* Five post-shave products every guy should try
* Masks, gels, stones and more
* Products that soothe, cool and rejuvenate skin
Few things boost a man’s confidence better than a good aftershave. It’s a great way to put some pep in your step before heading to the office in the morning or leaving for a night out, but it has to be the right post-shave product.
Not all aftershaves are made equal, with many drugstore options (and even some high-end products) offering very little in terms of soothing, cooling, and scent. A good aftershave should heighten the smoothness of a fresh shave, cool your face off, and also provide a subtle, masculine scent.
If you’re unhappy with your current post-shave product – or you’ve always stuck to the same one – read on. We’ve rounded up a few exceptional aftershave balms, gels, and other products to leave you feeling smooth, cool, and confidant after every shave.
1. Proraso Post-Shave Alum Stone
Post-shave stones are a little uncommon, but they’re worth trying (especially for just $10). This one is made of 100% potassium, which offers a range of benefits to freshly-shaven skin including soothing, disinfecting, and styptic powers to stop any bleeding from nicks.
2. Barber Pro Post-Shave Cooling Mask
A good mask can work wonders for the skin, but it’s hard to find any that are made for guys’ skin like this one from Barber Pro. It’s infused with Collagen, the naturally-occurring protein responsible for keeping skin youthful, which firms, cools, and soothes the face.
3. Baxter of California After Shave Balm
Aloe and tea tree oil are the main ingredients in this highly-rated after shave balm from Baxter of California. Like all of their products, the balm is incredibly well-formulated (without any alcohol), eliminating irritation while cooling the skin.
4. Jack Black Post Shave Cooling Gel
This Jack Black cooling gel is slightly more expensive than a typical drugstore post-shave, but it’s worlds better. It utilizes botanicals including sage and lavender to heal skin, fight bacteria, and moisturize after a shave, preventing dryness and flakes.
5. Profile Anti-Aging Post-Shave Serum
If you can afford it, we highly recommend this post-shave serum from Profile. The high-end company was started by Rob Lowe (who knows a thing or two about staying youthful), and the premium serum does double duty by fighting signs of aging while also soothing.