An aftershave is sold in lotion or gel form. It is generally used by men as a a way to prevent possible infections from skin cuts following a shave. This is because aftershaves contain ingredients, such as alcohol, that provide antiseptic benefits. But even as this may be enough to make aftershaves a must for everyone who shaves, modern products are now infused with a lot more “features” besides disinfection.
First, if you shop around, you’ll find that modern aftershaves now contain some kind of perfume. Regardless of the price of the product, it almost always has perfume in it to improve its scent. In fact, the perfume component has even somehow become the most important part of an aftershave from a shopper’s point of view. It has even become so important that several of these products have fashion designer names on them, such as Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, among many others.
Besides perfume, moisturizers are also found in aftershaves of this generation. As you may know, moisturizers soften the skin right after a shave, and this is one benefit appreciated by all shavers. These products are obviously no longer restricted to their original purpose.
Additionally, one of the things about aftershaves that makes them stand out is the packaging. Of course, packaging on its own will not effect your skin in any way. 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, different people may have different reasons for using an aftershave. Some just want the scent of it while others are really looking for the antiseptic protection. No matter your reasons for buying an aftershave, make sure you get something that’s suitable for you. A little homework will get you far. Study your skin and know what options you have.
Lastly, there’s the question of whether anyone can use an aftershave. So are they safe for all? Basically, anyone who has sensitivity issues or is allergic to witch hazel or any other ingredients in the product, should not use aftershave. Also, if your skin is prone to breakouts, avoid using any harsh products or those that can clog your pores. Instead, use a cooling gel cream that will soothe your freshly shaved skin while replenishing lost moisture. Again, research will help you find the right type and brand, depending on your skin type. Read product reviews, but skip biased marketing websites and just stick to independent consumer websites, where reviews are objective and credible.