How To Use Aftershave

March 07, 2022 3 min read

How To Use Aftershave

How To Use Aftershave

Learning how to use aftershave is an essential lesson for any gentleman these days. After all, these humble products can offer a powerhouse of benefits - helping to heal shaving cuts, soothe irritated skin, restore moisture, and so much more.

With all of these benefits up for grabs, adding an aftershave into your shaving routine is a no-brainer. 

Want to learn how to use aftershave? In this article, we’ve covered everything you need to know about adding an aftershave into your shaving routine - take a look! 

What Is Aftershave?

Let’s kick things off with the basics - what is aftershave, exactly?

Aftershave is a popular men’s shaving product that’s applied to the skin post-shave to ease skin irritation, heal shave cuts, and moisturise the skin. 

These products have been around since the 1700s, traditionally taking the form of an alcohol-based liquid. Though over the years, aftershaves have evolved into balms and creams - now containing an assortment of natural ingredients to nourish and support skin health. 

man using aftershave

How To Use Aftershave 

Now that we’ve covered the basics of aftershave, let’s get into the good stuff. Learn how to use aftershave with our simple guide below!


1. Prepare The Skin 

Preparation is key for getting the best results with an aftershave. Before you start slathering it on, take a quick moment to prepare your skin.

Once you’ve finished shaving, rinse your face thoroughly to wash away any shaving cream. Then, use a soft towel to gently pat dry the skin. 


2. Use A Coin-Sized Amount 

When it comes to using an aftershave, try not to go overboard by applying too much product. Otherwise, the formula can potentially clog up the pores and leave behind an overpowering fragrance

Remember, less is more. For the best results with an aftershave, all you typically need to use is a small, coin-sized dollop. 


3. Rub Your Hands Together

Once you have a small dollop, rub your palms together to evenly coat your hands with the cream or liquid. If you’re using a cream or balm, do this until any clumps are removed. 

This simple step will ensure that the aftershave is evenly and easily applied to the skin. 


4. Apply The Aftershave 

Now that your hands are evenly coated in aftershave, all you need to do is apply it to your skin. 

Run your hands along your cheeks, down your jawline, across your neck, and over your chin - coating the skin wherever you’ve used a razor. From here, the aftershave will work to soothe irritation, heal any shaving cuts, and hydrate the skin


5. Don’t Wash It Off 

This might sound obvious, but we’re going to go ahead and say it anyway - once you’ve applied an aftershave, don’t wash it off right away.

These products work as a moisturiser, disinfectant, and cologne. For an aftershave to work its magic, it needs to stay on the skin to be properly absorbed.  

man using aftershave

The Best Aftershave For Men 

Has all this talk of aftershave got you excited? Below, we’ve listed some of the best aftershaves for men to add to their post-shaving routine. Take a look! 


1. Post Shave Balm | Bluebeard’s Revenge 

First up, we have this Post Shave Balm by Bluebeard's Revenge - specifically designed to reduce beard growth and moisturise the skin after shaving. 

With the help of witch hazel and aloe vera, this formula will nourish the skin and soothe any irritations - such as razor burn or bumps.

All you need is a small dollop of this post-shave balm to enjoy its soothing and refreshing benefits. 



2. No.9 Bay Rum Aftershave | Layrite 

This No.9 Bay Rum Aftershave by Layrite is a barbershop classic, designed to soothe and refresh the skin when it needs it most. 

This classic aftershave will work to cool the skin post-shave while soothing any razor burn or bumps to leave your skin feeling fresh and invigorated. 

With these soothing benefits up for grabs, this aftershave makes a great post-shave companion. 




3. Aftershave Balm & Face Moisturiser | Imperial 

 What we love about this Aftershave Balm & Face Moisturiser by Imperial is that it packs a double punch. It’ll work great as a moisturiser to promote elasticity and refresh the skin while soothing any shaving-related skin irritations. 

The natural, light-weight formula will gently rehydrate the skin post-shave to restore the moisture balance - with the help of ingredients like shea butter, jojoba oil, and green tea extract. 

Plus, the natural bergamot scent will provide you with a calming, natural fragrance for you to calmly start your day. 


Head to the online store to browse our aftershave range now!
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