Shaving Science

The Ultimate Guide to Aftershave Products

Aftershave is a vital part of the shaving process for men to feel relaxed and at their best. However, aftershave is one of the more misunderstood grooming products out there.

“Is aftershave cologne?”

Commonly asked questions like these have inspired us to put together a guide to explain how to use aftershave, how to use aftershave balm, and hopefully dispel any misconceptions about this essential skincare product.

What is Aftershave?

We’ll just say it, aftershave is not Eau de Cologne. It is scented to make the experience of using it pleasant, but the main purpose of aftershave is to soothe your skin so that it’s less irritated by dryness or cuts and to keep your newly exposed skin nourished and hydrated with essential oils.

One of the benefits of using aftershave is that it will leave you smelling great for a few hours, but this is not its core purpose.

The Ultimate Guide to Aftershave Products | Gillette UK

How to use Aftershave Balm/Moisturiser

Before applying aftershave, we recommend splashing cold water on your face. This helps soothe any immediate shaving irritation and refreshes your skin ahead of the next step in your routine (check out our blog for more on the importance of washing your face). Once you’ve done this, place about a teaspoon’s worth of Gillette’s Aftershave Moisturiser in your hand, rub your hands together, and then apply to your face, starting from your chin and working your way down to your neck.

Why does Aftershave Burn?

Some people are reluctant to use aftershave because they associate it with a painful burning sensation. This is because, in the past, aftershave was primarily a spray that contained a lot of alcohol. While alcohol, at the right volume, is effective at killing off bacteria, too much of it can dry out your skin and create a stinging sensation, especially if you cut yourself while shaving.

Why Does Aftershave Burn? | Gillette UK

Gillette’s aftershave products are some of the best aftershave products for men with sensitive skin, as our moisturiser and balm are milder and don’t contain as much alcohol as some aftershave sprays do. They keep your skin conditioned without dehydrating them or causing you a lot of discomfort.

What’s the Difference Between Aftershave Balm and Aftershave Moisturiser?

While both are milder than their spray alternative, our Aftershave Moisturiser still contains some alcohol, although much less than you’d find in a spray.

Our Aftershave Balm is slightly weaker than our Aftershave Moisturiser, as it’s specially designed for men with rough or sensitive skin and doesn’t contain any alcohol.

For more information about sensitive skin and how to look after it, make sure you check out our Man’s Guide to Sensitive Skin:

A Man’s Guide to Sensitive Skin

Face Shaving Tips

A Man’s Guide to Sensitive Skin

2019-03-27 08:49:50By Gillette



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