Aftershave is a product applied to the skin directly after shaving. It's typically used as a antiseptic which protects any cuts or abrasions caused by shaving from getting infected. However, aftershave can also cause an adverse allergic reaction in some people. Common symptoms associated with aftershave allergies include, but are not limited to, skin irritation marked by varying levels of itchiness and redness and razor burn. If you suffer from aftershave allergies, there are several methods you can take to decrease the severity of a reaction.
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Exfoliate the intended shaving area with a gentle exfoliant before shaving. This will remove any excess dead skin cells which will allow for a much cleaner shave.
Rub body lotion in a circular motion over the irritated area to provide a soothing effect. Make sure to use a body lotion that contains vitamin E and Aloe Vera, both of which will help soothe and moisturise your skin.
Apply a cold compress to the irritated area. The cold temperature will help sooth the irritated skin and ease the itchiness and redness associated with allergic reactions.
Use an alcohol-free aftershave instead. Some aftershave products are made with witch hazel, an astringent, and various other components such as seaweed and aloe for a soothing effect. You can also use this alternative if you're worried about dry skin.
Tips and warnings
- You can also use herbal shaving balm to both soothe the irritated skin and provide moisture to the area.
- Avoid using an old or dull razor as they could contain bacteria which can hinder the healing of the irritation and may cause an infection.
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