Things that You can Use in Place of an Aftershave

We don’t mean to put aftershave-user fellas off their stride. We want all men to think of giving off a lingering fragrance that every woman wants to be accosted with. But fellas, a flower that discharges smotheringly sweet aroma is often throttled and trampled upon. Ouch. We don’t know how you will link this. Anyway. Why smell nice at the expense of your skin fellas? Aftershave ain’t just about smelling like an imaginary cowboy but about protecting your skin from bacteria and moisturizing it from the close shaving encounters and razor burns. We believe that a man shouldn’t just smell like a man but a gentleman. Moving on.

Your cheeks after shaving must look in mint condition with that signature polished look of a gentleman. Gents, we now present to you some good options that you can try in place of the stinging aftershave.

Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera’s natural anti-inflammatory property makes it a good aftershave alternative for all skin types. It will have a very smooth and soothing effect on your skin; your skin will be so touchable that you will feel like pulling your own cheeks. Uh, okay, maybe we went a bit too far with this one but you will love that feeling and most importantly your skin will be fed with the essential nutrients.

Apple Cider Vinegar Aftershave
No matter how adept your manly skills are, you are still a man who will cut himself while shaving. So you need an ingredient that will act like an anesthetic, which thankfully apple cider vinegar will. And besides that, you will be making it on your own or beseeching your woman or momma to make it for you; but you will at least know what exactly you are slapping yourself with in the name of an aftershave.

Dilute apple cider vinegar with equal amount of water or if you think the smell is an overkill, combine it with witch hazel. Men who want to give others a redolent olfactory experience can add a few drops of rosemary, bergamot or cinnamon oil and leave a manly spoor. After mixing all the ingredients, put them in a jar and place it in a cool dark place for a couple of days (4-5 days is enough), shake it, dab it on a cotton ball, and shine like a freshly-lathered stallion.

Cold Water
Many fellas may find this uninspiring but gents, a splash of cold water is all you need to close your skin pores that you opened while shaving. Your nicked and irritated skin will have a refreshing, Bahamas-like experience with cold water and your skin will be all invigorated with this simple aftershave alternative.
Alum
Egyptians used it then and now, so will you. Alum is a perfect option for an aftershave which acts both as an antiseptic and constricting agent (it contracts blood vessels for bleeding to stop). Alum will take care of your nicks and damaged skin like a caring momma. Rub alum on your wet skin for a minute and leave for another one or two minutes to let it do its healing magic. Caveat – Alum causes a little stinging sensation but worry not as it is a sign that its palliative properties are at work. Also, alum has propensity to dry the skin, so those with already dry skin, don’t rub it vehemently but use it sparingly and apply a good moisturizer after (unless you want to look like some worn-out alligator tote bag).
Bay Rum Aftershave
This aftershave is a well-wrought manly concoction of Jamaican rum and West Indies Bay Leaves. Whether it was some sober sailor’s concern for hygiene or if it was a useful product of insobriety; we still express our heartfelt gratitude to the sailor community for this amazing aftershave substitute. You can also add in some vodka, cinnamon, and allspice to the woody bouquet to get a flirty refreshing accent. Ladies are swooning already.
Gents, if your olfactory lobe isn’t sated with certain fragrances, you can always apply your favorite masculinity-affirming perfume on your pulse points, neck, shoulders, etc. You need not depend on an aftershave for it, as by now you must have realized that there’s more to an aftershave than just overwhelming fragrance.

Different Types of Facials

Every woman loves to get pampered, and what better way than getting a rejuvenating facial! Facials are one indulgence that every women should opt for to maintain radiant and healthy skin. Regular facials deep cleanse the skin and remove impurities, keeping it glowing and youthful. There is a huge range when it comes to different facials for various types of skin. And only the right facial can be beneficial for you.
Facials for Women
Basic Cleanup
A basic cleanup removes dead cells, and moisturizes facial skin, leaving it smooth and glowing. The facial skin is first cleansed using steam, and the blackheads and whiteheads are removed. Then tiny granules are massaged in a circular motion gently exfoliating the skin, after which it is moisturized. A face cleanup unclogs all the pores, gets rid of dead skin and impurities, leaving the skin squeaky clean. Those suffering from acute acne and rashes can try a cleanup rather than a facial.
Regular Facial
A regular facial is the most cost-effective facial. It is a simple process of cleansing with steam, exfoliating with a scrub, applying a mask suitable for your skin type, and at last hydrating the skin with a good moisturizing agent. These facials are recommended twice a month to help add life to dull, lackluster skin. However, it is mostly beneficial for normal skin and not for acne prone skin.
Acne Reduction Facial
This facial is recommended for people who have oily skin, and are suffering from acute acne problems. The process includes deep cleansing, steaming, and exfoliation. To reduce the severity of acne, various formulated masques are applied after the exfoliating process. These facials should be done at regular intervals to ensure oil-free, acne-sans skin. However, since salicylic and glycolic acids are used in this process, it is advisable to consult your dermatologist before having them done.
Electric Current Facial
These facials are available widely nowadays. Electric facials use micro-current, which emits positive and negative current with the help of two wands. This stimulates the tissues, increasing circulation. The result is effective as it lifts the muscles and makes them more plump and glowing. It is also known as the non-surgical facelift.
Galvanic Facial
Galvanic facials are a good option for people with dry and dull skin. Galvanic facial treatments increase moisture retention, which is a boon for dry skin. They are also done to tighten pores and reduce inflammation. These facials are not limited to just facial skin, but can done almost anywhere on the body. However, a galvanic facial is not recommended for people suffering from any heart ailments, or anyone with pacemakers and braces.
Fruit Facial
Fruit facials are totally natural, cost-effective, and have no side-effects. The enzymes and antioxidants found in fresh fruits help reduce dark spots and fine lines. Fruits with vitamin C are extremely beneficial, as they give the skin a beautiful radiance. Fruit facials don’t always have to be done at salons or spas. You can easily mix up a little fruit pulp and apply it on your face in the comfort of your home. So the next time you throw away an over-ripe fruit, think twice.
Paraffin Facial
Paraffin wax facials are done widely nowadays and used by a lot of celebrities. It is specially beneficial for dull and dehydrated skin. The process involves applying warm wax over a gauge mask. As the warm wax cools slowly, it opens up the pores, cleanses and moisturizes the face. When the wax is removed, hydrated and clear skin is revealed. This paraffin treatment can be done on the hands and feet as well.
Antioxidant Facial
Antioxidants are chemicals that help fight against the daily damages done to the skin by the sun and pollution. It evens skin tone, clears the complexion, and makes it luminous. This facial involves the usage of creams and masks enriched with vitamin A, C and E, along with beta-carotene. It deep cleanses the pores and removes all impurities. These facials are recommended for mature and aging skin.
Gold Facial
This facial makes use of creams containing 24-carat pure gold, which penetrates the skin easily. It is a powerful rejuvenating treatment. Gold has a powerful effect on lymphatic drainage, facilitating the removal of toxins and wastes. This accelerates the regeneration of new cells. Masks containing gold are also applied. A gold facial helps to restore youthful qualities like softness, smoothness, elasticity, resilience, and radiance.
Anti-Aging Facials
The anti-aging facials involve the usage of products and techniques that can slow down the aging process. These facials help brighten the skin, and the massages help tighten sagging skin, giving it a more youthful appearance. Collagen facials, microdermabrasion and glycolic acid facials fall under this category.
Collagen Facial
Collagen is a natural protein that is produced by our skin to keep it tight and supple. As we age, it starts to break down, which leads to sagging skin and wrinkles. Collagen facials are therefore used to help regain the natural suppleness of the facial skin. After cleansing and exfoliating, a collagen cream is massaged on the face and left for about half an hour. Regular collagen are recommended for people over 25 years, though, here, an allergy test is a must.
Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion the best way to get rid of dead cells that make our skin look dull and lack-luster. Basically, it involves blasting a stream of micro-particles through a vacuum, which acts as the exfoliating agent. It is powerful enough to remove all the dead flaky cells that are hard to remove. Although the skin might face some redness initially (which is only temporary), it is a gentle process and hardly painful. These facials are advisable to sensitive skin as well.
Glycolic Acid Facial
Glycolic acid is a type of Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) which is found mostly in sugarcane, beetroots, and milk sugars. It is an excellent anti-aging and spot-removal product. It helps in penetrating into the dead cells of the skin, and gradually loosens the ‘glue’ that holds them together. These facials are done by experienced professionals, since a high concentration of acid is used. It is very necessary to follow the post-treatment instructions, as the skin becomes very sensitive.
Facials for Men
If all the men out there think that proper skincare is only for women, then think again. Men need to give as much attention and TLC to maintain youthful looking skin. Since the skin of men is different from women, they need different products and applications for themselves. Here are two facials that men can choose from.
Aromasque Facial
Aromasque facials are for men who are constantly under stress and tension. These facials are done using aromatic oils that hydrate and relax the facial muscles. Aromasque facials are a great way to add life to dull and damaged skin.
Regenerating Facial
These facials are beneficial for men who are constantly exposed to the sun and pollution. Dehydrated skin tends to lose radiance and turn dull. Regenerating facials help bring back the lost moisture, and
revitalize the skin.
There are a few more types of facials that are for men including the microdermabrasion and fruit facials. Regular care and treatments can reduce the appearance of fine lines and premature aging.