Choosing the best aftershave for you and your skin can make all the difference to your shaving routine. Aftershave lotions are a vital part of the shaving process as they promote the healing of tiny cuts and reduce the appearance of ingrown hairs.
There is a vast range of aftershaves available for men, most of them being of a pretty good standard. However, with such a wide choice, the variety of aftershave products can be confusing, especially with all the different ingredients and terminology that gets listed with very little explanation.
Here are some pointers to follow to help the next time your on the hunt for your next aftershave product.
Decide between a balm or a splash
When it comes to choosing the right aftershave for you, the choice starts with choosing between a balm or a slash product. Balms feel heavier and provide increased moisture to skin and irritation relief, making them a more preferable choice for men in colder climates.
Splashes are much lighter with a more watery consistency. They contain a combination of astringents, toners, and hydrosols that provide antibacterial protection for the skin. They are more popular with men who live in hotter and drier climates.
Select an aftershave based on your skin type
Part of choosing the right aftershave to use in your regular routine is choosing one based on the needs of your particular skin and how it will accommodate your unique skin type.
Normal skin means it appears evenly texture, smooth and clear with barely any visible pores or blemishes. It’s best to use a mild aftershave splash or balm to maintain your clear skin.
Sensitive skin itches and stings a lot more regularly. You are also more prone to break out in rashes when using certain shaving and skincare products. You will need to use an aftershave specifically made for sensitive skin.
Dry skin appears to be duller, rougher, and more cracked with lines and wrinkles. It is also more prone to peeling. A moisturising aftershave balm would be the best option here to accommodate your skin’s needs.
Oily skin looks shinier, particularly on the forehead, nose, and chin. It also feels oily to touch. Pores are larger and more noticeable and skin is more prone to blackheads, spots, and pimples. An aftershave splash with a toner would work well on oily skin along with an oil-free moisturiser.
Combination skin will have a central greasy area around the forehead, nose, and chin but will be drier around the cheeks. It is also prone to blackheads, particularly around the nose. The best way to accommodate to combination skin is by using products specifically formulated for combination skin or to apply the appropriate products to the relevant area of the face – dry skin products for the drier areas, and oil-free products for the more oily bits.