Gents, it's time to stop fearing the blade. Shaving doesn't have to be a ritual in frustrating skin irritation. Thanks to a bevy of post-shaving products now on the market, it's easier than ever to avoid things like razor burn and ingrown hairs. From elixirs to creams to alum blocks, here are the 10 best post-shaving products for your face.
1| The Art Of Shaving Sandalwood After Shave Balm
This highly concentrated blend delivers a denser reparation than most lotions. Shea butter and glycerin soothe the skin, essential oils condition the skin, and grape seed extract heals any damage from the blade.
2| Baxter Of California Shave Tonic
This tonic will help nourish your skin, and you can apply both before and after you shave to increase its effectiveness.
3| RazoRock Alum Block
Somewhere along the line, we lost the simple act of wetting an alum block and applying it to the skin. The antiseptic brick (which is often sold as an application pen) tingles as it tightens pores—making it perfect for closing nicks and cuts—and prevents irritation and redness in the process.
4| Urth Post-Shave Elixir
Here's a magic potion for preventing razor bumps and ingrown hairs. Chamomile and calendula calm the skin while salicylic and lactic acids dissolve dead skin cells and grime in the pores.
5| Lab Series Razor Burn Relief Ultra
A savior for sensitive, easily irritated skin, this super-light solution immediately reverses the razor-blade's drying effects, preventing breakouts and redness.
6| Ahava Soothing After-Shave Moisturizer
AHAVA's moisturizer uses Dead Sea minerals to restore the skin to its pre-shave state, while its anti-bacterial formula disinfects; after all, you never know what's been growing on your blade between shaves. (Replace those razors often, guys.)
7| Clinique For Men Exfoliating Tonic
A post-shave splash of toner helps unclog pores and prevent ingrown hairs. It's also a helpful addition to your pre-shave regimen, cleaning the skin of oil and grime before the razor does its work.
8| Rituals Samurai After Shave Gel
This gel goes on like a liquid splash, and employs aloe to soothe irritated skin and minimize redness. Basil and tiger grass deliver an earthy, head-turning scent.
9| Kiehl's Razor Bump Relief
Along with razor burn, razor bumps and ingrown hairs are the scourge of the shaving man. Kiehl's Razor Bump Relief is a mild formula that will soothe the skin and help ward off those annoying irritations.
10| Imperial Barber Products Bergamot After Shave
Some guys still prefer the old-school, antiseptic splash of alcohol with their after-shave. The guys at Imperial have perfected the practice, combining cooling, toning bergamot with healing and moisturizing macadamia nut oil.
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