The best aftershave essentials, according to a dermatologist

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While it may seem like all you need is a razor and some shaving cream, there’s more to shaving than meets the eye. Common side effects of shaving — abrasions, skin irritation, razor burn — can leave skin feeling gross and dry, according to Hadley King, MD, a New York-based board-certified dermatologist. To help your skin heal and feel better, dermatologists recommend adding nourishing aftershave products to your skincare regimen.

Before committing to a product, Dr. King recommends choosing aftershave essentials with moisturizers (hyaluronic acid and glycerin), emollients (squalene, ceramides, fatty acids), and occlusives (petroleum jelly, beeswax, mineral oil, and rust). zinc). “These components are helpful because shaving removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells and natural oils, so it’s important to hydrate, strengthen the skin’s barrier, and lock in moisture,” says Dr. King. Humectants draw water to skin barriers, emollients improve skin texture and appearance, and occlusives “form an inert layer on the skin and physically block transepidermal water loss,” he adds.

We chatted with a dermatologist to find out which aftershaves they love. Below you will find the top five. The hydration phase begins!

5 Aftershave Essentials That Dermatologists Love

Aesop Moroccan Neroli Aftershave Lotion — $55.00

Aesop Moroccan Neroli Aftershave Lotion has all the ingredients for a moisturizing aftershave session. Infused with moisturizers like glycerin and emollients like shea butter, the lotion hydrates and supports the skin’s barrier while soothing any skin irritation or aggravation, according to Dr. King. To use, squeeze out a half teaspoon of product and massage into skin after shaving. It is more expensive? Yes. But is its thoughtful, ultra-nutritious ingredient list worth it? Also if.

Dove Sensitive Care Body Lotion — $7.00

Dove’s Sensitive Care Body Lotion has a “rich, hydrating formula that strengthens the skin’s barrier with ceramides,” says Dr. King. Formulated with glycerin and sunflower oil, the body lotion locks in moisture and quenches your skin’s thirst. More to love? It contains no synthetic fragrances and is ideal for all skin types: sensitive, dry, normal, combination and mature.

Schaf Skin Care Shaving Cream — $25.00

Coconut oil, aloe and hyaluronic acid make up the ingredients in Schaf Skincare’s shaving cream. Together, the ingredients offer a glide so smooth to prevent razor cuts, burns and irritation, “softening hair and providing optimal glide for a comfortable shave,” says Dr. King. Bonus: It’s fragrance-free and suitable for sensitive skin.

Bliss Lemon Sage Body Butter — $12.00

The post-shave game changed when Bliss released her lemon and sage body butter. It is enriched with moisturizers like shea butter and occlusives like coconut oil, which nourish and soothe dry skin. The formula itself is “rich and creamy and also contains skin-soothing ingredients like amica montana,” explains Dr. King. Apply it where needed and let the scent of lemon and sage transport you to the warmer months.

Venus, Calming Daily Serum — $16.00

Venus’s new skin and pubic line offers pubic razors, scrubs, and best of all, a soothing serum. The serum comes recommended by Dr. King because it can be used daily as a moisturizer to reduce itchiness and soothe irritated skin. Infused with hints of lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy, the serum gently exfoliates skin and contains moisturizing superpowers to restore dehydrated barriers. For best use, apply after shaving or between shaves.


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