I’ll be honest with you. Before I started to immerse myself into the world of wet shaving, I didn’t have a clue how to use an Alum Block. Come to think of it, I didn’t even know what on earth it was!
As it turns out, this weird translucent looking rock is quite helpful to we wet shavers…in more ways than one!
Alum is a chemical compound with a number of properties. But unless you are studying for a science exam, I’m not going to put you to sleep with that. I’d rather get straight into how it can improve your shaving experience.
How Do You Use It?
Great question & I’m glad you asked!
After your final pass, rinse your face thoroughly with cold water removing any residual shaving cream.
Grab the Alum Block & run it under cold water. Firstly look for any nicks you suffered during your shave, whilst your freshly shaven visage is still hydrated, rub the alum over those areas to stop any bleeding.
Next, continue with the rest of your face, sliding it liberally over the shaved area a couple of times. Now at this point you might notice some slight stinging in some areas. This basically means you did a crappy job of shaving! 🙂 Well, that’s probably a bit harsh, but it does give you feedback on how you did.
Following that, clean up your brush, razor & bowl (which will take 30 seconds to a minute). Then wash your face again with cold water.
That’s it! Finish your post shave ritual with your favourite lotions & aftershave &…your done!
Key Points of Alum:
- It deals with those pesky nicks. If you’ve managed to give yourself a couple of bleeders, alum is a very effective way of sealing small cuts.
- It gives you great feedback about your shave. Whether your blade is losing its sharpness or your technique was a little aggressive, your face will sting a little as microscopic abrasions are sealed.
- It’s a fantastic antiseptic. Helping you with shaving bumps, razor burn & other associated nasties.
- Alum blocks are economical & give you awesome value for money. For around $7 to $15, it will last forever. Well, for at least a couple of years depending on your shaving frequency.
- After you apply it, your skin will feel smooth as it firms. You’ll also notice that your fingertips grip your face much more, which is a natural reaction to alum. As I mentioned earlier, I leave it on for around a minute before rinsing my face. Some blokes however don’t wash it off, preferring to leave it on. To be honest, it’s a matter of personal choice & what works best for you.
Well my fellow wet shavers, I hope that gives you a bit more info about what alum blocks do & how to use them.
Below I’ve thrown in a couple of links to the more respected Alum Block brands if you’re interested in having a Captain Cook! Sorry, I mean “look”. My Aussie sense of humour!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on alum blocks. Do you use them, or do you see them as a waste of time? Let me know what you think in the comments section below.
Time to get your shave on! 😉