Shaving can be rough on our skin. Without proper care, shaving can result in dry skin, razor burn or painful cuts. At Fieldworks Supply Company, we always recommend protecting your skin by using a high quality razor, an all-natural shaving gel or soap and an aftershave elixir. Is applying aftershave a part of your shaving ritual? Let’s explore a brief history of aftershave and what you should look for in your aftershave products.

After-Shave History:

Over the centuries, aftershave has become synonymous with the art of male grooming. Early aftershave concoctions contained tropical smelling bay rum or astringent witch hazeland were applied by barbers for their enticing scent and antiseptic benefits. Not only did aftershave protect cuts or nicks from getting infected, it also minimized the spread of disease between barbershop clients. Soon, the use of aftershave became a household tradition as men applied a daily splash after their morning shave.

What to Look for in Aftershave:

A close shave removes the outermost layer of skin from your face, which can cause skin dryness, irritation and dreaded razor burn. Applying an aftershave to your face will not only soothe and cool your skin, but it will protect it from irritation and redness. We recommend that you look for aftershave product that contains these protective ingredients:

  • Astringent ingredients: Shaving opens up the pores in your face. Applying an aftershave that has astringent ingredients like witch hazel will tighten your face and prevent pores from getting clogged with acne-causing bacteria.
  • Moisturizing ingredients: Look for ingredients such as aloe to replenish the moisture in your skin to prevent redness and razor burn.
  • Antiseptic ingredientsAftershave that contains antiseptic ingredients will reduce the chance of infection if you’ve nicked or cut yourself during the shaving process. To avoid extra exposure to synthetic chemicals, look for natural botanicals with antiseptic properties, like tea tree oil or vetiver essential oil.
  • Ingredients you recognizeYour skin is very absorbent right after you shave, which is why it is important to use an all-natural and chemical-free aftershave. Look for botanicals in the ingredient list.

Follow the shaving traditions established by the many men before you. Finish your next shave with our Face of Danger After-Shave Elixir. This chemical-free aftershave contains natural healing, soothing and antiseptic ingredients such as calendula, nutmeg and witch hazel.

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