How To Apply Aftershave Like A Boss
Do you dread that moment right after you’ve just finished your morning shave and it’s time to apply some aftershave?
If you feel apprehensive at the thought, maybe you’ve been applying it wrong this whole time. This guide will help you avoid that burning sensation and apply aftershave like a boss. Most men do not know the difference between their aftershave, cologne, and eau de toilettes.
The main job of aftershave is to help soothe damaged skin as a result of shaving. Unlike, colognes and eau de toilettes, aftershave often contains less than 3% perfume oil. This is because perfume oils can cause rashes on your face – especially to skin that has just been raored. Therefore, aftershave isn’t supposed to make you smell amazing all day.
What is Aftershave?
Shaving removes dead skin cells and grazes at the uppermost layer of epidermis. Each time you shave, you are actively depriving your skin of its natural oils. This reduces your skin’s natural defense against the elements (heat, UV, wind, etc).
Aftershave is typically offered in 2 formats: as a balm and as a splash.
Aftershave is one of the most important parts of the shaving process. This is because dry-razoring dehydrates your skin. Aftershave acts to re-hydrate and soothe skin in addition to minimizing the risk of getting a shaving rash.
Unfortunately, it is often misunderstood and applied haphazardly. As a result, many men do not benefit from applying aftershave at all.
What’s in your Aftershave?
The choice of aftershave brands and ingredients can appear daunting at first. The key is to focus on the ingredients. Where possible, you will want to stay away from ingredients that will do more harm than good. Ideal ingredients are ones that are natural, moisturise your skin, and help treat any scars or conditions. Definitely avoid lotions with high levels of alcohol.
Here are some ingredients to look for:
- Aloe vera, jojoba oil, and witch-hazel are all excellent moisturizers that can hydrate and cool your skin.
- Lavender oil, chamomile, and tea tree oil are helpful for curing any skin infections and bacteria that can cause acne.
For example, TRUEFITT & HILL is a brand of aftershave offered at men’s grooming salon Face of Man that has anti-inflammatory agents as well as no dehydrating isopropyl alcohol. This particular balm also helps close pores to minimize acne breakouts.
The Right Way To Apply Aftershave
Wash your face:
The first step after you’ve shaved should be to wash your face with cold water. This will help close your pores and make your skin less sensitive to the stinging ingredients that many aftershaves contain.
Preparation is always key:
There are many different types of aftershave, so prepare yours based on the type you prefer. Sprays are easy, just hold it 6 inches from your face and create a mist. This will enhance the fragrance and keep the application even. Lotions or balms should be mixed in your hands before applying.
Massage your face if required:
If you are using a spray you can avoid this part, as the mist will ensure even distribution and there is no need for rubbing. With lotions, gels, or balms, start at the top of your cheeks and gently work your way all the way down to your neck.
Check your hydration:
Some aftershaves tend to dry quickly and may not offer the right amount of hydration with one application. If needed, apply a second coat to complete the process.
Do not neglect your chest and wrists:
If you are in a hot environment, we tend to sweat and release body odour more easily. Luckily, heat also causes the aftershave to become more fragrant, so apply a little on your chest and rub a little on your wrists to ensure you are adequately covered.
Don’t apply too much:
Your aftershave will wear off at the same rate, no matter how much you apply. If you need to, you can always apply more to top up your scent later in the day. Just use enough to get your skin hydrated and prepared for the day ahead.
There are many different types of aftershave and it might take some trial and error to find what’s best for you. But once you find what you like, remember that it’s not just the ingredients and type that’s important, how you apply it can make all the difference. So put these tips into practice and give your face some much-needed pampering.
About The Author
Hi there! I’m Katie – a freelance writer and topic researcher based in Australia. Outside of work, I like to Netflix binge and eat gelato. Plus, my fur baby keeps me busy.