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The Complete Guide To The Best Aftershave For Men
What is the best aftershave for men?

Aftershave is mostly used to prevent infections from cuts that might occur on the skin while shaving. This is because aftershave contains an antiseptic element, usually alcohol-based.
Some guys like using aftershave to attract women. A lot of women will tell you that the smell of a good aftershave is irresistible!
While you’re shaving, you are literally wiping a razor blade across your face. This obviously has an effect on your skin. But shaving doesn’t have to cause redness or breakouts – that’s why aftershave was invented. The best aftershave will nurture your skin and make you smell great!
What exactly is aftershave?
If you break down the word, it’s something you put on your face after shaving. It is usually a liquid, lotion or gel created to soothe chafed skin. (That’s now from wiping that razor blade across your face)
Besides acting as an antiseptic, it also locks in moisture that helps protect your skin. Don’t try and act all macho, thinking it’s like a female beauty product, if you want to keep your skin in peak condition, it’s worth your time to pause and decide what will be the best aftershave for you. The perk is that you get to smell all gentlemanly as well!
What is it made of?
Aftershave can be classified as a balm or splash. The balms have a heavier feeling on the skin and usually offer more relief from irritation and is a better moisturizer. It’s definitely a good choice in cold or dry climates.
Splashes have a more watery feeling and contain a combination of a few ingredients such as toners, astringents and hydrosols to offer an antiseptic or antibacterial protection to the skin.
How do you pick the best aftershave?
If you are serious about picking the best aftershave for men, read through the ingredients to evaluate the conditioning agents that offer moisturization. These come in the form of natural oils or butters. On the technical side, humectants such as glycerin, helps your skin draw moisture from the environment throughout the day.
When it contains a good dose of antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C, and E it will help your skin to stay protected from harsh environmental elements. Extracts and proteins such as prickly pear and sweet almond protein will help soothe and repair shaved skin, a good choice if you have a sensitive skin.
It’s not the best idea to just grab the cheapest option from the shelf, most often it will not be the best aftershave for men. The predominant antiseptic ingredient in cheap aftershaves, is alcohol that has the knack of drying out your skin and it could also irritate sensitive skin. Pricier aftershaves are made mainly with witch hazel, a milder antiseptic.
How do you decide which aftershave to use?
Firstly, you need to figure out your skin type. Normal skin is evenly-textured, smooth, clear and healthy. It has barely visible pores and no blemishes or spots. Any mild splash or balm will be suitable. To maintain healthy skin, make sure you also use a good quality facial wash with a facial scrub once or twice a week.
Dry skin is rough, dull or cracked with lines and wrinkles, and prone to peeling. The best aftershave will be a moisturizing balm. Using a moisturizer just before bed might be a good idea as well. Use a gentle face wash and only use a facial scrub once a week.
Oily skin looks shiny and feels oily to the touch. Pores are large or open and skin is prone to blackheads, whiteheads, spots and pimples. The best aftershave for men will be a splash with a toner. Oily skin has the knack of attracting dust and dirt, best to use a facial cleanser twice a day and a facial scrub about two to three times a week , plus an oil-free moisturizer.
Sensitive skin is usually itchy, and it stings or break out in a rash after using certain shaving and skincare products. Search for products specifically made for sensitive skin.
If you have combination skin you will have a greasy area around your forehead, nose and chin, but dry cheeks. This type is also prone to blackheads, particularly around your nose. The best way to deal with it, is to either use products designed for combination skin, or apply the correct products to the relevant area of your face – dry skin products to your cheeks and oil-free products to rest of your face.
Tip: for the best aftershave application, make sure your face and hands are moist before applying aftershave, but not dripping wet. This way you need less product and it will cover your face more evenly. Pour a few drops into your palm, rub your hands together briefly and massage into face.
Why should you use aftershave?
The best aftershave for men options will help soothe and repair irritated skin. Even if you don’t have an overly sensitive skin, it’s best to keep your skin moisturized. Without it, your skin will feel tight and might appear red for quite a while after shaving. An irritated skin can also lead to ingrown hairs and bumpiness.
If your skin remains irritated, it ages quicker. This includes uneven skin tone and sagging skin. Not a very sexy look. I would rather be in touch with my feminine side by finding the best aftershave for my skin type, than start looking old before my time.





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Hairstyles For Naturally Straight Hair New Skirting the Ceiling Black Hair Shouldn t Be an Occupational


His name was Garrett Augustus Morgan, and he was born the seventh of eleven children of former slaves.
He is best known for his invention of the automatic traffic signal and gas mask.
But it was around 1910 that he stumbled upon what would become his contribution to the hair care products industry and what would pave the way for several other entrepreneurs and manufacturers over the next hundred years.
While working in a sewing machine repair shop, attempting to invent a new lubricating liquid for the machine needle, it is widely believed that Morgan wiped his hands on a wool cloth, returned the next day, found the woolly texture of the cloth had “smoothed out”, and set out to find how the liquid chemical had changed the texture as it had. He experimented on an Airedale dog, known for their curly textured hair, and the effect was successfully duplicated.
Morgan then tried his lubricating liquid invention on himself, called it a “hair refining cream”, and thus patented the first chemical hair straighteners.
He founded a personal grooming products company which included hair dying ointments, curved-tooth pressing combs, shampoo, hair pressing gloss, and the one that started it all: the “G.A. Morgan’s Hair Refiner Cream” (advertised to “Positively Straighten Hair in 15 Minutes”).


Sodium Hydroxide is the strongest type of principal chemical used in some chemical relaxers because it provides the most long lasting and dramatic effects.
However, this same sodium hydroxide is found in drain cleaners which well demonstrates the strength of this chemical.
It is what is used in products that are referred to as “lye” relaxers. The strength varies from a ph factor of 10 to 14. With higher ph, the faster the straightening solution will take hold, but the more potential the damage.
Guanidine Hydroxide is the other common option of relaxer chemical used today. This is what is referred to as “no-lye” relaxers.
This label can be misleading to some consumers. It does not imply that there aren’t any strong chemicals used or that the chemicals used are somehow less potentially damaging.
Some have mistakenly thought that with “no-lye” relaxers there are less steps and all the worry of chemical hair straightening is removed.
Although this type of chemical hair relaxer can be less damaging than its counterpart, the hair and scalp should be in top condition before attempting treatment, and this type also requires special care when applied.
All relaxers require conditioning treatments before and after application. The decision to straighten the hair chemically requires much forethought and really a commitment to healthy haircare treatments over a long entire period of time.



How can chemicals “relax”, or straighten hair? Well first of all, as assumed, the chemical would need to be potent enough to do so. Both lye and “no lye” relaxers are very strong chemicals that work in the same manner by changing the basic structure of the hair shaft.
The chemical penetrates the cortex or cortical layer (see illustration) and loosens the natural curl pattern.
This inner layer of the hair shaft is not only what gives curly hair its shape but provides strength and elasticity. Once this process is performed, it is irreversible.
This process which produces the desired effect of “straighter” hair at the same time leaves hair weak and extremely susceptible to breaking and further damage.
One must keep in mind that relaxers do not help the hair, but actually strip it. So by applying chemicals to the hair, even if it is to achieve a desired effect, is never really to the benefit of your hair health.
Due to this, it is first strongly recommended that it be applied only under the direction of a haircare professional with a record of success with healthy haircare and chemical straightening, and that the client regularly obtains conditioning treatments before and after the process.
Possessing a healthy scalp beforehand decreases the possibility of problems occurring. Relaxers should never be applied to already damaged hair, or on someone who has had scalp damage.
Age should also be considered. Although your young children may want to have the hairstyles they see on adults or other young people, parents should seriously consider applying such strong chemicals to young hair and the potential damage that could last a lifetime if misused; most times, it is not necessary to apply any chemical product to young hair.
“Over processing”, the excessive use of relaxers on the hair or applying the chemical to already processed or relaxed hair, is the most typical misuse of these chemicals.
Once the initial relaxer is applied to “virgin hair” (or a “virgin relaxer” is performed), “touch-ups” (or chemical applied thereafter) should only be applied to new growth between 6-8 week periods (or more).
This however, depends on the rate of hair growth and condition of the hair as advised by your haircare professional. (Some say that even six weeks is too soon to reapply relaxer to new growth).
And it is standard to wait at least 2-4 weeks before applying hair color chemical (or dye) to recently relaxed hair, if applied at all.
We remind readers that the more chemicals applied to hair, the more possibility of damage may be experienced


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Bumpy Road? Understanding Razor Bumps.

Everything you need to know about razor bumps.

Razor bumps (pseudofolliculitis barbae), or razor burn, are small bumps in the skin that develop after shaving. As well as looking like pimples, which can completely spoil the attractive clean-shaven look, razor bumps can also be sore. Over time, these seemingly minor shaving bumps can develop into permanent scar tissue.

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Causes of Razor Bumps
Razor bumps are caused by shaving. Sometimes when a hair is cut off at the point where it exits the skin, it can curl back and start growing inwards. These ingrown hairs cause irritation to the hair follicle, which swells into a small red lump that looks a bit like a pimple.
By using proper shaving technique, you can help to reduce shaving bumps and ingrown hairs.

By using proper shaving technique, you can help to reduce shaving bumps and ingrown hairs

  • Wet the skin with hot water to open up the pores before shaving.
  • Use a thick lather of shaving cream or gel to protect the skin. (Mentos Shave Gel, Clubman Shave Cream, Suavecito Shave Cream)
  • Always use a sharp razor blade in a high-quality razor. ( Derby Razor Double Edge Blade, Dorco Razor Double Edge Blade, Pro-mate Single Edge Razor Blade
  • Shave in the direction that the hair grows.
  • Press a cold, damp cloth against the face after shaving to close the pores back

If you already have razor bumps, then it might be a good idea to hold off on shaving for a few days while they heal up. Shaving skin that is already irritated by razor burn is a recipe for pain, and you could even end up with scarring if the damage is never given chance to heal.
Types of Razor Bumps

There are actually two types of razor bumps: extrafollicular and transfollicular. In the former case, the hair turns around and grows inwards without exiting the skin at all. In transfollicular razor bumps, however, the hair exits the skin and reenters it, so you may be able to see a small amount of exposed hair. In this case,you might be able to tease the end of the hair out of the skin with a pair of tweezers, but resist the temptation to pluck the hair out completely: you’ll only end up with deeper ingrown hairs if you do.
Who gets Razor Bumps?
Men are more likely to suffer from razor bumps than women. This is both because men shave every day and because the skin on the face is an especially sensitive part of the body. A recent poll conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology found that 78% of men had experienced some form of irritation as a result of shaving, which could include razor bumps, reddened skin, or soreness.
Whereas only 20% of Caucasians experience problems with razor bumps, various sources claim that between 60-80% of black men are affected. This is because the tightly curled facial hair of black men is more prone to curling around and burrowing back into the skin than straighter hair types. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that men with curly facial hair were 50 times  more likely to suffer from razor bumps than their straight-haired counterparts.
As black skin is also more susceptible to keloid scarring, which can develop if razor bumps are left untreated, it is especially important for black men to learn how to prevent and treat this common skin condition.

As black skin is also more susceptible to keloid scarring, which can develop if razor bumps are left untreated, it is especially important for black men to learn how to prevent and treat this common skin condition.

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