Natural Aftershave – What to use and how to make it
When you shave your skin, you’re not removing just the hair. You are removing the outermost layer of your skin as well. Right after shaving, the skin is most vulnerable. You have just peeled off it’s first protective mechanism. While this thin layer regenerates rather fast, it is up to you to protect your skin while it does that. I mean, you shaved it in the first place. With the inner layer exposed, the skin is susceptible to infections and breakouts. While rubbing alcohol might do the trick for most people, there are some of us that want the best for their skin. Instead of using chemicals, some of us opt out for a more natural aftershave. Surprisingly, there is a plethora of things you can use as an aftershave when you want to go chemical-free. We’ve even included a sweet DIY recipe at the end, in case you want to take the extra step.
First of all, when you say aftershave, you think of two things. The smell and the soothing feeling that an aftershave brings. While the smell can be reproduced in a number of ways, the soothing feeling is actually even easier to break down. If you think about it, since your skin needs to regenerate and rejuvenate, your natural aftershave should contain all the nutrients that your skin needs for this. If you look at it that way, it is quite simple to decide what to use after you have shaved.
You must have been living under a rock if you didn’t see this one coming. Shea butter is the go-to oil for whatever problems you have. From wrinkles to acne. If you use it as an aftershave it will soothe your skin, which is exactly what it needs after a round of razor-peeling (sounds harsh, but that’s essentially what you’re doing). Furthermore Shea butter has been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties when applied to the skin. Finally, just like any other butter, it will help with moisturizing your skin, giving it a fresher feel. On top of all of that, Shea Butter is a non comedogenic oil, which means it will not clog your skin pores when they are at their weakest.
Another superstar in regards to skincare. And again it’s a tropical plant. Ah, what would we do without them. It is not surprising that coconut oil can be used as a natural aftershave. It’s benefits on the skin are amazing. First it will help your skin moisturize and feel fresher. On top of this coconut oil has strong antifungal and antibacterial properties. After a shave, if you’re not keen on using alcohol, this is the second-best option. Even thought it will not prevent infections as well as alcohol, it will still help immensely. The added bonus with coconut oil is that you do not necessarily have to use it exclusively as an aftershave. You can use it as a shaving cream as well. This literally makes it an all-in-one go-to product that every shaving kit needs.
Follow us on page 2 for the rest of the ingredients and the DIY recipe