What Are the Different Types of Aftershave Lotions?

Brittany Golledge
Brittany Golledge
Aloe has a calming effect on the skin.
Aloe has a calming effect on the skin.

Aftershave is a male grooming product designed to protect, soothe and moisturize a man’s skin after shaving. There are several types of aftershave products available for purchase, including aftershave gel, powder, cream and spray. One of the most popular and widely used shaving products for men is aftershave lotion. Each type of aftershave lotion tends to have its own special features, ranging from astringents to moisturizers, fragrances and antiseptics. When deciding which aftershave lotion is the best for your needs, it may be best to choose a product formulated specifically for your skin type.

Skin type is a factor to consider when buying new aftershave.
Skin type is a factor to consider when buying new aftershave.

All aftershave lotion is designed to be applied to the skin after shaving, but that is one of the few things these products have in common. Aftershave lotions contain a variety of different ingredients and can be used for several different purposes. Some are intended primarily to soothe and moisturize the skin after shaving, while others are formulated to tighten pores, prevent bacterial infections or act as a cologne. Many aftershave lotions offer a combination of these benefits, providing comfort, protection and instant relief to shaved skin.

Aftershave lotions generally fall into one of two categories: products that contain alcohol and products that do not. Alcohol is the ingredient in aftershave lotion that helps to tighten pores after shaving, numb the skin to provide cooling relief, and prevent irritation from dirt and bacteria. It also contributes to the tingling sensation that is experienced after applying aftershave lotion. One of the drawbacks of using an aftershave lotion containing alcohol is that it can dry out the skin and lead to razor burn. Men with sensitive or dry skin should avoid aftershave lotions that contain alcohol and instead look for a moisturizing product with soothing ingredients such as aloe vera.

Some aftershave lotions are formulated with fragrance added. This allows them to function as cologne as well as a grooming product. Certain scents may be more appropriate for day use versus evening use, which is why some men invest in several varieties of aftershave lotion.

Aftershave lotions vary significantly in price and are sold in many places, from high-end department stores to discount pharmacies. Many of the world’s top fashion designers have created aftershave lotions; these designer brands are typically the most expensive type of product. There are countless different aftershave lotions to choose from at a variety of price points. Finding the right product is as simple as selecting the right formulation for your skin type and making sure the scent is appropriate for your needs.

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@rundocuri- You should look for an aftershave lotion that has certain soothing ingredient while avoiding those that may cause skin irritations.

Aloe vera, soy, milk, honey, and shea butter are all ingredients that are good for your skin. They are not very likely to cause allergic reactions, and they are very soothing to apply, especially after you have shaved.

On the other hand, you should not use aftershave lotions that are made with artificial fragrances, parabens, mineral oil, and phthalates. These ingredients are not natural, not good for you, and may cause skin irritations. Most products that do not contain these ingredients will clearly say so on the labels.


@rundocuri- Many companies make aftershave lotion for people with sensitive skin like yours. These products have less harsh ingredients and more soothing ingredients to help prevent red, irritated skin and rashes. When shopping for aftershave lotion, just be sure to take your time and read the labels to find one that meets your needs.


I'm looking for some ideas for the best natural aftershave lotion. I have sensitive skin, and sometimes get breakouts from skin care products that are made with harsh ingredients.

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    • Aloe has a calming effect on the skin.
      Aloe has a calming effect on the skin.
    • Skin type is a factor to consider when buying new aftershave.
      Skin type is a factor to consider when buying new aftershave.