As much as we love how men look with facial hair, we have to give it to the ones who wake up early to put that extra effort and shave for that prim and proper look. Despite the risks involved like accidental razor cuts and skin irritation, there are benefits other than bringing out a younger-looking version of you.

As you shave, you’re also removing dead skin cells that accumulate on the top layer of the skin — which means that it promotes healthier skin, reduces the risk of clogged pores, and even delays the signs of ageing.

But the key to getting a perfect, clean shave does not only rely on the type of razors, but also using the best aftershave to minimise skin irritation. After all, as you swipe the razor across the skin, hair is trimmed and so is the outer layer of your skin, potentially aggravating your skin and creating reactions like itchiness, redness, and even ingrown hair.

This is why many aftershaves contain aloe vera, known its soothing and cooling properties. Other common aftershave benefits also includes moisturising, healing, and skin repair for any potential razor cuts.

Here, we’ve picked out five of the best aftershaves to keep your skin bump-free, smooth, and soft even after all that manscaping.

Aesop's Moroccan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion

Fight aftershave woes with this botanical oil-infused hydrator. It immediately calms and soothes the skin upon application and is also lightweight in texture, making it suitable for layering on other products.

Aesop Moroccan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion, RM165

Kiehl's After Shave Repair Gel

This aftershave harnesses the soothing benefits of aloe vera and hydration with the repair powers of squalane to provide instant relief and hydration to the skin after shaving. No alcohol and parabens are used in the formula so it will not cause the skin to be irritated.

Kiehl’s After Shave Repair Gel, RM78


Sephora Collection's After-Shave Lotion

This lightweight, non-greasy formula makes it a great product for both dry and oily skin types. Massage the lotion all over the skin after shaving or in between shaves as it immediately soothes the skin of any razor cuts.

Sephora Collection After-Shave Lotion, RM51

Jack Black's Post Shave Cooling Gel

With aloe, sage, and lavender — ingredients known for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties — this aftershave heals irritated skin and reduces redness. The addition of botanicals also heals minor cuts, if there are any and fight bacteria.

Jack Black Post Shave Cooling Gel, RM95

VMV Hypoallergenics's 1635 Pre-Shave Barber “Oil”

Even the driest skin can be salvaged with this aftershave. It is packed with intensive, moisturisers that deeply hydrates the skin to a much smoother finish. No more angry, irritation-prone, sensitive skin.

VMV Hypoallergenics 1635 Aftershave Salve, RM130

Jolin Lee
Senior Writer
Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.