Aftershave

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An aftershave is a lotion, gel, balm, powder, or liquid used mainly by men after they have finished shaving. It may contain an antiseptic agent such as denatured alcohol, stearate citrate or witch hazel to prevent infection of cuts, as well as to act as an astringent to reduce skin irritation. Menthol is used in some varieties as well to numb damaged skin, and it is an ingredient that shaving cream manufacturers have started including in their formulations, too.

Aftershave with alcohol also usually causes an immediate burning sensation in men who apply it post-shave, with effects sometimes lasting several minutes.[1] The use of aftershave in society dates back to Roman times.[2] For this reason, a market consisting of highly differentiated products has been created—some utilizing alcohols, some not.

Some aftershaves utilize fragrance or essential oil to enhance scent. Moisturizers—natural and artificial, are often touted as able to soften the skin. Astringents are also often used in the formulation of an aftershave.

Aftershave is sometimes mistakenly referred to as Eau de Cologne due to the very similar nature of the two products. Some aftershave manufacturers encourage using their fragranced aftershave as if it were cologne, in order to increase sales by encouraging men to use it in a more versatile manner, rather than just after a shaving session. Some aftershaves were inspired by a cologne.

Early aftershaves included Witch-hazel and Bay Rum, and have been documented in shaving guides.[3] Both still are sold as aftershaves.

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  1. ^ "Soothe Yourself". GQ. Archived from the original on 23 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  2. ^ Modern Gent. "The History of Shaving". Moderngent.com. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  3. ^ "Shaving made easy; what the man who shaves ought to know .. : 20th century correspondence school, New York. [from old catalog] : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". Archive.org. 2001-03-10. Retrieved 2012-10-20.