A Greener Shave

Conventional shaving creams and aftershave lotions can contain questionable ingredients, including parabens (chemical preservatives that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system), alcohol, petroleum-derived components, sulfates (common skin irritants), and synthetic fragrances. Fortunately, there are healthier, eco-friendly options for men’s grooming routine. Here are some key ingredients to look for in natural shaving and aftershave products, such as gels, creams, soaps, balms, and lotions. Allantoin This extract from comfrey leaf encourages new skin cell growth and relieves dryness and minor cuts and scrapes. Almond oil Rich in essential fatty acids, this oil supports the skin’s natural moisture levels. Aloe vera The soothing gel from this succulent plant relieves dryness and eases razor burn. Chamomile This herb calms skin irritation and fights ingrown hairs and razor bumps. Cucumber Look for this cooling and refreshing ingredient in an aftershave balm. Goat’s milk Typically found in shaving soaps, this nourishing ingredient softens and smoothes the skin before shaving. Shea butter Ideal in an aftershave treatment, this natural nut fat replenishes nutrients for smoother skin. Tea tree oil This natural antibacterial prevents ingrown hairs and razor bumps. Vitamin E Moisturizes skin and delivers antioxidant benefits. Witch hazel This astringent can be applied both before and after shaving to prep the face and also to decrease the likelihood of razor bumps.