Beard and Blade: Skin-friendly aftershave brands
Disinfecting the little nicks and cuts from shaving a good beard can be very drying on the skin. It’s because regular aftershaves usually contain alcohol that kills bacteria. Alcohol does a good job at preventing infection but when it is splashed on freshly shaved skin, it can really burn.
Grooming experts here at Beard and Blade now have a list that covers a range of skin types. Whether your skin is prone to dryness, acne and ingrown hairs, razor burns or even if you just want to maintain a healthy glow.
Moisturising shave balm
Moisturizing after shaving is an important step to post-shave care. Because when you shave, the skin’s natural oils also come off. You need to add moisture back with a sensitive post-shave balm. This will soothe your skin and prevent ingrown hairs, dryness and razor burn.
The experts also recommend that you should avoid alcohol-based formulas especially if you have sensitive skin. Also, don’t use aftershaves with fragrances and flavours like menthol and lemon oil because they can cause breakouts and redness.
Refreshing and toning liquid lotion
Grooming experts also recommend using a liquid aftershave. It is gentle enough to use every day and great for closing the pores. It will definitely help your skin look tight and fresh.
You should avoid aftershaves with ingredients like coconut oil or cocoa butter because they clog the pores. Alcohol-based formulas can be drying for many skin types but they are good for oily skin to reduce shine and grease.
Post-shave cooling gel
Aftershaves with a blend of botanicals like bacteria-fighting lavender, aloe and chamomile are good for calming irritation. This is especially important to avoid aftershave burn because it is alcohol-free so it won’t dry or irritate your skin.
It also helps if you regularly wash with antibacterial soap and change your razor blades often. New blades can help you shave more cleanly and prevent bacteria buildup around hair follicles.
Beard and Blade recommends formulas that contain salicylic acid to provide gentle exfoliation to prevent ingrown hairs. This is especially for those who are prone to skin breakouts. Beard and Blade emphasises the importance of exfoliating regularly because ingrown hairs caused by dead skin trap hair beneath the skin causing clogged pores.
Skin dries out as you get older and that dryness can worsen into inflammation after shaving. You need to use more than one product as layered protection. Search for a soothing anti-inflammatory tonic with cooling eucalyptus and skin-brightening vitamin C.
Organic shave lotion
Happy news for people who may have bad skin reactions to harsh or artificial ingredients. There are formulas now that are all-natural and made with organic ingredients like witch hazel to close pores and disinfect after shaving.
Growing a beard is always a good excuse not to use your razor blades but when an occasion calls for it, make sure you have the perfect aftershave to protect your skin.