Alcohol As Itch Control

Substituting a drop of Shave Secret for the cocoa butter in yesterday's shave, I was gradually aware of a slight itch, as the skin began to dry down. With oil on, the main cue for that assessment, besides the sensation, is the timeframe. I had to think fast, and I reached for the blue aftershave.

Good choice. I looked a little rough in the afternoon, but better than scarring. And it was more effective than carbamide; just as fast, but targeting the tissue at the heart of the problem, deeper in the skin.

All of this, from the initial sensitivity to impending itch, to the targeted response, highlighted the role of science in the art of shaving. Logic was the strongest tool in my kit today.

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