Post Shave and Alcohol

Post Shave and Alcohol 

Why is Alcohol used after a shave?

Some men, barbers and others seem to think using alcohol or alcohol products after shaving will somehow make their skin prone to preventing ingrown hairs. There is no real validity to this!

Now what it does do is act as a post-shave astringent or antiseptic to tighten skin pores and prevent infection after shaving. But, the problem with this is, alcohol also can exacerbate razor burn and make it challenging for your skin to retain much needed moisture.

Alcohol dries and tightens the skin to a point where the dryness creates a barrier on the skin's surface. Now it is difficult for hair to pierce through the skin’s layer, and the process of ingrown hairs begins.

Alcohol has some benefits but just know, in the long run these few benefits don’t out way the irritation to those prone to sensitive skin or razor burn. 

Our recommendation is to use witch hazel, a plant that has natural astringent properties. Witch hazel has a calming effect on irritation, stops present bleeding, and disinfects skin nicks. And there are no stinging effects after use.

Aloe vera is also a great choice! It has so many uses. Aloe vera is a powerful plant with a rich source of vitamins and antioxidants that moisturizes, soothes skin, prevents irritation, and helps neutralize ultra violent (UV) rays. 

This multiple use plant is in many products to use on your skin after a shave, hair cut or for everyday use to heal and calm the skin.  My advice is to purchase a witch hazel that has less than 14% alcohol, with aloe vera.

Be advised, moisturizing at least twice a day for your face and beard, promotes healthy skin.

We recommend Taylor B’s beard oil as a followup moisturizer after your daily facial routine. Our all natural, organic and paraben free oil is great for hair and beard.