While it is not a mandatory step of the shaving process, most men use a certain aftershave balm or gel when they are done with shaving. Aftershave can give a sense of completion, it is a sign that the shaving process is done making the skin feel toned and fresh.
However, for different reasons, not all guys use aftershaves. Or at least, not all the time.
There are some simple alternatives you can use, which have the same soothing and helping effect on your skin, most of which you can easily access.
Here are some great aftershave alternatives:
Apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar diluted in water can also act as an aftershave lotion. Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar with water and gently apply it to your skin. Sometimes, the smell can be a bit heavy, so you might want to combine it with witch hazel. You can also add some drops of cinnamon oil or other types of oils that smell great for a special scent. The thing about this mix is that you should make it a few days in advance. Once you have mixed the ingredients, store them for about 4 or 5 days in a cool dark place. Make sure you shake the jar before you use it. Use a soft cotton ball to apply it to your skin. Our recommendation when it comes to home-made lotions like this one is to try it over the weekend, as you can’t be sure of how it’s going to turn out. For example, if you get the proportions wrong and it smells really powerful, you don’t want to have to deal with that right before going to work or a special event. Make sure you take your time to test it and see how it works both in the short run and in the long run – a holiday could be the best time to try making and using your own aftershave.
Water. While it might be a little obvious and weird to use water, given that you use it anyway to wash away what’s left of the shaving cream, there is an important thing you need to know about using water at the very end of your shaving process. It is best to wash your face with very warm water, as this will open your pores and wash away any possible dirt that’s left and afterward to splash really cold water on your face. Cold water closes down the pores, meaning that new dirt won’t be able to enter them anytime soon. This way, if you close your pores right after you have cleaned them, your skin will look better and be overall healthier.
Alcohol. Using rubbing alcohol is a very effective way to clean your face and give it a boost after you are done shaving. Of course, you should not splash it so that it gets in your eyes or so, but you can apply it very easily by rubbing it on your face. The downside to rubbing alcohol is that it tends to dry out your skin really fast and strongly, which is why you can dilute it in water or use a hydrating cream afterwards.
Alum. Alum was used as an antiseptic and constricting agent even by the ancient Egyptians. Rubbing a little alum on your wet skin for a minute and then leaving it heal it for another two minutes will take care of your damaged skin areas and nicks. The downside, like in the case of alcohol is that it tends to dry the skin, so don’t rub it too vehemently and make sure to apply a moisturizer once you are done.
Aloe. Aloe Vera is a plant that makes wonder for your skin and, just as a tip, for your stomach. If you have some aloe around the house, you can take a leaf, cut in in half and use the inside gel to tone your face. This is a great and natural way to give your skin a boost after shaving.
Toners. Skin toners can also be used as aftershave creams, but only if they are light and if used in small quantities. Sometimes, skin toners are better than alcohol, as they are less likely to dry out your skin.
Aftershave isn’t just about smelling great, it’s also about feeling good and fresh. A good aftershave or, of course, an alternative to it should tone your skin and make it feel elastic and strong as well as heal potential razor burns, rashes or nicks.
Having good-looking skin will make you feel more confident and will add to your overall level of elegance and polish, which is why finding and using the right skincare products for you is essential.
Fraquoh and Franchomme
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