Men have been shaving for hundreds if not thousands of years. As shaving has become a more important and common thing in modern men’s grooming, the need for shaving tools and accessories has also increased greatly. Thus, creating the aftershave.
It used to be that all you needed to shave was a shaving cream (or soap) and a razor, and while that is still true, there is now an additional piece of the puzzle. You see, shaving often causes irritation, redness, and acne, and aftershaves wer created to help alleviate those unfortunate side effects, as well as give you some smell-good charisma.
Let’s dive in to what aftershave is, what it’s made from, and why it should actually be a very important part of any mans shaving routine. And then we’ll discuss why you’re going to want to try this menthol-infused aftershave by Volt!
What Is Aftershave
Aftershave is defined as any kind of liquid, oil, gel, or anything else that is meant to be applied to your skin after you shave…hence the name. Essentially, aftershave is any kind of post-shave additive that is meant to help remedy the skin.
Perhaps you’ve seen some famous examples of people using aftershave, such as in the popular movie “Home Alone” where Kevin comedically slaps some of it onto his face after shaving, likely just imitating what he saw his adults do, and screaming due to the signature “burn” that aftershaves tend to have.
So, what’s the point of aftershave and why has it become so popular?
What Does Aftershave Do?
Aftershave was invented for the sole purpose of helping aid skin health after shaving. Your skin understandably gets raw and irritated when scraping a sharp metal blade over the surface, especially around particularly sensitive areas such as the face.
Aftershave was invented in order to help moisturize, soothe, and aid the skin after shaving in order to reduce irritation, redness, dryness, breakouts, and ingrown hairs.
Another benefit is how it smells, often giving off a cologne-like fresh fragrance. However, it is important not to try and replace aftershaves with your typical cologne. Cologne does not contain the ingredients and primary benefit of aiding skin health like dedicated aftershaves are meant to.
Another interesting characteristic of various aftershaves, and one that many men actually find quite satisfying, is that classic “burn” feeling that occurs when applied on freshly shaved skin. That burn can be caused by many different factors, but is almost always caused by the alcohol content in the aftershave that is added to sanitize the shaved area and carry the other ingredients.
So, what are those other ingredients?
What Is Aftershave Made Of?
In order to accomplish the goal of healing and aiding the raw skin after shaving, aftershaves contain a lot of different ingredients that have to work together. Here’s an example of what can be found in Volt’s aftershave and what those ingredients do.
Alcohol: Alcohol sanitizes the area, gives the classic burn, and carries the other ingredients.
Menthol: Provides a cooling-sensation, helps relieve pain.
Cucumber Extract: Moisturizes, cools, and tightens the skin.
Hyaluronic Acid: Retains moisture and hydrates the skin.
Eucalyptus: Anti-inflammation properties and a natural skin-soother.
Witch Hazel: Reduces irritation and itchiness.
Aloe: Fights razor burn, cools the skin, and heals cuts.
How To Use Aftershave?
Aftershaves are quite simple to use. Here are the easy steps:
- Apply 2-3 squirts of aftershave to freshly shaved skin.
- Let it set for 30 seconds.
- Dry off the excess with a clean towel.
Overall, aftershaves are a classic and popular way to remedy and mitigate the negative effects that shaving has on your skin. With a quality aftershave like Volt’s Aftershave, you can heal and tighten your skin after shaving and avoid the negative effects of redness, irritation, itchiness, razor bumps, and breakouts.
Not to mention, Volt’s aftershave comes in our signature aluminum bottles with our no-spill locking pump and smells like fresh citrus and sea salt. Grab it HERE.
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