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What does aftershave do?

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An aftershave provides a pleasant scent, disinfects any accidental cuts from shaving, closes the pores after showering, prevents skin irritation and removes oil from the skin. Some aftershaves contain moisturizers that soften the skin.

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Aftershaves can come in the form of gels, balms, powders, lotions or liquids. There are two main kinds of moisturizers in aftershaves: lipids and humectants. Lipids prevent moisture from leaving the skin, and humectants act as a barrier that attracts moisture to the skin. Aftershaves that contain lipids, such as petroleum jelly and lanolin, tend to feel oily, and aftershaves with humectants, such as glycerin and alpha-hydroxy, absorb into the skin.

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