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Shaving 101: Shaving Cream and Aftershave

woman shaving her legs with a razor, showing shaving cream

For many individuals, shaving is a regular part of their daily routine. However, without some proper lubrication, it can lead to discomfort such as redness, itchiness, and ingrown hairs. Applying shaving cream, gel, or foam helps the razor glide smoothly over the surface of the skin, avoiding the risk of nicks and cuts while still getting a close shave. Without it, there would be a lot of uncomfortable friction between the skin and the razor, preventing you from getting a close shave while irritating the skin. Shaving cream can also soften hairs so they are easier to shave, and aids in tracking areas already shaved. 

young man applying aftershave

Aftershave can also be a part of the shaving process, and is meant to be applied to the skin afterwards.  Typical aftershave is alcohol-based, acting as a sanitizer for the skin. Shaving tends to leave behind many tiny cuts, exposing the skin and pores, which increases the likelihood of bacteria or other substances entering. Alcohol-based aftershave products kill these toxins on the skin, and is why they are known for their stinging effects. 

There are natural-based options for aftershave on the market as well - such as jojoba oil, coconut oil, or aloe vera - that can help protect the skin from bacteria while also maintaining moisture. They offer other benefits as well, such as reducing itching and swelling due to skin damage and ingrown hairs, promoting faster healing of cuts and razor burns, and preventing hair follicle inflammation. LEMYKA Healing Lotion is a great option to include in your post-shaving care routine, as it is a nutrient-packed lotion that effectively calms redness, itchiness, and inflammation. 

While alcohol-based aftershave can have antibacterial properties, over time it can damage the skin. We recommend looking for a more soothing aftershave with plant-based ingredients to promote healing, soothe the skin, and retain moisture. 

LEMYKA Healing Lotion, a nutrient-packed lotion that effectively calms redness, itchiness, and inflammation. 

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