8 Aftershave Balms to Use After No Shave November Ends
No Shave November is coming to a conclusion and we applaud you for doing your part — hairy and valiantly — for the good cause of cancer awareness. For those of you who are long overdue for a shave, extra care will be needed for your face when it reemerges to see the light of day.
One of the best products to put back into your grooming regimen is an aftershave balm, not to be confused with the more astringent, alcohol-based aftershave splash. Balms are hydrating lotion-like formulas that calm the dry, red, and irritated skin that shaving can leave behind.
Do your beardless face a favor, and try one of these aftershave treatments.
1. Professor After-Shave Balm
Get schooled with Portland General Store’s Professor After-Shave Balm, which is a lesson in healthy face care with vitamins and antioxidants to help rejuvenate post-shave skin. The apothecary-inspired formula includes camellia and hazelnut oils to help refine lines and nourish the complexion while offering free-radical protection. Plus, the balm boasts a masculine scent with notes of zesty orange and petitgrain essential oils for a perfect ending note.
2. Cade Aftershave Balm
You may have thought that L’Occitane en Provence was solely for the ladies. But the company has a men’s skincare collection, dubbed Cade, named for the prickly juniper that grows in the dry Provençal hillsides. It is known for its protective properties, and appears throughout the product line. The balm redefines after-shave comfort with its Cade complex of juniper, sandalwood, immortelle, and rosemary essential oils to purify skin and soothe breakouts. A blend of shea butter and birchwood sap extract also help fight redness, razor burn, and feelings of tightness.
3. League Calming Organic After-Shave Oil
While the League’s Calming Organic After-Shave Oil isn’t a balm, per se, it still ranks highly on the list. It acts just like a balm in minimizing the uglier side of a shave, kicking irritation and sensitivity to the curb with an ultra-concentrated formula. Lightweight and fast-absorbing, the product features organic babassu oil, which is naturally anti-bacterial so any razor-nicks are instantly treated. Additionally, botanically-active antioxidants and aloe offer a calming, protective effect.
4. Origins Fire Fighter
Even a perfect shave can leave skin feeling on fire. So, the high-performance Origins for Men collection has a solution that’s powered by nature, no less. The Fire Fighter aftershave balm combines soothing chamomile, cucumber, and winterbloom to help razor-scraped skin feel cool, calm, and totally comfortable — no sting allowed. Refreshing eucalyptus and tingly peppermint likewise provide an energetic burst for a final finishing touch.
5. Apivita After Shave Balm
Inspired by the philosophy of Hippocrates, Apivita synergistically addresses the individual concerns of each person’s unique skin by fusing naturally derived active ingredients with extracts from plants of Greek origin, nutritionally sound beehive products, and organic essential oils. The moisturizing aftershave balm soothes irritation while hydrating and freshening skin with a combination of hard-to-pronounce yet effective organic ingredients including hypericum, sambucus, calendula extract, aloe and chamomile Cardamom, clary sage, and lemon essential oils are mood- and focus-enhancing to rejuvenate both face and mind.
6. Grooming Lounge Best for Last Aftershave Balm
Every shave should have a happy ending. And it will with the Best for Last soothing balm that’s designed with olibanum, almond oil, and lavender to calm and refresh even the most sensitive skin. Developed in the Grooming Lounge’s Washington D.C. barbershop, the creamy solution is an antidote for annoying razor irritation, burn, bumps, and more.
7. Baxter of California After Shave Balm
An original on the men’s grooming scene, Baxter of California launched in 1965 with a single product: Super Shape, a men’s skin conditioner that offered protection from the sun and sea. Now, with a full range of products, the brand’s nourishing post-shave moisturizer packs a punch with the cooling powers of aloe and the freshness of teal-tree oil plus allantoin to calm and condition freshly shaved skin.
8. The Art of Shaving After-Shave Balm
Aftershave balm with a side of aromatherapy can be found in The Art of Shaving’s collection, crafted with unique blends of 100% essential oils including lemon, lavender, and sandalwood. Formulated with shea butter, grapeseed extract, and jojoba oil to revitalize and soothe dry skin after shaving, it’s The Art of Shaving’s fourth and last step to the perfect shave.