Should Post Shave Include Alcohol?

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Alcohol or aloe vera? Which sounds like it will feel better after a close and comfortable shave? 

Just going out on a limb here - but, a soothing, cooling agent like aloe vera seems much more appealing than stinging alcohol on freshly shaven skin. So - why do so many post-shave products out there have alcohol as the base for their formulas?

Why Alcohol?

The reason alcohol is included in post-shave products is due to it's astringent and antiseptic properties. The purpose of using alcohol is to tighten skin pores and prevent infection after shaving. The problem with this is that alcohol also can exacerbate razor burn and make it challenging for your skin to retain crucial moisture.

Even worse, alcohol can, in some cases, tighten skin to a point where the dryness creates a barrier-like surface. This barrier makes it difficult for hair to pierce through the skin layer, leading to the development of ingrown hairs.

Long story short, the use of alcohol may have a few benefits but will cause unnecessary irritation to those prone to sensitive skin or razor burn.


Bring on the Aloe & Witch Hazel

So, the question becomes if there is a way to add more natural ingredients into a post-shave formula with the astringent and antiseptic properties that alcohol totes. And the short answer is yes. 

Witch hazel is a plant that has natural astringent properties. It helps calm irritation that occurs after shaving, stop any bleeding present, and disinfect any nicks that may have occurred. Plus, it won't cause a stinging sensation after application.

Aloe vera is more than just a product you grab after spending one too many hours at the beach. It is a powerful, plant-based ingredient that moisturizes, soothes skin, prevents irritation, and calms any redness. With the combined power of witch hazel and aloe vera, skin not only feels better. It looks better too.


Naming our post-shave product Healing Post Shave was no marketing ploy. Packed full of ingredients like witch hazel, organic aloe, and shea butter, our formula was developed to heal and restore skin after a close shave. Plus, you'll notice a difference not only in how your skin feels but how it looks too.

Shop Healing Post Shave now.