5 Ways Aftershave is Harmful

5 Ways Aftershave is Harmful

In today’s society, toxins can be found just about everywhere. From your car to the office and to your home, harmful contaminants are part of life. But it doesn’t have to be this way…

You can take steps to mitigate the number of harmful toxins that you’re exposed to on a daily basis. A good place to start is the bathroom. Many products contain unsafe ingredients that can affect your health such as chemicals that help fragrance and dye those products. This includes shaving products.

Most creams, gels, and aftershave products contain harmful ingredients that can cause irritation and inflammation. There are also harmful chemicals in lotion. So if these products are dangerous, what’s the purpose of aftershave? 

The purpose of aftershave is to clean the skin. Aftershave contains an antiseptic agent to prevent infection or cuts. These agents can be denatured alcohol, stearate citrate or witch hazel. They can cause irritation, redness, and bumps – and it may sting!

By now, you may be asking yourself, should I use aftershave? A traditional razor with shaving cream can cause cuts to happen in the first place, but not with the Aqua Jet Razor that does not use toxic creams and uses only water instead. Our razor is a great substitute for aftershave because you want to avoid aftershave at all costs.

Here are five ways aftershave is harmful:


Phthalates are substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity. They are similar in their structure to normal sex hormones, which cause them to interfere with their normal functions. Phthalates can trigger apoptosis - basically cell death – in testicular cells, causing them to die earlier than normal. Phthalates can also cause low testosterone.


Many shaving products contain fragrance, especially aftershave. Products that are scented can provoke headaches, skin irritation, red bumps, and itchy skin. The ingredients responsible for fragrance may include artificial scent chemicals. Your skin reacts to these fragrance toxins in a number of visual ways that can also cause minor pain. Especially when the aftershave is applied on cuts. Because shaving product ingredients can contain up to 4,000 different chemicals, it is wise to avoid them altogether.

 aftershave skin irritation


Aftershave moisturizer may contain glycerin, a chemical used to draw moisture from the air and onto the skin in an attempt to hydrate the skin. Some aftershaves moisturizers are alcohol based while others are oil based. Both can produce irritation and discomfort. Oil-based aftershaves may even aggravate acne.


Because shaving with a traditional razor can result in minor cuts that cause irritation, aftershave is often made with antiseptic ingredients. They help minimize the risk of infection to those small abrasions. Antiseptics can be found in alcohol-based aftershaves, and alcohol-free aftershaves may include the chemical polyquaternium-10, a chemical that also acts as a preservative and surfactant. Natural antiseptics such as witch hazel are not much better as they function as alcohol and cause pores to close.


Another alcohol is propylene glycol, which has been approved for use in the cosmetic industry. This is also a chemical that is used to make antifreeze, something you definitely don’t want to put on your skin. Other carcinogens found in aftershave include benzyl acetate and ethyl acetate that have been linked to pancreatic cancer. When applied to the skin, they can irritate the eyes and cause respiratory problems.

We recommend you save your money and your skin, ditch the shaving products and shave with water only. You can achieve the perfect, chemical-free shave with the Aqua Jet Razor.

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