22 Lessons Learned: Razors
An aftershave usually comes in the form of a lotion or gel. It is mostly used by men to prevent infections that can begin from cuts on their skin after they shave. This is because aftershaves contain ingredients, such as alcohol, that provide antiseptic benefits. But while this may be enough to make aftershaves necessary for all shavers, modern products now have other “features” that work beyond disinfection.
First of all, if you check out aftershaves in stores or even online, you will find that they all contain some type of perfume. It doesn’t even matter if the product is expensive or cheap – almost always, it is infused with perfume to enhance the scent. In fact, the perfume itself has now even become somewhat of a crucial component that shoppers look for. It has become so important that many of these products have fashion designer names on them, like Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss, among many others.
On top of perfume, moisturizers are also common ingredients of modern aftershaves. As we know, moisturizers soften the skin after a fresh shave, and that is a benefit all shavers can use. These products are obviously no longer restricted to their original purpose.
In addition, packaging is among the things that make aftershaves different from one another. Of course, packaging on its own will have no effect on what an aftershave can do to your skin. But somehow, when you like how your aftershave looks or feels, you tend to use it regularly instead of just leaving it in a corner of your dresser (this happens to many shavers).
In any case, people usually use an aftershave for their own reasons. There are those who just want to smell nice, while others just need the product’s antiseptic protection. Regardless of our reason or reasons for getting an aftershave, make sure you choose the right product for you. Be ready to do your homework. Understand your skin and see what options are available.
Finally, there’s the question of whether aftershave is for all shavers. So are they safe for all? Anybody with hypersensitive skin or allergies to any ingredients used to make aftershaves, should avoid using one. As well, if your skin is prone to breaking out, use less products to prevent clogging of pores. A cooling gel cream that moisturizes and soothes freshly shaved skin is a good alternative. Again, research will help you find the right type and brand, depending on your skin type. Take time to read product reviews, but only consider third-party consumer websites and skip marketing websites which are biased by nature.