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    After shaving my face generally feels very "tight". It always has. Here's my routine:

    Rub down my face with a washcloth in the shower to soften up the hairs
    Out of shower face lather with MWF (I used to be a cream user: AoS and GFT)
    Straight shave (I was previously a DE shaver and I'm recently getting back into straight shaving after some time off)
    Alum
    GFT Skin Food (recently due to having a sampler pack) OR AoS Shave Balm

    The "tightness" has been there since I started wet shaving. If I drag a mach-whatever-number-of-blades-they're-on-now across my face in the shower it doesn't seem to happen.

    I assume this has something to do with my post shave routine. Any suggestions? I'm interested in trying new stuff anyway (Ogalalla Bay Rum catches my ear, but I have no idea what it smells like).

    I don't generally feel any razor burn (and when I do it's in isolated areas due to poor straight shaving technique).
    Last edited by kfreeman; 12-12-2011 at 07:33 AM. Reason: No 'n' in alum...
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    I bet it's the alum. Tightening is exactly what alum does.

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    Creams and soaps both tend to dry out your skin. Use something to moisturize it.
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    Could be a few things - maybe the soap just reacts with your face that way (me, I can't use Proraso or Cade soaps - no matter how great the shave my skin feels uncomfortable afterwards), maybe it's a very tiny bit of razor burn, maybe you just need to moisturize more.
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    You might consider a pre-shave oil right out of the shower before you lather. T&H makes a nice pre-shave oil and I have heard of some just using a little olive oil. I would also consider dropping the alum for a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rylos View Post
    I bet it's the alum. Tightening is exactly what alum does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rylos View Post
    I bet it's the alum. Tightening is exactly what alum does.
    +1

    Try rinsing your face with cold water after the alum dries and then patting your face dry with a towel before applying the balm or skin food, this is what I do and I find the tightness goes away soon after applying my AS/balm. You can also rinse before the alum is even dry and possibly further reduce the effect, although this is speculation as I have never tried it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rylos View Post
    I bet it's the alum. Tightening is exactly what alum does.
    +1

    Make sure you thoroughly rinse the alum off before applying your aftershave/balm. If that doesn't help try replacing the alum with witch hazel for a few shaves, they accomplish pretty much the same thing but WH doesn't tighten your skin like alum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcadies View Post
    Make sure you thoroughly rinse the alum off before applying your aftershave/balm. If that doesn't help try replacing the alum with witch hazel for a few shaves, they accomplish pretty much the same thing but WH doesn't tighten your skin like alum.
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    I also vote for the witch hazel. Helps my face feel less tight!

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    I'll give the above a try, starting with the rinsing. I'd be surprised if it's the alum block because the "tightness" has been around before the block ever was.
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    I agree that it might be the alum. You could replace it with witch hazel as suggested, but you might want to try an alcohol-free version like Thayers. Or -- and this would be my suggestion -- skip the alum and the witch hazel and just use an after shave balm. There are also some after shave balms that contain witch hazel, so you could kill two birds with one stone.

    You may also want to try a different soap. MWF can be irritating to some guys, even though others with sensitive skin feel that its unbeatable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kfreeman View Post
    I'll give the above a try, starting with the rinsing. I'd be surprised if it's the alum block because the "tightness" has been around before the block ever was.
    If the tightness is pre-alum, then I think your skin is dehydrated and you just need to moisturize it better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rylos View Post
    If the tightness is pre-alum, then I think your skin is dehydrated and you just need to moisturize it better.
    That may be right. I find that moisturizing before bed can make a big difference in the next morning's shave.

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    In my experience, Skin Food also has a tightening effect...doesn't mean I don't love it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rylos View Post
    I bet it's the alum. Tightening is exactly what alum does.
    Plus whatever. I have the same sensation, but I don't find it uncomfortable. Just different.
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    Last night:

    Shower
    MWF face lather
    Warm towel
    Pinaud Clubman AS
    Cold water
    Wait (while stropping straight, and taking hunk out of strop)
    AoS Sandalwood Balm

    No tightness... Huzzah!

    I'm glad... because all this talk of "some products just not agreeing with people" was killing me. I enjoy MWF a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kfreeman View Post
    Last night:

    Shower
    MWF face lather
    Warm towel
    Pinaud Clubman AS
    Cold water
    Wait (while stropping straight, and taking hunk out of strop)
    AoS Sandalwood Balm

    No tightness... Huzzah!

    I'm glad... because all this talk of "some products just not agreeing with people" was killing me. I enjoy MWF a lot.
    Congrats!

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    Thank you. Now if I can just find an alternative to AoS balm (price) I'll be good to go. I'm going to grab some Thayers Witch Hazel and some Pre de Provence ASB and see how that goes. I'm trying to stay scent neutral, as I want my cologne to do its job (when I wear it).
    Last edited by kfreeman; 12-13-2011 at 02:45 PM. Reason: Grammar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kfreeman View Post
    Thank you. Now if I can just find an alternative to AoS balm (price) I'll be good to go. I'm going to grab some Thayers Witch Hazel and some Pre de Provence ASB and see how that goes. I'm trying to stay scent neutral, as I want my cologne to do its job (when I wear it).
    Try California Baby Super Sensitive Everyday Lotion. It's not marketed as an ASB but I use it as one. No scent and very gentle. A little goes a long way and it does a great job of moisturizing my face without making me oily and greasy. The other good thing about this is that CB products can usually be found pretty locally.

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