A New Approach to Application of Alcohol-Based Aftershaves

Discussion in 'Shave School' started by TraderJoe, Mar 16, 2007.

  1. TraderJoe

    TraderJoe Pink Floid

    Being one who truly enjoys the cooling & bracing effect of an alcohol aftershave, there are a few drawbacks to using them regularly:

    1) Scent can be strong, clashing with other fragrances
    2) Can be drying
    3) Can burn

    There are however, many times more advantages (to me) for using them after every shave.

    So, -

    Thought I'd share something that has seemingly been working very well for me ~

    Quick synopsis of shaving process, paying specific attention to placement of Alcohol Based/AS

    Before (Old Way)
    PreShave
    Shave
    Cold Water
    Witch Hazel
    -Alcohol Based Aftershave
    Balm/Moisturizer (if needed)


    After (New Way)

    PreShave
    Shave
    -Cold Water
    -Alcohol Based Aftershave
    -Cold Water
    -Witch Hazel

    Balm/Moisturizer (if needed)

    ***The main difference here is that "the New Way" involves the use of AB/AS immediately following the shave and cold water splash, and the subsequent rinsing-off of the AB/AS with cold water; followed by witch hazel and balm.

    Result - you get the cooling(given menthol)/toning/astringent/antiseptic effects of the AB/AS without the afore-mentioned drawbacks.

    Give it a try, I hope it works for you too :D
  2. sparky5693

    sparky5693 Administrator Staff Member

    Administrator
    Ya know... I kinda like the burn. I always knew I was weird.
  3. Baloosh

    Baloosh Duder

    Good tip! Thinking outside the box, as they say.

    I'll give this a try in the morning. Rinsing off the Alcohol-based A/S, eh? Guess that Aqua Velva scent won't be lasting NEARLY as long now!! ;) ;)
  4. Will

    Will Nevermind

    I always cut my Alcohol with Witch Hazel to lessen the burn.

    So how about this?

    Prep
    Shave
    Cold water
    WH mixed with AfterShave
    Cold water
    More WH
    Then balm/ moisturizer
  5. Baloosh

    Baloosh Duder

    Holy smokes. I did this tonight (late shave) and MAN my face feels great!!

    Sometimes I get itching or irritation after my shave for about and hour or so (only sometimes) but NONE of that with today's shave.

    Pre-shave regiment
    shave
    warm water rinse
    cold water rinse
    AB/AS (DR Harris Sandalwood)
    Wait a cuppa minutes ("cuppa" courtesy of RNB:p)
    cold water rinse
    W/H or Hydrosol

    Vive la difference! Thanks for the tip Joe!

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