both colognes and aftershaves, an antic used by manufacturers to increase sales. The fragrance of an aftershave greatly influence preference among buyers. The scent of the aftershave also greatly affect the price. Aftershaves with large brand names are more expensive than others, despite serving the same purpose.
Some of the factor that affect choice for an aftershave are the fragrance and brand, cost and even packaging. Some people prefer aftershaves while others prefer with fragrance.
Best Aftershave products in 2017
Lather & Wood Soothing After-Shave Balm
This is one of the best After-Shave Balms in the market today. The answer is quite simple. Our soothing After-Shave Balm goes on with unparalleled smoothness providing an unmatched soothing effect. This is done using a natural formula, free from alcohol, and free the harsh chemicals found in other brands, chemicals that are cheap fillers and do nothing but harm your skin. For quality, our After-Shave Balm is produced in small batches, bottled just-in-time to meet demand, and shipped as soon as your order is placed.