After shaving, many men reach for a traditional aftershave, which can irritate sensitive skin. An aftershave balm might be a better option. Balms provide a thick coating of moisture to protect and soothe freshly shaven skin. They contain minimal fragrance and no alcohol, which means they don't sting when you put them on. Introduce an aftershave balm to your morning routine for a smoother complexion and more comfortable experience.

Run your hands under cold running water, then gently pat your clean-shaven skin to close your pores. Gently pat your face dry with a clean towel.

Pour a quarter-sized amount of aftershave balm into the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together gently to emulsify the product.

Gently massage the balm into the just-shaven area, using upward, circular motions to help the product absorb quickly.

Allow the visible aftershave to sink into your skin on its own, which may take from three to five minutes.


Select an aftershave balm with soothing properties such as aloe vera and chamomile for best results.

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Celeigh O'Neil

Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.