The Best Aftershaves For Stopping The Burn
 

Article by GQ

After a shave, your skin can break out for any number of reasons. Maybe you didn’t warm it effectively beforehand, or you used an old, germ-ridden razor. There’s a specific shaving process, from pre-shave prep to post-shave conditioning, and you must follow the prescribed rules if you want to avoid redness and irritation.

Give your shaving experience a happy ending. GQ’s Best Stuff has got you covered.

After a shave, your skin can break out for any number of reasons. Maybe you didn’t warm it effectively beforehand, or you used an old, germ-ridden razor. There’s a specific shaving process, from pre-shave prep to post-shave conditioning, and you must follow the prescribed rules if you want to avoid redness and irritation. That’s why it’s important to invest in a good closer: an aftershave soothes the skin, restores moisture, and helps prevent ingrown hairs. Skip this final step in the regimen, and you’ll feel the burn, quite literally. You’ll show the burn, too, which isn't a good look.

There's a dizzying variety of shave products out there, and we’ve tested them all. (Well, most of them.) After all that, we found four aftershaves—a balm, tonic, cream, and a multi-tasker—each of which is worthy of occupying precious sink-ledge real estate.

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The Swiss Army Knife of Shave Creams

Mavericks 3-in-1 Moisturizer, Shave, and Aftershave

Maverick’s face kit is a full-service skincare regimen shipped to your door—cleanser, moisturizer, and a retinol-charged night cream—but its shave product is three things all in one: a moisturizer, shave cream, and aftershave. It prepares freshly cleansed skin and softens the whiskers, applying clean (read: no lathering) so that you get a smooth, consistent shave. The aftershave component is already at work, calming the skin with peppermint extract—keeping even the most sensitive skin from breaking out.

The Red-Ribbon Winner

Proraso Aftershave Lotion — Moisturizing and Nourishing

Italian heritage brand Proraso color-codes its products. The red-label targets nourishment and hydration, employing sandalwood oil and shea butter to moisturize skin, strengthen its elasticity, and prevent irritation. Pair it with the other red-label products for a fully nourishing regimen, and enjoy the relaxing woodsy scent that lingers on your skin.