Your Dad Never Had a Bloody Collar. The Old School Way to Stop Bleeding From Shaving Nicks and Cuts
We all know how frustrating it is to be in a rush during our morning routine causing us to carelessly nick our skin with our razor. Now you need to attempt to heal and conceal a bleeding cut, while expertly avoiding making a mess of your shirt - not really the ideal way to start your morning.
Alum blocs are an aftershave method that date back to ancient Chinese and Egyptian civilizations, when the antiseptic properties of alum were discovered. The alum bloc is the original styptic pen, so if you insist on using a more modern version, the pen may be an option for you. Alum blocs are ideal for anyone looking for a more natural way to soothe your skin after shaving.
To use, rinse your face of any excess shaving cream, and splash with cold water, leaving the skin moist. Apply the alum bloc to the entire face, and feel the refreshing sensation. The alum will typically sting your skin (in a good way!), however the more it stings, the more your skin was irritated during the shave - this may be a good indication to switch up your style, razor or cream. You can always add your favourite aftershave lotion or splash for an extra blast of moisture and fragrance. Rinse alum from your face after 30 to 60 seconds (tip: use cold water to snap your pores closed) before applying your desired aftershave balm or splash.
If you’re particularly prone to nicks, cuts and other skin irritations, do as the ancient Egyptians did!