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Post Shave Treatment

After you have finished your shave, rinse your razor in hot water and leave it out to dry. You do not need to remove the blade or even loosen the blade. Although not normally necessary, if you have acne or are in a hard water area, you can rinse the razor in rubbing alcohol. This has the effect of not only disinfecting the blade but also ensures the blade dries quickly without leaving any deposits. Then rinse out your brush, firstly in warm water to rinse out the soap lather and then in cold water. Shake it dry and stand it on its base to dry.

First rinse your face in warm water to remove any stray lather. When the skin is completely clean you should then rinse your face in cold water. This is both refreshing and has the added bonus of closing the skin pores and closing any small nicks. You can either finish your wet shave here or you can move on to post shave balms and aftershaves.

A lot of people recommend the use of an alum bloc – we stock a number of different brands – this is essentially an antiseptic and is especially good for those suffering from acne and other skin problems helping to heal blemishes. It causes a tingling or slight stinging effect on the skin. Simply glide the bloc over your freshly shaved skin whilst it is still wet and then let leave it out to dry. Although the alum bloc can stop small cut from bleeding it is best to use a styptic pencil to seal any cuts or nicks.

Aftershave balms are good if you have dry skin or during the winter months when the cold air can dry out the skin. They are more moisturising than aftershaves, which are alcohol based and have astringent properties, and help to soothe the skin. Aftershaves are usually best suited to those men who have more oily skin.