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How to Properly Apply Aftershave

Feb 28, 2008
Most people are aware that aftershave, gel or lotion, used by men after shaving helps by preventing the skin from getting infected by cuts, as well as perfuming and moisturizing the skin. Aftershave is able to prevent infection because of the antiseptic agents that are usually included in the list of ingredients, namely alcohol.

What to Look for

Of course, before you can apply your aftershave, you have to purchase it, and since there are so many different brands and types to choose from, this process can often be rather challenging. The most important thing to remember here is that all of these aftershave products are aiming to do the same thing, so you are really just choosing from the different features and ingredients that are offered with each product.

One of the most important aspects you have to consider is that of how well the product is going to cooperate with your skin. For instance, if you have sensitive skin, you are going to want to stay away from any aftershave products that contain a high amount of unnecessary ingredients, especially perfumes. If you have very dry skin, then you will want to find an aftershave product that moisturizes as well. You can also ask about aftershaves that have passed a dermatological check for sensitive or dry skin.

You are also going to want to take your budget into consideration, though for the most part, all aftershave products are pretty affordable. You can take into consideration how often you will be using this product. If you are a daily wearer, then going with a less-expensive brand will save you money, since you will be purchasing the product more often than if you were only a weekend wearer.

How to Apply

The process of applying aftershave is certainly simple; however, the number of men who actually apply it properly is quite surprising. This process is extremely important to understand because most men shave at least a few times a week and apply their aftershave just as often. Not only that, but once you have shaven, you have left the pores on the surface of your skin open, vulnerable, and incredibly sensitive. Applying aftershave incorrectly can not only be very uncomfortable and even painful, but it can also cause bumping and irritation.

The best method is to shave, and then rinse your face off with cool water, as this will help to close up the pores before you apply the aftershave. After this it basically depends on the type of aftershave that you use in terms of what sort of experience you are going to have. If you choose an alcohol-based aftershave, then you are going to have a rather shocking experience usually a sharp, stinging sensation, which actually a lot of men do not mind because it makes them feel awake and refreshed. However, if this is not what you are after, then you do have the option of using a lotion- or cream-based aftershave, which will not be as harsh on your skin and will be more cooling than anything.

The most important thing is that you find an aftershave product that is easy to use, that you enjoy using, and that makes you feel clean and refreshed afterwards. With the abundance of aftershave products available to you these days, there is no doubt that you will be able to find an aftershave that suits you perfectly.
About the Author
Ursula McLean is a IA and ITEC qualified beauty therapist working with Feel Confident. Visit www.feelconfident.co.uk for great deals on Aftershave.
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