Why Use an After Shave Balm?
Aftershave comes in the form of lotions, gels, liquids powders and balms. It is used mainly by men and applied to the face post shaving to sooth, protect and scent.
Balms are great at soothing irritated skin and generally the ingredients revitalize and moisturize. Most balms also contain vitamin C so your skin stays shiny and healthy.
Top 5 After Shave Balms
See below for our top 5 after shave balms:
The best after shave balm (in our humble opinion) is from France and is produced with a mix of Shea butter and Birchwood sap extract. It helps reduce redness, razor burn and tightness while purifying the skin. It’s also great at soothing nicks and breakouts. L’Occitane is often overlooked, but they produce some great products and everybody that uses them loves them! This particular balm costs a little more than some but it is well worth it.
The first thing you’ll notice when applying this product is the wonderful scent. It smells great and the scent lasts for hours afterwards. Next you will notice how smooth it feels when it touches your skin. It calms and relaxes the face without leaving a greasy residue. A small amount will go a long way and a single tube should last most men up to a year. The only thing I dislike about this balm is the tube itself – when you near the end of the tube it can be a little tedious to squeeze the remainder out.
#2 Geo F. Trumper Limes Skin Food
Geo F. Trumper Skin Food comes in a variety of fragrances but the lightly scented lime balm is one of the most popular. This non-greasy formula contains a glycerine and gum based balm that seals freshly exfoliated skin (exfoliation occurs as a result of shaving). It leaves the surface of the skin smooth and dry, without drying the skin itself or blocking pores. It can be used both after and before shaving for added protection.
#3 The Art of Shaving’s After Shave Balm
The guys over at The Art of Shaving make some really great shaving products and their balm is no exception. Made in the USA, it is available in three scents: Lavender, Lemon or Sandalwood or unscented if you prefer. Our favourite has to be the Sandalwood. The balm is enriched with vitamin C, is alcohol-free and is suitable for all skin types. Your face will feel incredibly smooth after use.
This balm is for people who have a real passion for shaving.
#4 Clinique Skin Supplies for Men Post-Shave Healer
This balm comes with a weighty recommendation from the British version of the magazine Men’s Health (the biggest men’s magazine in its industry) as an effective tool to combat razor burn. It is a lightweight moisturizing balm that sooths freshly shaved skin. It is suitable for all skin types but designed with sensitive skin in mind. It is fragrance free and free off any irritatingly harsh chemicals.
#5 Dove Men + Care Post Shave Balm
Dove Men is a goliath who invests a lot of money to create quality products at a very reasonable price. Although their balm is not the best after shave balm on this list, it certainly offers excellent value for money, being the cheapest by far! Taking a look at Amazon’s website also reveals it is very popular with nearly 200 reviews scoring 4.3 out of 5.
Another balm that also deserves a mention is Baxter of California’s After Shave Balm. This is a great balm that missed out being included in our top 5 list, but only just!