What Is the Purpose of Aftershave?

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Shaving is a popular method of facial hair removal among men. Men can choose from straight blades, disposable razors or electric razors, all delivering smooth skin and a close shave. Aftershave comes in many forms and is used to prevent razor burns and to soothe skin after shaving.

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Function

Aftershave is a lotion or liquid that is applied to the face after shaving to prevent irritation. When rubbed into the skin, aftershave soothes and hydrates the skin to avoid the drying effects of shaving.

Types

Aftershaves can come in lotion, liquid, gel or balm form. These contain ingredients that both soothe and protect the skin. Many aftershaves contain SPF sunscreen to protect skin from sun damage.

Features

Many aftershaves contain ingredients like Shea butter, which hydrates and prevents dry, flaky skin. Peppermint extract invigorates the skin and gives it a cooling sensation to mask any irritation. Modern lotion aftershaves can be used as an all-over facial moisturiser because of their hydrating and protective ingredients.

Considerations

Many believe that aftershave burns the skin, but it is more often a tingling sensation caused by ingredients like peppermint or eucalyptus. Those with sensitive skin should avoid using aftershaves that contain harsh ingredients like alcohol or any mint extracts.

Benefits

Using aftershave keeps skin hydrated and aides in closing pores that have opened during the shaving process. Aftershave can soothe irritated or sensitive skin and can prevent razor burns or ingrown hairs.

Famous Ties

One well-known scene in cinema history is from the family film "Home Alone" when the young Macaulay Culkin patted aftershave onto his face and screamed as he held his face in pain.

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