Applying a hydrating, soothing aftershave balm is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your skin upon completing your shave.
And this is true regardless if you’re using a manual razor or an electric shaver.
Granted, your skin takes less of a tall in the case of the latter (provided you’re using the right shaver and the right technique), but I would still highly recommend including an aftershave in your routine.
- your skin is most vulnerable right after shaving;
- razor burn, irritation, and micro cuts can still occur when using an electric razor. A quality aftershave will have a calming effect and will reduce discomfort;
- a light and spotty exfoliation still takes place as a very thin layer of skin cells is scraped off, particularly the tissue around the hair shaft;
- keeping your skin hydrated and nourished, especially after shaving is highly recommended.
With that said, let’s check out some of the best aftershaves out there if you’re using an electric razor.
Table of Contents
- What are the hallmarks of a good aftershave?
- Aftershaves for electric razors
- Which are some of the best aftershaves in 2023?
- Final word
What are the hallmarks of a good aftershave?
Here are the main things to look for in a quality aftershave balm:
Soothing ingredients: Panthenol, Aloe vera, vitamin E, shea butter, glycerin etc.
Lightly scented. A heavy fragrance can irritate sensitive skin and can be overpowering. You may opt for a fragrance-free aftershave as well.
No nasty chemicals and preservatives. Things like parabens, phthalates, BHA and so on should not be on the ingredients list.
Alcohol-free (ideally). Alcohol stings and can dry your skin. However, I wouldn’t rule out completely aftershave balms containing alcohol as there are a few really good ones out there.
Aftershaves for electric razors
I want to quickly address this idea of an aftershave specifically geared toward men that use electric razors.
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 razor blade is generally more taxing on the skin compared to using an electric razor.
Which are some of the best aftershaves in 2023?
While there are tons of excellent aftershaves out there, here are a few personal favorites of mine to get you started.
1. Proraso Sensitive Aftershave Balm
This is an excellent and reasonably priced aftershave balm that I use quite often. It’s of my go-to aftershave balms 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.
It would be a safe choice for most users since it’s also alcohol-free (Benzyl alcohol is different from Ethanol).
2. Nivea Sensitive Cooling 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 balm 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 any perfume sensitivity I recommend choosing the Proraso aftershave as it’s very lightly scented.
It’s also alcohol-free, making it a safe choice for almost anyone.
3. Clinique For Men Post-Shave Soother
This aftershave balm from Clinique is the newest entry on my list for 2023.
I’ve actually tried it at the suggestion of a reader and I’m glad I did because this is a fantastic product.
Price aside, it’s currently my favorite post-shave balm.
It’s fragrance-free and contains a host of soothing and high-quality ingredients like Aloe leaf extract, Linseed extract, Sweet almond extract, Witch hazel and so on.
Since there’s no added perfume, it only has a mild, pleasant, herbal note from the natural ingredients.
It quickly goes away however once you apply the product to the skin and it’s basically fragrance-free.
It does contain Alcohol, but it really doesn’t feel like it.
For example, even if I have some visible razor burn, it doesn’t sting at all.
And applying any other Alcohol-based aftershave would inflict some significant discomfort.
However, there’s no trace of that when I use the Clinique post-shave soother.
My guess is that the Alcohol content is really low and the rest of the ingredients are extremely calming.
And that’s the most impressive thing about this aftershave — it’s among the most soothing and nourishing I’ve used so far.
The consistency is similar to the Nivea and Proraso balms, meaning it’s a bit more watery, but you only need a small amount and it gets absorbed into the skin very quickly, leaving no oily film.
So why only the number 3 spot?
Well, it’s expensive. Where I live I could buy 3 Proraso bottles for the same money and the Proraso bottle is larger as well (100ml vs 75ml).
But if that’s not an issue, the Clinique For Men Post-Shave Soother is one of the best aftershaves out there.
4. Tabac Original Aftershave Balm
This is the only aftershave balm on my list that contains Alcohol alongside the Clinique above.
While in the past I would stay clear of them completely, this one is another great product.
Tabac is a German brand that is well-known for the quality of their cosmetics.
And this aftershave is one of my favorite post-shave balms and I’ve been using it regularly for the past two years.
Even though I have sensitive and dry skin and I was a bit concerned about the alcohol it contains, it’s undoubtedly one of the best aftershaves out there.
It does sting a bit if I use a more aggressive shaver like the Panasonic Arc 5 which can cause some micro-cuts to the skin, but the discomfort quickly subsides and the skin feels extremely well-nourished and moisturized.
It has also reduced the pseudofolliculitis/razor bumps that I would often get. The alcohol in its composition could actually have something to do with that.
The bad part? It is rather expensive and sometimes difficult to source outside of Europe.
5. Truefitt & Hill Authentic No 10 Post Shave 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 fragrance.
6. Cremo Cooling Post Shave Balm
This aftershave balm from Cremo is arguably the one with the best value for money on this list (especially if you live in the USA).
Fortunately, it also doesn’t disappoint.
It’s a really pleasant, hydrating and moisturizing balm with a very thick consistency and a refreshing, cooling effect on the skin.
There’s a Sensitive variation as well, but I haven’t tried it and the regular one seems to be really good anyway.
It contains high-quality ingredients like Shea butter, Tee tree leaf oil and menthol which gives that cooling sensation.
Post-shave treatment is one of the staples of men’s skin care.
Considering that we probably don’t put a lot of effort into taking care of our faces, I think this is a very important step we shouldn’t skip.
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 is highly recommended and the benefits will be obvious as time passes.
Over to you now — which aftershave are you currently using? Leave a comment below if you’ve found one that should be on this list as well.