We’re sure you know how to use aftershave balm… it goes on after a fresh shave. No sh*t. But we bet you didn’t know just how versatile this men’s skincare product actually is. Sure, its primary functions are to cool inflammation, moisturize the skin to relieve razor burn, and help prevent in-grown hairs. It turns out there’s a number of uses for aftershave balm, making it one of the most versatile items in a gentleman’s grooming regimen; we’ve asked our resident experts at Baxter Finley Barber & Shop to break these myriad uses down for us.
As an Everyday Lotion
An aftershave balm is, at its core, a pretty effective moisturizer. Its formula features soothing aloe vera and purifying tea tree oil to tone soften your skin wherever it’s applied. It doesn’t just have to be for your face—use it on your hands, feet, elbows, or anywhere else you need a little extra moisture. It’s lighter than most moisturizers so it won’t leave a greasy residue. And it smells damn good.
For Minor Sunburns
What do razor burn and sunburn have in common? They’re both red and painful, so why can’t the formula that works on one work on the other? Sunburn lotion/ointment and aftershave balm contain many of the same skin-soothing ingredients, after all. Use aftershave balm after a long day of being out in the sun to keep your skin looking soft and redness-free.
After You Get Your Ink
Aftershave balm is designed to heal irritation and close pores after your shave. After a tattoo, you basically want to do the same to the affected area. Not only does it keep your skin clean and hydrated, its soothing ingredients like aloe and menthol also tamp down on itching, peeling and burning that commonly follows a brand new tat.
As an Emergency Disinfectant
As you may know, aftershave helps keep any cuts you get while shaving from getting infected. It does this thanks to alcohol and other naturally sterilizing ingredients like tea tree oil, which some people opt to use it as an emergency antiseptic. Only if you’re in a bind, though.
For Shaving Delicate Areas
Shaving cream or foam creates a rich layer of lubricating lather that acts as a cushion between your skin and the blade. Problem is, you might need more visibility if you’re trying to shape a specific area like your beard, sideburns and other unmentionable places. Aftershave is naturally emollient and will create that same moisture barrier while going on clear so you can actually see what you’re doing.