Applying a hydrating, soothing aftershave balm is likely the most beneficial thing you can do for your skin upon completing your shave.
But to put it briefly:
- 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 the 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 see what are some of the best aftershaves out there if you’re using 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 just dries your skin and it 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. You may opt for a fragrance-free aftershave as well.
- 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 toward 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 razor blade is generally more taxing on the 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’s 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 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 extremely sensitive skin I recommend choosing the Proraso aftershave as it’s very lightly scented.
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.
Blaviar Sigma After Shave Balm
Blaviar is a new player on the men cosmetics market that uses only quality, skin-friendly ingredients. Their aftershave balm comes in two variations, Omega and Sigma.
I have only used the Sigma variation 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 dry and sensitive skin. It is one of the most hydrating and moisturizing 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 components that I always like to see in a post-shave balm. The scent is fresh, clean and very pleasant.
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 shouldn’t 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.