Grooming

A New Take on Your Old Spice

It’s not your dad’s after-shave.
Photographer: Caroline Tompkins for Bloomberg Businessweek

MANAGE SENSITIVE SKIN
VMV Hypoallergenics 1635 after-shave salve, $26; vmvhypoallergenics.com
The antioxidant powers of green tea and phytic acid combine to fight irritation and cell damage.

Jāsön men’s shave oil for sensitive skin, $11; jason-personalcare.com
Skin quickly absorbs the avocado and marula oils in this silky soother, making your face more resilient.

PREVENT INGROWN HAIRS
Pevonia soothing after-shaving balm for him, $53; pevonia.com
More of a lotion than a typical after-shave, it uses botanical extracts to soothe skin and control oil.

Ursa Major 4-in-1 essential face tonic, $26; credobeauty.com
Anti-inflammatory witch hazel and rosemary extract calm irritation, while willow bark extract exfoliates, birch sap reduces redness, and aloe hydrates.

PROTECT AGAINST DRYNESS
Recipe for Men after-shave balm, $26; recipeformenusa.com
The balm’s allantoin (a compound found naturally in the body) does triple duty, enhancing moisture retention, exfoliation, and smoothing.

Decléor men’s skin-care soothing after-shave, $42; decleorusa.com
Jojoba seed and clove oil are said to have antiseptic properties, which make this creamy lotion a great pick for men with acne-prone skin.

SMELL REALLY GOOD
L’Occitane L’Homme cologne cédrat gel-cream after-shave, $34; usa.loccitane.com
Amber notes ground the sparkling citrus in this clean-smelling facial cologne, which also hydrates.

The Art of Shaving oud after-shave balm, $50; theartofshaving.com
Oud essence, bergamot, lemon, and geranium provide a woodsy scent. Shea butter and grapeseed oil moisturize.

QUENCH RAZOR BURN
Billy Jealousy Shaved Ice after-shave balm, $25; billyjealousy.com
Peppermint oil delivers instant cooling, but the real stars here are soothing oat kernel extract and allantoin.

Arbonne RE9 Advanced for Men after-shave soothing lotion, $36; arbonne.com
This light, gel-style moisturizer uses the flower extract of Styphnolobium japonicum (Japanese pagoda tree) to calm and smooth.

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