After shave lotions, balms and splashes. There are a wide range of options available to you to use after you have shaved. A lot of what people go for, comes down to personal preference and frankly habit. "I've always used product x, so why change?" Well the reason to change, or to consider changing is that there are so many new options out there. So we're going to look at aftershave balms. Not lotions, or splashes, just balms. And we'll explain the difference between these three types of products. So read on to discover our top three best aftershave balms.
A good balm should have a thicker consistency, feel a bit heavier on your skin and will also give more relief from skin irritation and dry skin than an aftershave splash (or lotion). Balms are suited to people with less oily skin, and also those not living in hot, humid climates. We've considered these factors as well as value for money in coming up with our top three best aftershave balms.
Lather & Wood Shaving Co After Shave Balm - Sandalwood
(4.5 out of 5.0 )
Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm
( 4.7 out of 5.0 )
Art Naturals Smooth Touch Ingrown Hair Removal Serum
(4.5 out of 5.0 )
Many men suffer from razor bumps and rashes after shaving. There are many things that you can do to help prevent this. And this is where aftershave balm comes in. It is a really important part of your shaving after-care.
But as we said, an aftershave balm is only part of the shaving skin care routine, that you should consider adapting if you have sensitive skin. We'll take a look at this in closer detail later in this review.
If you're considering an aftershave balm, rather than a splash or lotion, then that's because you have a need for a product that provides a little more care. Let's take a look at what a good aftershave balm can give you.
You'll see from reading this that the aftershave balms differ considerably from aftershave splashes and lotions. These tend to be more harsh, drying and liquid in formation.
Which, if you don't have sensitive skin, have oilier skin or live in a very hot and humid part of the world, then this is exactly what you want. If you do have sensitive skin and/or acne we recommend trying to clear that up first with an acne cream. Make sure you do your homework carefully first though to ensure you select the right cream because not all acne creams work, like this Proactiv review uncovers.
We mentioned earlier in this review, that aftershave balms play an important role in keeping your skin burn and bump free. But there is more to it than just using an aftershave balm. For best results, you need to address your whole shaving routine. Take a look at our top tips here:
What is razor burn? It is an irritating rash that appears for some people after shaving. When it is mild, this can just mean a slight itch and a red rash. But in severe cases you could see razor burn turning into razor bumps. Razor bumps are caused by ingrown hairs. Anyone with curlier beards is more likely to suffer from razor bumps. So let's see how to prevent razor burn and bumps:
By now you probably have a good idea of how to reduce the chances of skin irritation after shaving. So let's get on with looking in more detail at our best aftershave balms.
This product is a bargain. Excellent value. You get 4 bottles (each 3.3oz) of great quality aftershave balm at a really reasonable price. Great product for anyone with sensitive skin.
A great performing aftershave balm for anyone with sensitive skin. Brilliant value for money, sting-free moisturizing and care for your skin. Eliminates shaving burn straight away.
This product is not specifically designed for skin bumps and ingrown hairs. When used properly as part of a skin care routine as described earlier in this article, it will prevent these. But if you are very prone to suffering from ingrown hairs and skin bumps you should consider the product by Art Natural which is designed specifically for this purpose.
A great product that really lasts. A little goes a very long way and will leave your freshly shaven face feeling moisturized, smooth and healthy.
It produces results that are really almost identical to the Nivea product. The difference is that this product is more oil based rather than a moisturizer based product. So if you don't particularly suffer with ingrown hairs and razor bumps, our top two products are great for you. Which you go for will be down to personal preference.
The scent is not really very long lasting. You would expect this is a balm or oil based product, but it is such a nice smelling balm that it's a shame it isn't a bit stronger!
This is definitely the aftershave balm for you if you suffer more regularly with ingrown hairs or razor bumps. In this case, it cannot be beaten. It is the most expensive of our top three, but it is a little unfair to compare this one to the others, as it is a more specialist product.
The product comes with a 100% guarantee. So if you are unsatisfied you can just return the product for a complete refund. If you have ingrown hairs of razor bumps why wouldn't you give it a go?
It is also free trade certified, paraben free, cruelty free and organic. ?
It does sting a little, just for a second, when first applied to razor rash, burn or bumps.
There really isn't much to choose between our top two. The Nivea just about came out in first place as it is the best value for money. Although, the Lather & Wood and Art Natural products will both last a very long time as very little is needed to cover the affected area. We would recommend that for most people the Nivea represents a great aftershave balm for sensitive skin at a great value price. Remember though, go for the Art Naturals if you suffer from Razor bumps and ingrown hairs. You won't regret it!
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