Aftershave and moisturizing question

Discussion in 'Skincare' started by ColtJustice, Aug 20, 2017.

  1. ColtJustice

    ColtJustice Well-Known Member

    What I've been doing is:
    Alum (no rinse. Let it dry, then....)
    Styptic pencil, if necessary
    ... Aftershave
    I am a little confused as to aftershave then moisturize, or vice versa.
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  2. PLAla

    PLAla Bit Shy of a Full Puck

    It doesn't matter....whatever works best for you! Experiment and see what you like. Some guys go with balm first and then splash over it. I go splash first and then balm at the end (when I use balm). I remember someone saying that a dermatologist told them that the balm should go first followed by the splash, but I can't remember who that was.
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  3. Bama Samurai

    Bama Samurai with Laser-like Focus Staff Member

    I'd do Cetaphil before AS, when and if needed.
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  4. Bob Palmer

    Bob Palmer Member

    Is there a difference between brands of Alum ?Or are they all pretty much the same ?
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  5. Ijustmissedthe50s

    Ijustmissedthe50s The Warnee

    That's a good question, glad you asked it. I don't know the answer either.
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  6. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    Welcome to TSD Bob, and may I say your avatar may tie that of @SharptoothC for the goalie mask most difficult for me to get a shot past :). But to be serious(and back to shaving), as there's a lot of "balm" talk in here, when I use a balm in place of an aftershave, that BECOMES the "aftershave"(that is, I don't combine balm and AS).
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  7. SharptoothC

    SharptoothC I bite..........

    I haven't found much difference. I get mine from our local Indian grocery store for less than $2.

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  8. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    There are two types. Don't ask me what they are. I just know one is face friendly, the other is not.
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  9. Lantis Nacago

    Lantis Nacago New Member

    same here, i don't think splashing too much product on the skin is a good option not to mention that there is a sticky feeling (personally) even if the product is not sticky.

    Also, if you're already using allum which is already a good product to prevent acne, has anti inflammatory properties and prevents dirt from clogging your pores, your good to go with either a balm or an aftershave as long as it has moisturizing properties since allum dries out the skin.
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  10. Rusty blade

    Rusty blade The Good Humor Man

    There are two basic types: Ammonium Alum and Potassium Alum. Ammonium Alum is the kind you often find in "crystal deodorant" and potassium alum is the kind you want to use post-shave.

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