Applying a hydrating, soothing aftershave balm is likely the most important thing you can do after finishing your shave.
Yes, that’s still the case with electric razors. I wrote an extensive article detailing why following-up your shave is still necessary, even if you’re using an electric shaver.
But to put it briefly:
- your skin is most vulnerable right after shaving
- razor burn, irritation and micro cuts on the skin can still occur when using an electric razor. A quality aftershave will have a calming effect and will reduce the discomfort
- a light exfoliation still takes place as a very thin layer of skin cells is scraped off
- keeping your skin hydrated and nourished, especially after shaving is highly recommended
With that said, let’s see what are some of the best aftershaves you can use with an electric razor.
What are the hallmarks of a good aftershave?
Here are the main things to look for in a quality aftershave balm:
- Alcohol free. You should avoid alcohol if possible as it dries your skin and also stings.
- No nasty chemicals and preservatives. I’m talking about things like parabens, phthalates, BHA and so on.
- Lightly scented. A heavy fragrance can irritate sensitive skin and can be overpowering.
- Soothing ingredients: witch hazel, aloe vera, vitamin A, shea butter, coconut oil etc.
What’s the best aftershave for electric razors?
I’ve noticed that somehow this idea of an aftershave specifically geared towards electric razors has sprouted. It’s safe to say that there isn’t such a thing.
In fact, any quality aftershave will do. If it’s good enough for traditional shaving, it’s definitely up to the task here as well. Let’s not forget that shaving with a blade is generally more taxing to your skin compared to using an electric razor.
While there are tons of excellent aftershaves out there, here are a few personal favorites of mine to get you started.
Proraso Sensitive Aftershave Balm
This is an excellent inexpensive aftershave balm that I use quite often. It is my go to aftershave balm and a permanent stay in my shaving cabinet.
It is very lightly scented, has excellent moisturizing and calming properties and gets absorbed very fast into the skin, without leaving it greasy. Highly recommended.
Nivea Sensitive Post Shave Balm
Another excellent product that offers great value for money comes from the German manufacturer Nivea. I find it similar to the Proraso in terms of calming and moisturizing properties, but its fragrance is a little more potent.
It has a very nice classic, masculine, barbershop scent that I quite enjoy. But if you have extremely sensitive skin I recommend choosing the Proraso as it’s very lightly scented.
Truefitt & Hill Authentic No 10 Post Shave Cologne Balm
This was actually my first experience with Truefitt & Hill products and it lived up to my expectations. While it is pricey, it contains a host of wonderful ingredients that will make your skin feel amazing after using it. It’s also paraben free.
The fragrance is another highlight of this aftershave: a discreet, citrusy and masculine scent that’s not overpowering and won’t clash with your cologne.
Blaviar Sigma After Shave Balm
Blaviar is a new player on the men cosmetics market that uses only quality, non-aggressive ingredients. Their aftershave balm comes in two variations, Omega and Sigma.
I have only used the Sigma and it has a wonderfully woody scent. It has excellent moisturizing and nourishing properties and leaves no oily residues on the skin. I also enjoy using it as a daily face moisturizer.
Bluebeards Revenge Post Shave Balm
This is a fantastic choice for men with extra sensitive skin. It is one of the most hydrating and calming balms I have ever used and it’s particularly well suited for dry skin.
It has a thick, creamy consistency, so a little goes a very long way. I enjoy using it in the winter as it’s very hydrating and keeps my face feeling great during cold, windy weather.
Among its ingredients you’ll find witch hazel and aloe vera, two ingredients that I always like to see in a post shave balm. The scent is fresh and clean and very enjoyable.
Post shave treatment is one of the staples of men skin care. Considering that we don’t put a lot of effort into taking care of our mugs, I think this is a very important step that should not be skipped.
Even if you’re one of the lucky few that can get away without using an aftershave, it’s still a good idea to follow up your shave and apply some. Keeping your skin hydrated on a regular basis is highly recommended and the benefits will be obvious as time passes.