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A great shave is only as good as the last step: aftershave. The post-shave product is not just meant to feel good (which it does), but it actually closes up vulnerable pores, preventing bumps, irritation, and burns. It adds a protective layer to that newly soft skin, so the good shave will last longer. Here are some of the best aftershaves.

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Gillette After Shave Gel 

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A gel formula offers a super light feel, which can be great after a shave. This one is also great for warmer months, when you just want your face to feel refreshed.

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Every Man Jack Face Lotion 

If you're more of a one-and-done kind of guy, Every Man Jack makes a face lotion that doubles as a post-shave. The mint feels super clean on the skin, too. 

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Burt's Bees Aftershave

Burt's Bees makes a mean lip balm, and its other skincare products are just as good. This one uses sunflower and coconut oils to keep skin smooth. 

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Dove Men+ Care Post Shave Balm 

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Some aftershaves feel harsh because they contain alcohol, which, although great for preventing infection, can be too rough on sensitive skin. Instead, Dove Men+ Care opts for an alcohol- and fragrance-free formula. 

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Neutrogena Post Shave Lotion 

Dry skin is even more susceptible to post-shave irritation. Use this post-shave lotion to both block irritation and hydrate your skin, so it won't get flakey or tight. 

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Lucky Tiger After Shave and Face Tonic 

Lucky Tiger is an old drugstore classic. This aftershave doubles as a toner, so it's good for guys who have bigger pores. (If you're unsure, take a look at your nose in a mirror. Can you see mini craters? Those are visible pores.) 

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Proraso After Shave Lotion 

Proraso is probably what your dad used, or what you might have seen in a barbershop. The classic formula feels fresh, without burning. Its main ingredient: Witch hazel.

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Nivea Post Shave Balm 

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Balms are a great in between product—it's lighter than a lotion, but not quite as light as a gel. This one is good for combination or normal skin (as in, not super dry or oily). 

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Jack Black Post Shave Cooling Gel 

Jack Black has some of the best mixtures of ingredients around. Its post-shave gel is made with aloe, sage, and lavender, so it basically feels like a spa.

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Origins Fire Fighter 

This one is for guys who get razor burn more often than they don't. It uses chamomile and cucumber to soothe burning skin, and eucalyptus to refresh it. Apply right after shaving.

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Clinique Post-Shave Soother 

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Clinique's post-shave is great for guys who tend to get nicks and cuts as they shave. This has aloe in it, so it'll take the stinging sensation right out.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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